Circles Under Eyes
circles occur under eyes due to a combination of reasons.
It is noticeable under the eye, as people get older. As we age
and receive more sun damage to our facial skin, the thin skin
under the eye can become thinner and wrinkled, which allows
the veins in the fat pad under the eye to become more prominent.
As the skin here is slightly darker than the rest of your face,
any changes in health show up immediately in this delicate area.
Some people think that they occur because they are either tired,
or as a result of sun exposure. This is not typically the case.
Sometimes the dark spots can be hormonal, but often they are
just hereditary. Sometimes the dark spots are caused by the
reflections or shadows cast by the bulges of fat that occur
naturally in the lower eyelids as people get older. If the bulging
of fat is the cause of the dark circles under the eyes, then
cosmetic surgery to remove the fat bags is the only approach
that is typically effective, other than concealer makeup. There
are many contributing factors that make dark circles around
the eyes more noticeable.
- The skin covering the eyelids thins out as we age and starts
to loose its elasticity. With the skin being thinner the blood
vessels underneath become more apparent. To assist in collagen
formation and re-vitalizing your fragile skin around the eyes
- please consider taking an extra vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
supplement, after checking with your medical practitioner.
Heredity - Tendencies such
as allergies or thinner eyelids pass on from generation to generation.
Allergies - Although allergies
are often the blame for dark circles, anything that causes chronic
nasal obstruction can be the culprit. You might not have a major
medical reaction to an allergen, such as wheezing, couching,
sneezing or a closed chest - you could simple have a slightly
stuffy nose, or swollen eyes most of the times. Tests can be
done to determine environmental or food allergies with a simple
skin scratch test, a blood test or other alternative types of
testing. If you have any of the tests done, and they come up
positive for any item that you could avoid as far as possible,
go the extra mile and try to cut the allergen out of your sphere
of living - be that either environmental or food in origin.
Vitamin C is effective in fighting allergies.
Fatigue, tiredness or lack of sleep
- Plain tiredness will also add to the problem of bags under
your eyes, and especially to those ugly dark circles under the
eyes. Have a look at the amount of hours you sleep and also
check on the amount of hours you work in front of your computer
or watch television - both these actions place a tremendous
strain on your eyes.
Smoking - You might not
smoke yourself, but even secondary smoke can affect the way
your eyes look. Most people will have a violent reaction to
smoke, such as the eyes turning bloodshot or watery, while others
will manifest their allergy as swollen eyes. Take vitamin C
as smoking kills off large amount of this vitamin, every time
you light up.
Ingesting excess salt or sodium
- Try and cut down on eating raw salt as it could add to your
problem with water retention.
Fluid retention - Fluid
retention can be a major cause of swollen eyes. Vitamin C is
a natural diuretic and an increase in this vitamin will not
only assists in removing excess water from your body, but will
also assist with collagen formation.
Other reasons of dark circles are menstruation, pregnancy, thyroid
and over exposure to the sun.
Following are few treatments for dark
circle that will help alleviate or conceal them.
Dip a cotton
swab into freshly extracted mint juice, rosewater or cold milk.
Lie down with your feet raised higher than your
head, and then place the wet pads on your closed
eyes. Stay that way for 10 minutes. Do this everyday and you
will start seeing results before long.
Gently massage saffron or almond oil on
the dark area before going to bed.
Lie down and place a slice of cucumber
or potato on each eyelid for about fifteen minutes.
Follow a diet rich in iron, vitamins and
proteins. Deficiencies immediately show up as circles
under the eyes.
You can also use a mixture of almond oil
or cucumber juice with lemon juice to lighten dark
Drink lots of water and get plenty of
Exercise for the eyes
1. Sit down and relax. Breathe normally, and look at a spot
between your eyes, above the bridge of your nose. Keep looking
at this spot for a count of five, and then relax the eyes. Next
look at the tip of your nose, also to the count of five and
relax. This exercise will ease the stress and tension and will
relax your eyes.
2. Sit down and relax and look straight in front of you. Inhale
and look right as far as possible, without turning your head.
Slowly come to the original position and exhale. Repeat the
same method for the left side. Do this exercise three times.
3. Sit up straight and look down. Slowly inhale and start rolling
your eyes to the right and then to the top, in a circular movement.
When your eyes have reached the top, looking towards your eyebrows,
start exhaling while moving your eyes left and downwards in
a circular movement. Repeat three times.