Just one last episode! How many times have you said that to yourself and then ended up watching the entire series? Most of us surely do that, but however entertaining that might sound, this can be the reason behind your dark circles. These dark circles dont just make you look tired and dull but also hampers the natural radiance of the skin. Well, we know that you are not going to stop and can not resist watching that last episode because even we can’t, so here are 5 Ways to prevent dark circles suggested by Dr. Siddhant Bhargava, MBBS, Food, Lifestyle And Wellness expert on his Instagram handle.
Tips To Prevent Dark Circles
Social media is a great place to get maximum information, and one such post that grabbed my attention was this amazing post by Dr. Siddhant Bhargava on his Instagram handle that specifically dealt with tips to stop dark circles from appearing. Here’s all you need to know in detail what Dr Bhargava has to stop dark circles forever:
1) Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated by drinking enough water on a daily basis is not just helpful for your dark circles but also increases your energy and keeps you active and has many other benefits such as-
- Aids weight loss by creating a feeling of fullness and preventing the chances of over eating.
- Prevents kidney damage like stone and other problems by regulating the body fluids.
- Helps in improving the digestive system as it aids the bowel functioning.
- Helps to regulate the body temperature.
Do make sure that you are drinking at least 3.5 liters of water every day to yourself hydrated and look up for the sign of dehydration such as
- Dry mouth
- Low BP
Drinking water reduces dark circles by flushing out the toxins from your system and hence reducing the amount of salt concentration in and around the eye area.
2) Vitamins for the win
The best and most effective way to get rid of dark circles and under eye bags is with the help of collagen development and antioxidants. Breakdown in collagen is another major reason for dark circles as it causes fat to shift to the lower eyelids which in return causes puffy eyes and dark circles.
- A diet rich in protein can help you fight these under eye bags as collagen is made up of amino-acids, which is a nutrient we get from protein rich food.
- Vitamin A has high antioxidants and hence it is capable of improving eye health and reducing pigmentation which eventually helps you to reduce your dark circles.
- Vitamin C is proven helpful in fighting the damage caused by free radicals, increasing blood circulation and collagen production and as a result restoring the glow and firmness of the skin and reducing these dark circles.
- Omega 3 fatty acids improve blood flow which helps the blood to move away from the under-eye area instead of allowing it to pool over as it is another cause for dark eyes.
View this post on Instagram
3) Get your beauty sleep
A proper sleep cycle has the power to level up your beauty game. While sleeping your skin goes into a repair mode, regenerating new cells and cycling the nutrients and oxygen. When you do not get enough sleep your skin does not get a chance to repair itself and the oxygen cycling gets reduced as well. As this oxygen cycling process gets reduced, your brain leeches out as much oxygen as it can from your blood which means the darker, deoxygenated blood starts flowing through your vein. As the skin under our eyes is pretty transparent, this deoxygenated blood is more visible in that area which gives the appearance of discolored rings commonly known as the dark circles.
Your everyday habit of getting inadequate sleep has a direct relation with those dark circles and under eye bags and involves a lot of science.
4) Say yes to SPF
We have always been taught to use sunscreen whether we go out in the sun or stay indoors. These days we all are exposing ourselves to potentially skin-damaging lights like Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays and Blue light from smart devices, computers and TVs. All these lights can actually have adverse effects on our skin as
- UV A rays can cause the signs of aging and make your skin lose its elasticity and cause wrinkles.
- UV B rays are capable of damaging the skin’s DNA which can lead to sunburns.
- The Blue Light is the main cause for our dark circles as it increases the production of melanin and also creates free radicals.
Melanin is a natural skin pigment responsible for skin colour, eye, and hair. The amount and type of melanin in your body determines the color of your skin. As the exposure to sun and blue light increases the melanin content in your body it affects your under-eye the most as the skin in that area is the thinnest and hence is very sensitive.
The bottom line is that you need to wear sunscreen with an SPF 35+ to prevent dark circles and your skin from getting damaged from the harsh sun rays and the blue light from your computer and mobile screens.
5) Topical depigmenting cream
Depigmentation is the loss of color pigment (melanin) from the skin, eyes or hair. These depigmentation creams are used to eliminate the darkness under our eyes. As recommended, these topical depigmenting creams should either contain Vitamin C, Glutathione or Alpha Hydroxy Acid.
- Glutathione is an antioxidant molecule which is capable of whitening skin by reducing the melanin formation without destroying the actual pigment-producing cells.
- Alpha hydroxy acids are also known as AHA are chemical compounds consisting of carboxylic acids that work best for aging and photoaging.
- Make sure that you use these creams in moderation and not too close to your eyelids as it may result in irritation and redness.
Although a certified doctor has suggested all the above-mentioned ways, we would still recommend you first to check if you have any allergies from any of the mentioned products. Make sure that you follow the tips safely and use the products in moderation.
(Written by Charu Sharma, Sub Editor, Onlymyhealth)
Read more articles on Skincare