For most people, dark circles are a mere cosmetic issue that can be easily covered with a good concealer. However, what many people don’t understand is that most cosmetic issues (that aren’t genetic) have a much deeper, physiological cause. While some people can make their dark circles vanish by sleeping enough in the night, others have to work a little harder and try a myriad of methods to make them go away. If you’re struggling to find the best method to get rid of dark circles, it’s important that you understand their causes first because chances are you may not have addressed some the following issues:
While genetics may play a role in how your under-eye circles look, your dark circles may be a result of the genetics of your kidneys than how your mother’s and father’s eye areas look. In addition, people with genetically drier skin are more likely to have brownish under-eye circles due to the buildup of dead skin cells in this area. If this is the case with you, using a good moisturizer is important.
- Kidney function
Ayurvedic face mapping suggests that your under-eye area is related to your kidneys. In addition, Chinese medicine also states that any deficiency or problem related to your kidneys may contribute to dark circles.
While you shouldn’t use dark circles alone to diagnose a kidney problem, it is essential to understand that they may accompany kidney issues so sorting out a solution to improve kidney health is a must.
Make sure your diet is packed with whole fruits and vegetables such as citrus, grapes, cranberries, blueberries, fennel, celery, spinach, onions, beets, asparagus and string beans. Reducing consumption of processed food and foods packed with preservatives, salt, chemicals and alcohol and help massively.
- Lack of lymph movement
Poor lymph movement in the body may lead to puffy eyes, redness and dark circles. The buildup of lymph adds strain to your eye area, causing congestion. Your lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump so it relies only on your body movements, therefore, it’s vital that you work out at least thrice a week and perform a facial massage, concentrating on the eye area with your moisturizer, twice a day.
- Poor blood circulation
Poor blood circulation can cause buildup of oxygen-depleted blood around the eye area, causing a bluish or purplish discoloration in this area. To encourage blood flow around this area, make sure you exercise more, drink plenty of water and consume water-rich foods such as watermelons, berries and cucumbers.
- Lack of sleep
If you’re not getting your 8 hours of shut eye every night, the cause for your dark circles is obvious. Deep sleep gives your body and skin the chance to heal. Improper sleep doesn’t give the skin enough time to rejuvenate, causing it to sag and become paler. When your skin is paler, it allows the blood vessels underneath to become more visible, making the area under your eye look purple.
- Adrenal fatigue
Your adrenal glands are located at the top of your kidneys. They play an important role in producing many hormones, including adrenaline. Your adrenal glands govern your stress or “fight or flight” response. Prolonged stress can have a huge impact on your adrenal glands, causing them to become fatigued. This often results in many aesthetic and health issues including, dark circles, lethargy, irritability, poor sleep and unexplained weight gain.
Most nutritional deficiencies like iron-deficiency anemia are likely to cause dark circles under the eyes. To combat this issue, start consuming whole, clean foods rich in vitamins, minerals, water and fiber. Make sure you add sufficient protein, fat and carbs to your diet as well without skimping on any of them. Some excellent choices are all fruits and vegetables, all nuts and seeds, legumes such as kidney beans, lentils and soy beans, olive oil and coconut oil and whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and oats.
If anemia is your issue, try adding more iron-rich foods such as dark leafy greens, poultry, fish, lean grass-fed lean meat, eggs and whole grains into your diet.