Pandas are cute, aren’t they? But not if you are starting to look like one. And these days it’s almost hard to meet a person who isn’t experiencing this hurdle to achieving beautiful and healthy skin. Made worse by the looming pandemic days that are nothing short of a dark period in our lives, these tenacious dark circles are only worsening with almost little to no sleep schedules, endless uncertainty and the worst of all stress. But did you know that while we all have this one big problem to deal with there’s another? Not all dark circles are the same, and hence there’s no one-size-fits-all approach that will work to make your skin look healthy.The skin around the eyes is not only extremely sensitive but quite thin and delicate as compared to other parts of the body. So many changes happening within the deeper layers of the skin will start showing like a mirror on the outer surface.
With all that said, it’s not all that impossible to treat them. Here is all that we decoded about dark circles to help you out of our collective misery.
Common Causes of Dark Circles?
Here are some causes of dark patches under the eyes:
- We all know we aren’t getting any younger. So, if you haven’t had one, there’s a very good chance you might be joining the widely spreading team.
- With ageing, we start losing collagen and fat underneath the eyes, as a result, the skin gets thinner and our skin, the worst possible mirror at its job, starts to show everything lying below your skin, namely the dark blood cells.
- Do you see this commonly occurring in your family? Think of the saying ‘the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree’. It’s quite possible that you are doing everything you can but to no effect because genetics have quite a part in those. Thin skin prompts and amplifies the visibility of blue and purple hues from the veins that lie underneath your skin. Moreover, melanin-rich skin which is quite susceptible to hyperpigmentation can cause dark circles.
- Do you feel like you have a cold that’s ever-persistent? It could be another reason for dark circles. Nasal congestion or allergies that result in lower blood circulation to the area under your eyes may lead to your veins dilating and becoming darker.
- SCREEN TIME, one thing we can’t escape especially now that the physical environment is a story of the past. Naturally, that causes our eyes to strainand the momentary relief we get from rubbing our eyes doesn’t help either.
- Allergens in products that we use, sun exposure, unfulfilled sleep needs of our body, piling stress, underlying health problems like iron deficiency, and lifestyle habits like smoking exacerbates the dark circles.
Pro Tip: Figure out the reason behind your dark circles to give the proper treatment your skin needs. Consult a doctor if necessary.
DIY Home Remedies to Remove Dark Circles That Will Change Your Life
Who doesn’t like a good remedy lying around their house? But are you getting it right is the question?
- Be the “cold never bothered me anyway” girl from Frozen because cold compress is your new buddy! Applying it for 10 minutes twice a day may help reduce dark circles.
- Cucumber laden aunties with face packson might be doing it right! How? Cucumber has mild astringent and skin-lightening properties. Go away raccoon eyes! Slice up that juicy vegetable, refrigerate it for 30 minutes and then place them over your eyes. Want results? Don’t forget to use it daily.
- Cold compress not available? Use cold tea bags! Soak them in water, refrigerate and leave it on your skin for 10 minutes twice a day. Green teais an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties which help in soothing the strained capillaries under the eye area.
- Mint leaves will leave you feeling minty fresh. They contain menthol that improves blood circulation, soothes and rejuvenates the skin. Being astringent, it contracts the blood vessels around the eyes, reducing the blue tint. Plus, vitamin C in mint only makes the skin around the eyes appear brighter. Blend mint leaves and apply and leave them for 10 minutes to the affected area.
- Remember your mother running behind with that glass of milk? Well, now it’s your time to run behind milk. The vitamins A and B6 in milk help build new skin cells while vitamin B12 naturally lightens dark skin and selenium protects the skin from harmful free radicals and sun damage. Just soak two cotton pads in cold milk and squeeze out excess. Place the cotton pads on the eyes covering the dark circles. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water. Repeat thrice a week.