How to Reduce Dark Circles and Puffiness Around the Eyes

Do you have dark circles and bags under your eyes? These culprits can make you look years older. But there are ways to reduce both of these problems–because you can’t have bags and circles if you want to have youthful looking skin.

First up…dark circles. You can prevent them, or at least lessen them if they happen to be hereditary. One sure way to get them is to scrimp on how much you sleep. Make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of good, deep sleep. If you’re well rested, those ‘raccoon’ circles are less likely to appear. As an extra preventative measure, elevate your head with an extra pillow when you sleep.

Your dark circles can be caused by poor microcirculation. Poor circulation can mean your blood vessels appear blue–this includes the ones under you eyes. To improve circulation, stay hydrated. Water is so essential for healthy-looking skin.

Natural remedies for poor circulation include garlic and ginseng. You can add these to your diet or take supplements. Supplements are more concentrated and are readily available, but most experts believe that it’s much better to get nutrients in your diet rather than in a pill. You can try both to see which method gives you the best results.

Limit your salt intake. Not only can it cause bloating and puffiness under the eyes, it also impedes your blood circulation. Regular exercise can really help with circulation and get the blood flowing. That doesn’t just mean the ‘go for the burn’ exercise. Mind/body exercises like Pilates and yoga boost your circulation and can also relieve stress. Stress can cause wrinkles and dark circles, so anything you can do to relieve it is beneficial to your skin.

Bad habits other than depriving yourself of sleep can affect the incidence of dark circles. Smoking constricts blood vessels and constricts circulation. There are a million other reasons to stop smoking, but the reduction of dark circles is one more. Avoid alcohol in excess, because it causes dehydration. An excess amount of coffee or caffeinated beverages can do the same thing.

Try to not rub your eyes. If you find that they’re irritated, it may be a make-up or beauty product you’re using. If you can narrow it down to the cause of the irritation, discontinue the use of the product. Quality products that are gentle to the delicate eye area should counteract–not cause–irritation and inflammation.

Allergies, dry eyes, staring at your computer screen for hours and hours at a time–these can all cause eye irritation, leading to dark circles and puffiness. Keep your allergies in check, and thoroughly wash off your make-up off at night, especially your eye make up! Use a gentle cleanser, and don’t pull at your eyes to remove make-up. Take breaks away from the computer–get up and stretch or talk a walk, even it’s just around your office.

There are natural fixes for bags under your eyes…anything to cool your eye area will help reduce the ‘swelling’ of your puffy eyes. A frozen spoon, cool cucumber slices, or green tea bags applied to your eye area are all natural remedies that will help minimize puffiness. Soak the tea bags in cold water and apply one to each eye while you rest for 15 or 20 minutes. The caffeine, tannins and antioxidants in the tea will “de-puff” your eyes. Raw potatoes contain an ingredient that lessens pigmentation of the skin. Grate a potato and use the juice for an under eye treatment. Leave this on from 15-20 minutes then rinse off. Any of these cooling remedies should shrink the puffiness.

Sunscreen should be part of your beauty routine, and it’s especially important to curb darker pigmentation, wrinkles and sagging skin under the eyes. If you’re in the sun for an extended period of time, wear a hat and sunglasses to shield your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

A quality eye cream is essential if you have dark circles or puffy eyes, or even if you don’t! Bellatorra’s Anti-Aging Eye Cream can reduce the signs of aging around your eyes. The delicate eye area needs hydration and antioxidants to stay youthful looking.

If your skin lacks collagen, the under-eye area will tend to sag. Plump, firm skin needs collagen. Collagen is found in tomatoes and protein, so be sure that your diet includes them.
As is the case with so many skin problems, if you take care of yourself, you’ll see improvements in your skin. Overall health is reflected in the condition of your skin, so be good to yourself and try to maintain healthy habits!

by Derek