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Green Solutions for Dark Circles

Most green eye treatments moisturize and prevent wrinkles, but not many can handle the problem of under-eye puffiness and darkness. A mineral concealer may temporarily mask the problem, but the underlying issue will still exist. There’s a common notion that dark circles under the eyes form because of waste products accumulating around the eye area. This is not exactly true.

The under-eye area is not a bladder or any type of bodily waste dump. Neither are dark circles caused by stress or fatigue. Dark circles are caused by a very complex physiological mechanism. Here’s the skinny: fine, almost transparent skin under the eyes is meshed with capillaries, or tiny blood vessels. These capillaries are so narrow that red blood cells sometimes have to line up to get through.

Sometimes red blood cells break through the walls of capillaries and leak into the surrounding skin. Special enzymes break down the red blood cells, which turn dark blue-black in color. So your dark under-eye circles are actually caused by leaky capillaries. It’s the same mechanism that produces bruises when we are hit by something. What can you do to prevent dark circles from forming?

Actually, there isn’t very much you can do. The thickness of the skin under the eyes and the leaking abilities of blood vessels are hereditary. People with darker skin have more visible dark circles because of the natural pigments in their skin. If you have deep-set eyes, natural shadows contribute to the dark circles under the eyes, making them more visible.

Also, some medications that cause blood vessels to dilate may result in darkening circles around the eyes. Lack of sleep can make dark circles under the eyes more visible because fatigue contributes to poor circulation and your skin looks paler. One thing you can do is get your blood moving. Try simple lymph drainage by dry brushing your body at least every other day.

Use a soft, natural fiber brush with a long handle and a removable head with a strap, so that you are able to reach all areas of your body.

Final Target:

Long sweeping strokes should start from the bottom of your feet upward, and from your hands toward your shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction to help drain the lymph back toward your heart. Stroking away from your heart puts extra pressure on blood and lymph vessels and can make matters even worse. Now take a shower as usual.

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