Sometimes, no matter how much sleep you get you awaken with dark circles under your eyes that look like you’ve been out all night.
These are usually bluer-looking circles caused by a combination of thinner skin that allows the veins to show and the fact that the skin only allows blue or violet wavelengths to show through it.
For those with constant brown circles under the eye, it’s hyperpigmentation that can come from overexposure to the sun, constant rubbing or even genetics. Eyestrain and fluid accumulation can make them even more noticeable.
② Stress and Fatigue
Daily activities such as working lead to frustration and overtiredness. Stress develops, and it negatively affects the mental, physical and psychological state of the body. The tiredness reduces the desire to sleep and does anything else hence making the body react.
This is a skin condition characterized by itching and inflammation of the skin. Chronic cases are closely related to other conditions such as asthma and hay fever. The irritation can extend to the area below the eyes causing dark circles. The cause is not known though studies show that skin sensitivity to products such as soap and hereditary factors can contribute.
④ Contact Dermatitis
This is a skin condition that stimulates skin irritation, inflammation and allergy especially when in contact with any material. Use of skin care products such as soaps, cosmetics, jewelry and fragrances can cause contact dermatitis.
Dark circles under the eye can be a genetic factor inherent from one family to the other. Uneven pigmentation can be transferred from one parent to the offspring of the affected family.
⑥ Rubbing of the Eyes
This can be after or during crying, watching television for an extended period of time or due to any allergic reaction that can cause eyes irritation.
⑦ Sun Burn
Too much exposure to the sun can lead to the production of more pigmentation substance known as melanin that can be seen darkening below the eyes area.
⑧ More Salt Food
When you each food with too much salt, can cause water to move into areas around your eyes to the more salt concentration regions by the principle of osmosis hence making your eyes puffy and dark at the lower areas.
There are some women whose skin pigmentation gets affected due to pregnancy. This is due to hormonal imbalances that can also influence the skin around the eyes.
Lack of enough sleep can lead to itchy and irritating eyes. This is due to tension and stress that gets created around the eyes due to sleep.
⑪ Poor Blood Circulation
Many activities can cause poor blood flow in the body. This includes poor sleeping posture and perhaps some medical conditions.
⑫ Poor Nutrition
Lack of proper vitamins and mineral elements can be what causes dark circles under eyes. Such vitamins include K, A, C and Iron.
Swelling and inflammation of tissues and blood vessels can take place due to the release of the substance histamine in the body that is triggered by most of the allergic reactions.
The three ingredients you need are mint leaves, aloe vera, and potato. If I haven’t mentioned it before, I’ll take the time now to say it. Grow your own beauty ingredients.
① Aloe Vera
An aloe vera plant is easy to grow and very handy to have in case of an emergency, just break off a leaf and apply the juice to the wound or burn. It’s the perfect medication for a burn and even scrapes and scratches, not to mention beauty products.
Aloe Vera leaf or gel has multiple nutrients to aid the skin. It has 18 amino acids to add a soothing healing effect. It also contains antioxidants in the form of vitamins and minerals.
It’s a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the outside to the skin, moisturizing as it does. The nutrients not only have an antioxidant affect, but they also help remove or prevent wrinkles while brightening and lightening the area.
You can purchase a plant at almost any store they sell house plants. You can also grow mint at home. Be aware that it loves to travel, so growing it in a pot is imperative. It too is easy to grow and robust.
② Mint Leaves
Mint contains several substances that make it good for the skin. It provides vitamin A to rejuvenate skin and make it bright. It also contains salicylic acid that helps soften and slough off dead skin that can darken the under eye area.
The potato is one of the best beauty products when it comes to lightening skin. They provide a bleaching effect that nourishes the skin in the process.
The phytochemicals and nutrients in potatoes also help soften the skin, moisturize and reduce inflammation. Even though you may be treating dark circles under the eye, you’ll also be treating puffiness when you use potato juice in your mixture.
① Grate the potato, set aside. Slice some fresh aloe vera and use a strainer to mash them down to get some juice.
② In the same strainer. crush some mint leaves, overall we need to get 1 tbsp juice of aloe vera gel and 2 or 3 drops of mint juice.
③ Strain the juice out from the grated potato and we need at least 3 tbsp of the juice.
④ Take a cotton pad and cut it in half, dip them in the mixture (you can store the leftover in the fridge & use it for 2 days).
⑤ Clean your face and stick the 2 halves of dipped cotton pads under your eyes for about 10-15 minutes.
⑥ Gently remove the pads and pat dry the skin. Apply your favorite eye cream to finish it off.
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Credit: Shruti Arjun Anand
Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.
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