At one point or another, we’ve all been there. During our morning routine while we’re frantically getting ready in front of the mirror and putting our make-up on for the day, we notice dark, puffy bags under our eyes that seem to drag our face down and make us look old and tired. So why do dark circles and bags under our eyes happen? Is it because of age? Is it genetics? And most importantly, is it fixable? Read on to find out what causes dark circles and puffy bags under the eyes and how to treat them, both naturally and with a cosmetic eye bright and blemish remover product.
What Causes Dark Circles Around the Eyes?
Discolorations under the eyes affect most of us at some point during our life. Some people experience dark circles chronically, while others only seem to get them if they haven’t had adequate sleep the night before. So what causes this discoloration under the eyes anyway? Here are a few reasons puffy bags and dark circles persist:
- Age – We all know that aging reveals itself mainly through the appearance of our skin. Wrinkles and dark circles, particularly around the eyes, are common signs of aging skin. You don’t have to be a senior citizen to experience the visual effects of aging either. In fact, studies show that women as young as teenagers can start to develop dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and thins out. This means that the skin under our eyes, which is already thin to begin with, is more susceptible to showing signs of aging. Veins and discoloration are prominent around the eye area because the skin is already so delicate and thin, making it the first area of our face to display visible signs of aging.
- Genetics – Don’t you just love those hand-me-down genetic gifts from your parents? Not only do we inherit the good qualities from our biological parents, we also inherit the not-so-attractive qualities too. Chances are if your mother or father have thin skin under their eyes, you will be lucky enough to receive this genetic gift also. Unfortunately, if your “raccoon eyes” are inherited, there’s not much you can do to make them completely disappear. In other words, a good night’s sleep won’t do the trick. If you want to reduce the appearance of your inevitable dark circles though, there are several natural remedies you can try as well as products that are made for people just like you. Believe it or not, inherited dark circles are a very common complaint among women of all ages.
- Illness or Allergies – If you’re recovering from an illness, or you’re experiencing seasonal allergies, you probably already know that dark circles come with the territory. The good news is that most of the time once your sickness or allergies have passed, your dark circles will also disappear.
- Inadequate Sleep, Poor Diet, and Stress – If you’re not sleeping for about 8 hours every night, you’re going to notice bags under your eyes. It’s pretty much unavoidable. In addition, if you’re eating a poor diet that is not rich in nutrients from each of the food groups, you will also experience dark circles under your eyes. Similarly, if you’re under a great deal of stress with work, school, or family life, your eyes will tell all with puffiness and dark circles. However, if your under-eye issues are brought on by any of these environmental factors and not genetics, you can probably reverse them by sleeping and eating well and keeping your stress levels down.
Ways to Get Rid of the Dark Circles Under Your Eyes:
If you want to try some natural ways to get rid of those unattractive dark circles or puffy bags under your eyes, give these tips a try:
Tip #1: Beauty Sleep
It’s not just for princesses. We’ve all had those late nights and early mornings that result in dark circles and puffy bags under our eyes. That’s one of the reasons why adequate sleep is so important, and perhaps why they call it “beauty sleep”. Although it is not known precisely why a lack of sleep causes the appearance of dark circles, we do know that inadequate sleep results in the skin becoming paler overall. This would inevitably lead to any dark circles that are present being even more accentuated. Therefore, it is recommended that you try to sleep for at least 8 hours every single night. I realize that this is impossible for some people, but as long as you make the effort to get an adequate amount of sleep each and every night, with the very few exceptions, you will likely notice a significant decrease in the appearance of your dark circles.
Tip #2: Eat a Healthy Diet
This means that overall, your diet should consist of vitamins and minerals from each of the food groups. This is not to say that you cannot indulge once in a while on sweets or greasy fast food, but overall your diet should be healthy. You know the saying “You are what you eat”? This is true for your skin, and particularly for the sensitive, delicate parts of your skin around the eyes. If your diet consists primarily of junk food, this will be apparent in the quality of your skin’s health, and you will also be more likely to experience dark circles and puffy eyes. If your diet is mostly made up of foods that are healthy and contain a wide array of nutrients from different foods, your skin will glow with beauty, and you will be less likely to have those unattractive dark circles under your eyes. If you find yourself unable to meet your daily nutritional requirements, invest in a good multivitamin and take it daily. This will help to make up for any parts of your diet that are lacking.
Tip #3: Hydrate
Did you know that dehydration is one of the most common reasons for dark circles? It’s true – we don’t drink nearly as much water as we should. Instead, we drink specialty coffees, sugary sodas, and fancy cocktails that do not hydrate our bodies sufficiently and instead have the opposite effect and dehydrate us. Drinking water improves the circulation of the blood in your body, which can help with dark circles and bags under the eyes, where the skin is so easily disturbed.
Tip #4: Kick the Habit
Smoking cigarettes has its impact on the skin. Not only is discoloration of the skin on the hands and face common, but dark circles under the eyes are extremely common among smokers. While I know quitting can be difficult, it will do wonders for your skin and for your health overall. Smoking creates blood vessel problems (among other things) that can make the skin around your eyes appear darker, with the veins and vessels being more prominent. Do yourself a favor and kick the habit – if not for your skin, for your health.
Tip #5: Reduce Your Stress Levels
Stress is an inevitable component of life. We all experience stress in some form or another. Since stress is inescapable, and takes a toll on your skin, making your eyes appear tired and lifeless, try managing your stress levels with some natural techniques such as meditation or yoga. Physical activity of any kind also helps to reduce stress levels, and has the added bonus of tiring you out to ensure you get that good night’s sleep your body requires! Because your facial skin shows stress more than the skin anywhere else on your body, it is important to find ways to relax and decrease your stress levels if you want to prevent the appearance of dark circles and bags under your eyes.
If you’ve tried all of the above natural tips to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffy bags under your eyes without much luck, you may unfortunately just be prone to developing discoloration in the eye region. In cases like this, you could really benefit from Lashem’s 3 in 1 Eye Bright. Not only does this natural product brighten the skin around your eyes to reduce the appearance of dark circles, it also stimulates blood circulation, which improves the overall texture and appearance of your skin. With natural ingredients, 3 in 1 Eye Bright also helps to reduce wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen and reducing the production of melanin. By simply applying this formula to the skin under your eyes after your nightly cleansing routine, you will wake up with beautiful, bright eyes that are free of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark circles which can make you appear worn-out and tired. So what are you waiting for? Give Lashem’s 3 in 1 Eye Bright a try today and let your eyes do the talking!