‘Dark circles’ is a commonly used term to define hyperpigmentation under the lower eyelids. Fatigue and lack of sleep are considered to be the most common causes of dark circles. However, these are not the only ones! Let’s understand the various causes of dark circles -
Causes of dark circles
As we age, our skin gets thinner. Fat and collagen tend to break down and skin begins to loosen. Due to this, the dark blood vessels beneath the skin become more apparent causing the undereye area to appear darker.
Not drinking enough water is another major cause of dark circles. When our body is dehydrated, the under eyes tend to appear dull and sunken.
Excessive sun exposure can lead to hyperpigmentation around the eyes leading to the appearance of dark circles.
If you are young and have developed dark circles, there is a fair chance that your genetics are to be blamed.
Long screen hours are another major cause for developing dark circles. This leads to overstrained eyes and causes the blood vessels around the eyes to enlarge making the under eyes appear darker.
Lack of sleep, oversleeping, and extreme fatigue are the major causes of dark circles. It can lead to under eyes looking dull and pale and may as well cause the fluid to build up underneath the skin making it puffy.
Allergic reactions may also trigger dark circles. They can cause the blood vessels to dilate and become more apparent causing darkness under the eyes.
Almond oil for dark circles
Almond oil is abundantly rich in omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids. The primary composition of the oil goes like this -
- Oleic acid - a godsend for mature and dry skin, oleic acid helps lock moisture into the skin. It penetrates deeply through the layers of the skin and intensely moisturizes it. It also helps slow down skin aging
- Linoleic acid - this one helps to fortify the skin barrier. It is also responsible for keeping skin hydrated and nourished.
- Palmitic acid - it is anti-inflammatory in nature and helps soothe the skin
- Stearic acid - it helps replenish the skin barrier and improve skins hydration
Owing to its rich fatty acids content, almond oil helps deeply nourish, moisturize and replenish the under eyes skin. Its antioxidant content helps reduce the appearance of dark circles by improving moisture retention and slow down the formation of other signs of aging such as fine lines. Almond oil is also rich in Vitamin E and K that helps soothe and hydrate the skin.
How to use almond oil for dark circles?
Here is how you can incorporate Almond oil in your routine to reduce dark circles and replenish the under-eye skin -
- Pick an organic cold-pressed almond oil
- Cleanse your face and pat it dry
- Take a drop or two of the oil and gently massage around the eyes
- Use your ring finger to massage exerting the least pressure
- Try this every evening and leave it overnight
It takes several weeks to show results, so kindly be patient and use it diligently every night to reduce dark circles with time.
Few lifestyle changes you must consider for healthy skin and under eyes!
A good 8 hours of sleep is a must. Try to sleep on your back and take extra pillows for elevation to avoid fluid accumulation under the eyes.
Drink more water
Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water a day works like magic for the skin. It keeps the under eyes hydrated and plump thereby not allowing the dark blood vessels to become more visible.
Reduce salt intake
The skin under the eyes is especially thin and more prone to dehydration. When our salt intake is high, we tend to feel bloated and look puffy. Regulating salt intake can considerably increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture and reduce under-eye bags.
Regular exercise helps improve blood circulation which is not only good for your overall health but also your skin, especially under the eyes.
Follow a proper CTM routine
We can not stress enough the importance of following a proper AM and PM routine. It helps keep skin nourished and assists in repairing the skin overnight. Keeping your under eyes moisturized is the best way to keep dark circles at bay.
DO NOT sleep with makeup on
If you want your skin to replenish itself, always remove makeup before you sleep no matter how tired you are.
Monitoring screen time
Tired and strained eyes are other reasons for developing dark circles. Monitor how much time you are spending on screen and try to reduce it to whatever extent possible.
Eat foods rich in omega 3
Omega-3 fatty acids help deeply moisturize the skin and keep it youthful. Foods naturally rich in omega-3 like walnuts, help keep the skin moisturized, nourished and works against fluid retention.
Alcohol consumption leaves the body dehydrated which is not the ideal scenario for your delicate under eyes.
How to choose the right almond oil?
There is an overwhelming variety of almond oils available in the market but do not worry, here’s a checklist you can follow to buy the best one for yourself -
- Check the method of extraction. Cold-pressed Almond Oil is known to retain its nutrient profile post-extraction
- Look for certification - check if the label reads Certified Organic or Certified Natural
- If it is certified, check if it is certified from a credible organization or not
- Read the ingredients list and if it has only ‘Almond Oil’ mentioned then its an undiluted pure oil
- Check for country of origin
Juicy Chemistry’s Sweet Almond Carrier Oil is Certified Organic by Ecocert ( France ) in accordance with COSMOS V3 standard.
You may also reap the benefits of almond oil in our Prickly Pear, Tamanu & Chia Under-eye Roll-on. It is a lightweight and fast-absorbing formula that you can literally use on the go! Tamanu oil is packed with antioxidants that help even out the discoloration around your eyes and smooth out fine lines. Prickly Pear is packed with Vitamins E and K that leave your under eyes hydrated and nourished. Chia seed oil helps improve skin’s elasticity and improve hydration. Almond oil deeply moisturizes the skin and enhances its capacity to retain moisture.
Check out our entire range of products with the goodness of Almond oil here.