Foods to Eat to Reduce Dark Eye Circles
Dark eye circles can be a perennial problem for those who do not get enough sleep, hydration or just suffer from them genetically. Your eyes swollen from crying could contribute to dark circles, especially if you’ve been bawling all night long! While dark circles aren’t a problem in themselves, they often are an indication of other things, such as a lack of rest or aging. Many people also just do not like the look of dark eye circles aesthetically, as the darkness and hollowness of the under eyes can make one look very tired and sallow. Bright and plump under eyes, on the contrary, make one look a lot more youthful and vibrant.
Dark circles are not easily combated though, and they often require a mix of lifestyle habit changes, topical skin care products, and sometimes even cosmetic procedures. However, in this article, we’re going to focus on the lifestyle changes part of the equation. It’s no secret that the diet we eat has a big impact on the way our body looks, and the same goes for any part of the skin. Properly caring for our skin involves being very careful with what we put into our bodies, as food is turned into the nutrients that are essential for our body to carry out their functions. With the skin, it is important that we hydrate and eat foods that are high in water content. Foods that are high in sugar and sodium will not do any favors for your skin and often lead to problems like acne, dryness, and even dark eye circles. First, let’s understand how dark eye circles form and how our diet plays a role in their development. Following that, we will go through some of the best foods to eat for combating dark undereye circles.
How do dark eye circles form?
The skin located around and under our eyes are extremely delicate and vulnerable to both internal and external environments. The structure of the skin around the eye area lacks a lot of the essential support structures and features that the rest of our skin have to give moisture, elasticity, and firmness to the skin. The dermis and epidermis of the skin around our eyes do not contain oil glands which are present in other parts of the skin. Oil glands are what produce sebum, which is the oil that helps to keep our skin smooth and moisturized. The skin under the eyes is hence a lot more prone to wrinkling and becoming dry since there is no oil to moisturize it. This thinness of the skin is what makes the under-eye area so susceptible and prone to dark circles. There is also a lack of collagen and elastin in this area which contributes to the thinness. Collagen and elastin are proteins that give our skin structure and support and are what give our skin that bouncy property.
Meanwhile, the darkness of the area is likely due to excessive melanin deposits that cause the area under the eyes to appear darker than others. This might be caused by overexposure to the sun, or genetics. The thin skin and lack of fats in this area will make the color of blood vessels more pronounced. The lack of collagen, fats, and oil glands will cause the skin to look more translucent and hence make the subdermal parts of the skin like blood vessels more obvious.
How can our diet affect dark eye circles?
The link between our dark eye circles and diet may seem unclear, but remember that dark eye circles are related to our skin, and our skin is affected by diet! Our skin needs a lot of hydration and moisture to function properly as well as to maintain the elasticity and firmness of our skin.
For example, alcohol and caffeine are very dehydrating and overconsumption of it can lead to dehydrated skin that loses moisture and is thin and prone to damage. Meanwhile, foods that are high in antioxidants and hydration can help to boost blood circulation and oxygenation. Well-oxygenated blood will not appear as dark under the eyes, as oxygenated is blood as opposed to deoxygenated blood which is dark blue. Maintaining a good balance of fluids in the body will keep your skin well-hydrated and hence lessen the look of dark circles.
Here are some of the best foods to eat for boosting blood flow and hydration!
Cucumber is well-revered in the beauty world due to its high water content. It can hydrate your body and boost collagen production. It contains silica (for collagen), sulfur (for strengthening the skin), Vitamin K for blood vessel elasticity, as well as vitamins A, C, and E. A quarter of a cucumber a day will give you adequate beauty benefits.
It’s all in the name! Watermelons are made up of about 92% water and contain many excellent nutrients including beta carotene which is good for the health of your eyes. Other vitamins and nutrients you can find in watermelon are lycopene, vitamins B1, B6, and C, potassium, and magnesium. Watermelon is also super delicious on its own, so eat it as a snack throughout the day or make it into a fruit juice. Also, even those who use the best skin regimen for oily skin still have watermelon both in their diets and DIY skincare because it reinforces their efforts. So eat up!
These delicious little berries are full of the antioxidants lutein and anthocyanins which are essential for protecting the capillaries around the eyes. These little, fragile blood vessels are key to maintaining good blood circulation, so eating blueberries will be a good way to strengthen them! They’re also super easy to munch on as a midday snack. Even better, they contain very few calories so you can eat a whole bowl without feeling guilty.
Celery is full of the electrolyte minerals sodium and potassium which are excellent for regulating the fluids in your body. Fluids are responsible for the puffiness and bags you get under the eyes, so intaking these minerals will be beneficial to regulate it. You might be a bit confused here, didn’t we say that sodium is bad for our bodies and skin? Well, the mineral sodium is very different from the sodium in table salt! The mineral is essential for maintaining our intake and absorption of other key nutrients. Apart from sodium, the other vitamins and nutrients you can expect from celery are magnesium, quercetin, and fiber.
Eating well as part of your lifestyle will definitely show through improved skin! Also, the quality of your diet is what your acne says about you, so a good eating habit influences not just the dark circles around your eyes. Adding a few of these excellent, nutritious foods to your diet will improve your skin and reduce the look of dark circles over time.