Raccoon Eyes? Tips for Getting Rid of Undereye Circles

Over the past year, I’ve developed major dark, Raccoon-like circles under my eyes. I don’t smoke, drink nor do I party all the time. So, where did they come from?  Dark circles are caused by hyper-pigmentation, which makes the under eye area appear darker than the rest of the skin. Other factors may include, genetics, aging, poor nutrition, dehydration, stress, sleep deprivation, TV viewing, and excessive computer usage. I’m blaming mine on sleep deprivation, excessive computer usage and genetics.    

 The eye area is very thin, delicate and sensitive and there are tons of products on the market that are formulated to treat this extremely delicate area. Therefore, when purchasing creams for your eyes, look for ingredients that address your particular problem.

Crèmes for dark circles should include, cucumber extract, Vitamin K and C, yarrow and gingko biloba.

For wrinkles, look for aloe vera, acai berry extract and soy proteins. If puffs are your problem, cucumber extract, aloe vera, Vit C and green tea works really well.

At home, you can also use cucumber slices or a frozen bag of peas on the eye to reduce puffiness. Keep in mind, too many crèmes and excessive pulling can further damage the under eye area. Be extremely knowledgeable and cognizant of what you’re applying and how you are applying it.

Poor nutrition and lifestyle habits can also have a huge impact on the way our skin behaves. So for a healthier eye area, try incorporating the following tips into your daily routine.

  • Drink lots of water to hydrate your skin.
  • Eat foods that are rich in Vit B and folic acid. Fish oil is also great.
  • Reduce the amount of time spent in front of the computer or television. If you must be on the computer, wear reading glasses with an anti-glare treatment.  
  • Increase sleep time and reduce stress.
  • If you’re wearing day, eye crème, make sure it has SPF.

**Keep in mind; if creams or natural solutions do not work to alleviate your problem you should see an Ophthalmologist.

 ~Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

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Dixie Lincoln-Nichols has a passion for all things beautiful. She is a self-described beauty junkie and the founder of Dixie Bits.

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