What are the dark shadows under the eye and can anything be done about them ? This was a question we were asked in the Cosmetics4less office this week and itís a good one.
Well dark under eye circles can be caused by lack of sleep, I think
this is well known and the solution is simple, get more sleep.
But probably the most common cause is hereditary, they just run in your family. In this case covering then up with concealer is your only solution. Try a multi-tone as the green shade can be particularly useful.
Other causes are pollution and allergies. If you think it may be
allergies then check this out with your doctor but a good home remedy
for this, and eyes stressed out by pollution, is to take two used
teabags and put them in the fridge until well chilled. Then lie down and
place them on closed eyelids. Just relax for 20 minutes. The tannin
acts as a natural cooling and soothing astringent. Many people also
think that the anti-oxident properties in tea are very beneficial.
You can also use slices of cucumber in a similar way.
Dehydration can also cause dark shadows to appear so make sure you
drink enough fluids. Try to restrict caffeinated drinks though as
caffeine has also been implicated in causing dark circles.
Alcohol is another cause, so make sure you stick to the recommended
limits and drink plenty of soft drinks as well to counteract the
dehydrating effect of alcohol.
Smoking is another cause of dark circles and also causes wrinkles. So
giving up will make you look healthier and younger as well as actually
improving your health.
Poor circulation can also cause under eye circles so stimulate blood
supply and lymphatic drainage by taking regular brisk exercise. A walk
in the fresh air, donít forget sunscreen, or bouncing on a mini
trampoline are said to be the best exercises for this and will keep you
trim and fit as well.
Donít forget that your skin, round your eyes or anywhere else,
reflects your general state of health and to look your best just follow
these simple rules. Get plenty of sleep, donít smoke, donít drink to
excess and cut back on caffeine. Do eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
and drink plenty of fluids.