HEALTH & BEAUTY: How to Minimize Dark Under Eye Circles

IMG_1503They seemed to appear overnight. What you may ask? Those dreaded dark under eye circles.

We weren’t sure why some of us seemed more prone to getting them. So, we researched and explored potential causes and remedies that can help to minimize them.

Here’s what we found as some potential causes of dark under eye circles:

  • Lack of sleep and too much sleep can be the culprits.
  • Seasonal allergies and reactions to skin irritants can cause them as well.
  • Hyper-pigmentation or discoloration of the skin.
  • Dehydration. Our body is comprised of 60% water so staying hydrated is important for proper body function.
  • Anemia. Iron-deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia in women that can result in improper oxygen flow throughout the body including the eye area.
  • Vitamin deficiency. Insufficient vitamins needed to promote proper eye health can be a cause.
  • Puffy eyes and fluid retention can make under eye circles appear more pronounced.
  • Genetics. Unfortunately, they can be hereditary.
  • Stress. Enough said.

What are some remedies that can help minimize dark under eye circles?

  • Cold compresses such as ice packs and cool cucumbers can help to reduce puffiness and constrict blood vessels to minimize dark under eye circles.
  • Get more (or less) ZZZs. Getting on average six to eight hours of beauty sleep and going to bed and rising at the same time can help.
  • Propping your head with an extra pillow while sleeping can help to minimize fluid retention and minimize the appearance of dark under eye circles.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink about 40-60 ounces of water daily to maintain proper bodily functions.
  • Consume more foods rich in vitamins K, C, B, and E that promote eye health.
  • Exercise does the body good. It can help manage stress and improve blood and oxygen flow throughout the body.

For those with dark under eye circles out there, we hear you! And, we hope this helps. Please keep in mind that if problems persist or worsen, please seek the advice of a medical practitioner.

Thank you for being kind to your body!