The Root Causes
Allergies: An often ignored cause of dark circles is allergies. Experts say that most forms of allergies including cosmetic allergies lead to inflammation of the blood vessels below the eyes which in turn increases their visibility through the under-eye skin. Constant itching of the eyes caused by allergens compounds the problem by making the area around the eyes darker than usual. It is imperative that you stay away from allergy-inducing elements and consult a doctor if prone to airborne allergies.
Heredity: Genetics, unfortunately have a dominant role to play in the formation of dark circles. If the condition runs in your family, you are most likely to be handed over the baton to and must be prepared to encounter some stiff resistance as you attempt to get rid of them.
Dehydration: In most cases, depriving the body of adequate amount of water reflects in the area around the eyes. The phrase ‘make sure to drink 8-10 glasses of water every day’ might officially be the most abused line in health and beauty articles yet never becomes redundant. Excessive smoking, intake of alcohol and caffeine exacerbates the problem by draining the body of essential fluids.
Nutritional deficiencies: Although not the predominant cause, lack of adequate nutrients in the body can lead to darkening of the skin around the eye. Make sure that you consume foods rich in vitamins A, C, K and E. Anaemic women also fall prey to the persistent condition, in which case, green leafy vegetables, nuts, and pulses can come to the rescue.