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All You Need To Know About Dark Circles

Smitakshi Guha

Dark circles can be a good indicator of an impending or a serious health problem.

If you’re someone who finds beauty concealers to be the absolute best makeup invention since it helps you hide those dark circles—you’re not the only one! Almost every other person complains of dark circles under their eyes at some point in life. What you should know is, dark circles are caused by two factors: Your genetics and/or your lifestyle.

Causes of dark circles

Let’s discuss the two common causes of dark circles in detail:

Genetics

When your dark circles are caused by your genes, they look more like a layer of hyperpigmentation on the skin under your eyes. Also, some people are born with relatively thinner skin around their eyes. This makes blood circulation difficult in that area, making the darkness there more prominent.

Lifestyle

Your lifestyle contributes extensively to your health. Certain lifestyle choices like staying up late at night, stress, consuming alcohol, smoking, not drinking enough water, are other factors that can cause those dark circles.

In a nutshell, if genetics aren’t responsible for your dark circles, it’s a sign your body’s trying to tell you to change your lifestyle choices.

How to prevent dark circles naturally?

While certain makeup products can only manage to hide your dark circles, you should opt for more natural and effective means to truly get rid of them.

Here are a few tips you can consider:

Get adequate sleep

An adequate amount of sleep and good sleep cycles can make a lot of difference in how your hair, skin, and overall healthy look. Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep every night to help your body regenerate strength to function fully well the next day.

Keep yourself well-hydrated

When you don’t drink enough water, your body automatically starts to compensate for it by using its own natural water content, which further leads to patchy and dry skin. This accentuates the dark patches around your eyes. So, make it a habit to drink at least two to three litres of water every day to keep yourself well-hydrated so that your under-eye area looks less puffy and dark.

Limit your alcohol intake

Consuming too much alcohol dehydrates your body, making the blood vessels on your skin more visible to the naked eye. Since the skin around the eyes is already thin compared to other parts of the body, dehydration makes your dark circles more prominent. So, try to limit your alcohol intake as much as possible and opt for fresh fruit juices instead.

Get a digital detox

Exposure to your phone or tablet screen just before your sleep time is detrimental to your health. The blue light from these gadgets not only affects the quality of your sleep but is also bad for your eyes and the skin around it.

Additionally, you can freeze some tea bags and then apply them to your under-eye area. Tea contains caffeine and caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties that can help in getting rid of the puffiness around the eyes and also reducing the prominence of dark circles.

You can also consult a dermatologist online who can help you get rid of this skin condition or any other skin issues with some more advanced treatment options.

If you have battled dark circles before and successfully managed to get rid of them, do share your tips in the comments below.

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