Join me on the Dark Circle Eye Journey. That's what we are calling this. I am tempted to rewrite an attractive title for this blog, but it's not an attractive topic. Ladies, it's time to talk about the dreaded dark circles under our eyes.
I have looked heavily into dark circles before, and there are more than a few hacks to share so we will revisit this topic in more than one post. The older I get, the more committed I get to getting rid of them or at least keeping them at bay NATURALLY because looking in the mirror with age staring me back in the face has not been my favorite way to wake up.
So - let's pull out some tricks to get rid of them, shall we? How about a dark circle eye challenge?
So what are the common and root causes of dark circles under our precious eyes? All the research says the biggest culprit at any age is dehydration.
On my quest to rid us of our dark circles, I learned something really scary!
I know that the fastest way to bring life back to your face and body is by drinking water so I have been doing exactly that - a lot - and to no avail. I carry one of those handy, dandy water drinky container things with me, you know, one that is totally oversized and looks ridiculous to carry? Number one tip to drinking water is to have something you will enjoy drinking it from easily. For me that's with a straw. So I need one of those huge containers that have a sippable contraption attached. It also has to be big, because while I might look ridiculous (big water bottle? Not sexy), I don't want to be filling it all the time.
I couldn't understand why my skin was still dry and I had no energy? I'd been drinking water like mad!
Well - I stumbled on something really frightening. More like a rude awakening. Apparently, in older adults, dehydration can occur without thirst.
Not only that, older people get dehydrated faster! And holy carp! The older we get, we don't even get thirsty, we stop noticing it!
As you age, you lose your sense of thirst...dear Gawwwwd!!!
I do remember my friend Shirley (now 60) telling me how hard it is to stay hydrated the older she gets. I remember being horrified and deciding that would never be me. Ouch. Too late!
This is not good news. I know I started talking about dark circles under our eyes, but now, it's about the inability to stay hydrated! What's happening to us?
Instead of going through 'dark circle' remedies, let's first start our dark circle eye journey with finding out ways to trick our bodies to stay hydrated. There's got to be a way!
Tip 1 - Alcohol is a diuretic. According to research, It causes your body to remove fluids from your blood through your renal system, which includes the kidneys, ureters, and bladder, at a much quicker rate than other liquids. If you don't drink enough water with alcohol, you can become dehydrated quickly. For us olders, we need to stay away from it as much as possible.
Tip 2 - Add fruits and vegetables to your diet. They have more water content. It's not a coincidence that the older we get, the more our body craves healthier foods like fruits and vegetables.
Winners of the highest water content in fruit are watermelon with nearly 92% water volume. Strawberries, grapefruit, and cantaloupe all top 90%, while pineapple, cranberries, oranges, and raspberries all contain around 87%.
In the vegetable arena we have cucumbers and iceberg lettuce topping out with 96% water volume, followed by zucchini, radish, and celery at 95%, and tomatoes at 94%.
Green cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, red cabbage, peppers, spinach, and broccoli all have over 91%.
Tip 3 - Water bottle infused with fruit (love this one)!
Tip 4 - Avoid foods high in sugar and processed foods. You know what they are....those donuts, muffins, candy bars, ice cream and even whole grains like bread, pasta and rice. THEY ARE ALL DEHYDRATING. This is because to break down sugar, the body uses a lot of water.
Okay, I'm totally depressed now. I'm going to go drink some water : (
Look for Part 2 of the Dark Cirrcle Eye Journey...later after you're hydrated.