If eyes are the windows to the soul, then dark circles or bags under the eyes are unsightly curtains which can make your soul feel and skin look older than you actually are. While professional treatment may be needed to eliminate or minimize dark circles or bags in some folks, there are plenty of effective home remedies which can do the trick in the majority of cases.
If you want to get rid of those curtains which are obscuring your eyes and making you feel less than wonderful, try these one or more of these ten simple but effective natural treatments:
- Get some sleep. Since the skin under your eyes is extremely thin, whatever is going on under the surface is prone to be visible above. When you don’t get enough restful sleep, the blood vessels and capillaries under your eyes may dilate, creating a dark tint. This may also cause puffiness, as fluids can leak out into the skin. What’s the solution to this problem? Get more sleep.
- Sleep on your back. To keep those fluids from pooling and creating dark circles, sleep on your back and elevate your head by using an extra pillow
- Tea time. Put a damp, cool tea bag under each or your eyes for a few moments. The tannic acid in tea leaves will help some of the fluid to retract and capillaries to shrink.
- Keep it cool. Cold is excellent for reducing inflammation and the swollen blood vessels under your eyes. Take some cucumber or potato slices, a cold washcloth or a gel eye mask, place them on your closed eyes and leave them there for 10-20 minutes.
- Take an antihistamine. Congestion leads to blood vessel dilation, which leads to a darker appearance underneath the eyes. Similarly, hay fever or allergies can have the same effect. A good antihistamine can help reduce congestion and reduce the discoloration that it causes.
- Keep hydrated. When your body doesn’t get enough water, it holds on to the water it has, which can cause puffiness and bags under the eyes. Drinking eight glasses of water a day, not only will help with your appearance but will also keep your entire body functioning optimally.
- Stop smoking. There are 1000 reasons to quit smoking, and getting rid of dark circles is one of them.
- Pump up the iron. Iron deficiency decreases the flow of oxygen in your blood, stifling the tissues underneath the eyes. Increase the iron in your diet by eating iron-rich foods such as red meat, poultry, pork, seafood, spinach, and
- Vitamin C. If you want strong, healthy, and more youthful-looking skin, you need to boost your collagen levels. Insufficient amounts of collagen can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin, including the skin under your eyes. Vitamin C is an effective way to increase your body’s collagen level. Nuts, leafy greens like spinach and kale, berries and citrus fruits, and seeds are all excellent sources of vitamin C.
- Vitamin B12. An inadequate amount of vitamin B12 can cause anemia. Two common symptoms of anemia are pale skin and tiredness, both of which can accentuate dark under-eye circles. Add foods rich in B12 to your diets, such as meats, seafood, and leafy green vegetables.
Call Dr. Busso Today to Get Rid of Dark Circles and Bags Under Your Eyes
If these home remedies don’t get the results you want, we offer multiple procedures which can help you get rid of those dark circles or bags under your eyes. Dr. Mariano Busso is a leader in the field of aesthetic dermatology who has the knowledge, experience, and insight to pick the optimal course of treatment to achieve beautiful, long-lasting results.
To schedule an in-person visit to discuss dark circle removal, contact Dr. Busso’s office at 305-857-0144 or schedule an appointment online.