Hands up if you’ve passed the mirror and noticed dark circles under the eyes staring back at you and wondered when the heck they appeared, why they are there and how the heck you get rid of them. I’m here to tell you that there ain't no miracle cream for dark circles....you see, they are often a badge of your lifestyle, so let's take a look into what causes dark circles under the eyes.
Dark circles under the eye are often the result of a combination of the following:
Lack of sleep (yep, yet another reason to be getting yourself to bed way before midnight!
Stress. From a Chinese Medicine perspective dark circles under the eyes are related to symptoms including adrenal fatigue. It may help to meet with a nutritionist/allergist to rule out foods or other allergens that may be contributing to this condition.
Poor diet. How's your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables looking?
Genetics (thanks Grandma!) are a big culprit. If you inherit fair or thin skin under the eyes, when you’re sleep deprived, blood cells pool under the eyes leading to dark circles.
People with allergies and sensitivities often have an issue with dark circles as well. Allergies trigger the release of histamines, which cause swelling of blood vessels. Here’s a cool trick to determine why your circles happen - gently stretch the skin under your eyes. If that area becomes darker, the circles are probably due to genetics or aging. If the colour doesn’t change, UV rays or allergies are probably the cause.
Ageing. Over time, skin loses collagen and thins, so veins show through more prominently. Excessive sun exposure speeds up this process too.
Are you drinking enough water?
Are you getting enough sleep?
OK, so now you know why they are there, what can you do to get rid of them?
Tweak your diet to include omega 3 fatty acids (try walnuts and fish), drink more water, and limit alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks. These go a long way in preventing circles and wrinkles
Double up on your pillows at night to stop the blood from building up under your eyes
Try a cream like Jojoba & Camellia Balancing Cream which has active ingredient Green Tea inside which may help to strengthen the capillary walls. Order your Jojoba & Camellia Balancing Cream here
An Arnica cream from the health food store may help to reduce inflammation (great for the first aid cabinet. It works a treat on bruising. Just don’t use on cracked skin)
Do everything in your power to get a solid 8 hours sleep at night.
Our Eastland Pop Up
When art, beauty and shopping combine you know your onto a very good thing. Last week we opened the doors on our newest venture - our very first retail space - a Pop Up at The Beauty Garden at Eastland.
Under a floral canopy of 150,000 preserved flowers, The Beauty Garden has fast become Melbourne's most Instagrammable Beauty Mecca.
I wanted an opportunity to chat to our customers directly and really understand your skin needs and what we can do better and more of, so I'll be in store a whole lot, and if I am not there one of our highly trained Beauty Informers will be there to address all your burning skin questions.
It's been a HUGE week, so I'l let the pictures do the talking.
Thanks for ALL your support and kind words x