Millions of people around the world suffer from dark circles. Sure, it’s usually pretty easy to apply a little concealer and go on about your day. But what about when you want to go makeup-free? It can be incredibly disheartening to see dark marks making you look tired when you’re well-rested. So what gives? Why do dark circles appear and what can you do? We think we’ve found the solution.
Dark circles don’t appear out of nowhere and we certainly aren’t born with them. So what causes dark circles?
Age - If you are in a higher age bracket, the likelihood of developing dark circles is much higher. This is due to the skin getting thinner as we age. Thinner skin results in blood vessels under the skin being more visible and appearing as dark circles.
Sleep Deprivation - The fatigue caused by sleep deprivation causes the skin around the eyes to become puffy. The shadows from puffy eyelids can cause the appearance of dark circles. Prolonged sleep deprivation makes skin paler, allowing blood vessels to be seen through the skin, creating dark circles.
Dehydration - Just like aging, dehydration affects your skin drastically in a short amount of time. As your skin thins, the blood becomes more visible and your dark circles more drastic. Hydrating properly with water and a thick natural moisturizer like Aloe Infusion will keep your skin supple and bouncy.
Sun Exposure - Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause your skin to overproduce melanin. This melanin makes the pigmentation of your skin darker, resulting in dark circles around the eyes.
Ok, so you’ve discovered the cause of dark circles. How do you make them go away naturally?
Aloe - Aloe vera is extremely hydrating for your skin and can even aid in reducing hyperpigmentation. Apply raw aloe vera gel or an aloe vera rich moisturizer like Aloe Infusion to your undereye area morning and night to keep the area moisturized.
Rosehip - Rosehip oil has been known to help with hyperpigmentation through proanthocyanidins contained within the oil. Taking a few drops diluted with coconut oil and gently patting into the skin around your eyes lighten dark circles and hydrate the skin.
Honey - Honey is full of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. These are super healthy for your skin and reduce pigmentation if used consistently. Mix a tablespoon of honey with a teaspoon of lemon juice and spread around your eyes. Relax for 10 to 15 minutes and gently rinse off with warm water.
Green Tea Bags - Green tea is not only good for your insides but your outsides as well. Green tea is antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, meaning it not only reduces puffiness and pigmentation but also take care of acne and bacteria that can irritate the skin. Soak two tea bags in water and refrigerate for a few minutes. Once they’re cool, relax with them over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.
Saffron - Saffron is chock full of vitamins and antioxidants that keep your skin looking young. It even has antifungal properties that ward off acne. To use, get fresh saffron and soak a few stems in a quarter cup of milk for a few hours. Strain the milk, apply to your skin for 10 minutes, then rinse.
Now that you’ve gotten rid of your dark circles, how do you keep them from coming back?
Hydrate - Hydration is key to keeping your skin looking young and preventing dark circles. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day hydrates the cells that refresh your face faster.
Sleep - Sleep is essential to every function your body does. While you sleep, you give you cells a chance to regenerate, thus bringing fresh, bright skin up to the surface. Make sure to get 8-10 hours of sleep per night if possible.
Moisturize - Apply moisturizer frequently to lock in the moisture that your skin naturally makes, as well as infuse more.
Sunscreen - As we’ve discussed, sun exposure can be detrimental to your skin. It ages skin quickly and causes hyperpigmentation. To prevent this, use a facial sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF to provide your skin with the protection it needs.
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