Those Dark Circles Under Your Eyes Are Telling You Something
If you have ever had dark circles under your eyes, you know exactly how aggravating they can be. When you go out in public with dark circles, people can think all kinds of things about you that may or may not be true.
They might assume that you are not getting enough rest at night and that you might suffer from insomnia when that might not be true at all. People might also suspect that your allergies are taking over your life when that might not be true either. They may even think you’ve been in a fight or are suffering from abuse at the hands of another person.
The fact is that dark circles under the eyes are definitely indicative of something…but you should not assume what your body is trying to tell you. Instead, use this article as a help to understand your body better and get medical attention, if needed.
Dark Circles Under Your Eyes Aren’t Merely A Cosmetic Problem
The formal name for dark circles under the eyes is periorbital dark circles. The prefix “peri” means around or surrounding. When dark circles show, it’s nothing more than your body showing the blood vessels that are under your eyes more clearly than usual.
Those with lighter OR very dark skin will find that the the blood vessels show more easily. For very fair complexions, the circles can look like mild bluish bruising, and for darker complexions, they can look like dark brownish areas. Generally speaking, the skin around your eyes is half a millimeter thick where the rest of the skin on your body is about 2 millimeters thick.
The older you get the thinner your skin gets…and this means that those blood vessels around your eyes are sometimes going to appear more easily even if nothing seems to be wrong with you.
But there’s a thing you should know. When dark circles can be seen under your eyes, something is happening….and most of the time, it’s fatigue.
Studies have shown that when your body is low on physical energy it produces more cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone…and when higher levels of it are moving through your body, it increases your blood flow and makes the blood vessels all over your body get bigger as a result.
Fatigue can happen because you didn’t get enough sleep at night. It can also happen if you have allergies and your body is working overtime to deal with them. It can also happen if you drink too much alcohol and your body has to work harder than usual the next day to clear itself of the effects of a hangover.
Bottom line…it’s fatigue.
Now, some people are just genetically predisposed to bags under their eyes, and if you are one of those people, the remedy we are about to recommend is going to help you, too.
Heal The Dark Circles Under Your Eyes With Vitamins And Some Healthy Carbs
If you’re watching your weight, adding carbs to your diet can sound counterintuitive…but not all carbs are made alike. Eating more fruit will add negligible amounts of calories to your diet, but they will give you healthy carbohydrates that your body can break down easily into much needed glucose.
There’s a reason why the old saying “An apple keeps the doctor away” is so popular. Not only does fruit add much-needed fiber, but it also gives your body a healthy boost of energy
You should also make sure that you’re drinking enough water. Dehydration can add to your dark circles as much as fatigue can.
Finally, make sure that you’re taking your daily vitamins. There’s a little bit of conflicting advice out there on whether or not vitamins actually make a difference in your health, but there are some brands of vitamins that have really great reviews and that are effective at helping you increase your energy levels. Sometimes, your energy is low because you are vitamin deficient.
We recommend vitamins last simply because you want to get as much as you can from food. Working from the inside out is the best thing you can do for yourself.
When To Worry About Dark Circles
There are times when you have dark circles that you will need to go to your physician. If they don’t go away after a week, if they appear only under one eye, are accompanied by any kind of pain or tenderness, or if you have full-on black eyes, please don’t hesitate to see your doctor.
As a last resort, use some concealer to cover the discoloration, and if you can find any other beauty solution from a reputable company, use that, too. Just make sure that you don’t conceal to the extent that you can’t really tell what’s really going on with your body.
Look at dark circles as your body’s way to communicate with you that all is not well. Know that you have the ability to set things in order again with simple changes in your diet, increased water intake, and a reduction of the stressors that cause your to produce more cortisol.
- “Dark Circles Under Eyes: What Can You Do?” Bashir, M., MD. http://www.eyehealthweb.com/dark-circles-under-eyes/. Jan. 2016.