Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Some people say that the concern over dark circles under the eyes is purely aesthetic.  Some attribute it to the amount of work and stress a person undergoes, while some others simply treat it as a fact of life.  The truth is dark circles under the eyes are irregularities.  They are no different from flab or belly pouches, double chins or cellulite on the hips or thighs.  In many ways, it may be  purely aesthetic and simply, a means to adapt to the common notion of a beautiful body.  In this regard however, let us make it purely about health.

Dark circles under the eyes, theoretically speaking, occur due to fat accumulation.  As a person ages, the fat is pushed outward, thereby causing shadows or circles under the eyes.  On the other hand, there are other reasons why this happen or why it worsens over time -this includes allergies, lack of sleep and rest, stress, improper diet and lack of exercise.

Some common ways to get rid of dark circles under the eyes are:

(1) Balanced diet, regular exercise and enough sleep.

(2) Applying eye cream and/or moisturizer.  Choose creams that are high in Vitamin K, Vitamin E and/or Retinol.

(3)Put cucumber slices or potato slices on your eyes for 10-15 minutes, in the morning.  Rinse off with warm water afterwards.

(4) Cold compress and minor massage to improve blood circulation.

(5) Proper makeup – not a permanent way to get rid of dark circles but may come in handy.  Do not use bright or light colored make-up as it makes the dark circles more visible.  Use foundation first and if the dark circles do not improve, apply a concealer that is one to two shades darker than your foundation.  Peach or salmon-shades usually does the trick.