How to eat your way to sparkling, smooth eyes which are free of dark circles
-Nov 20, Hannah Hargrave, Nutrition -
If you’ve tried every lotion, potion and eye mask available to get rid of the puffy bags and dark circles under your eyes, then you might want to look in your refrigerator, rather than in your bathroom cabinet.
Whatever the reason for your tired-looking eyes, whether it’s genetics, lack of sleep, or stress, there are some foods you can eat which might help to alleviate them.
The skin around your eyes is incredibly delicate and when you get dehydrated, the blood vessels become more prominent causing dark circles to appear. Also when fluid builds up puffiness kicks in and it can be tough to get rid of.
There are certain foods which are packed with circulation boosting antioxidants and the ability to hydrate your skin, which can make a marked improvement to shadows under the eyes.
This vegetable is so much more than just water. In addition to it’s high H20 content which hydrates the skin, it also contains silica, which boosts collagen and sulphur which strengthens the skin.
It’s packed with vitamins – including K, which increases the elasticity of blood vessels.
How much should you eat: A 1/4 of a cucumber counts as part of your five a day.
Celery is somewhat of an acquired taste but it’s one you might want to learn to like – or at least put up with – because eating it can help reduce puffiness. Celery is rich in powerful fluid regulators which come in the form of potassium and sodium. We’re not talking about the sodium which is salt though. The one in celery promotes the uptake of other nutrients.
How much to eat: Eat a stick or two a day either by itself or chopped up in a salad or cooked up in a warm dinner.
There’s no denying tomatoes are a veritable powerhouse when it comes to not only your health but your beauty too and that includes helping your eyes and their surrounding areas. Tomatoes are high in antioxidants, in particular lycopene, which improves circulation to the eyes and also protects the tiny blood vessels.
Tomatoes can boost the skin’s pro collagen levels too helping to keep skin from losing it’s elasticity.
How much should you eat: Seven cherry tomatoes or one medium/large tomato a day.
These small red berries help improve skin hydration and contain high amounts of vitamin C. This vitamin is known to firm, tighten and protect the skin from the harsh effects of the environment.
How much should you eat: A small handful a day should do the trick.
Just like cucumber, watermelon is primarily made up of water – 92% in fact. But the fruit also contains plenty of other nutrients and antioxidants which help support healthy eyes. These include betacarotene, vitamin C and the all important lycopene.
How much should you eat: A slice or two of watermelon is delicious by itself or it can be added to smoothies or salads too.
Another thumbs up for blueberries! The all singing, all dancing fruit is loaded with antioxidants which have been proven to improve circulation to the eyes.
How much should you eat: A handful a day.