Dark circles under the eyes aren’t a serious health problem, but they can be the first signs of deficiencies in the body. More importantly for most, however, they’re just a nuisance for our overall physical appearance. Here are six natural ways to reduce or remove the appearance of dark circles at the source:
- Hydrate: It sounds so simple, and commonplace to a cliché, but it’s true. Dehydration is the most common reason for dark circles. Proper hydration keeps skin moisturized and healthily supple, and without this, the skin rests more directly on the facial bones underneath the eye, resulting in a darker outer color. While the conventional wisdom is eight glasses of pure water per day, a more accurate minimum guideline is to drink half your lb.-measured weight in ounces per day.
- Take Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is crucial for a host of bodily functions, but on this front, vitamin B12 excels. Many people, especially vegetarians, are deficient in vitamin B12, which is most easily obtainable in eggs and meat. If you take it in supplement, make sure to avoid the cheaper form, cyanocobalamin, in favor of methylcobalamin.
- Reduce Sodium Intake: Sodium intake, most often the result of table salt intake, can cause unhealthy water retention as the body’s way to mitigate the harmful impact of excessive sodium. This retention can concentrate around the eyes, resulting in puffy, and swollen-looking skin around the eyes. Sodium, to be clear, is not salt. It’s an isolated component of salt—one mineral out of the nearly hundred minerals found in any good full-spectrum sea salt, the actual salt that makes the ocean salty. Simply replacing the sodium intake in your diet with full-spectrum sea salt can handle this.
- Get Enough Sleep: Getting 7-8 hours of rest each night will obviously prevent sleep-related dark circles, as most anyone who’s gotten by with little sleep can attest to.
- Stop Smoking: Smoking can cause dark circles around the eyes by destroying nutrients like vitamin B12 needed for skin health, and increase the appearance of blue-green veins and blood vessels throughout the body, including underneath the eyes.
- Cucumber Eye Masks: Cucumbers have been used for centuries as a way for skin-nourishing nutrients to penetrate the upper dermal layers and improve overall skin complexion, especially underneath the eyes. Placing thinly sliced cucumbers over the eyes for an hour can do far more for your skin than many expensive chemically-laden beauty products.