• Shed a light on dark circles!

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    eye care and dark under eye circlesFace it, there comes a time when those dark circles set in for good. Heredity, sun exposure, poor nutrition lacking essential minerals and vitamins, allergies, all can cause dark circles around your eyes. But what exactly are dark circles? Most of the times it’s the oxidized haemoglobin of the red cells leaking from fragile capillaries under your skin. It is the same mechanism that causes bruising, only this time it is just a matter of thin, fragile blood vessels under your eyes. Note that the skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body therefore any discoloration underneath is much more visible. 

    Genes, sun exposure and skin transparency all are directly related to your dark circles appearance. Fatigue, illness and lack of sleep are not at all among the causes of this condition: being tired or sick only exacerbates the paleness of your skin which can make the under eye area more noticeable; lack of sleep can also cause puffiness that will shadow the area below and make it look darker. And finally there is the inevitable: aging. With age, skin gets even thinner and dark circles become more obvious

    A few tips for brighter eyes

    Solutions are varied but none can remove the dark circles for good. As temporary solutions, topical creams with retinol and vitamin K can be efficient for brightening the eye area: Vitamin K acts like a blood coagulant while retinol helps repair the skin tissue. Antioxidants and sunscreen are also imperative for continuous protection and prevention. Anti-aging products can also help prevent wrinkles around the eyes.

    Home remedies will not erase the dark circles but they can help calm and brighten the area – even for a short period of time. The classic cold cucumber slices or even thinly sliced potatoes are sworn by so many women. Cool tea bags applied under eyes are just as efficient– use black or green tea, their caffeine content is exactly what eye creams are usually based on. As a general rule, avoid rubbing your eyes – this can break the capillaries beneath the skin and darken the area. And because allergies can cause dark circles, it is important to have an allergy check and try to remove allergens in your home.

    Do you really have dark circles?

    Sometimes there’s just the optical illusion of dark circles. Eye puffiness and swollen lower lids can cast a shadow that makes the under-eye area appear darker. To check if you really have dark circles, try this easy trick: you need a mirror, natural light and a cotton swab. Gently press with one end on your lower lid, right below the lash line. Watch the area underneath: does it stay dark or does it seem to improve and get skin color? If it’s still dark, then the problem is under your skin. If it appears to be brighter, then it’s just fat or puffiness of the lower lid. 

     

     

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