Many of us have experienced problems with dark circles under our eyes or will sometime in our lives. These troublesome spots are difficult to conceal and even harder to get rid of. There are many contributing factors that cause this discoloration, some of which are unavoidable such as age or illness. However there are many practical ways to prevent them.
Allergies are a common cause for skin discoloration under the eyes and includes seasonal, an undetected food allergy or an allergy to a chemical in your surroundings. Your will first need to determine what is causing the adverse reaction and then do your best to remove it from your environment.
Get Sufficient Sleep
Your body requires 7-9 hours sleep each night. At night your circulation increases throughout your body; including your face and eyes, which help reduce puffiness and darkness.
Reduce Your Salt Intake
Avoid food that contain high levels of salt as they can increase your bodies fluid retention which is a major cause of dark circles under the eyes.
Eat Right & Drink Lots of Water
Your overall health and appearance is greatly influenced by your diet and water consumption. Vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin K or B12 can cause dark circles. Avoid processed foods and make sure you eat a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables and drink 8-12 glasses of water a day. Dehydration greatly reduces circulation.
What you are on the inside tends to show on the outside. Reducing stress is essential in the prevention of dark under-eye circles so pick up a relaxing hobby like yoga or swimming or just lie down, close your eyes and listen to some soft music when you feel uptight.
Smoking causes vascular problems that not only threaten your health, but also make your blood vessels appear bluer and more prominent under the skin.
The lactic acid in milk helps reduce puffiness and darkness. Saturate cotton balls in whole milk and apply therm to your eyes for 10 minutes.
Choose a tea high in caffeine, tannins and antioxidants such as Chamomile. You can use warm of cold tea bags. Just place them over your eyes for 25-30 minutes.
A great, natural remedy for irritated, puffy eyes. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties and contain powerful, antioxidants and flavinoids that help calm and soothe. Chill thick slices and place them over your eyes for 10 minutes.
Chill thin slices of potatoes and place them over your eyes for 10 minutes at a time. Potatoes are great because they stay cool for a long time and help soothe and relieve your eyes.