Dark circles make you look cranky, tired, and can significantly increase how old you look. Whether you’re struggling with dark circles because of age or genetics there are some things you can do at home to help diminish the problem.
What Causes Dark Circles?
The skin around your eyes is much thinner than most of the skin on other parts of your body. Dark circles become more pronounced as blood vessels under your eye become more visible. Here’s some common reasons why your dark circles may become more noticeable.
The most common reason is simply age. As you get older your skin becomes thinner and less elastic, resulting in more visible dark circles in older people.
Our genetic makeup determines our physical characteristics, including the condition and elasticity of our skin. If your parents have always had problems with visible dark circles, it’s likely a genetic trait you’ve inherited.
Lack Of Sleep
The most well known reason for dark circles is lack of sleep or extreme fatigue. If you aren’t getting enough sleep your body will increase production of the hormone cortisol to help give you more energy.
One of the many things cortisol will do is increase blood flood. More blood flowing to the vessels around your eye, means the more visible your dark circles become.
Allergies, reactions to food in your diet, and certain medication can all make dark circles more prominent. It can also contributes to the “puffy” look you get which makes you look like you just got punched in the face.
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Home Remedies For Dark Circles
Retinol and Vitamin K
If you’re going to try a skin cream, first test it out on a small patch of skin to check for any allergies or irritation. Also be sure you’re using cream containing retinol and vitamin K, which are both proven to help tighten your skin and diminish the dark circles under your eyes.
Cold Cucumber Slices
Cucumber slices are a time tested treatment. The cold of the cucumber can reduce swelling, puffiness, and reduces the accumulation of fluid under your eyes.
Cold Tea Bags
Using cooled tea bags is also an effective solution for dark circles. You’ll need to first brew caffinated tea bags, cool them in the refrigerator, then place on the skin for 15-20 minutes.
The caffeine can reduce puffiness and shrink the blood vessels making dark circles less noticeable. Green tea is widely used as it has properties to help tighten the skin.
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There’s nothing magical about spoons. They’re just well contoured to the shape of your face and the cold helps reduce swelling and puffiness in the morning. Chill the spoons overnight, so they’re ready for you in the morning. Hold against your skin until the spoons are no longer cold.
Reduce Salt In Your Diet
Excessive sodium in your diet can result in water retention, which will make you look puffier around the eyes. Salt and sodium will also influece blood flow and circulation.
Improve Your Sleep Cycle
The quality and quantity of your sleep every night will play a large role in how your eyes look every morning. If you’re having trouble falling asleep asleep at night try using melatonin, chamomile tea, a sleep mask, or some ear plugs.
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