Everybody gets dark circles under their eyes, even children and young adults. Despite this, the beauty industry is always emphasizing that they should be hidden or chemically altered to be beautiful.
If it isn’t concealers and highlight powder, there’s always a new eye cream to add to your beauty routine that promises to get rid of dark circles. But do any of these products actually work? If so, at what cost to your health?
Dark circles can be caused by the following (1):
- Contact dermatitis
- Heredity — dark under-eye circles can run in families
- Pigmentation irregularities
- Rubbing or scratching your eyes
- Sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color
- Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen, which can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious
- Poor blood and lymph circulation
Sometimes it’s just a questions of shadows being cast by puffy eyelids or hollows under your eyes that develop as a normal part of aging (2).
How To Use Baking Soda To Reduce Dark Circles
Baking Soda is a natural exfoliate, which promotes blood flow and moves along lymph as you gently massage it onto your skin.
Similarly to dry brushing, exfoliating also promotes skin cell renewal.
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- A shot glass of hot water or chamomile tea
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- Mix ingredients well until they form a paste.
- Soak cotton pads in the mixture and place them under the eyes.
- Gently massage for 2-5 minutes.
- Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse with cold water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
- Follow up with coconut oil or your favorite moisturizer.
You can also reduce puffiness by leaving a spoon in your freezer overnight and applying it under your eyes in the morning, leaving it on until it becomes warm.
Since dark circles can be caused by fatigue and dehydration, always make sure to get a good night’s sleep and drink plenty of water to keep your skin looking healthy.
Most of all, remember that you define your own beauty, not the cosmetic industry.