Have you ever had one of those days when you awake in the morning and surprise, baggy, circled eyes are staring back at you? Maybe today is the day of that job interview you have been preparing for the last two weeks. You have just got to give your best and yes, look your best. In panic mode, you recall reading where taping down the area overnight works. But you didn't have circles when you went to bed last night and you don't have enough time perform emergency circle repair. So you do what most of us would probably do, pile on the make up, loads and loads of it.
Dark circles, or "bags" under the eyes as it is also described as, can be caused by a number of factors. If it manifests itself periodically, it could be the result of allergies or hay fever. Airborne particles such as dust or pollen are chief culprits as are food allergies. Another common cause is fatigue. Sleep deprivation can reap havoc with your skin, making you look pale and the circles more prominent. Dehydration also plays a major role. If circles under the eyes appear to be more permanent and you have ruled out most of the temporary causes, you may be looking at genetics, iron deficiency, fluid retention or thinning skin.
As with most surface problems, topical solutions are temporary and supplementary.
Dealing with the root causes require dietary changes and healthy living practices such as relaxation and adequate amounts of sleep. A healthy diet would include drinking lots of water to prevent dehydration, cutting down on salt for that same reason and getting plenty of proteins, fruits and vegetables.
Vitamins are a big part of the healthy living process but there are specific vitamins that work wonders for those baggy circles whether they are genetic or not. One of the most talked about vitamins for dark under-eye circles is Vitamin K, a fat soluble vitamin which means that it is most effective when taken with dietary fat. It is best known for helping with blood clots. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends creams that contain vitamin K since it has a successful track record in treating bruising and dark circles under the eyes. Some preliminary studies have also found that Vitamin K when applied topically helps remove dark circles. Vitamin K is found in many vegetables, so eat generous amounts of Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Onions and Beets.
Vitamin C is another recommended vitamin for the fight against dark circles. Studies have shown that L-ascorbic acid, which is a form of vitamin C, increases collagen synthesis, neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin from sun damage. Do exercise care, however, when purchasing creams with Vitamin C listed as an ingredient as there is no guarantee that it will be effective. The Vitamin C could have oxidized by the time you get it. I always believe that what goes into your body is more effective that what goes on the outside. So in addition to using and effective topical preparation containing Vitamin C, ensure that you are on a vitamin C rich diet.
Vitamin A is known to prevent eye problems generally. Vitamin A gives you a healthy immune system, facilitates the development and growth of your cells and gives your skin a healthy glow. Milk, eggs, liver and carrots are some foods that contain rich sources of vitamin A.
You do not have to be plagued by those ghostly dark circles forever. Yes, there is the possibility that those "rings" or "bags" could be hereditary or even a sign of aging. But you are not ready to give up just yet. Your skin needs vitamins to glow and the vitamins mentioned as well as other herbs can help. Just remember to eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of liquids and reduce the stress in your life. In addition, there are a host of topical, vitamin enriched preparations as well as your own home made ones that rid you of those circles.