Dark circles…an age old issue that plagues both men and women alike.
They can be caused by a number of problems such as skin dehydration and lack of sleep or nutrients. And as these are all relatively short-term conditions, they are easily treatable. However dark circles around the eyes can also be hereditary, which means that you will need more long-term and reliable remedies.
Some things are fantastic to inherit from your parents…long eyelashes, high cheek bones, straight teeth! But you may also inherit some less desirable attributes, which may lead to you having dark circles around your eyes. For example, you may have a face structure with deep set eyes, or thin, weak collagen in your skin. You may also have an allergy that makes you rub your eyes, which causes bruising.
The main cause of dark circles around the eyes is ruptured or dilated blood vessels underneath the eyes, made more visible when combined with thin skin or weak collagen. This is why dark circles become more prominent with age, as people’s skin becomes thinner and less elastic. It is also the reason why people with iron deficiencies, such as anemia, may notice slightly darker skin around their eyes. Another major cause is nasal congestion.
But don’t worry, as there are many causes for dark circles around eyes, there are also a number of solutions that can help! Many natural nutrients can help repair blood vessel damage and rejuvenate skin, making you looking fresh and healthy, without the need for concealer.
Yes, it’s a cliché.
But what exactly does sitting down with your head tilted back and slices of cucumber balancing on your eyes actually do?
Cucumbers help by re-hydrating the skin. They also have a cooling effect on the skin which reduces any puffiness. However, it doesn’t have to be slices of cucumber – cold tea bags, slices of apple or cool, wet cotton balls will all work in the same way.
While it may not be a long term solution, many people do report an improvement of skin color around the eyes by using this method.
Blackstrap molasses is a natural sweetener which comes in the form of a dark, thick treacle. It is naturally rich in many vital vitamins and minerals that help to boost your immune systems.
Not only does it help with nasal congestion, it contains both iron and copper. Iron helps to regulate skin cells, the immune system and the blood in your body. And it is one of the key elements to combating dark circles around the eyes because it stops blood pooling under the eyes. Copper is beneficial as it allows us to process and utilize iron more efficiently.
Many people miss out on the recommended daily intake of Vitamin E. This is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin against things which damage it, such as the sun and ageing.
If Almond Oil is regularly rubbed onto the dark skin around your eyes, it can over time nourish and moisturize the area.
Grape Seed Extract
This works in a similar way to almond oil. Grape seed extract contains, however, both vitamin E and vitamin C. This is a particularly good option for aging skin, as it helps reduce dark circles around the eyes through bonding with the collagen. This makes the skin both tighter and more elasticized.
Grape seed extract can be applied to the skin in a variety of ways. For faster effects you can use it as a liquid, and massage into the skin under the eye every day. However, it can also be taken as a capsule or table to see greater long term benefits.
Horse Chestnut Extract
Sourced from every child’s favorite autumn tree – the conker tree (although please remember that this is an extract and not something which can be made at home!). This particular remedy is valued for its support of the circulatory system. Horse chestnut extract works to repair the vessels in the under eye area, reducing blood leakage and providing long term healing.
As with the grape seed extract, this can be bought in many forms – as a tablet, capsule, lotion, ointment or gel.
A combination of the above remedies is always recommended as being the most beneficial, as they help reduce dark circles around the eyes in many different ways. Try using one of the nutritional supplements regularly, along with the cucumber soothing treatments.
However always be sure to consult with your doctor or physician before using any of the above products, as it is possible that some of them may interact with any medication that you are already taking.
Steph McLean contributes this article on behalf of Lenstore, an online contact lens retailer. She has a very strong interest in women’s beauty, and enjoys reading, researching and writing about interesting tips in hope that others can benefit from them.