How to Improve Dark Circles Under Eyes Through Diet

by Lorie Bzdel ; Updated September 28, 2017

Changes in your diet can reduce dark circles under eyes.

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Dark circles under your eyes can make you look older than you are, unhealthy and tired. They may be caused by stress, disease or age as well as what you eat. Evaluating your diet will help you learn whether or not it contributes to your dark circles. Eating certain foods and avoiding other foods can help to reduce the appearance of the dark circles.

Maintain hydration. Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water every day. Avoid alcoholic and caffeine beverages, which contribute to dehydration. To help yourself stay hydrated, consume produce with a high water content, such as watermelons, oranges and apples.

Consume a high-quality multivitamin every day. Dark circles that are caused by a nutrient deficiency are most commonly associated with nutrients such as iron and vitamin C. B vitamins and vitamin E are also important for healthy skin.

Reduce foods high in salt. Sodium produces fluid retention, which increases the pressure in the eye area's small capillaries and aggravates dark circles. Most people have too much sodium in their diet. No more than 2,500mg should be consumed per day.

Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. Sugar can lead to skin problems because of inflammatory responses. When the eyelid skin becomes inflamed, new blood vessels grow into the skin in order to repair the damage. These new blood vessels stay in the skin and darken the color of the lower eyelid. The result is dark circles under the eyes.

Eat foods high in essential fatty acids. They are important for reducing inflammation throughout the body. If you can't get enough essential fatty acids from your diet, such as by eating flax seeds or fatty fish, supplement your diet with 1,000 to 5,000 international units (IU) of essential fatty acids every day.

Avoid processed foods, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, deep-fried foods and red meat. All of them contribute to inflammation.

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Lorie Bzdel began writing a cooking blog in 2010. She attended the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, obtaining a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and in human resource management.