Do you look in the mirror and see a panda staring at you? If yes, then like many others, you are the chosen victim of dark circles. Dark circles can affect both men and women and can take a toll on one’s physical appearance. However, if ignored and untreated for an extended period of time, it can also take a massive toll on one’s health as well.
Dark circles occur when the blood vessels under and around the eyes become engorged. Dark circles are so evidently visible because the layer of skin under our eyes is very thin. The skin below our eyes is approximately about 0.5mm thick compared to an average 2mm on the rest of our body.
The causal factors for dark circles are:
- Lack of sleep
- Nasal congestion
- Hormonal change
- Unhealthy lifestyle.
Listed below are some lifestyle changes that will help you get rid of your dark circles:
Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep is the most common reason for dark circles. Experts recommend at least 7 hours of sleep every night. However, if that’s difficult to keep up with, you should at least ensure that you get five hours of sound sleep every night.
Eat healthy: You are what you eat. If you fill up your body with unhealthy junk food, it will obviously show on your body in the form of obesity, acne, dark circles, etc. Following a healthy diet will not only help you get rid of dark circles but will also help you stay internally healthy in the long run.
Stay away from allergens: If the reason for your dark circles is allergies, ensure that you restrict your exposure from your allergy triggers. Some allergens include dust, pollen and pet dander and certain food items like nuts, milk, wheat, etc. However, these allergens vary from person to person.
Make lifestyle changes: Certain habits like smoking, sleeping at odd hours, alcohol, narcotics, pills, etc can react negatively to your body and cause dark circles. You know what your vices are and it is never too late to change them for the better.
Open up to someone: in some cases, dark circles can be a sign of stress, anxiety or depression. If you think that there are things that are taking over your mind and disturbing your daily routine, it is recommended that you talk to someone or find an outlet for your stress, anxiety or depression.
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