Do you want to get rid of dark circles, under-eye puffiness, fine lines, or dryness under your eyes but you don’t know how?
Well, I am here to help you fix all your eye worries so that you can feel good as you step out even if you forget to wear under-eye makeup or you just roll out of bed and don’t want to be bothered to put on makeup!
So, what is the deal with these under-eye problems, and what truly causes them?
They say that the eyes are the windows to your soul, but we reveal to you the truth – that the eyes are actually the windows to your whole body!
According to Healthline, fatigue is the main cause of developing this condition
Dark circles and puffiness also tell us a lot about our sleeping, and eating habits, which do play a role in determining the functioning or lack thereof, within our bodies because all of the bodily functions link right back to our eyes!
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Mystery of Eye Bags
Let’s go further and solve the mystery lurking underneath those eyes now as we cover how under eye bags and dark circles form around the eyes, why do some people have it and are eye creams really working and worth it to help solve it?
And finally, what are the natural and affordable ways to create eye cream that help with dark circles and puffiness addressing the root cause from the inside out! Let us find out
Now the skin around our eyes is called the period orbital skin and the skin under our eye is significantly thinner since it doesn’t have as many oil glands nor can it produce as much collagen or elastin as the skin on the rest of our face.
This makes the skin under our eyes increasingly prone to moisture loss and dryness which is why most people start getting fine lines and wrinkles around their eyes as the first sign of aging, AKA, crow’s feet!
Additionally, the capillaries in the area which are really small blood vessels that lie right under the skin carry blood and expand. When this happens, it will seem as though there are dark circles because the blood is actually showing through that really thin skin.
Since most of our eye skin is much thinner than the skin on the rest of our body, it can lead to these common eye problems. However, for people who are genetically blessed with thicker skin under their eyes, maybe a few lucky ones are not as prone to dark circles as others!
Areas of Concern
Next, let’s take a deeper look at some of the most common eye problems that we face: namely, dark circles and puffiness.
1. Dark Circles
Dark eye circles aren’t just from one specific cause there can be many different reasons linked to different parts of your body.
It could also be genetics so if it runs in your family you might be more likely to get it and if it’s not genetics it could be sinus problems, allergies, adrenaline stress, and lack of sleep. So if any of the five things are off balance this is the reason why dark circles really do appear on our faces.
Why do dark circles appear bluish-purple? This is because of the pooling in the capillaries of the blood vessels, also known as venous pooling.
Dark circles are dark because this intensity of the darkness under our eye actually has to do with the capillaries expanding and contracting.
Nutrition is key!
So, if you’re lacking overall nutrition in your body, your blood vessels tend to dilate so that more nutrients flow through and because the skin under our eyes is already thin, the dilated blood vessels just cause the under-eye area to be much darker and more intense.
However, it can also be caused due to nervousness, anxiety, or other mental imbalances which then cause blood to rush everywhere in our body, leading to adrenal fatigue.
Wherein the adrenal glands start underperforming and our body releases cortisol which then makes it harder to sleep and we get even more stressed out because we’re not sleeping which leads to dark eye circles.
Thus, setting off a vicious cycle. What’s more is that if you lack sleep, it also affects your hormones and beyond. Thereby, leading to our brain and body just not functioning as well as they are supposed to. Hence the age-old advice stands true to all problems – ‘Sleep really is the cause and the cure for everything!’
Therefore, it is important to remember that sleeping isn’t just for your conscious benefit, but actually for your overall holistic body to ultra-repair itself.
Sleep is imperative and it is usually the root of all eye issues especially dark under the eyes. These are internal linked issues just like acne, inflammation and dark circles.
Another important thing to focus on is our lifestyle choices and how they influence our dark circles. Diet is important and our external skin issues like dark circles, inflammation, and acne can also be linked to the kind of foods we consume daily.
Cold foods include raw fruit, salads, vegetables, smoothies, and things that most of us love! Although, it is healthy as per traditional Chinese medicine these are very cold so if you eat too many cold foods it’s a shock to your body hence one should try to consume less cold water, cold drinks, or smoothies, especially during winter time.
Also, raw vegetables can be lightly sautéed, cooked, or steamed for a few seconds which will turn them into a warmer or hot healthy meal that is better for your health.
Cold water versus warm water
Similarly, drinking warm water instead of cold water, especially in the morning time actually helps lose belly fat, digestion, and overall health. It is important to distress in order to get a good night’s sleep, which as mentioned in the core to all our body problems and cure.
Some easy remedies for stress relief are practicing meditation, journaling, or reading books before bed. While you do this, try not to touch your cell phone at least an hour prior to going to bed because the blue-LED screen light can cause more damage to your eyes, while keeping you up at night leading to sleep problems and other related issues.
If you love drinking sodas, it would be better to switch to non-caffeinated or turmeric teas at night before sleep because they help flush out toxins from your body during the night and help you wake up feeling more refreshed and healthier in the morning.
2. Puffy Eye Bags
Moving on to the second most annoying eye symptom puffy eye bags. These parachutes under your eyes can look even more swollen if you’ve been crying the night before and it makes you want to cry even more! Under eye, bags are pretty common and they’re more of an internal problem specifically a kidney problem which relates to how much protein, potassium, and sodium is consumed in our diet.
So let’s break these three things down: First, protein, amongst the many jobs the kidney has, the main job is to filter waste materials from your blood so it essentially cleans out your blood.
This has to do with your diet. If you have a high protein diet rich in salt and oil and you don’t have any vegetables, your body can’t actually process over a certain amount of protein when you have excess.
Thereby, straining the kidney and the liver which are the two most important organs that help in detoxifying your body naturally. Although vegetables are high in potassium, potassium is one of the reasons why you have puffiness under your eyes.
This happens if you consume too much sodium and too much salt in your diet. Thus, potassium is able to help drain all the excess fluids that having too much sodium will generate in the body.
A tip to reduce puffiness under the eyes is to elevate your head a little by using an extra pillow when you sleep, so that during the night when you are sleeping the liquids aren’t forming all in your head.
The sleeping flat can cause the fluids to rush into your face which is why sometimes we wake up feeling bloated in the morning and after a few hours, it feels normal because the excess fluid drains.
Another way to reduce puffiness is to use eye patches. These are the hydrating eye patches that can be placed under your eyes for external hydration properties like movement under the eyes and providing required to moisturize to it.
Also, eyepatches with acupuncture points and acupressure points help a lot. These eye patches are a blend of Chinese herbal medicine and have a minty sensation to it.
These help to brighten and lighten the color on your eyes in order to get rid of dark circles, puffiness and discoloration around the eyes. It also helps with exhausted and tired eyes by alleviating the stress of your eyeballs which alleviate the stress of your whole body.
Finally, let’s delve into what most of you are curious to know about: Eye creams!
It seems like there’s one for everything that’s wrong with our eyes. But does it actually work? Well, in theory, Yes! However, in reality, they are just a diluted version of your moisturizers that fit into smaller containers and are sold to you at a premium price as eye creams!
Eye creams are diluted with lesser active ingredients than moisturizers or other creams since as mentioned the eye skin is the thinnest and most sensitive skin area.
The active ingredients are mentioned on the back of the packaging like retinol, hyaluronic acid, etc. However, since the skin under the eye is so thin and so sensitive, what we apply needs to be much gentler too.
Since eye creams are again a diluted version of moisturizers, to save some money and make it easier, it is better to try DIY eye creams.
Diy eye creams can be made by taking one of the moisturizers and diluting it with a really simple active ingredient lotion, say, Cetaphil CeraVe moisturizing lotion and then mixing them in a tiny box.
Now you can use and dab this mix around the eye just like any eye cream. it’s the same thing. Although some eye creams are wonderful and do actually work a little bit better than others.
I recommend the fresh black tea firming eye cream even though it is very thick and creamy, it goes on very nicely and there’s very less chance of breaking out or getting Myglea from its use.
Myglea is a condition caused by using too many thick creams and lotions around the eye area, where small white heads develop under your skin, which then need to be lasered off.
As we all know that there is a wide range of eye creams on the market. However, except for the eye creams for dryness, the other eye creams for dark circles, puffiness, and eye moisturizing may not actually cure any of these issues because everything is once again happening underneath and internally inside your body.
The creams for helping dark circles cannot help much because it’s an internal issue linked with the contracting of the capillaries which can be done by cooling the under eye and getting mostly what they put in as a helpful ingredient like vitamin C.
This is also a brightening agent which brightens the skin but it doesn’t brighten the problem of dark eye circles. Dr Wu has a really good vitamin C eye cream.
A great vitamin C eye cream is the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream and the Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream which is great to use as well for nourishing and moisturizing the under eyes. It is important to moisturize.
For boost of brightening, the Dr. Brandt No More Baggage works well, especially for deep huffing and brightening. Its effects can be seen within the first few minutes of wearing it too so it is a quick cooling fix.
It has citrus and mint scents around your eye and are really comfortable. Finally, these are again short-term solutions and remedies, not actual cure to your eye problems.
The eye cream that i really adore is the Volition Helix AM / PM Eye Gel. I think its one of the best eye gel to put under makeup. It like a velvet gel that is matte that smooth over all the lines.
The easiest way is again by creating your DIY eye cream, by mixing your moisturizer and creating your own eye cream. Also, Vaseline can be used which is a really good occlusive to help moisturize and keep the moisture under your eye skin as it’s really safe.
But be sure to dab just a little bit Vaseline. Finally, as we know the most important factors to consider are diet, sleep and lifestyle because eyes problems whether eyes darkness, puffiness or dryness has a lot more to do with her overall holistic health!
I hope you found this post informative to help those with eye bags and dark eye circles.
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