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Dark Circles Under Eyes  

Dark circles under eyes, also known as eye bags, are very common with age. No one like to have them, but most aging people have them unfortunately. As it is in human nature, we tend to get rid of things we don’t like. It is the same for dark circles under eyes; we use many means to remove them. But to effectively treat these imperfections we need to know the causes.  The causes of dark circles under eyes can be attributed to a number of factors, among which include the following: 

Causes of Dark Circles Under Eyes

Fatigue and Tiredness: excessive tiredness is major factor for the appearance of eye bags. Normally, your body needs rest to function properly. Either mental or physical persistent tiredness can cause premature aging, thus dark circles under eyes.  

Lack of Sleep – next time you decide to not go to bed, guess again. According to the team of the Mayoclinic, lack of sleep is one of the major causes of dark circles under the eyes. In fact, some researchers have found that persistent lack of sleep can cause depression, stress, and memory problems.  

Stress – it is not completely clear if stress can directly cause dark circles, or bags, underthe eyes, but stressand fatigue seem to increase its appearance and worsen facial appearance of other aging signs: wrinkles, puffy eyes, dark spot, and others.  

Allergies: if you suffer from allergies, you are at higher risk for having dark circles and puffy eyes. The allergies can be hay fever, food allergies such as a gluten allergy (celiac disease), etc. The best way to avoid the problem in such a case would be to avoid the allergens. Seasonal allergies can be treated with medications or alternatives.

Nutritional Deficiencies: unhealthy or non-balanced diet can result in many beauty and health problems including dark circles or under eyes bags. A lack of iron rich foods in the daily diet or anemia is considered to be one of the primary reasons for the appearance of dark circles. This is due to the absence of enough oxygen reaching the tissues. Deficiency of K and B12 vitamins and inadequate antioxidants in the body can trigger off the dark circles and under eye puffiness. Enrich your diet with fruits and leafy green vegetables. Daily vitamin supplements and adequate fluids help to improve circulation and reduce the appearance of the dark circles.

Medical Conditions: people with certain medical conditions such as eczema, cold or sinus infection, sunburns and dehydration have more chance to have dark circles under their eyes. In addition to this, periorbital hyperpigmentation (excess melanin production around the eyes) is one of the prime causes of dark circles and under eye bags. Pregnancy and menstruation may cause hormonal changes and fluid retention under the eyes.

Dark Circles Under Eyes Treatment 

If you have dark circles or eye puffiness you can use cream to get rid of them. But these cosmetic products only treat the problem superficially. While treating the underlying causes is the easiest option for reducing the dark circles under eyes, you may use other approaches to safely restore your beauty. The following home remedies can be used to get rid of bags under the eyes and at the same time remove dark circles:

  • Get plenty of sleep – 7 to 8 hours per night.  
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.  
  • Use cool facial masks at night; this can help reduce the puffiness around tired eyes. You can use cool tea bags, ice cubes wrapped in soft cloth.  
  • Certain cooling herbs such as mint and parsley can also be used to reduce under eye circles. Freeze parsley in ice cubes or apply crushed mint under the eyes to reduce the puffiness and dark circles.  
  • Moisturize the area with creams containing nourishing antioxidants such as grape seed and tea tree.  
  • A healthy, balanced diet with lots of vitamins and plenty of water is a great dark circles treatment.  
  • Use a sunscreen containing SPF of at least 15 before stepping out of the house to protect the eyes from the harsh rays of the sun.