What you do need to understand first is that dark circles can result from poor circulation of blood and oxygen. Poor circulation results to the ill distribution of essential nutrients throughout the body which stresses nerves where undistributed blood, oxygen, and other bodily fluids get stuck. When capillaries bulge and get worn out, such as those located around your eyes, they become damaged, causing stuck fluids to leak underneath your eye skin.
How Yoga Can Help Diminish* Dark Circles?
Yoga is a form of exercise, and in general, any form of physical activity promotes* normal and healthy blood circulation. And, yes! Yoga can help diminish* those dark circles that are making your eyes look tired and old.
In yoga, a lot of stretching is involved, effectively relaxing tensed muscles and tired nerves. These stretching actions promote the healthy and normal circulation and distribution of blood, oxygen, and other essential nutrients throughout the body. It relieves* pressure where fluids have been stuck and failed to be circulated properly.
When essential nutrients reach skin cells and nerves under your eyes, skin and nerve repair processes are initiated. Essential nutrients act as fuel for cellular regeneration to happen: injured capillaries and nerve endings are restored, while damaged skin cells are restructured.
Healthy blood circulation also promotes* the production of collagen and elastin fibers found on the dermis, or second layer of your skin. Collagen and elastin fibers act as sponges that lock in moisture. Ample amounts of collagen and elastin on skin helps keep skin ultra-hydrated and supple to the touch.
Yoga, coupled with meditation, can do wonders for your skin. It relaxes* your mind and body, essentially rejuvenating all of your body processes and resetting them to their optimum performance levels. Regularly practicing yoga and meditation also helps you focus better*, and helps you manage stressful situations more effectively. When you are able to maintain a positive disposition, at least most of the time, your body, including your skin, benefits from the harmony that is achieved between your mind and your body.
There is also what is known as facial yoga which involves stretching your facial skin and muscles by applying pressure on key areas of your brow, forehead, and eye areas. You may try placing your index fingers on the ends of your eyebrows, gently massaging your brow line. Perform the same action under your eyes using an upward, circular motion.
The massaging action of facial yoga helps relax your facial and eye muscles. With regular, repeated performance of facial yoga, collagen and elastin production are stimulated as blood and oxygen become more evenly distributed around your eyes and throughout the rest of your face and body.
However, yoga, including facial yoga, will only work in helping rid your eyes of those dark circles if the primary cause for the appearance of those dark areas is poor blood and oxygen circulation.
Other Causes of Dark Circles and What Else Can be Done to Eliminate* Them?
Poor diet, especially excessive intake of salty foods and insufficient consumption of clear fluids, promotes* dehydration and, simultaneously, water build up around your eyes, causing the formation of dark circles and eye bags.
Incorporate natural skin foods in your diet, particularly those that contain high amounts of Vitamins A, B, C, E, iron, and folic acid. All of which play important functions in skin repair and rejuvenation, and many act as antioxidants that shield the skin from the harmful and skin damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals cause cellular material to recombine and, in the process, damages otherwise healthy skin cells.
Smoking, frequent and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks also deters proper blood and oxygen circulation. If you have been smoking, drinking, and been out partying until the wee hours of the morning, chances are, these poor lifestyle choices may be causing those dark circles under your eyes to persist.
Do not merely get enough hours of sleep. Help your body and your skin recover from the damaging effects of toxins, free radicals, and stress by ensuring* that you get a deep, relaxing, and quiet sleep throughout the night. Find activities that silence your mind and body, and that could be yoga and meditation. Many of your body’s (and your skin’s) repair and renewal processes are turned on while you sleep. So make sure you get the full beautifying benefits of a peaceful time lying on your bed. Turn off your mobile devices and any other gadget that can interrupt your sleep before hitting the covers.
Learn to smile when all else fails. There is no point of stressing yourself over something that has already happened or that is beyond your control*. Maintain a more positive and happy mood, and you will soon find that those dark circles have disappeared, and that your skin has gained a more youthful glow.
If dark circles persist, see your doctor as these could signal more serious health complications involving your blood, liver or, kidney.