Over the past two years, I’ve developed some major dark, circles under my eyes. I don’t smoke, drink nor do I party all the time. So, where did they come from? Dark circles are caused by hyperpigmentation, which causes the under eye area to appear darker than the rest of the skin. Other factors may include, genetics, aging, poor nutrition, dehydration, stress, sleep deprivation, Tv viewing, and excessive computer usage. I’m blaming mine on sleep deprivation and excessive computer usage.
The eye area is very thin, delicate and sensitive and there are tons of products on the market that are formulated to treat this extremely delicate area. Therefore, when purchasing creams for your eyes, look for natural ingredients that address your particular problem.
Cremes for dark circles should include, cucumber extract, Vit K and C, yarrow and Gingko Biloba. For wrinkles, look for aloe vera, acai berry extract, and soy proteins.
If puffs are your problem, cucumber extract, aloe vera, Vit C and green tea works really well. At home, you can also use cucumber slices or a frozen bag of peas on the eye to reduce puffiness.
Poor nutrition and lifestyle habits can also have a huge impact on the way our skin behaves. So, for a healthier eye area, here are some easy tips to try:
♦ Drink lots of water to hydrate your skin from the inside.
♦ Eat foods that are rich in Vit B and folic acid. Fish oil is also a great supplement.
♦ Reduce the amount of time spent in front of the computer or television. And when doing so, wear reading glasses with an anti-glare coating.
♦ Increase sleep time and reduce stress. I know, there are always stressors in our lives, but finding ways to deal with them is a plus. Try being grateful for what’s good and what works in your life as opposed to being grumpy and worried about what did not. You’ll feel happier and less stressed.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, health and wellbeing consultant and Qigong instructor. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo and more. She is the founder of Inside Outer Beauty Market, a multi-cultutal retailer curating and creating products to support the body inside and out. Visit the site at www.iobeautymarket.com