Dark circles under the eye can add years to your appearance making you look older and tired.  These pigmentation changes can be due to several different problems but they all come down to the fact that to look our best we must take better care of ourselves. Good nutrition, physical exercise and sleep are vital to a healthy body and healthy skin. Here are a few suggestions for treating and preventing dark under eye circles.

What are Under Eye Circles?

Dark circles under the eyes are a common condition that may be caused by several factors. Lack of sleep, physical aging, genetics and poor eating habits are just a few.  When there is something wrong in the body, often times the first place you’ll notice it is on the face.  If the dark circles appear only occasionally it may be the body’s way of telling you to slow down and rest more.

When the dark circles are caused by heredity there is not much you can do to correct it but try to live healthy.  Eating a well-balanced diet, getting plenty of exercise and sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night will help the body to stay healthy and should help the circles be less noticeable.  A few simple makeup tricks can also help hide them from view.

Aging can cause dark circles due to the thinning of the skin under the eyes. The skin loses its elasticity and the fat padding making it thin and transparent. Thin skin shows the tiny blue veins making the skin appear bluish or black. In this case it may be more effective to use a makeup concealer to cover them as they are not associated with lifestyle.

Lifestyle habits also play a part in the way we look and feel.  Smoking, too much alcohol and too many late nights will take a toll on your appearance. It may be time to evaluate your lifestyle and make a few well needed changes.

Treating Dark Circles under Eyes

Skin lightening creams may help with treating dark circles due to heredity and lifestyle. Some other forms of treatments include laser pulse to break up the pigmentation; mini peels and creams containing caffeine to restrict the blood vessels.

Covering with Makeup

Concealers in colors of green and yellow mask some under eye circles.  Lightly dab the concealer on with your fingertip and blend lightly. Set the finish with a fine matte powder the same shade as your foundation.  Some tinted moisturizers go on lighter and smoother than foundation and blend nicely with concealer.

Treating dark Circles with Home Remedies

A few inexpensive things you can do at home to treat dark circles are to chill a cucumber, peel and slice thinly. Place the slices on your eyes and lay down for 10 to 15 minutes. The coolness combined with the juice of the cucumber sooth and refreshes the eyes.  Another treatment includes using green bags, moistened and placed on the eyes. Repeat as above.  Both of these methods are effective at soothing tired eyes and reducing swelling and puffiness.  The green tea also helps the dark pigment fade.

Preventing Under Eye Circles

Dark circles under the eye can be prevented by a healthy diet and lifestyle.  If heredity is not your problem, then cleaning up your daily habits should have those dark circles fading away.  A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables as well as grains and dairy help to supply the body with all the nutrients it needs to regenerate dead skin cells and increase the blood flow to the skin making your complexion glow.

Taking good care of your skin is the best way to prevent problems later on.

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