There are several causes to dark circles, some are physical others are hereditary, which we really cannot control. But others, such as lack of sleep, we can control. In a recent poll by Beauty magazine, 80% of those polled felt that their dark circles were caused by the lack of sleep. So, now that we have identified one of the main causes, what can we do to get a more recuperative sleep?
Apart from the fact of course that we merely stay up too late, stress and worry can cause lack of sleep. How can you relax and "drop off” for instance if you have something on your mind or you have a worry about something that just will not go away?
Obviously this can happen to all of us every once and while, but if this is a chronic problem, then it can have a detrimental effect on your skin. Too many nights without sleeping properly can result in an increase in stress hormones such as cortisol. Over a period of time your body, skin and overall health will begin to suffer as the hormone cortisol is continually secreted into your bloodstream.
Too much cortisol for too long can have an effect on skin ageing, which includes the creation of those dark under eye circles and puffiness. Skin can look tired, have a shallow complexion and even looked washed out. Too much can also weaken the immune system and increase blood sugar levels. It is therefore important that we find a way as quickly as possible to relieve stress levels, become more relaxed and in turn get a better nights sleep.
So, how can we try to overcome those sleepless nights?
The term "Beauty Sleep" is not just a saying. If you are able to rest peacefully every night, your body will be able to restore and rebuild its beauty.