It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every woman, of whatever age she may be, must have at least once faced the gruesome battle of dark circles under her eyes.
Even after all the patented formulas the industry has come up with, the best way to rid dark eye circles still remains as: the concealer. But is there more we can do?
Let's first examine the elements of our lifestyle which leads to those pesky dark eye circles.
Leading Causes of Dark Circles
Your Sleep Patterns, Of Course
The science behind sleep deprivation and its effects on your eyes is this: Lack of sleep results in the widening of blood vessels around eyes, which causes a greater amount of blood pooling and creates a dark tint around them.
A cigarette or a glass of wine can be the solution to a lot of your problems, but it's counterproductive for good skin. Consumption of alcohol or nicotine dilates your blood vessels, which makes the dark circles even more visible. Nicotine is also responsible for sleep deprivation.
We understand how you must be feeling. Et tu, Brute? This is the ultimate betrayal! However, we really do subject our eyes to eye-liners, mascaras, and concealers on a daily basis. If any one product isn't suitable for your skin, it'll prompt reactions that result in irritation, excessive blinking and scratching, that causes the dark under eye circles to get... well, darker.
Disclaimer: We're not asking you to blame your folks. It is a possibility that the skin you've inherited is very thin and prone to blood pooling under your eyes, which means that the veins under your eyes are more visible than others.
The Sun, UV Rays and Melanin
Sun exposure causes the formulation of melanin, a pigment that gives your skin its colour. When more melanin is produced around the eyes, it gives them a darker colour. This process is called Periorbital Hyperpigmentation. This process breaks down collagen which holds your skin together and makes your blood veins more obvious. Another reason why global warming is bad for everyone!
A Diet Heavy on Salt and Caffeine
No surprises there— sodium and caffeine cause your body to retain fluids. This leads to puffy eyes and discolouration under the eyes. Dehydration (from caffeine, or simply by not drinking enough water) can also slow down blood circulation, causing blood vessels to become enlarged and darker. The next time you get munchies, think twice and avoid snacks like salted chips which are high in sodium.
Now that we know what causes the pesky dark eye circles, let us look at how we can make little changes in our daily routine to avoid the dreaded dark eye circles.
First Things First, Get More Sleep!
We totally understand how ridiculous this proposition sounds - you have deadlines to meet or early morning classes to attend. However, this piece of advice is the answer to a number of your skin ailments. They don’t call it ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing, after all!
Add More Pillows
Sleeping on your back (which is also good for your back) and adding more pillows under your head will steer the blood away from pooling under your eyes. Pretty simple, right?
Apply Something Cold
An add-on to your night routine could be cold tea bags or ice cubes wrapped in a cloth to be applied to your eyes. This will get rid of the discolouration around your eyes. It will also take away some of the puffiness from your eyes and, as an added bonus, help you relax before bedtime.
Wear those Sunglasses
Now that we have established the repercussions of sunlight coming in contact with your eyes, invest in the good pair of sunglasses with decent UV protection and get into the habit of wearing it when it's sunny. Protection is always a good idea! 😉
Put Extra Care into your Makeup Removal Routine
There are days when you just want to scrub your makeup out with whatever, cuddle with your pillows and sleep forever! As good as this sounds, it is probably a very bad idea. Take extra care to gently remove makeup from your skin. Using a soft cotton pad is advisable, do not rub, scratch or pull.
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