There isn’t a lady out there that would not want to lighten dark under-eye circles and get rid of saggy bags - and guess what? All gentlemen would not want that either! However, cosmetic surgery can be quite expensive… and under-eye creams may not seem like a winning bet. In this case, revert back to the basics: proper hydration and smart nutrition! Read along as we plan together your way out of panda-looking eyes and under-eye bags.
Defend your skin with vitamin C!
Vitamin C helps fight skin damage from excessive sun exposure, rejuvenate collagen, strengthen blood vessel walls, and inhibit melanin production – all of which translate into lightening dark under-eye circles. Pack your meals with this vitamin found in oranges, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and kiwi, and reap all the benefits it will bring to your skin and to your overall health.
Spare some maintenance time with vitamin A!
By repairing skin tissue around the eyes, vitamin A can help remove dark circles. Bonus: it has anti-aging properties that make it protective against wrinkles and skin thinning. Call to action: make sure food sources of vitamin A join your next supermarket shopping round; these include mangoes, peaches, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and liver.
Get a potent anti-oxidant effect with vitamin E!
Being an anti-oxidant, vitamin E is your ally for removing dark under-eye circles. Additionally, it helps maintain skin elasticity by inhibiting collagen breakdown. Doesn’t it look promising? Get the natural glow in no time by eating more avocado, asparagus, vegetable oils, and olives.
Keep your promise to your skin!
Vitamin K can offer your skin miracles! It removes dark under-eye circles, reduces puffiness, and reduces thinning of under-eye skin. It also helps blood flowing through the veins to clot and prevents leakage of deoxygenated blood, which usually translates into dark under-eye circles. Be sure to eat more vitamin K rich food sources such as spinach, turnips, parsley, and broccoli.
Shoot for quality sleep, stay hydrated, and butt out that cigarette!
Even if you purchase the best hydrating eye gel in the world, nothing beats a good night sleep and a properly hydrated body to reduce dark under-eye circles. Ensuring proper and sufficient sleep is important as well since it improves circulation and constricts blood vessels. Keep your body well-hydrated by aiming for at least 8 glasses of water per day and plenty of mouthwatering fruits and vegetables. Avoid excessive intake of caffeine found in coffee, tea, and chocolate, as it can drain your body of water. And finally, let today be the day you butt out that cigarette forever!
De-puff by going low salt!
Yep, you need to skip the salt shaker, as too much salt can cause water retention and lead to puffy eyes. Interestingly, however, salt is not the only source of sodium! Avoid other salt shockers such as pickles, soy sauce, olives, anchovies, miso soup, bacon, fast food, stock, deli meats, ready-made sauces, and canned goods. Beware of ingredients that processors slip silently into your food as well; limit foods with ingredients that contain the word sodium, baking soda, or monosodium glutamate (MSG, E621).