It happens to all of us. When we don’t get enough sleep, catch a cold, work 24/7 or deal with personal problems, the face in the mirror includes dark under eye circles. It turns out that the body reads all these problems as “stress” and reacts by producing large amounts of a hormone called costisol. This creates a cascade of changes in the body that includes higher blood pressure, a slowdown in cell growth and an increase in heart rate. Under the eyes, dark circles become more pronounced. This is because cortisol increases leaking from tiny blood vessels and slows removal of body fluids. The result? Fluids and hemoglobin build up in the eye area creating dark shadows,
Its really easy to tell people to relax and take it easy. But while we are waiting for the world to become an easier place to live, we all need a few quick tools to deal with stress induced circles Here are three tips to try until life calms down:
* After a rough night, put cold tea bags on your eyes for 5 minutes. The caffeine in the tea will shrink wollen blood vessels. Black tea works better here than green tea because it contains more caffeine.
* Cut salt intake. Salt retains fluids in the body that shows up as dark bags under your eyes. Don’t add salt to your food and avoid all processed food.
* Raise the headboard of your bed by 2-3 inches. This will encourage fluids to drain from the eye area. You can do this easily if you put a thick paperback on each side. A nice hefty travel book is just perfect.