Women of whatever age would always want to look beautiful. Some women go into the denial stage because of job or family pressures and responsibilities and because of financial difficulties; but provide them the resources and the opportunity and they will eventually succumb to beautification, rejuvenation and anti-aging regimens. Evidence of aging first shows up on the hands, the neck and around the areas of the eyes beginning with little crow’s feet and dark circles under the eyes. Because most people look at people eye-to-eye, the eyes are the first things people see. The soft area under the eye is prone to discoloration and this condition affects many people which can come and go from time to time although for some people, the condition can persist for a long time.
Those dark circles make a middle-aged woman look much older, unlike the little crinkles that mostly shows up while smiling or the prematurely graying hair. Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by a lot of things, including illness, loss of sleep, allergies or heredity. Whatever its causes, there are new products and solutions to minimize its appearance or cause its permanent removal. If the dark circles are caused by an individual’s lifestyle or caused by illness, the solution maybe the simplest of all – sleeping and resting. It is a well-known fact that lack of sleep causes dark circles below the eyes. Individual need for sleep varies but it should usually be 6- 8 hours per night or per day, although some people who work at night and sleep during the day can still get those dark circles.
Under eye dark circles have also been attributed to vitamin deficiencies, most importantly Vitamin K. Vitamin B12 deficiency has also been said to result in dark circles under the eyes, so eating foods rich in these vitamins can help in minimizing the condition. Another major cause of dark circles under the eyes is anxiety and stress because it prevents proper sleep and rest. Relaxing and de-stressing will help improve the skin around the eyes as the emotional condition and physical ailments of the body can have adverse effects on the overall condition of the skin, including the eyes.
Women through the ages have been very resourceful, passing on little bits of wisdom and useful information to their descendants and circle of friends. One of those handed down beauty secret is saving cucumber slices for putting over the eyes while asleep or resting. It has always been used by women as a “pick-me-up” when their eyes look puffy and tired. If cucumbers are not available, the other vegetable alternative is pureed potatoes kept over the eyes for 30 minutes.
Another old-age remedy is using cool tea bags over the eyes giving the tannin in the tea enough time to help reduce discoloration and swelling in the eye area. They are best when refrigerated before use. Other good substitutes to put over closed eyes are ice cubes wrapped in cloth or a spoon put in the freezer for 15 minutes. The coldness of the spoon helps in reducing puffiness and black circles under the eyes.
Sometimes, under eye black circles are caused by health conditions that are yet unknown to the individual. Some of the causes may be allergies, gluten intolerance, nasal congestion, sun exposure, pigmentation, age and heredity. If health conditions are suspected to be the cause of the dark circles under the eyes, the individual must consult a doctor to find out the root cause.
Whatever is causing those puffy eyes with dark circles underneath; they can be camouflaged with the use of the right concealer closely matching the person’s skin tone. A translucent powder can then be dusted over the entire face.
An eye cream containing Retinol and Vitamin K has been found to be effective for puffy eyes, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. There are many new formulations being offered in the market as effective eye cream to lighten those dark circles under the eyes, but the most talked about is Retinol cream.
One of the formulations getting good reviews right now is Ageless Derma Eye Cream, a powerful and effective anti-aging treatment. The unique formula contains the purest form of Vitamin A or Retinol combined with Vitamins K, E and C to work effectively in smoothing the fine lines in the face, soften the skin and diminish the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. The eye cream is especially formulated for the delicate skin around the eye area – giving protection and nourishment and working its wonders with continued use.