Anyone who is a chronic sufferer of the dreaded dark under eye circles will tell you that it isn’t due to lack of sleep. Even if you are getting 8 or 9 hours of sleep every night, you can still wake up with dark “raccoon”-like eyes that will have everyone wondering.
How can you get rid of these annoying dark circles that just never seem to want to fade away?
Why you have Dark Under Eye Circles
The eye area is a very sensitive area that is covered by only a very thin skin. This area is also jam packed with blood capillaries that can easily expand and swell, which then causes a darkening of the skin over top of the blood capillaries.
Fluid can also easily collect in your lower eye lids as you sleep, which results in pressure and puffiness around your eyes. This added pressure and puffiness only further contributes to the darkening of the capillaries that surround your eyes, thus giving you even darker under eye circles.
So What Causes Under Eye Circles?
Anything that causes facial pressure. One of the main culprits, as a matter of fact, is nasal congestion. Nasal congestion will cause that added pressure that is pushing down on your face, which in turn puts pressure on the blood vessels around your eyes and gives you that dark under eye appearance.
Some other key factors that definitely do contribute to you having dark under eye circles include:
- Allergic reactions
- Vitamin and other nutritional deficiencies
- Reduced adrenal gland function
- Poor circulation
- Broken blood vessels
How can I Get Rid Of my Dark Under Eye Circles?
Eating right is a great place to start. If you aren’t already taking a daily multivitamin, start taking one. If you are taking a multivitamin and still aren’t seeing results, try taking a B-vitamin and/or folic acid supplement as well.
Calcium and magnesium will help improve the function of your adrenal glands, so you know that this is the reason why you have dark under eye circles definitely try taking a calcium and magnesium supplement.
If you smoke or eat a lot of salty foods, eliminate these things from your life. You should be seeing a difference within a week or two.
You can also try using any sort of eye creams to help both reduce the puffiness in your eyes and to eliminate dark circles. Before you try using cucumbers every night, try investing in a quality eye cream that is loaded with vitamin K or vitamin C.
A great way to reduce the under eye circles is to also reduce the puffiness under your eyes. You can do this by splashing your face with cold water every morning, or by placing green tea or chamomile tea bags that have been chilled in the fridge overnight over your eyes. Leave the teabags on for 15 minutes or so, rinse your face with cool water, and then apply an eye cream. To really finish off the look, apply concealer and foundation over top of the area if necessary.