Dark circles are the bane of just about everyone’s existence. They have multiple causes from genetic to behavioural, but certain things like stress and sleep deprivation can aggravate them.
Apart from making one look haggard, they can also affect one’s self-esteem. There are so many remedies out there for dark circles—both medicinal and natural, which can help you get rid of dark circles. Here are a few dermatologist-approved tips to get rid of dark circles:
1- Fix the sleep cycle
The one thing that can cause dark circles to appear, or aggravate, in anyone is sleep deprivation. Therefore, the first thing to address is the sleep cycle issue. Sleep deprivation puts stress on the body and in turn, the body produces the hormone cortisol.
Cortisol can cause the blood pressure to increase, in compensatory change causing the blood vessels to expand, and when the blood vessels of the under-eye expand, this area tends to get baggy and dark circles to appear. Furthermore, certain sleep postures, like sleeping on the stomach, can cause fluid to gather in the face and the under-eye area, thus causing under-eye bags and dark circles.
Hence, being mindful of the sleep cycle and sleep habits can help reduce dark circles.
2- Avoid salt and smoke:
Smoke contains free radicals and harsh chemicals that rob the skin of nutrients and damages the membrane of cells. Not only does smoking contribute to ageing, but it also exacerbates baggy eyes and dark circles. During the night, avid smokers have nicotine withdrawals that cause interrupted sleep and further aggravates this problem.
Similarly, salt intake can also magnify dark circles and baggy eyes due to fluid retention. Wherever the salt is, the water follows. Thus when salt increases in the diet, it causes water to be retained in the blood vessels, and this collects in the under-eye region.
Avoiding both: smoking and excess salt intake can help prevent dark circles and baggy eyes.
Cucumbers have a high water content, making them ideal for replenishing the moisture in the skin. The coolness in cucumbers causes the vessels in the under-eye area to shrink and recede; this reduces the purplish hue in the eye bags. Moreover, caffeic acid and vitamin c in the cucumber can provide nutrients to the skin, and reverse some of the oxidative damage there.
4- Almond oil:
Because almond oil is full of skin lightening compounds, like niacin, vitamin E, and phytosterols, it can help in the appearance of dark circles. Furthermore, phytosterols can stimulate collagen production in the skin, making it plumper and reducing the appearance of baggy eyes and fine lines. It can be applied at night and left overnight for best results.
5- Fix your iron levels:
Iron is a component of the red blood cells, which helps to transport oxygen to the cells in the body. A lower level of iron means lesser oxygen reaching the cells, and a more tired and exhausted body. Women of childbearing age in Pakistan have a high prevalence of anaemia (50.4 percent) due to folate deficiency (50.8 percent).
Intake of green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals, meat, fish, nuts and seeds are all rich sources of iron and should be incorporated into the diet for a better iron level.
There are many remedies that can help you get rid of dark circles; however, if you are not freed of them despite trying then you should reach out to a professional. Book an appointment with top dermatologist in Lahore, Karachi and Multan through oladoc.com, or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT professional for your concerns.