About Dark Circles Under Your Eyes & Treatment
Do you have dark circles, making you look tired and older than you are? If yes, today's date of is a good time to start improving the negative look of having dark circles under eyes. Read all about our new health & beauty personal consultation service below... Of course dark circles or bags under your eyes are not as severe looking as the greatly exaggerated picture but still gives you a bad appearance!
Dark circles under my eyes are a surprisingly common complaint. Dark circles under your eyes make you appear tired, weary and add years to your face, likely detracting big-time from your overall look and facial beauty. You probably have heard it said many times dark circles under my eyes are signs of exhaustion, being overly tired or sickness, that make you feel old, look old, unhealthy and tired.
Unfortunately, dark circles under my eyes (also known as bags under eyes) can be real difficult to get rid of, or even make a lot less noticeable.
Contrary to what you have heard, fatigue and lack of sleep are not really a common cause of dark circles under the eyes. Click now for Health Tip of the Day.
Below is a list of the most common (medical) causes for dark circles under my eyes:
- Cold or Sinus Infection
- taking Medications
- Lack of Nutrients
Just what creates dark circles under eyes, defined medically as round, uniform areas of pigmentation beneath each eye. Dark circles under eyes affect women, men and children, although dark circles under eyes usually start in adulthood.
There are many treatments available for dark circles under your eyes, ranging from makeup to healing laser therapy and in some cases, facial skin surgery may be needed.
Skin discoloration under the eyes affects just about everybody at some time or another. For some of us, however, these dark circles are a constant bother. While these conditions are occasionally symptomatic of other illnesses, the usual causes include heredity, allergies or tiredness. No matter what the cause, you can still reduce the appearance of dark circles, and in some cases, you may be able to get rid of them.
Use thinly sliced cucumbers which is a popular and easy way to cure bags under your eyes.
Allergies may be the most common cause of skin discoloration under the eyes. If allergies are the root of your problem, simply treat the thing to which you are allergic to. Seasonal allergies like hay fever can be effectively treated with prescription or over-the-counter medications. If your dark circles or puffiness are constant, you may need to talk with a dermatologist for help in determining what you may be allergic to.
Occasionally people with allergies also deposed to be deficient in vitamin B6, folic acid and B12. If you don't already take a multivitamin, it could help with your allergies and black circles under the eyes. Gluten is a common allergy that causes dark circles under the eyes, which is an allergy to wheat flour. It's important to get tested for gluten disease and allergies.
Dark circles under my eyes may definitely benefit from getting plenty of sleep. It’s not entirely clear why inadequate sleep or overly tired results in dark circles under the eyes, sleep is the one thing to do. For one thing, lack of sleep tends to cause the skin to become paler (thus increasing the appearance of darkness under the eyes), and it reduces circulation. It’s also believed that too little time lying down is a cause in itself. Adequate amount of sleep is usually 7-9 hours per night. Abstain from using alcohol and drugs (only in moderation for best results), which can adversely affect the quality of your sleep.
Website Editor's Note: After seeing this media picture of General James Mattis and his very noticeable dark circles under his eyes, the woman's picture above seems not so exaggerated after all. As an interesting side-note to the photo, it appears an assistant is sleeping as General Mattis testifies, and lack of sleep is a contributing factor leading to bags under the eyes - see below.
A lack of sleep, coupled with poor vitamin absorption also tends to reduce adrenal function. The less adrenal function you have the less B6 you tend to absorb, the less B6 you absorb, the less well your adrenal glands work and alas you end-up in a vicious circle.
Sleep, regular vitamins for those that need them, and good calcium/magnesium support in the form of eating a lot of greens - which are higher in calcium and magnesium than dairy products, or good mineral supplement restores adrenal function.
So if you want to break the cycle and the dark circles under your eyes, you've got to reduce your stress, sleep more and take the proper vitamins and minerals to support the adrenal function in general, which can help bags under under eyes from getting even worse.
Treat your skin while you sleep. There are overnight facial masques available that may help reduce the appearance of puffiness or discoloration, but you can also make your own. Just before you go to bed, take a washcloth and wet with cold water. Then squeeze out excess water and place it over your eyes as you sleep. Treating your skin may help, but the real problem may also be that you have a poor vitamin and mineral absorption problem that must also be corrected. Seeing a naturopathic physician may help for those people who suffer other ailments such as miscellaneous aches and pains that come and go and a general run down feeling.
Apply cool tea bags, an ice cube wrapped in soft cloth, or cucumber slices to your eyes daily. The tannin in tea bags has been shown to reduce swelling and discoloration, and cucumber slices have long been used to reduce puffiness and refresh the appearance of skin around the eyes. Lie down, preferably in the morning, and leave fresh cucumber slices or cool, damp caffeine tea bags (you can refrigerate them overnight so they’ll be ready) over your eyes for about 10-15 minutes. Keep your eyes closed.
Try to relax the space. You can do this by wetting a cotton swab and then freezing it for a little while. Then you should gently wipe under your eyes in the areas where the circles are occurring. When wiping, close your eyes and try not to flinch.
Apply an eye cream containing vitamin K and retinol. Dark circles may be caused by a deficiency of vitamin K. Regardless of the cause, however, recent research has shown that skin creams containing these two ingredients reduce puffiness and discoloration significantly in many patients. Long-term daily use seems to have the greatest effect.
A group of women who seem to get dark circles somewhat more often than other women are pregnant wife's which women are more vulnerable to getting dark-circles because of an often occurring feeling of being exceptionally tired due to the pregnancy.
Avoid rubbing your eyes. Usually rubbing of the eyes is brought on by allergies, but not always. Regardless of the reason, stop doing it. The rubbing irritates the skin and can break tiny capillaries beneath the skin, causing both puffiness and discoloration.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet, take vitamins, and drink plenty of water. A whole host of cosmetic problems can be attributed to vitamin deficiencies. Dark circles and puffiness are often attributed to lack of vitamin K or inadequate antioxidants. Also, a deficiency in B12, which is usually anemia-related can result in dark circles. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially cabbage, spinach, and other leafy green vegetables and take a daily vitamin supplement if necessary. Get adequate fluids to improve circulation.
Reduce salt intake. Excess salt causes the body to retain water in unusual places, and this can result in puffiness under the eyes. Too much salt can also impair your circulation, and cause the blood vessels under the skin to appear bluer.
Quit smoking. Smoking causes vascular (blood vessel) problems that can not only threaten your life, but also make your blood vessels appear more prominent and bluer beneath the skin.
Cover the area up with cosmetics. Try to use an under eye cream. If all else fails, use a concealer which will camouflage the darkness under your eyes. The makeup will help cancel out the under eye circles. Be sure to use a concealer that matches your under tone. After applying, set the concealer with a light dusting of translucent powder.
Establish whether or not this condition runs in your family. Dark circles under your eyes are frequently hereditary. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about the conditions, but you should be prepared for minimal success actually trying to get rid of them.
Pour a saline solution (water with a bit of salt and/or a half teaspoon of baking soda) in one of your nostrils with your head tilted to the side so that the water comes out the other nostril. They do that at spas in India and it is said to not only reduce the dark circles under your eyes but also enhance the glow of your skin.
Personal consultation is now available regarding help with those ugly dark circles under your eyes, to improve your appearance and give you a younger and healthier look.
We will explore your dark circles under eyes issue and engage you in a personal discussion about your dark circles and overall skin health and beauty issues.
During the personal consultation session we will discuss what may be causing or contributing to the dark circles under your eyes problems and explore ways to improve your skins overall health, beauty and appearance.
We will talk about dark circles treatment possibilities, focusing on alternative and natural medicine therapy to improve your looks and help your dark circles under eyes condition.
We may ask you (not mandatory but only as an option) to email us digital photos of your troubling dark circles under your eyes for our closer analysis, study and a more personal evaluation.
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We will talk about dark circles improvement possibilities and a treatment program to improve your dark circles under eyes condition. Give us a call during business hours, Monday to Friday, 10-AM to 4-PM M.S.T.
Personal consultation is only $99 for 30-minutes total time, consisting of two 15-minute sessions, or one 30-minute session (your option). Contact us with any questions before paying.
Your consulting session starts after you pay, at which time you will also get a personal consultation phone number to call when you are prepared for the consultation session.
Please note: Personal consulting services you receive will not be from a licensed medical professional or MD but will be from a non-licensed person who has good hands-on health experience and is assisted by our knowledge-base research tools.
Before ordering your consultation, we suggest you first see a doctor about dark circles under your eyes and also ask the doctor about advisability of consulting with us for personal counseling.