Maintaining high levels of some essential vitamins can go a long way toward preventing and even eliminating dark under eye circles. Here four of the most important:
Vitamin K deficiency is a common cause of dark under eye circles. Not only does it strengthen veins and capillaries, it also promotes healthy circulation and is essential for proper blood clotting.
If vitamin K levels are low, the capillaries may weaken and leak. When this happens in the under eye area, small amounts of blood pool and the result is dark, bruise-like discoloration.
Vitamin K is available in topical creams, but its easy to get plenty of this important nutrient in your every day diet. Leafy dark green vegetables like spinach and kale are rich in vitamin K, as are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and avacados.
Most people think of vitamin C mainly as a nutrient that helps prevent colds, but it’s actually one of the best defenses against dark circles. When you see dark circles under your eyes, you’re actually seeing the network of blood vessels just under the skin. The skin in the under eye area is naturally thin and delicate, and the thinner and more fragile it becomes the more visible the blood vessels beneath it are.
Vitamin C helps prevent dark circles by strengthening the skin. It builds collagen that makes the skin more elastic and resilient, and it’s also important for maintaining a strong and healthy circulatory system.
Though there are creams that contain vitamin C, it tends to be unstable when applied topically. Nutritionists agree that the best way to get enough vitamin C is by eating the right foods. Good sources of vitamin C include oranges, kiwi fruit, strawberries, peppers, grapefruit, Brussels sprouts, and grapefruit.
Vitamin A is very important for healthy skin. When levels are low, the skin becomes thin and dry – and when this happens in the under eye area, the result is often dark circles that make you look old and tired. Vitamin A is also a potent antioxidant and as such has a host of anti-aging benefits, including fighting wrinkles.
The best way to keep levels of this important nutrient high is to make sure you eat plenty of vitamin A rich foods like carrots, pumpkin, spinach, mangos, peaches, canteloupe, and dark green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body against damaging free radicals that cause many signs of aging, including thinning and wrinkling of the skin in the delicate under eye area. Vitamin E is available both in capsules and topical creams, but it’s easy to get plenty by eating the right foods. Good sources of vitamin E include olives, vegetable oils, nuts, asparagus, avacado, dark leafy vegetables, wheat germ, and mangos.