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Abracadabra! No more dark circles and spots

Deepika Rathod

We all have gone through times when we have studied all night and got scary dark circles. Gone are the days when we could just sleep for long hours and the dark circles would vanish. Dark circles can appear due to various reasons which include genetics, allergies, sinus infections and nasal congestion, lower-eyelid laxity, fluid retention, hormone imbalances, hyperpigmentation, ageing and sun exposure apart from not sleeping. The skin’s thinness also creates the illusion of darkness. In the rare occasions where exhaustion or malnutrition cause dark circles healthy foods might have a slight impact. If one’s dark circles are hereditary or genetic then it would be very difficult and could take really long to get rid of them. If they are related to poor nutrition, high stress or less sleep a diet can help one. A healthy diet can provide a healthy body with lustrous skin. A diet should include proteins and essential vitamins and minerals in addition to carbohydrates and fatty acids. These vital components can be got from vegetables, fruits, cereals, nuts, grains, milk, honey, yogurt and the required amount of seeds. The above components make the skin healthy, radiant and reduce dark spots. You should minimise consuming processed foods and avoid junk food of any kind. Foods containing antioxidants improve the tone and texture of the skin and help reduce dark circles.

Here are a few sources of antioxidant foods:

Fruits like cherries, strawberry, pomegranate, grape, orange, plum, pineapple, kiwi and grapefruit

Vegetables like carrot, cucumber, red cabbage, peppers, parsley, spinach, lemon, ginger and red beets

Dry fruits are high in antioxidant. These include almonds, walnuts, apricots, prunes and dates

Legumes like broad beans, peas and soybeans

Nuts and seeds like pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, groundnut and sunflower seeds. Other sources are cereals, barley, millet, oats and corn, cloves, cinnamon and oregano

Vitamin K regulates blood clotting and strengthens capillary walls to prevent blood leakage. Broken capillaries leak deoxygenated blood to form dark circles. Sage, oregano, thyme, celery, cucumber, leeks, prunes, grapes, pears, plums, kidney beans and eggplant contain vitamin K.

Vitamin K is produced in the body by gut microflora and in order to improve digestion and increase vitamin K production one must include curd, yoghurt, lassi or buttermilk in one’s daily diet.

In addition to eating right one must also get up to eight hours of sleep and drink plenty of water. Drink at least one and half to two litres of water every day. Drinking the recommended amount of water per day while avoiding caffeine, alcohol and high sodium foods and beverages can boost blood circulation, elasticity and reduce the appearance of dark spots.

So hope these tips help all those battling dark circles and spots.

 

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