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By Tiffany Moore


There’s nothing scarier than waking up in the morning and see a raccoon staring back at you in the mirror. You know the unsightly dark eye circles are a sure sign of a night out too late, so you fight back with a good night’s sleep. However, no matter how much you snooze, those stubborn dark rings under your eyes just won’t go away. Perhaps it’s time to dig deeper into the root of your cosmetic annoyance.


There are a variety of reasons why you have dark eye circles, and it certainly helps to understand the different causes so that you can remedy the situation better and not throw your hopes into every anti-dark-circles eye cream that comes by.


First, the problem of dark eye rings can be in the skin around your eyes, which can be darker than the rest of your face. This is commonly seen in people who have pale or fair complexion, where dark circles may be more noticeable than those with darker skin tones.


Furthermore, fair skin as well as thinning skin caused by natural aging process can make the veins underneath your eyes more visible, which in turn gives a dark appearance to those areas. If you are bothered by small veins under your eyes, they can be reduced by laser (Vbeam), or injection. Alternatively, use eye care products that contain antioxidants, such as green tea polyphenols and caffeine to help constrict these blood vessels and minimize their appearance. Try Jo Malone Green Tea & Honey Eye Cream (super expensive but worth the splurge) or 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream.


Very importantly, stop smoking as this unhealthy lifestyle habit can make reddish-blue blood vessels appear more pronounced under the skin. Furthermore, smoking ages skin prematurely, giving you sallow skin plus fine lines around your eyes.


Dark rings around eyes can be a result of hollow or sunken eye areas and wrinkles as well. Skin starts to lose collagen and elasticity as you get older, leading to sagging and creases which trap light (tear trough shadowing) and make age-related eye circles look darker. One option is injectable dermal fillers to plump up sunken areas below your eyes and smooth out eye wrinkles. Also, avoid shimmery eye makeup (frosted eye shadows) as they tend to draw attention to the eye region.


Eye bags are also a contributing factor because they create a bulge on your lower eyelids, which casts a shadow that makes the problem of persistent dark under eye circles much more apparent. If you have heavy under eye bags due to under eye fat deposits, consider blepharoplasty to get them removed. The surgical procedure not only helps diminish under-eye shadows but will also rejuvenate dull tired-looking eyes and make you look years younger.


If puffiness is caused by fluid retention, try sleeping with your head slightly elevated by adding an extra pillow to prevent fluids from accumulating around your eyes. Also, limit salt (sodium) intake as much as possible since excessive consumption of salty foods may cause water retention.


We also know that heredity plays a role in dark under-eye circles. While you cannot control your genes, there are several things that can be done to reduce the intensity of dark rings under or around your eyes. For instance, apply an under-eye cream that has Vitamin A plus other retinoid ingredients, like Roc Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, to dissolve dead skin cells around the delicate eye area and stimulate cell turnover for brighter, more youthful looking skin.


Also, add a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 for eye area to your beauty routine as sunlight can darken the skin by increasing melanin production and make your existing dark eye rings worse. You can also cover pesky hereditary dark circles with a yellow-based concealer that works to neutralize darkness beneath your peepers while the eye cream take its time to show results.


Another possible cause of panda-eyed look is allergies to pollen, mold, or dust. All of these airborne allergens may induce nasal congestion that can cause dark circles to develop. Needless to say, taking an allergy pill plus cleaning your house on a regular basis will contribute greatly to make those stubborn dark eye rings fade.


If you have a pet dog or cat at home, pay attention. Animal dander can also trigger an allergic reaction so keep your pets outside, if necessary.


Food allergies or sensitivities may be a possible reason behind those impossible-to-erase dark circles. Common culprits include dairy allergies, lactose intolerance, tyramine (found in chocolate, avocado, yeast, and soy-based products like tofu and soy sauce) as well as preservatives and additives, such as sodium benzoate.


In addition, certain health conditions such as eyelid eczema and asthma can result in panda eyes because they cause eyes to itch, which make you want to rub or scratch them. Rubbing your eyes can break tiny blood vessels underneath the skin, which can bring on that unattractive dark eye effect.


Most people believe that getting enough sleep helps remedy dark circles under eyes, although most skin care specialists say fatigue is usually not the cause of this very common dermatological problem. However, a lack of sleep can make you look more hollow-eyed and also paler in contrast to those rings below your eyes.


Working on the computer for long periods of time or reading  under poor light can cause eye strain, possibly leading to darker-than-normal circles. If your eyes feel tired, try this simple exercise to relieve eye strain. Close your eyes and gently press your ring finger underneath one eye, moving from the inside corner to the outside corner. Do this 10 to 15 times on each eye to improve blood circulation.


My suggestion is use a bit of almond oil to help your finger glide smoothly without pulling the skin around your eyes. I personally love almond oil for its superb skin firming and conditioning benefits that help reduce the horribly dark, swollen skin under my eyes after a TV marathon.


Another notable plus about almond oil is, it doesn’t feel greasy and won’t clog pores. That means it won’t contribute to milia formation, which are small, whitehead-like skin blemishes that often appear around your peepers.


Alternating hot and cold towels under eyes for 10 minutes also works wonders for relieving eye strain. You may want to follow up with a few drops of almond oil on the darkened area before bedtime.


And don’t forget the 20/20/20 rule to get rid of eye stress –  for every 20 minutes, look in to the distance, about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.


If puffy eye areas and purplish circles under eye circles trouble you, it could mean poor blood circulation. The Sarvangasana or “Shoulder Stand” allows clean blood and oxygen to reach your face quickly, thereby significantly reducing the appearance of purple rings under eyes circles. Moreover, this highly relaxing yoga pose also helps improve the quality of your sleep so you wake up with refreshed skin that glows radiantly from within.


Poor nutrition can lead to dark circle around the eyes too. If your diet is lacking in dietary iron, you are more prone to becoming anemic, which may result in a bluish tinge beneath your eyes. So make sure to consume reasonable amounts of heme iron found in animal foods such as lean meat, liver and fish. These foods are a better choice because they are absorbed more efficiently than iron from plants (non-heme iron) –  lentils, chick peas and baked beans.


It is also a good idea to eat Vitamin-C rich foods like cabbage, tomato and orange along with foods containing iron as this will help your body better absorb the mineral. Besides, Vitamin C helps lighten dark circles by increasing collagen production, which in turn tightens and plumps up sagging skin.


There are countless of remove dark eye circles home remedies that have been passed from generation to generation, ranging from old tea bag to cucumber, rice and acupressure. So you might want to use some of these at home treatments to get rid of dark under eye rings naturally before turning to a dermatologist for professional help.




Home Remedies and Natural Treatments to Get Rid of Dark Eye Circles

1. Placing chilled thin potato slices over your eyes for about 20 minutes is one of the best natural cures to fade dark circles and reduce puffiness. Cucumber also works well, if you don't happen to have potatoes in your kitchen pantry.



2.  Alternatively, concoct an equal part of fresh potato and cucumber juices. Soak some cotton pads in juices and put on lower eyelids for 20 minutes to lighten dark circles. You can also mix cucumber juice with tomato juice, which is also a natural skin lightening agent.



3. Another oldie-but-goodie natural home remedy for getting rid of under eye circles is tea bag. Take two used tea bags  (green tea is the best in terms of antioxidant content) and dip in cold water for about 5 minutes. Then lay them under your eyes and keep there for 10 minutes.



4.You can also reduce the appearance of dark circles with mint. Grab a small handful of mint leaves, lightly crush into paste and apply over eyes. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse off. As an added bonus, mint refreshes tired eyes, leaving you looking bright-eyed all day.



5. My favourite quick fix for under-eye dark circles is rose water, which is so easy to make at home or you can get it cheaply from most drugstores. Dip two cotton balls in rose water and place them over eyes for about 10 minutes.



6. I also like pineapple juice because it has strong whitening actions, and works exceedingly well especially when used in combination with a bit of turmeric powder. Spread on under eye areas to fade stubborn dark rings and wash off after 5 minutes.



7. Almonds can be successful as a home cure to reduce dark circles under eyes naturally. Take a few almonds and soak them in milk for several hours, preferably overnight. Peel the skins off soaked almonds and grind. Then add a few drops of cold milk. Apply almond-milk mixture around your eye area for 10 minutes or so. For best results, use on a regular basis. I suggest you buy almonds without skins, if you are short on time.

As a alternative, try powdered fenugreek and milk.



8. You can also treat dark eye circles naturally by using a hot compress made with uncooked rice grains. Take a square piece of cotton cloth that is large enough to cover your eye, and put some rice –  brown or white – in the center. Pull all the corners upward and tie up with a hair tie, making sure that it is well secured. Better yet, use a clean toddler-size cotton sock.

Heat the rice bag in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, or until it is as hot as you can stand without burning your face. Remove and place the hot rice compress on your eyes for 5 minutes to promote blood flow and reduce puffy eyes.

Repeat the process two times a day, once in the morning and once before you go to bed, and you should notice a huge improvement on your dark eye circles.





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