Discoloration under the eye can make a person pretty self-conscious. Dark circles can make you appear fatigued or stressed and putting on makeup to hide them can get extremely technical. Before you run to your local dermatologist for help, try a few natural home remedies. Even if they don’t work completely, they can be a start and could save you tons of cash.
Dark Circles could be your destiny
In order to get rid of dark circles under eyes for good you must find out the source of your issue. If you’ve carried dark under eyes since you were a child, then your circles may be genetic. If so, the discoloration is embedded in your DNA, and even if thenew skin appears it will appear dark. Those with genetic dark circles don’t have much of a choice but to wear makeup.
As stated earlier, covering dark circles with makeup can be complicated, this is because you have to revert back to color theory. Look at the undertone of your darkness:
- If it is blue, you need to begin with an orange base.
- If they are yellow, you must begin with a purple base.
- If they are red, you should start with a green base.
The base color’s purpose is to help neutralize the darkness by combining it with is compliment. You remember your complementary colors right? Your base can be any facial product that blends well with other products, many women use eyeliners or lipstick. Next go ahead and apply your concealer. Use your finger to blend, your body temperature will help them fuse seamlessly. For longer lasting concealer, add a translucent powder once you have completed your makeup look.
Other causes of dark circles include:
- An accident/trauma
- Nasal congestion
- Poor blood circulation
There are foods that can help diminish the appearance of dark circles
This famous green veggie has become an essential ingredient in the beauty industry. The most common place they are used is under the eyes because they are well-known for their cooling properties. If yourdark circles are paired with puffiness or irritation, placing a slice of cucumber over them for 10-15 minutes could help relieve them. Cucumbers are loaded with 3 critical ingredients:
- Antioxidants help to protect the skin from environmental factors like free radicals. These hungry molecules look for healthy skin cells to rob them of their nutrients, which could make dark circles worse. The worse thing about free radicals is that they have the ability to multiply and spread throughout the entire body.
- Vitamin C will help to lighten, brighten, and tighten the skin under the eye. Those who have darkness on the surface of their skin (instead of underneath) can benefit from the vitamin C found in cucumbers.
- Vitamin Kis known for its ability to clear blood clots. This is great news for those with broken capillaries or slow circulation. In order for vitamin K to perform at its highest potential, it should be paired with vitamin C, A and E.
Have you ever used a tomato on your skin? The ones thrown at you after you big debut don’t count, although you probably should’ve saved them. Tomatoes contain a plethora of ingredients, including:
- You are already aware of the things Vitamin C can do for your dark circles.
- Vitamin A is actually the natural form of retinol. Retinol has been used for decades to solve issues like fine lines, wrinkles, flaky skin, acne, and discoloration. Vitamin A speeds up your cell turnover rate so that new skin can appear.
- Vitamin Bhas been proven to protect against skin cancer. It is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals. Using vitamin b will also allow your skin to look more radiant.
- Sulfur will help lighten discoloration, so if your darkness is topical, sulfur may help. It has also been known to solve common issues like acne, dandruff, eczema, fine lines and wrinkles.
- Iron will help by protecting your skin from free radicals. It can also help your skin look more vibrant and hydrated.
Potatoes aren’t just for the kitchen; they can also be used to get rid of discoloration under the eyes. The enzymes found in the potato have the ability to dissolve skin cells and make room for fresh, new skin. Enzymes are generally used in gentle exfoliating products so you shouldn’t feel and burning or tingling. Potatoes are also loaded with antioxidants and vitamin c, which you already know work wonders for dark circles.
If you decide to use food to diminish your dark circlesjust blend them and make a paste. Those who choose to use tomato should apply it every other day, so the acid doesn’t dry the skin.
Changing the way you eat and how you live can contribute to improving dark circles:
- You should be drinking more water. Water will help hydrate your skin and give it a firmer appearance. It can also help push fluid through the body that can sometimes cause under eye puffiness.
- Lay off the salt. Salt can cause the body to retain an unnecessary amount of water and can make your eyes puffy.
- Green veggies contain loads of iron making them great for someone who has dark under eyes. Those who have an iron deficiency typically have very pale skin in which dark circles are much more visible.
- Say no to caffeine even if you’re low on energy. Caffeine is known to cause dehydration which can make dark circles more prominent.
Diet isn’t the only thing you have to change for clearer under eyes:
- No more smoking and drinking. Smoking causes intense dehydration and produces free radicals, both are enemies for someone with dark circles.
- Become more active. Exercise can help get the blood flowing which can improve those with broken capillaries. Working out also provides the skin with more energy, so it appears brighter.
- Get some sleep, 8 hours is generally enough sleep for the average person, but some may need up to 10 hours.
- Try to hide your eyes from the sun, UVB rays can burn your skin and cause circles to get darker. Wear sunglasses while you are out. You should also invest in an eye cream with SPF or a sunscreen solely made for the under eyes.