Dark circles under our eyes are one of the quickest ways to ruin our mood and our confidence, and unfortunately, they can stay visible no matter how much concealer is applied! If you’re looking for solutions, read on…
Whether you’ve had a week of late nights or are lacking in certain nutrients, there’s no denying the prevalence of dark circles in our daily existence. While concealer and dark sunglasses are short term semi-fixes, there are a few other things to look at if you would like to minimise your dark circles on an ongoing basis.
Keep reading for 4 suggestions to getting rid of dark circles (that work!)
#1 – Consume Specific Nutrient-Rich Foods
In simple terms, your appearance will suffer if you aren’t getting the nutrition your body needs. And in particular, if you’re suffering from a lack of protein, or insufficient amounts of vitamins A, K, E or C, these deficiencies can show up as dark circles under your eyes.
Accordingly, it might be possible to reduce the look of dark circles, or even get rid of them completely, if you increase your consumption of these nutrients. Foods that may help include almonds, kale, organic grass fed beef, strawberries and sweet potatoes.
If you’re not sure whether you have a deficiency in any of these nutrients, just consult your GP or a registered dietitian who will be able to run a few tests and give you the results!
#2 – Sleep Like A Baby
Sometimes, those dark circles that show up under your eyes have a simple and obvious cause: You’re tired. When you deprive your body of the sleep it needs for proper healing and rejuvenation, don’t be surprised if the results show on your face.
Insufficient sleep leads to skin that looks pale, lifeless and dull. It’s these skin conditions that let the blood vessels and dark tissues under your eyes (beneath your skin’s surface) to show through as dark circles.
If tiredness is the underlying cause of your dark under-eye circles, the solution might be as simple as switching off the computer at night time and getting the amount of sleep your body requires. For women, that’s typically 8 full, uninterrupted hours of sleep nightly. Good luck!
#3 – Hydrate With Water
If simple fatigue isn’t the cause of your under-eye circles, then lack of water is among the other most likely causes. Dehydration causes the sunken look around the eyes which creates shadows and the dreaded dark-circle effect.
To avoid that sunken-eyed-raccoon look, be sure to drink at least 2.1 litres of water daily – unless you’re pregnant, in which case you’d need to drink even more water. Pregnant women should be consuming at least 2.3 litres of water daily, and if you’re breastfeeding, the requirement is even higher at 2.6 litres.
#4 – Consider Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments
Ageing is another straightforward cause of dark under-eye circles. As women age, we become susceptible to factors like thinning skin plus loss of fat and collagen that is required for maintaining the elasticity of the skin around our eyes.
If ageing appears to be the cause of your dark under-eye circles, particularly if the circles are accompanied by wrinkles and / or baggy upper eyelids, Dr Joseph Ajaka at Cosmos Clinic recommends looking into platelet rich plasma treatments as a possible solution. This treatment can help to stimulate the tightening of the skin around the eyes.
In summary, if poor self-care is to blame for dark under-eye circles, the good news is that you can fix them by simply taking better care of yourself – by sleeping well, eating vitamin-rich foods and drinking the water your body needs.
If ageing is the reason, then platelet rich plasma treatments could come to the rescue. Or, if you’re suffering under-eye circles which never seem to go away, no matter how many of the right things you are doing, then speak with your GP.
However, it’s also important to be aware that dark under-eye circles can have more complex causes like allergies or underlying health conditions that require professional diagnosis and treatment.