Contributed by: Rachana Arya

Introduction

Dark circles arrive like uninvited guests. Worse, they do not leave until we do something about it.

Yes, those ugly shadows under the eyes make you look unappealing and get more and more noticeable with each passing year.

They contribute to the appearance of age or tiredness. 

Bags under the eyes are generally caused or worsened by a variety of factors, including:

  • Ageing
  • Consuming too much salt
  • Allergies
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of Sleep 
  • Stress
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Fluid retention, primarily upon waking or after a salty meal
  • Smoking
  • Genetics 
  • Medical conditions, such as renal disease, dermatitis, dermatomyositis,  and thyroid eye disease

A balanced, nutrient-rich diet generally contributes to an overall healthy appearance and helps minimize the appearance of dark circles.

Add these foods to your under-eye circle prevention diet to bid adieu to those pesky dark circles. 

Cucumber

This magical vegetable is a wonderful cooling agent for the eyes. Cucumbers have a high water content that rehydrates the delicate skin under the eyes.

It also has natural skin-lightening properties and helps to improve the elasticity of blood vessels and boost collagen production. 

Key nutrients

Key nutrients present in cucumbers are vitamin A, K, E, C, silica, and sulphur. 

How to use it

Usually, cucumber is consumed in the raw form by being included in salads.

You may also use it as a cold compress for dark circles, or simply squeeze some juice and apply it directly to the skin with a cotton ball.

Watermelon

Watermelon is a powerful rehydrator that is thought to be a great source of antioxidants. Water makes up more than 92% of watermelon.

It contains many antioxidants that support eye health, promote collagen production, and strengthen the skin.

Watermelon is reported to have more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable.

Key nutrients

Watermelon contains key vitamins A, C, E, and K, which assist to enhance blood vessel flexibility and erase dark circles.

Riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, magnesium, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, copper, manganese, choline, selenium, and lycopene are some of the other nutrients found in watermelon. 

How to eat?

You can add sliced watermelon to your diet or have a glass full of watermelon juice with your breakfast.

Celery

Celery is high in salt and potassium. Both of these minerals aid in the removal of dark circles around the eyes.

Celery contains salt, which aids in the absorption of other nutrients. Other minerals found in celery include magnesium and quercetin fibre. 

Key nutrients

Key nutrients found in celery are sodium, potassium, Quercetin fibre, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin K.

How to eat?

It can be consumed in raw form by including it in salads.

Carrots

Renowned for its benefits to eye health, this amazing vegetable is rich in antioxidants, which help to protect the delicate blood vessels, improving the circulation to the eyes. 

Research shows that carrots have amazing skin rejuvenating, and anti-ageing properties that keep you looking younger by plumping the dark circles under your eyes.

Key nutrients

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, lutein, quercetin, anthocyanins, omega-3, vitamin C and K, and manganese.

How to eat?

It can be consumed in the raw state by including it in your lunch salads or you can even juice the carrots.

Final thoughts

The appearance of dark circles under and around the eyes is a common cosmetic problem.

You may become accustomed to concealing dark circles with the numerous skin and beauty products on the market that claim to remove dark circles.

But why spend money on costly concealers, when simply maintaining a nutritious anti-inflammatory diet can solve the problem? 

If you’ve tried all dietary modifications for reversing the signs of under-eye circles and you’re still seeing them, reach out to your doctor.

He may run tests and determine if there’s a deficiency in certain vitamins, such as vitamins B12, E, K and D.

Moreover, you should also frequently opt for preventive health screening. It provides you with vital insights into your health, allowing you to take necessary measures to improve it.

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