Dark Circles: Top 5 Ways to Get Rid of Them FAST

Dark discolouration of the skin under the eyes is mainly referred to as dark circles, dark rings or shadows.

There are a variety of causes but the main causes behind dark circles are heredity, unhealthy skin, mental or physical stress, lack of sleep and an unhealthy diet.

Dark circles are not a serious skin issue, but people do appear tired, unhealthy, exhausted and sometimes older!

Previously, we shared make up tips and tricks to cover pigmentation (Check out our Pigmentation Blog), there is also cosmetic injectable option for dark circles-

This female patient had treated her tear troughs with an injectable filler to lift the area, therefore lifting the shadowing around her eyes.
Here are our top five at home remedies for dark circles:  

* Cucumber: Cucumbers contain skin lightening and shrinking properties. They have an immediate soothing and refreshing effect.

Start by slicing the cucumber (1cm) and placing them in the refrigerator for 30minutes. Place the chilled slices on to the dark circles for 10minutes, and then wash the area with water.

Twice daily for a week should help alleviate the pressure and allow the circles to fade.

* Potato: Potatoes contain natural bleaching properties that assist in lightening the dark circles and remove puffiness.

You can use just the juice of the potato or slices. Juice: Grate two raw potatoes and squeeze the juice. Soak cotton pads in the juice and place it over the dark area, leave this on for about 10 to 15minutes.
Slices: Cut thick potato slices and place over the dark area for about 10 to 15minutes.
Both techniques repeated twice daily for 2 to 3weeks will assist in removing dark circles.

* Tomato + lemon juice: Tomatoes and vitamin C present in lemons have bleaching properties that can assist in lightening the skin, tomato or lemon juice alone will also work.

This remedy can be repeated twice a day for a few weeks. Mix one teaspoon of fresh tomato juice and half a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Tap this mixture gently onto the dark circles, after 10minutes rinse off with water.

* Extra Virgin Coconut oil: Simply massaging some Coconut oil under the eye area and leaving for a few hours will promote smooth skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

This technique can be repeated two to three times daily for a few months or until you are happy with your results. Don’t forget to wash it off!

* Green tea bags: When using this technique, please be careful not to get tea into your eyes! The caffeine and antioxidants found in green tea bags assist in lightening dark circles, reduce puffiness under the eyes by shrinking blood vessels and reducing the fluid retention.

Wet a teabag for each of your eyes and place them in the refrigerator to chill for 30minutes. For 10 to 15minutes place the bags over your eyes, as you remove the bags wash your face. Repeat twice daily for 2 to 3weeks and this will help decrease the swelling and discolouration.

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Stress Less: Stress Management Techniques

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Stress Less: Stress Management Techniques 

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Stress, according to the Oxford Dictionary “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”.
Stress can effect people in many ways, including:
Brain function
End of financial year can be one of the most stressful times of the year.
Grace Barnes shares some of her management techniques –
Body movement:
Kinetic strategies for stress relief involve motion or movement, like running or lifting weights. The idea is that muscular movement works with the fight-or-flight response and the physical body preparation that builds up to this response, rather than against it. By providing a direct outlet and release for the physical stress response, kinetic strategies prevent the buildup of muscular tension.
Stress Yoga Nidra
Yoga, Meditation and breathing exercises:
Yoga helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the sometimes-overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life.
A few Yoga exercises practiced daily (especially if they are done just prior to meditation) help to regulate the breath and relax the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen, and other nutrients, and increasing feelings of well-being. “Whole body” exercises such as the Sun Poses are particularly helpful because they encourage you to breathe deeply and rhythmically. Many exercises can be adapted so you can do them even in an office chair. Our Basic Yoga video provides a complete introduction to these exercises and contains a 30-minute exercise routine with breathing, relaxation and meditation.
Yoga Nidra is Nadi Shodhana, or “alternate nostril breathing,” is a simple yet powerful technique that settles the mind, body, and emotions. It is particularly helpful to ease racing thoughts if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or having trouble falling asleep.
Get Earthed: 
Ever notice how you feel so energized and vibrant while walking on the beach? You probably attributed that to being on a beach vacation where your stress literally evaporated upon sinking your toes in the silky sand, inhaling that salty ocean air and soaking up some vitamin D elixir from the sun’s healing rays, right? Well that’s partially true. But there’s something else going on that’s creating this optimal state of health. What’s the magical ingredient? Electrons.
Our feet contain a rich, intricate network of nerves and acupuncture points and are especially adept at picking up free electrons from the earth’s surface. It’s called barefoot or caveman medicine, and walking barefoot – aka earthing or grounding – may be the easiest, simplest and cheapest way of shifting your body back to an optimal state of homeostasis and health.
The gist of the earthing theory is simply this: the earth is negatively charged, so when you ground, you’re connecting your body to a negatively charged supply of energy. And since the earth has a greater negative charge than your body, you end up absorbing electrons from it. These free electrons intercept the firestorm of free radicals (that create oxidative damage and inflammation) in our body and extinguish this fire. When you walk barefoot, you’re literally soaking up millions of electrons that decoagulate and detoxify your blood. So instead of your blood being all viscous and thick, like ketchup, it becomes free flowing, like red wine. Earthing also shifts the sympathetic nervous system back to the point where it has more tranquility, and clinical studies have shown that earthing helps with everything from inflammation to insomnia, and from autoimmune to heart disease.
HOW TO GET GROUNDED CONVENIENTLY? We don’t all have a the time or location to frolic on the beach daily…here are some easy alternatives.
In warmer weather, go barefoot.  Even concrete allows some of the earth’s energy through!
Swim in natural waters: rivers and lakes.
Take naps or read in nature, on nature: right on the sand or grass, no towel down, or against a tree.
As the weather turns colder, consider bundling up and finding some wet grass to walk on!  It feels great!  (Dew and rainwater have additional energy in them.)
In cold weather, use earthing tools: grounding sheets, pads, stickers, and shoes.
Stress tea
Eat Grounding Foods:
So when we think root chakra, we want to focus in on grounding. Adding in foods like: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, onions and garlic, and anything else that roots itself, can have a soothing effect for our root chakra.
Dandelion Root tea can be a great way to end a day that has left you feeling a little disconnected, and it’s caffeine free!
A healthy root chakra vibrates at the color red. Therefore, red foods provide the vibration needed to help balance the root chakra. Nutritionally, red foods usually have high levels of vitamin C–a nutrient utilized by several body parts that the root chakra oversees, like bones, teeth, skin and adrenals. Some red foods you could try are tomatoes, strawberries, apples, pomegranates and cherries.
Avoid Stimulants: 
Including caffeine, amphetamines, artificial colours and flavorings and sugar.
Herbs you can include:
Holy Basil
Skull cap
Nutritional Supplements:
B complex
To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
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