Dark circle under the eye

Dark circle under the eye

Dark circle under the eye

Dark circle under the eye is one of the common cosmetic problems faced by both men and women. It may make them appear older and it gives them a hollowed –out look (ghost like look).

What causes the dark circles?

Dark circle under the eye can be caused by a combination of causes. 

The causes are:

Over Exhaustion, Overstraining and tiredness can produce dark circle under the eye.

Physical Stress, mental stress, Sleep deprivation (Not getting enough sleep) and rubbing the eyes vigorously can produce dark circles under the eyes.

Dehydration (not drinking enough fluids) can also produce dark circles.

Ageing, genetic conditions and hormonal imbalance can cause dark circles under the eyes.

Anemia (Iron Deficiency), Vitamin Deficiencies, and malnutrition can cause dark circles under eyes.

Allergies and skin diseases can also produce dark circles.

Over exposure to sunlight, Using inappropriate eye glasses, refractive errors of the eye and overstrain of the eye (like using computers or mobile phones for long without rest) can cause dark circles under the eyes.

How to get rid of dark circles under the eyes

 General Treatment:

Good rest to the eyes. Eight hours of sleep, Reduction of stress, Eating a well balanced diet with lots of green leafy vegetables and fruits and Drinking lots of fluids can prevent and reduce dark circles under the eyes.

Natural Cure for dark circles under the eyes:

LEMON JUICE: Applying lemon juice over the dark circles and washing it off with cool water after 20 minutes can reduce dark circles.

CUCUMBER: Keeping slices of cool cucumber over the eyes and taking rest for 20 minutes or applying cucumber juice over the dark circles and washing it off after 20 minutes reduces dark circles under the eyes.

POTATOES: Cool potato slices kept over the eyes or applying cool potato juice over the dark circles and washing it off after 15 to 20 minutes helps to reduce dark circles under the eyes.

Applying a mixture of lemon juice, potato juice and cucumber juice over the dark circles and washing it off after 20 minutes gives better and faster results.

MILK: Milk moisturizes and lightens the skin. Applying cotton pads soaked in cold milk over the dark circles and washing  it off after 30 minutes gives good results.

GREEN TEA: Refrigerated & soaked green tea bags can be kept over the eyes for15 minutes to reduce dark circles. 

   Tomato juice, Coconut oil, Honey, Almond oil, Vitamin E, Turmeric powder, mint, licorice extract or baking soda can be applied over the dark circles and washed after 15 to 20 minutes can reduce dark circles under the eyes.

Other Treatments Available:

LASER THERAPY:  Sending burst of laser light to Dark circles may tighten the skin and allow growing new lighter skin.

CHEMICAL PEELS:  Chemical peels using Retinoic acid or Hydroquinone help to reduce dark circles.

Intense Pulse Light Therapy (ILP) and Plastic surgery can also be used to treat dark circles under the eyes. 

The dark circles can be camouflaged or concealed with makeup.

How to prevent dark circles under the eyes?

To prevent dark circles under the eyes take nutritious well balanced diet.

Avid smoking, excessive alcohol, and late night parties. Look away from computer or mobile screen every few minutes. Have minimum  8 hours of good sleep.

Avoid over exposure to sun light. Use sun screen when going out in hot sun. Use dark sunglasses prescribed by doctors.

Drink lot of fluids like fruit juices and tender coconut water when going out in hot sun to prevent dehydration. 

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