Dark circles under the eyes are a common complaint across all age groups and genders. Many persons will resort to concealing eye makeup to hide these circles. Not only do they make a person look older beyond their years, but also look unhealthy. More or less, everybody with dark circles under their eyes is looking for solutions to resolve this common condition.
It is essential, to first know what causes dark circles under the eyes. Some of the causes can be easily tackled in order to prevent dark circles from forming under the eyes. Stress and unhealthy nutrition are top causes that are known, although many other factors have also been listed. These include lack of sleep, low blood hemoglobin levels, inadequate water intake, long hours in front of a computer screen, excessive mobile usage, and chronic ill health conditions such as hay fever and eczema. Some people are naturally more prone to excessive pigmentation when exposed to the sun for a long time. And then, of course, aging itself can produce dark circles under the eyes.
It is obvious that leading an active lifestyle and avoiding smoking and alcohol should be a priority in one’s daily routine. This can prevent dark circles from forming. However, once dark circles under the eyes appear, they take a long time to disappear and one must be patient while awaiting the return of normal skin tone.
Here are 5 ways to get rid of dark circles:
- Reducing all sources of stress including those arising from work and personal factors. Instead focus on regular exercise routine such as walking, jogging, gym use, swimming, yoga, etc. Meditation is known to have a beneficial calming effect. In the case of sun sensitivity, exercises can be performed indoors.
- Developing a regular sleep pattern. It is general knowledge that about 7-8 hours of sleep is considered healthy among normal persons.
- Eating healthy balanced meals mean removing fast foods from your diet and consuming more of vegetables and fruits, especially those high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits (oranges, melons, etc.) instead.
- Using hydrating gels and moisturizers and eye packs that are available in the markets do claim to get rid of dark circles. There is no harm in trying these products, especially those that are hypoallergenic (do not themselves give rise to allergies), and those that use natural ingredients. Hydration can also be done quite easily from the comfort of your own home. Placing an ice pack from your refrigerator over the dark circles can help to constrict the blood vessels under the eyes and reduce the dark coloration.
- Seeking medical consultation when all remedies fail. Your doctor can offer medical therapeutic options to resolve the condition. Skin lightening creams such as those containing weak acids or hydroquinone are advocated by dermatologists, which are available as over-the-counter preparations. Chemical peeling and laser therapy can also be done as of last resort as they are procedures that must be carried out by certified medical practitioners only.