How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes Naturally
Dear Tonya …
All my life I’ve had nasty, dark circles around my eyes. And now, some fine lines that crinkle like crows’ feet whenever I laugh or smile. It’s hard to conceal them using makeup, since I have uneven skin tone and it all looks fake. This makes it very hard for me to look attractive. It hurts, and some days I dare not look at myself in the mirror.
What Causes those Dark Circles?
Dark eye circles arise from several distinct causes—heredity … aging … stress … lack of sleep … poor diet.
Dark or gray circles under the eyes can also result from allergies, dehydration, Vitamin B12 or K deficiencies, anemia. Sometimes the fat cells that create the padding under our eyes diminish as we age or after we lose weight, lending a dark, hollow look to the under-eye area as blood vessels become more visible. As you can see there are many causes for this condition, but most have in common the issue of improper nutrient absorption.
Poor Circulation, Carbon Deposits
If circulation is poor, blood vessels and weakened capillaries show up more easily in the eye area. This too tends to give a purplish discoloration—which is actually a form of bruising. Dark circles are sometimes actually carbon deposits, resulting from the body’s inability to digest protein completely—often the consequence of a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
There are some causes and aggravating factors which are hard or almost impossible to treat, even hard to identify or distinguish. People with darker complexions sometimes have even more problems with dark circles, due to the extra melanin in their skin. Heredity plays a role. Sometimes, as is often the case in the nutritional and medical sciences, we simply can’t identify a cause at all. But lets not get overwhelmed and discouraged! Generally speaking, swollen blood vessels are the culprit.
It’s delicious. And it’s a fine cosmetic agent, too. Did you know the tomato is useful in ridding yourself of unwanted dark circles? Mix a teaspoon of tomato juice with half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to your dark circles, and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and gently pat dry. Do this twice a day, and you’ll see results in three to four weeks.
Massaging lightly with organic coconut oil is an effective, though gradual, way to address your dark circles. Bonus—coconut oil eases existing fine lines and wrinkles, and prevents more from developing. Just massage it into the area, and leave it on for a few hours. Repeat this a couple of times a day, till you’re happy with the results.
Raw Potato and Cucumber
Mix equal parts of peeled raw potato, thickly grated, and grated cucumber, and apply them to affected areas. Letting the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Wipe away, and rinse the area with cool water. Pat your skin dry, then moisturize with coconut oil. Potatoes’ natural bleaching agents will lighten your dark circles and will help reduce any puffiness you may have.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties will help you shed your dark circles. It will smooth and soften the skin around your eyes, too. Mix two teaspoons of turmeric and two teaspoons of pineapple juice in a thick paste. Apply the paste to your under-eye area. Leave on for ten minutes. When finished, simply wipe away with a soft cloth.
Topical methods, like those just described, can help you rid yourself of those dark circles. But if their cause happens to be reduced collagen, you can supplement the topical treatments by adding more raw foods into your diet. These are natural sources of collagen production, and will lend a powerful hand in banishing your dark circles.
Go for Raw Foods
First and foremost, a raw foods diet with lots of vegetable juicing for enhanced hydration and nutrient absorption is highly recommended. Be sure to include foods high in antioxidants, which help heal and repair cell damage, and Vitamin K, which aids in blood coagulation and circulation. Foods that are appropriate for this include strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and carrots. Dark, leafy greens are beneficial as well.
Vitamin K to the Rescue
Vitamin K, also called phytonadione, has been found to benefit the under-eye area when used topically. Researchers believe that the dark circles, which resemble bruises from blood leaking out under the fine skin, are helped by Vitamin K’s blood-clotting effects.
Therefore, you want to add a little Vitamin K to your facial cream and apply nightly. This will help to strengthen capillary walls and minimize the appearance of tiny blood vessels in the delicate under-eye area. Vitamin K aids with strengthening weak capillaries and with blood coagulation. How quickly you see improvement will depend upon many things, such as your skin type, pH balance and heredity. But with persistence and a balanced raw food diet, you should definitely see improvements.
Consider Castor Oil
Castor oil is known for its ability to penetrate deep into the skin, leaving it looking supple and fresh. It works by attracting moisture to the skin and retaining it there. Rub in a small amount of castor oil around your eyes before bed. It will be absorbed by morning and will help protect from eye bags and dark circles. Since you will be applying it in this sensitive area, be sure you are using a certified organic castor oil.