Our faces tell a story. The wrinkles around our eyes indicate our age or how often we have laughed, and our freckles or lack of freckles, give a glimpse into our ancestry. Each blemish, imperfection and beauty mark reveal something more. Sometimes it’s positive but many times these imperfections are a sign of our health and may be unpleasant to wear daily.

One in particular we are going to look at today are dark circles under the eyes. For many, it is just a sign that you need more sleep. But, there are some other reasons for why you may get dark circles under your eyes:

  • Sun damage – It’s no secret that UV rays can cause damage to the skin. Getting dark circles under the eyes is just one of the many examples of sun damage. Always wear sunblock, a hat, or sunglasses when you are out in the sun – you can make a fashion statement and be safe from the sun.
  • Allergies – Dark circles under the eyes can be a sign of an allergy – either environmental or something you are eating – a full-on allergy can cause dark circles, but so can food sensitivities and food intolerances too. Watch your diet and remove certain culprits like the 8 common allergies (wheat, dairy, egg, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and fish) to see if that makes a difference.
  • Dehydration – water is your skin’s best friend. Sometimes all you need is 8 cups of water daily for your skin to bounce back to its healthy self.
  • The position you sleep in – It is not just a lack of sleep that can cause dark circles, but the way you sleep can create dark circles under your eyes. If you rest your eyes on your pillow, whether you are sleeping stomach down or on your side, it can put strain on your eyes, causing dark circles or puffiness.

Changing the position of how you sleep may reduce dark circles

For some, dark circles may be caused by their genes!

  • High sodium intake or high caffeine intake– If you eat a lot of salt or drink a lot of caffeine, your body will retain water, and this can cause irritation under the eye, leading to dark circles. Look out for low sodium food and try to reduce the number of cups of coffee a day, and you might see a difference.
  • Malnutrition or lack of vitamins – Similar to an allergic reaction, if your body isn’t getting the right nutrition, dark circles under the eyes can be an indicator. Taking a multi-vitamin daily can supply your body with any vitamins you may be missing in your diet.
  • Hereditary – Sometimes dark circles under the eye are just hereditary and there really is no other cause.
  • Eye strain – if you spend a lot of time looking at screens, this can strain the eye and cause dark circles as well. If you work on a computer, take breaks periodically or try to reduce your screen use at other times in the day like before bed or during the evenings.
  • Aging – dark circles can be caused by the thinning of the skin around the eyes and the loss of fat that comes with age. There’s not much you can do about aging, but skin care products can help energize the skin and skin cells, giving off the appearance of younger skin.

There may be no “one size fit all” magic cure to eliminate dark circles under the eyes. In most cases, one must understand what causes the dark circles and focus on creating a lifestyle that eliminates that cause, and the dark circles will be gone for the time being. However, for those who have dark circles under their eyes due to their age, genes, lack of sleep or because maybe they won’t give up that extra cup of coffee, quality skin care products can help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Our 24Kt gold eye cream is specifically designed to reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles. It is made with all-natural ingredients that help improve the skin and make it glow healthy again.  – Invest in your skin, it is going to represent you for a long time.