15 Ways to Reduce Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Dark circles under eyes affect many people at one time or another. However, for some people, this condition is an everyday occurrence. That's unacceptable! While these problems can be symptomatic of an illness, they are typically instead caused by either allergies, lack of sleep, fatigue, or genetics.

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Even though dark under-eye circles are frequently related to hereditary, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about them, but you should be prepared for limited success in actually trying to treat them.

They may also be caused by carbon deposits that result from incomplete protein digestion. Incomplete protein digestion results from an insufficient amount of gastric acid in your stomach. Lower gastric acids can be caused by a lack of B6 and folic acid. About 30 percent of the population does not absorb these two particular vitamins well, and vitamin B injections may be required.

If your dark circles or puffiness are chronic, you may have an undetected food allergy or an allergy to some type of chemical in your home or workplace. Food allergies (especially dairy and glutens) can play a major part in under-eye circles. Read this. Processed foods with artificial colors and preservatives can also make them worse.

Talk to a dermatologist to help determine what you might be allergic to. People with allergies also tend again to be deficient in B6, Folic acid and B12 on occasion. Taking daily vitamins along with clearing the sinuses (saline solution) may help with allergies as well as skin discolorations.

Of course, you can also apply a concealer to dark circles for an instant fix. Apply them by placing small dots under the eyes and then gently blend them in, as pictured above. Make sure the concealer you use is either water based or in a dry form like powders. Why? Because oil based or creamy renditions are capable of stretching the skin and may actually make under-eye circles worse.

No matter what the cause, you can still reduce their appearance and in some cases, get rid of them altogether.

15 Ways to Reduce Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

  • Get plenty of sleep nightly. It’s not entirely clear why inadequate sleep results in circles under the eyes, but we’ve all experienced it. Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep regularly for a couple of weeks to see if that helps. Remember that alcohol and drugs can adversely affect the quality of your sleep. Abstain from these products or use only in moderation for best results.

  • Treat your skin while you sleep. Use a night cream before you go to bed. Some of them are specifically formulated for dark circles.

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  • Apply cool tea bags to your eyes daily. The tannins in tea bags have been shown to reduce discoloration. In the morning, apply tea bags over your eyes and leave for 10 minutes. Be sure to place them down far enough so they cover dark areas. Keep your eyes closed please.

  • Apply retinol creams. Dark circles can be helped by vitamin A, which is present in all true retinol creams. Regardless of the cause, recent research has shown that skin creams containing vitamin A or vitamin K as an ingredient, reduce puffiness and discolorations significantly in many patients. Long-term daily use seems to have the greatest effect.

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes. The problem is that rubbing your eyes can irritate the skin surrounding eyes and can break tiny capillaries beneath the skin, causing discolorations. Even though your stress and anxiety levels may be high, try rubbing your hands together instead!

  • Try vitamin K creams or take the vitamin if you can find it. Vitamin K is well known for helping to remove and reduce dark skin discolorations. Most vitamin K creams are about the same, so just buy the ones that fit best with your budget. To be so simple, the results will astound you!

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  • Try the above method of eliminating those pesky circles under your eyes.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in leafy green vegetables and water packed fruits like watermelon regularly. Adequate fluids also help to improve circulation, which reduces the darkening effect.

  • Reduce salt intake. Too much salt can also impair your circulation, and cause the blood vessels under the skin to appear darker.

  • Put 2 spoons in the freezer at night and then in the morning, place the spoon side under your eyes.

  • Take a small cup or bowl and put in 1 teaspoon of Knox gelatin mix. Add one tablespoon of boiling water and stir for a minute. Test it on your wrist to make sure it is not too hot.

    Using a cotton ball, pat the gelatin under your eyes as you would an eye cream or gel. Go lie down and listen to some music, or take a bath & let it stay on for at least 30 minutes. Then simply rinse it off. Gelatin is very high in Vitamin K and Biotin. It will not remove under-eye circles on the first application. (but you will notice a difference) Do this daily for a week, and then 2-3 times a week for maintenance, and you should notice a drastic reduction!

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  • Raw potatoes contain potassium which helps get rid of dark circles. Lay fresh cut 1" thick slices over your eyes for at least 5 minutes.

  • Take a bag of black or green tea and place it in a cup of hot water, set aside. Slice up a cucumber into 1/2 inch thick slices.

    Put two cucumber slices into the tea and let them soak in the refrigerator overnight. Place the soaked slices on your closed eyes for 10-15 minutes once to twice daily! (When you’re finished, you can place the cucumber slices back in the tea and reuse it later if you like.)

  • Use a cooling eye mask. Gel packed eye masks kept in the frig are the perfect fast solution to dark circles. Every gal should have at least one at home! These are ready to go anytime you are!

  • Try products like Hydroxatone that specifically target circles under the eyes.

    Dark circles under your eyes can be a major cause of grief. Just keep things in perspective! Use these handy tips to get rid of them or make them less noticeable. In any case, it isn't the end of the world! They probably bother you more than anyone else!

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