Eyes are the windows to the soul… But, how can you peek into someone’s soul or your own soul, if you are distracted by those dark circles under the eyes?
Needless to say, dark circles are a major cause of concern for many women because they make you look twice your age. If getting enough sleep and living stress free is not working for you, you should check out the other reasons responsible for dark circles.
The Family Gift
Dark circles come as a family gift for a few people because heredity takes over for them. If you consider yourself lucky because your parents didn’t pass on those dark rings to you, you’d still have dark circles because of the blood vessels running throughout the body. The skin under our eyes is very delicate and the blood vessels running under show through the skin in a slightly bluish-green colour.
Ageing is yet another reason which makes dark circles look more prominent. The skin under your eyes which is already quite thin becomes thinner as you age, making the veins inside more visible.
Not only this, capillary leakage is equally a culprit. Sometimes, blood leaks from the capillaries and the enzymes are released to clean them up. They break the haemoglobin down, to prevent it from floating anywhere else, resulting in a blue-black colour. And this is the process which gives birth to your worries – the dark circles!
Dark circles also signal iron deficiency. Deficiency in iron is a sign of anaemia which specifies that not enough oxygen is reaching the blood vessels. Not only this but poor nutrition, smoking, drinking or consumption of excessive caffeine, sleep deprivation, increased exposure to sun, allergies, hormonal changes and dehydration are also responsible for dark circles.
Reason it out from its colour!
You can figure out the reason for your dark circles if you are able to determine its colour. Blue circles are a result of blood pooling under your eyes. Brown circles are a result of genetics, exposure to sun or incessant rubbing of the eye.
So, hate those rings around your eyes? Here’s what you can do to lighten them.
- Consume food rich in vitamin C, as it helps strengthen the immune system and the blood vessels. This will prevent them from rupturing frequently, leading to less dark circles.
- Consume food rich in vitamin K and zinc, which helps heal the capillaries. Broccoli, spinach, cabbage, lentils, chickpeas, soybean, canola oil, yogurt, okra and asparagus are particularly rich in vitamin K.
- Foods rich in vitamin A, iron and proteins are quite effective against dark circles. Chicken, tuna, carrots, lean beef and eggs are a few examples.
- Eat foods which flush water out of the body, such as cucumbers, watermelon and celery. Avoid excessive consumption of salt in your diet.
- Eat food rich in omega-3 fats such as salmon. These fats keep the skin healthy and moist.
- Have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as they are full of fibre.
- Use cold cucumber slices or tea bags on your eyes every day for 15 minutes. You can also put a wet cloth on your eyes for a few minutes every day.
- You can use an extra pillow to keep your head a tad high. This will prevent pooling of fluids near your eyes.
- Make sure to get enough sleep and always maintain a proper sleep schedule.
- Apply a high SPF sunscreen whenever you are going outside.
Not enough? Here’s more for you!
Home Remedies for Dark Circles
- Dab a cotton ball soaked in potato juice on and around your eyes. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash your eyes with cold water. You can also use thin potato slices or peels.
- Apply a mixture of tomato juice mixed with lemon juice and wash it off after 10 minutes.
- Soak cotton in rose water and leave them on your eyes for 10 minutes before washing off.
- You can also use apple slices or avocado slices or crushed mint leaves onto the area.
- Make a paste of Turmeric Powder with pineapple juice and apply this. Do this daily till you see the results.
- Massage Badam Tail and honey on your dark circles before sleeping.
- Apply a mixture of orange juice and glycerine regularly to see the dark circles go away.
- Dab some egg white onto the areas around your eyes. Wash it after 15 minutes. Eggs are rich in vitamin B and help in proper circulation.
- Make a paste with lemon juice, tomato juice, gram flour and turmeric powder and apply it on the dark circles. Wash it after 15 minutes.
- Crush night jasmine flowers and mix it with curd. Apply this mixture on the dark circles for 10 minutes before washing it off.
- Make a paste of corn flour with yogurt and apply it.
- Mix a tbsp. of castor oil with milk cream and use it to massage around your eyes.
Now, you no longer have to look like a zombie. Go free!