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The Answer to Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes

Aug 17, 2007
What causes dark circles under the eyes?

- Changes in your body's fluid balance
- Aging
- Allergic reaction
- High blood pressure
- Irritation
- Eyelid dermatitis
- Hangovers
- Medications
- Can be hereditary.

Avoid getting puffy eyes:

1. Stay hydrated

Always make sure you take in water or juice as much as possible. Not only is it good for puffy eyes, it is good for the whole body as well.

2. Watch your sleeping position

With your neck well supported, sleep with your head elevated slightly with a pillow to avoid fluid to settle around your eyes.

3. Get enough rest and sleep

Insufficient sleep is one of the principal causes of both puffy eyes and dark eye circles. Give yourself at least eight hours sleep and enough rest so as to avoid getting puffy eyes.

4. Listen to your eyes

When working in front of the computer, watching television or reading a book, be certain that you are listening to what your eyes are trying to tell you. If you feel that your eyes are getting tired, don't push it. Give it a rest. Lie down awhile, close your eyes for a minute or two and pat it with warm cloth to soothe it.

5. Watch what you eat

Too much caffeine and salt encourages water retention. Taking multivitamin with large doses of vitamin C and Iron supplements, eating more vegetables and fruits can help your problem of water retention as well give your body other benefits such as a steady blood pressure and lesser body fat.

6. Cold compress

Use cooled teabags, cucumber, or potato slices over your eyes for at least fifteen minutes and relax.

7. Concealer helps

Concealers can very well hide the puffiness or dark circles around your eyes. Make sure though, that you choose a color that is just slightly lighter than your skin tone. Choosing a very light shade may even draw more attention to the puffiness. Blend the concealer well on your skin before you apply foundation, and then dust it with a little powder. Be very certain that the concealer, foundation and powder that you will use do not contain any chemicals that can cause allergic reactions.

8. Eye creams

The market if filled with eye creams that offer promises of a cure for dark under eye circles and puffy eyes. Test some; chances are the very first cream that you apply will greatly improve your eyes condition.

Eye exercises:

- While seated, relax, breathe and look at a certain figure or spot that is lined above your nose's bridge
- Look at the spot for five seconds, and then relax your eyes
- Look at the tip of your nose for a count of five seconds and relax. This will help lessen the tension in your eyes

- While seated, looking straight in front, inhale and look to the right as far as possible, not turning your head
- Repeat the exercise for the left side of the eye
- Doing this three times will relive tired eyes

- While seated, look down and roll your eyes to the right, to the top, in a circular motion
- Repeat three times
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