Quite often dark under eye circles are hereditary. In many other cases however, they can also be caused by a vitamin deficiency, poor diet or even allergies.
If you are having a problem with dark under eye circles, here are some things you can try to reduce or eliminate them.
Get more Sleep.
If your dark circles appear only occasionally it might simply be due to lack of sleep. Start noting if the circles appear during times when you haven’t been able to get the amount of sleep you normally require and do your best to get back on track.
Take a PMS Supplement
This is also for the occasional sufferer. If it appears that the only time you get dark circles is around once a month, it could simply be due to a hormonal imbalance that occurs during PMS. Luckily there are over the counter pills that can help relieve symptoms of PMS including the dark circles such as Natrol PMS Control.
Determine if it is a Vitamin Deficiency
If the dark circles under your eyes is a common problem it might to due to a deficiency in folic acid, B6 or B12. Try taking a multivitamin for a couple of weeks and see if there is any improvement. It would also be a good idea to try eating a more balanced diet and to drink plenty of water.
Get Checked for Allergies.
Quite often dark circles can be caused by allergies. These allergies can range from an undetected food allergy to an allergic reaction to a chemical you are exposed to on a daily basis.
Believe it or not, if this is your problem it could be a good thing because there are over-the-counter and prescription medications that can effectively treat these allergies.
A visit to a dermatologist can help determine what you are allergic to.
Reduce Your Salt Intake
Excess salt in your system can cause your body to retain water and could impair your circulation. This could cause under eye puffiness or cause the blood vessels to appear bluer under the skin. Reducing your salt intake could prevent this from happening.
Use a Skin Cream That Contains Vitamin K and Retinol
Quite often dark under eye circles are caused by a deficiency of Vitamin K. There are quite a few under eye creams that can be quite effective in reducing your dark circles, especially when used daily over a long period of time. These creams can also be effective in reducing eye puffiness. Be sure the creams you try contain Vitamin K and Retinol.
Cover It With Makeup
Luckily there are cosmetics available that can help camouflage darkness under the eyes while you are doing the processes above. Be sure to use a peach or yellow-toned concealer. These colors will help cancel out the blue or purple circles. Beware however of pink-toned concealers because these can actually make the circles stand out more.