Here at Rebuilding Wellness, we don’t often discuss chronic health challenges that are “cosmetic” in nature. But some conditions that appear to be a surface only are more than just skin deep. For example, do you have dark circles or puffy skin under your eyes? Do they add to your appearance of looking sick and/or tired? Read on for potential reasons, remedies, and recipes for this tender and tricky trouble spot.
First – have you been told that your under eye circles are here to stay because of your genes? This may not be based in truth. While there may be some familial link, there’s more to it beneath the surface … literally!
In part, dark under eye circles may result from your DNA – but that doesn’t complete the picture. Contributing chronic health conditions may also add to the impaired blood flow to the tender skin tissue beneath the eye.
The culprit is likely a bit of genes and behavioral conditions.
Families share DNA, of course, but they also share similar experiences. They share similar food likes and dislikes. They share environmental exposures. They share tendencies toward stress, anxiety, belief systems, and even sleep quality.
When it comes to dark under eye circles, here are a few causes to stir up your problem-solving gene. Do any of the following behaviors or conditions relate to you?
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Hormonal imbalances
- Food sensitivities
- Impaired digestive health
- Thin skin
- Highly pigmented skin
- Environmental allergies
- Sleep disturbances including apnea, insomnia, and anxiety
- Heightened stress response (cortisol) production
- Liver congestion
- Aging – loss of elasticity and skin thickness
Which ones can you improve upon? Taking action now can help to minimize the appearance of dark circles and puffy skin beneath your eyes.
What more help?
Try any of the following remedies and determine what works best for you. While there are numerous recipes to try, the following are my three favorites.
I love using pure, quality Essential Oils in my skin-care regimen. For my suggestions on brands and where to buy, contact me here.
Once you try out these recipes, let us know which are your favorites!
Simple recipe for under eye skin treatment:
- Coconut Lavender Balm: Just place a small dab of coconut oil in your palm and add a drop of Lavender Essential Oil. Mix with a clean fingertip or makeup sponge and dab carefully onto on your under eye area.
- Rosemary Green Tea Soak: Simply brew or steep your favorite cup of green tea. Allow it to cool thoroughly and add a drop of Rosemary Essential Oil to a tablespoon or so of the tea. Dab onto the under eye area with a clean makeup sponge or cotton ball.
- Cypress Aloe Firming Gel: Blend ½ Tablespoon pure Aloe Vera gel, ½ Teaspoon Witch Hazel, and 1 drop of Cypress Essential Oil. Blend thoroughly and dab onto the under eye area with your fingertips or a clean makeup sponge.
- After application – wash off with your favorite facial cleansing product after 5 to 10 minutes depending on your skin sensitivity. Obviously, if your skin feels irritated in any way, discontinue use.
- Never, ever use undiluted (neat) essential oils near (above or below) your eyes.
- If you accidentally get essential oils into your eyes, do not flush with water. Instead, flush with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO).
Which recipe do you plan to try? Or do you have a favorite remedy? Do share in the comments below!
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