I have fair skin and dark circles under my eyes. In the morning I have to do a double take at the ghost faced raccoon staring back and me. It is not only me, I was lucky enough to pick this feature up from my family. We are a raccoon tribe you could say. Maybe I am vain or just tired of my daughter asking me if I got into a fight, questioning how I got my two black eyes, but I decided I should look into ways to at least fade the circles under my eyes. So here are some ideas you can try out if you are part of the raccoon tribe too!
Get plenty sleep. Yes I know that is much easier said than done. I am such the hypocrite suggesting this, but studies show this can help eliminate the circles under your eyes. It is recommended to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Too little time lying down can be a reason in itself due to lack of circulation. Alcohol and drugs can really disturb the quality of sleep, so if you are having trouble with sleep cutting out the booze might help.
Get tested for both airborne and food allergies. I was really surprised to learn that gluten intolerance and dark circles under the eyes go hand in hand. I have not been tested for this myself but I will. Also seasonal airborne allergies can cause circles and/or puffiness around the eyes. There are many over the counter remedies for seasonal allergies and if they are too severe you should see your doctor for a prescription.
Make sure you are eating well and getting enough vitamins. In particular vitamin K and vitamin B12 deficiencies can cause dark circles under the eyes. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, spinach, dark leafy greens, and cabbage are the top picks. Watch your sodium intake as well. Too much salt will make you retain fluids in strange places sometimes, this can be the reason for puffiness under the eyes.
You can apply cold tea bags to your eyes. Tea bags have tannin in them and that can help reduce swelling and discoloration. This is best done in the mornings. Lay down with the cool caffeinated tea bags on your eyes for about 15 minutes. Toss them back into the fridge over night so they are ready again the next day if you spot the ghost faced raccoon staring back at you in the morning 🙂
I am going to give these tips a go on myself. Let me know if any of you have already tried any of these tips with success or failure.
Also, PLEASE share anything that you have tried that has worked!