What to do about dark circles
The skin under our eyes is a very delicate area and shows signs of neglect earliest by the time we reach our early twenties. Dark circles appear due to the blood vessels under our eyes getting dilated. Sometimes these blotches appear if we have not had a good nights rest or if we are unwell and other times, heredity and genetics are to blame. Getting rid of dark circles can be difficult but lightening them is possible, so there is no undue cause for despair.
Aging thins the skin around the eyes as fat and collagen content depletes and this leads to some amount of dark circles inevitably. Heredity and at times, our facial features itself include these shadows under the eyes. Sun exposure also causes dark circles.
Another reason why dark circles occur is pigmentation irregularities. An off-color elbow and dark circles may both be due to this but our eyes, being more visible attract concerns from everyone as to being tired-looking. Iron deficiency (anemia) can cause bluish tinge to appear below your eyes. Check for fatigue, paleness of skin and dizziness and build up on your iron reserves (eat iron supplements or lots of spinach and green veggies).
Still, lifestyle plays an important role and so does our diet. 7-8 hours of sleep to reduce stress is a must. Daily exercise and deep breathing reduces stress and helps blood circulation. Adequate sleep and relaxation are very important. Dehydration also dilates blood vessels under our eyes so one should drink more than 9 glasses of water. Reduce consumption of too much salt that constricts circulation of blood and makes these blood vessels more visible. Healthy doses of vitamins C, E, K, iron and folic acid found plentiful in citrus fruits and green veggies will nourish our eyes so Include fresh fruits, salads, yoghurt, sprouts and lentils ( “dal” and beans) into your diet.
Smoking spoils blood circulation and drinking reduces oxygen flow, both leading to dark circles. Reducing both will effectively reduce dark circles. Use sunglasses when out in the sun to protect your eyes. Laptops and computers must be placed below your eye level. Use antiglare filters and take regular breaks to rest your eyes. For enlarged blood vessels, double up on pillows and apply cold compress next morning to constrict blood vessels.
Rose water and almond oil are good remedies for dark circles. Cotton wool dipped in rose water can be applied. A frozen spoon or slices of an (uncooked) ice-cold potato can be used to de stress tired eyes. Crushed mint leaves (now available in plenty because it’s winter) and cool tea bags can help relieve tired stressful eyes.
For dry skin, almonds soaked in milk overnight and then ground to a paste with the same milk can be another nourishing remedy for the skin under the eyes but care should be taken to be very gentle while applying this. Under-eye cream of light texture and consistency can be applied but should never be left overnight. It should be removed with a moist cotton wool very gently after 10 minutes. Almond has natural bleaching properties hence under-eye creams using almonds also lighten the skin. Facial movements around the eyes using tips of fingers must be very gently done.
If you notice dark circles then take steps immediately to lighten them – the massage and cold potato slices are easy, quick fixes. Don’t let them grow because it will be that much more difficult to treat them. Sleep well, eat well and massage your eyes and head to see your eyes smile brightly!