We wake up. We walk to the bathroom. Turn the lights on. Greet our morning expression with a quizzical look as we stare at the dark halos that encircle our eyes. The eyes, the proverbial windows into the soul, are now ringed in dark shadows and it is not as a result from Halloween night out as a raccoon. They showed up one day, and then as if by magic, you start to notice the dark circles creeping their way into every photograph.
The search for answers always begins with questions. What causes dark circles? We are taught that if we can name something we can begin to discern its existence and how it came about. Dark circles under the eyes, is the short form description of Periorbital dark circles. The causes of dark circles seem to be many and figuring out what causes yours will lead to finding out exactly what treatment will work best for you.
The skin around the eyes is very think and there is no fat underneath or surrounding it. The “darkness” around the eyes can be attributed to the blood vessels that can be seen underneath the skin as they carry blood. The paler and more translucent the skin is, the darker the circles may appear. Similar to varicose veins, dark circles under the eyes seem to be passed down through genes.
Causes of Dark Eye Circles
If the dark circles come and go, then there might be allergies that body is responding to that can cause them. Hay fever is known to cause dark circles, as is asthma and eczema because it usually involves the irritation of the eye area. If you happen to be taking medications that dilate the blood vessels, they too might contribute to the dark circles. Dark circles may also be a sign of an existing iron deficiency in the body and one that can easily be looked into by testing to see if you are anemic. A lack of sleep, or not sleeping well, can also cause a paleness to occur to the skin, as the circulations is slower. As we age, our skin also looses its elasticity and collagen, so the skin will become more thinned out and the blood vessels more pronounced as a result of this. The bruising that can be experienced under the eyes due to trauma such as plastic surgery will also create dark and heavy circles under the eyes, but these will usually diminish between a week or two following the procedure.
Reduce Dark Circles with Natural Remedies
There are natural remedies and ways in which to help reduce dark circles that have been tried and found helpful in aiding the disappearance of dark circles. Many of these options can and should be used together. Play around with the different types of treatments until you find the right combination that works for you.
- Getting a good night’s sleep in crucial in eliminating dark circles, and besides sleeping deeply and comfortably, the way you position yourself while you sleep can be of great help. Add another pillow to your existing one so that there is no blood buildup during the night under the eyes.
- After you wake up, apply a cold compress to your eyes, as you lie propped up on your pillows. I like to leave black tea, green tea, or chamomile tea bags in the refrigerator in a sealed container and I take out two every morning to place on my eyes for 5-15 min. You can also use slices of cucumbers or raw potato that have been kept in the refrigerator, or two spoons that have been cooled in the refrigerator.
- Like everything else in our lives, our diet deeply affects our skin’s appearance. Stock up on food rich in omega 3 fatty acid, like salmon, and walnuts, and drink plenty of water.
- Apply a think layer of almond oil around the eyes before going to bed and gently remove with a mild cleanser in the morning.
- If you attribute your dark circles to allergies, consider treating the allergy with an antihistamine as soon as they begin to flare up.
- To avoid further sun damage to the sensitive eye area, apply sunscreen daily.
- Look into taking Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and iron as supplements or in the form of under eyes creams.
- Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to the area around the eyes with cotton balls, while avoiding getting it into the eyes. Leave on for 10 min and then rinse off with cool water.