How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under the Eyes?

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Q: I am 52, have fairly good skin. I am always told that I look younger than my age. But, my under eye dark circles are quite noticeable, even if I have a good night’s sleep. What can I do to minimize these black rounds and improve them? I am looking for some easy but effective tips to get rid of it. Any useful remedies to lighten them?
Expert Answer

Eye Massage

Eye massages, when done properly, can really help in treating dark circles under the eyes. What I mean by doing it properly is making sure to use a light hand and not subject the skin around the eyes to a lot of tugging and stretching as these will have long term consequences to the skin around the eyes. If you’re not too sure about what to do, then it’s best to go to a skin specialist to have it done. Eye massages are usually part of the process of getting a facial, so that can be a good option for you.

Treat Your Allergies

Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Contrary to popular belief, lack of sleep is not the only way to get dark circles. When we get allergies, it usually affects the sinus area, which is why we get a runny nose and the eyes tear up and get puffy. The clear solution for situations like this is to treat your allergies as soon as possible—over the counter antihistamines are easy to find anyway. If you’re not aware of any allergies that you might have, go to a physician to get help in identifying what it is that you’re allergic to.

The best thing that I can recommend for you, when it comes to allergies is to make sure to avoid the things that you get reactions to, so that you won’t have to go through the hassle of getting dark circles and a runny nose, and having to treat it.

Eat Well

A healthy and well balanced diet will not only help your overall health, but will also definitely help with getting rid of dark circles under the eyes. Having a well balanced diet will promote the health of your skin because it will ensure proper circulation. The antioxidants in healthy food will also help lush out the toxins that tend to buildup in the system. For the skin in the eye area, this means having glowing skin.

Eating well goes hand in hand with avoiding foods that are high in sodium. As it is, the skin around the eyes tends to retain water, which explains why we sometimes wake up with puffy eyes. Consequently, having too much salt in your diet affects the circulation of fluids in the body, and when this happens in the eye area, the consequence is usually that the circles around the eyes will get bluer and darker.

Relax and Sleep Well

Relaxing and getting enough rest are the cornerstones of getting rid of dark circles under the eyes. As much as possible, get six to eight hours of sleep. Getting less than what you need tends to make the skin paler, which then highlights the darkness of the circles around the eyes. When this happens, we tend to look more gaunt and weak, which is why we are asked to rest and relax for a bit after a night of having insufficient rest.

If you do find yourself lacking rest, then it’s best to try to make up for the sleep that you lost the following evening. Try your best to relax (you can even have a glass of wine if you like), because it will help you get to sleep faster and longer.

Use Sunglasses

Make sure to use sunglasses when you head out during the daytime. Choose one that has good SPF protected lenses. Be careful about going under the sun, especially during the peak hours as this can aggravate the dark circles under your eyes.

Drink Lots of Water

Much like having a well balanced diet and sleeping well, drinking lots of water regularly will help treat dark circles, even in the long term. It helps address the issue of flushing out toxins in the skin and the body and keeps us hydrated. Dark circles are not only associated with lack of sleep, it is also caused by not getting sufficiently hydrated.

Use an Under-Eye Cream

When it comes to dark circles under the eyes, it is best to cover all your bases when it comes to treatments and remedies. Using an eye cream as an addition to your skin care routine will help boost the overall health of the skin in the eye area. You should note, however, this work best in combination with the other solutions and tips mentioned above.

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3 comments

  • You are right Linda! I also have dark circles problem and I know, sleep is very importatnt factor to be taken into account, but I do not get proper sleep (7 hours) because I have a cute little boy. Thanks for your tips, I will definitely gonna try them.

  • I’ve noticed my eyes have become very puffy lately, especially when I do not get enough sleep. Dark circles actually run in my family. These are helpful tips! Thanks Linda.

  • I’m a business person and having dark eye circles, dark shadows and heavy bags under your eyes whatever people called it but it makes me look very tired and exhausted. It’s quite very important to me my my eyes look refreshed, bright and alert. This health and beauty tip you’ve given is a cure for a variety of beauty and health maladies.

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