Nobody likes dark circles or eye bags under the eyes. They make us look tired, exhausted, lacking in energy and unhealthy –
even though that might (or might not) be the case.
When it’s true that lack of sleep and tiredness are the main causes of the appearance of dark circle under the eyes, these are not the only reasons that they might appear. The good news, is that facial cupping can help reducing them, like this client on the picture below. Before I explain how to facial cupping can help reducing eye bags under the eyes, let me mention a few facts about eye bags.
Why do we get dark circles (eye bags) under the eyes?
Tiredness and lack of sleep can cause your skin to become dull and pale. Dark tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin will show more because of this contrast with how your skin looks like. Tiredness can cause fluid retention just underneath your eyes. This building of fluids is what will cause your eyes to appear puffy.
As a result, these dark circles you see may actually also be the shadows cast by your puffy eyelids.
Loss of Fat and Collagen
When you age, you tend to lose fat and collagen, and your skin often becomes thinner. Translucent skin allows bluish veins to become more visible.
Anemia from Iron deficiency
Not enough oxygen reaches the body’s tissues (in this case, the skin around the eyes), appearing darker as a result.
Smoking speeds up skin aging, which makes the skin under the eyes, which is already very thin, even thinner.
Hereditary dark circles are caused by a gene inherited from one of your parents, that presents itself as dark pigmentation under the eyes. What differentiated them from the other dark circles are that you probably have had them since your childhood.
Allergies results in inflammation that expands the tiny blood vessels under eyes. As a result these swollen blood vessels rub against the thin skin of the eyes and dark color appears.
Darkening of the skin itself can be part of the natural ageing process as well as repetitly rubbing your eyes.
Sluggish Lymphatic System
When there’s any kind of obstruction in your lymphatic system (because of tiredness, poor diet, lack of exercise or simply ageing), fluid can start to build up. It can lead to a build up of fluids under the eyes that have not drained as they should have.
Dark circles according to Chinese Medicine
From a Chinese medicine point of view, we considers dark circles as a sign of weakness in the Kidney meridian. Kidney weakness is very often due to over exhaustion coupled with lack of rest and relaxation. Too much stress and over work can drain the kidneys! Since the kidney meridian in Chinese medicine governs the hormonal system, it affects the pigment melanin. Unhealthy and weakened Kidneys produce pigment deposit under the skin around the eyes.
Another common pattern is blood stagnation. Blood stagnation arises when the Blood is not moving smoothly in some parts of the body. The skin around your eyes is fairly transparent, when blood stagnation occurs around your eyes, it’s more easily seen.
How to reduce NATURALLY dark circles under the eyes?
Have a good sleeping routine
Lack of sleep and tiredness are very common in our society. This lack of sleep is the primary cause of dark circles under the eyes. It can also make these eye bags more apparent as the lack of sleep can make you look paler, and will create more contrast with the darkness of your eye bags. Make sure you sleep at least 7 to 8h every night. Try to go to bed around 10pm and wake up around 7am. Leave your phone outside the bedroom, as the blue light of the screen can make it more difficult to fall asleep.
Reduce sun exposure
Too much sun exposure can cause pigmentation in the surrounding skin to darken. Make sure you wear 100% UV protected sunglasses to protect your from the damaging UV rays and to keep you from squinting in sunshine. I always keep my sunglasses in my bag, whatever the season!
Apply Vitamin E and K every night
Vitamin K deficiency is a common cause of dark under eye circles.
Vitamin K strengthen veins and capillaries. It also promotes healthy circulation and is essential for proper blood clotting. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. It protects the skin against free radicals that cause many signs of ageing, including thinning and wrinkling of the skin in the delicate under eye area.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil contains the highest amount of vitamin E of any other beauty oil on the market. Applying a few drops around the eyes before going to bed could make a real difference in the appearance of eye bags.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Be sure to get plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens. Eat at least 2 cups of organic fresh spinach everyday. You can also eat a handful of raw almonds between meals. Avoid salty foods, and drink plenty of water.
As said previously, from a Chinese Medicine point of view, dark circles under the eyes are linked to Kidney imbalances. You would definitely benefit from acupuncture to restore the Kidney balance but you can also take care of your kidneys yourself by following all the advices mentioned above. Acupuncture can improve circulation around the eyes and improve blood flow. It can treat the root cause and reduce the dark circles under your eyes.
Perform a lymphatic drainage massage with Facial Cupping.
Facial cupping accelerates lymphatic circulation and fluid drainage, which then prevents oedemas and pouches from forming. Gentle Flash Cupping (squeeze and release after 1 or 2 seconds) with the smaller cup is enough to get the blood flowing. You’ll see results within weeks.
Let me show you, in the video below, how to perform facial cupping to reduce the dark circles under your eyes. (This video is a short extract of the Facial Cupping Expert Online Training for Professionals).
Also note that a Facial Cupping for eye bags course module is included when you get your set of eco-friendly facial cups.