Are dark circles ruining your look? This is one of the most dreaded skin problems almost every woman suffers from. They not only make you look dull and exhausted but also hampers the natural radiance of the skin. People say that using under eye gel or cream solutions can really work. They might work partially but cannot rule out the root cause of the problem and solve it naturally. You must understand that these large pigmented circles are an indication that you are lacking to take care of your skincare and follow better lifestyle habits. So along with home remedies with natural ingredients, we must know what are the other natural ways and lifestyle changes we need to have a healthy, dark circle free skin.
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Why Do Dark Circles Appear?
Dr. Sudheendra Udbalker, consultant, dermatology, Fortis Hospital, Bangalore said, "For most people, dark circles is a family history. In some cases people with allergies like asthma and rhinitis tend to have under eye darkening problem. In such cases, it is important to treat the allergies at the right time. Along with it, adopting a diet which includes green leafy vegetables and fruits is strongly recommended." Other than that, lack of sleep, excessive stress, long hours in front of the digital screen can promote dark circles.
How To Prevent Dark Circles?
Here are some expert tips to prevent dark circles:
1. Including Foods Rich In Vitamins, Iron
"Leafy green vegetables and fruits are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin E which are essential for the skin and our body. Also, it is equally important to stay hydrated and take care of the skin by applying sunscreen," said Dr. Sudheendra Udbalker.
Dr. Deepika Lunawat, associate consultant, dermatology/cosmetology in Fortis Malar Hospital said, "Low levels of iron and ferritin can cause under eye pigmentation. Hence, consuming foods rich in iron can help a great deal."
2. Stop Constant Eye Rubbing
Periorbital melanosis or dark circles often appear if you have a habit of rubbing your eyes frequently. The skin around the eyes is very delicate. Constant rubbing of the eyes seems innocuous but breaks fine blood vessels under the eye and causes hemosiderin deposition thereby leading to pigmentation. It is important to avoid this habit or urge.
3. Always Remove Eye Makeup
Dr. Lunawat suggested to remove eye makeup right after coming back home. Constant makeup and multiple applications can trigger dark circles easily.
4. Lifestyle Changes
"Staying hydrated, maintaining sleep hygiene, restricting screen time, avoiding smoking and alcohol, using sunscreen and sunglasses when you are stepping out can go a long way in preventing and treating this condition," said Dr. Lunawat.
5. Use Eye Packs
Using natural ingredients can help you get relief from dark circles. To make an eye pack at home, you have to take two teaspoon of grated or mashed cucumber in a bowl and have to add 1 tsp of milk cream into it. After keeping it refrigerated for a couple of hours you can put it on two cotton pads and keep them on your eyes. After 30 minutes of good eye relaxation, you can rinse your eyes with normal water. Here, the milk cream will provide you with pigmentation reducing formula and cucumber will give you antioxidants and calmness to your eyes.
6. Tomato Toner For Eyes
It is said that tomatoes can reduce the darkness from our skin. It has skin lightening properties. To use this, you have to squeeze a half tomato can apply directly to your under eye area or can dab a cotton pad to it. After applying this for 10 minutes, you can wash your eyes with cold water.
Follow these expert tips to keep a check on dark circles.
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