While most of us loved the character of PO from Kung Fu Panda, I really doubt that anyone of us would actually want to look like him. I know PO was really cute but I don’t think we can match that level of cuteness with our Panda eyes.
We have been increasingly getting a lot of questions regarding creams to apply and procedures to use for the improvement in the undereye area and in this blog we are going to discuss one of the most common problems faced by our readers and that is ‘dark circles’. Gone are the days when people thought dark circles were a sign of aging and were a common phenomenon for women and men above 30 only. Thanks to the standard of living and other factors which have made it a very common problem for all the age groups. Before we further delve into the discussion of how to treat them, let’s have a look at the number of etiologic factors which cause them in the first place:
Nutritional deficiencies- any kind of deficiency in the body tends to affect the skin and when it comes to dark circles the rules are pretty much the same. Iron deficiency, in particular, can lead to darker skin around the eye area.
Unhealthy Lifestyle- it is no secret that the kind of lifestyle we all lead is not very healthy and may lead to stress. Having irregular sleep cycles, any form of mental or physical stress, consumption of unhealthy food could also be a major reason for your dark circles. Consuming too much alcohol or smoking can also adversely affect the skin.
Hereditary- while there is not much you could do when your own genes are the reason to be blamed. It has been observed that Periorbital hyperpigmentation aka dark circles can also be inherited. You may have a problem of undereye hollowness or tear trough which could be passed on to from your parents
Allergy or Atopy- if you are one of those people who have this very annoying habit of rubbing your eyes over and over again then let me tell you; you need to stop before it gets worse. When you rub your eyes you often irritate the blood vessels which further leads to inflammation which causes dark circles.
Aging skin- last but not the least, is aging skin. There are things which take place in our body at a certain time and at a certain age. All this is a part of human evolution. Similarly, dark circles can be considered to be a part of this beautiful yet unwanted process of aging.
Now that I’ve given you a couple of reasons to loathe the causes of dark circles, I’m going to tell you what are the common ways to treat them. There are various procedures and remedies which you can opt for in order to treat your dark circles. Let’s discuss the most common ones
Under Eye Creams and Peels : using under eye creams which have haloxyl, peptides, retinol can be very beneficial. On the other hand, when it comes to peels (especially alpha hydroxyl acids or retinoid based peel) they help in removing the superficial layer of the skin which may contain the increased pigmentation.
Microdermabrasion in the under eye area- this is considered to be one of the least invasive techniques. We exfoliate the under eye area with a diamond tip and thus smoothen the skin and decrease the pigment in that area.
Dermal filler for the tear trough- when you have dark circles, the area under the eye looks very hollow. In order to restore the under eye area, hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers are injected in that area. It is more like a natural replacement therapy which helps you rejuvenate that area and knock those years off your face
High-intensity focused ultrasound- this technique produces collagen with the help of ultrasound energy. There is noticeable improvements after the treatment, however, better results are eventually visible in the following months.
Opting for a healthy lifestyle- leading a healthy lifestyle where you have a good night sleep along with a nutritious diet can actually do wonders. Consuming food which is good for your skin, especially for the under eye area will work like magic.
Natural Remedies – Apart from these ideas you can use some natural remedies as well which will give you good results.
Using cucumber peels or raw potato juice on your eyes for 10-15 minutes on a regular basis will help improve the under eye bags.
Lemon which is rich in Vitamin C can helps improve dark circles. In case you have a very sensitive skin and think lemon juice may be too harsh then you can dilute the lemon juice in rose water.
Tomatoes are a bit acidic in nature and thus they help in lightening the dark parts of the skin. Thus, it is can be used to improve the dark circles and under eye bags.
Almond oil and rose water are also some really great easy-to-find and easy-to-use-products. Using almond oil or rose water under your eye area can certainly help.
All of us yearn for a healthy and glowing skin, no one wants 50 shades of dark circles under their eyes and with a couple of steps, you can ensure that you never let your saggy under eyes decide the way you look. Do let us know what all you have tried to use and what has worked or hasn’t worked for you.