Dark circles and dark bags under your eyes is probably one of the most common cosmetic complaints among both men and also in women, regardless of their age. According to the dermatologists, nine out of ten people at some point in their whole life will have dark under their eye circles.
Why do you have dark eye circles problem? As we all know, that lack of sleep and adequate rest, over stressing eye muscles as well as constant eye rubbing can make you look tired with those dark under eye circles. However, for those who are prone to dark rings around their eyes, the reason may be due to hereditary, side effects of some drugs, or simply a part of the aging process.
People who born with very fair skin, or sharp facial features also tend to naturally develop pesky dark circles around the eyes. Some women may experience under eye dark circles that are caused by hyper pigmentation after childbirth, or it can be sign of an iron deficiency anemia in the body.
It is not wrong to say that few foods contribute to the formation of dark circles around or under the eye. Drinking a lot of caffeinated beverages like coffee and soda, or eating something you’re allergic to, can cause puffiness and dark circles underneath the eyes. Allergies can cause your eyes to itch. When you frequently rub your eyes, tiny capillaries under the skin get irritated and break, causing puffiness and discoloration.
Most common allergenic foods include berries, buckwheat, chocolate, cinnamon, citrus fruits, coconut, peas, peanut butter, pork, shellfish, corn, dairy products, egg whites, mustard, nuts, soy, tomatoes, wheat and yeast.
Fortunately, there are also many foods that will help you make dark eye circles less visible and also bring out the brightness in your eyes.
Iron Rich Foods
If you think you are anaemic and lack iron, then boost your iron intake by eating few foods such as liver, lean red meat, egg yolks, beans, dark green vegetables, broccoli and asparagus.
To help your body absorb iron more readily, make sure to eat Vitamin C-rich food in the same daily meal. For example, baked beans on wholemeal bread or a bowl of oatmeal porridge with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, and a glass of orange juice for breakfast. Snack on dried apricots, figs or prunes with a slice of papaya.
A diet that is high in salt and sodium can cause water retention. Cucumber, like celery and watermelon, acts as a natural diuretic to help flush out excess water from your body and minimize the appearance of dark, swollen look beneath your eyes.
Try a cucumber and also tomato salad for lunch or tuck extra slices of cucumber in your sandwich. If you don’t like eating raw cucumbers, treat yourself to a blueberry and cucumber smoothie.
Alternatively, you can apply cold cucumber slices to the area under your eyes, to temporarily lighten dark eye circles.
Few researchers found that black currant fruit are more helpful in getting rid of dark circles under the eyes. Black currants contain anthocyanins, which can improve your blood flow to the optical nerve of your eyes, and deliver more oxygen to the tissue, thereby helping to reduce dark circles around and under the eyes.
If you cannot find fresh black currants, consider adding frozen currants to juices, fruit smoothies, stewed fruits, jam or pies.
Vitamin K Rich Foods
They are also known as phylloquinone, Vitamin K is an important fat-soluble micronutrient, highly recommended for people who have dark eye circles due to hyper pigmentation.
Vitamin K plays an essential role in promoting proper blood circulation to reduce puffiness and discoloration that are caused by fluid retained under the thin tissue. Vitamin K not only helps to lighten darkened skin and also it can rectify pigmentation problems, it gives you the extra protection against osteoporosis.
Make sure to eat these foods rich in Vitamin K – cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage) as well as leafy green vegetables (spinach), asparagus, cauliflower, okras, lentils, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and yogurt.
The consumption of these above foods not only is good for your health. So, you just need to increase the amount of foods in your daily diet to eliminate dark circles under your eyes.
Having said that, avoid unhealthy junk food like sugary and fatty food, replace alcohol with plain pure water, and stop smoking in order to make dark eye circles disappear for good.