You Are What You Eat
The healthier you eat, the better your skin is going to look. For dark circles, you need a healthy dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K iron and folic acid. So stuff yourself with citrus fruits, berries, green leafy veggies, nuts, avocado, seafood, beef, cheese, green tea etc. Ditch the fast food and opt for the outer periphery of the grocery store.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
This is one of the most common reasons behind under-eye dark circles and puffiness, especially considering how today’s . Lack of sleep can make your skin appear paler, which allows blood vessels to be more visible through the skin, giving the appearance of bluish or dark circles. So make sure that you are getting in at least 7-8 hours of undisturbed sleep!
Try Grandma’s Remedies
There are plenty of natural “home” remedies you can use to get rid of dark circles. Cool cucumber slices, a cotton ball dipped in potato juice, crushed mint leaves, a teaspoon of tomato and lime juice, leaving castor oil overnight and cool tea bags can really help relieve stressed out eyes.
Water isn’t called the elixir of life for nothing. Dehydration can cause the blood vessels under the eyes to become dilated and swollen, causing dark circles to form under your eyes. So make sure you drink enough water (8 glasses at least) and do not consume too many dietary salts, alcohol, or caffeine, as this can dehydrate you.
Decrease Smoking & Drinking
Smoking causes premature aging and the nicotine in it constricts blood vessels, resulting in poor circulation, which enhances the appearance of dark circles. Alcohol inhibits heart function and decreases the flow of oxygen to the skin. Limit your intake of both, and you will see an improvement.
Check Your Iron Levels
Iron deficiency may sometimes cause a bluish tinge below your eyes. Other symptoms include pale skin, shortness of breath, a racing heartbeat, fatigue, dizziness etc. If you have more than two of these symptoms, it might be a good idea to get tested for anemia.
We all know how harsh the sun can be for our skin, especially for the sensitive skin below our eyes. So wear sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 to prevent weakening of the skin in this sensitive area caused by sun damage. Also, carry a pair of good, protective sunglasses. They look great and your eyes will thank you!
Exercise Your Face
Exercising your facial muscles helps to tone and strengthen your face and reduce under eye dark circles and puffiness. Try palpating the area around your eyes lightly. Using the tips of your fingers, make fluttering motions with your fingers and lightly graze the area. This will rev up circulation and help to smooth out little creases.
Step Away From The Screens
Computers, televisions and cell phone screens can cause more strain to your eyes than you can imagine. Position your computer screen so that it is slightly below your eye level. The distance between the screen and you should be at least 20 inches. Fit a non glare filter to reduce glare. Give your eyes a break every now and then. For every hour you sit at the computer, you should be taking at least a 5-minute break – and not by looking at your phone! Do not ignore any dryness or itching that you might have and be sure to get regular eye check ups.
Stop stressing. The more you stress, the more it will manifest itself on your skin and the more you will stress and the more…you get the picture. It’s a vicious circle and if you don’t stop stressing, you’ll never see the end! Add things to your life to lower your stress levels, such as hiking, massage, yoga or facials.
Chill Your Eyes Too
Putting a wet paper towel in the freezer before you go to bed can make your eye bags and dark circles fade. Take it out of the freezer in the morning, wait a few minutes for it to thaw, bend it and place it around your eyes and bridge of your nose. After two weeks, your dark circle problems may be solved!
Do Your Chores
Removing your makeup every single night might seem like a chore, but it’s a must! When your makeup sits on your face all night your pores become overly clogged. When your pores get clogged, that can lead to deeper circles and more puffiness.
Give Them Love
Soothing eye cream with aloe and Vitamin E is an ideal combination for someone that has under eye circles and bags. It’ll cool the skin down, reduce the puffiness and even remove all of that darkness from under your eyes. When buying an eye cream, make sure to look for aloe and Vitamin E in the ingredients.
Balance Your PH Levels
Dark circles can be a sign of inflammation. When the body is overly acidic, due to too many inflammatory foods and drinks, it suffers inflammation. This can manifest as digestive issues, joint pain, acne, dark circles, puffy eyes, low energy, headaches, and more. An acidic diet is rich in processed and refined grains, gluten of any form, alcohol, caffeine, meat, and anything processed, including fast food. The best way to combat inflammation with your diet is to eat more alkaline.
This can be done by eating more greens, green vegetables, root vegetables, fish, vegetable juices and healing anti-inflammatory foods like cucumbers, bananas, parsley, cilantro, celery, kale, and mint. All of these are wonderful for increasing alkalinity. Generally, the more plant-based (and fresh) your diet is, the more alkaline you are. You’ll see clearer skin, stronger and shinier hair, and reduced circles in just a week.
Drink Dandelion Tea
Of course you’ve heard of dandelions, but did you know they’re much more than a weed? On the contrary, dandelion is a natural diuretic, and helps to flush the body of all types of waste. It is known for cleansing the liver, which is key in helping to remove your dark circles. If the liver can’t cleanse properly, wastes get backed up in the body. This problem can manifest as acne, dark or puffy eyes, bloating, weight gain, inflammation and overall fatigue. To cleanse the liver naturally, try dandelion tea. It is very soothing to the body and a great way to beat bloat, and fight all the above issues. Try some with some lemons and honey. It is very refreshing and calming!
Ditch The Sweets
Sugar is NOT good for you. It is addictive, is the most inflammatory food you can eat, and is not a good source of energy. It exhausts the adrenals, causes your healthy bacteria to actually die in the intestines, and makes you crave even more unhealthy foods. Instead, eat more naturally sweet foods like starchy veggies and fruits. Your body will become vibrant, beautiful and balanced before your eyes. It might be a little difficult at first, but it will be easy in time and your body will thank you for it!