Can Certain Foods Reduce Dark Circles?

Those dark circles under your eyes hold a shady truth: No magical foods remove the rings. Dark-circle culprits include genetics, allergies, sinus infections and nasal congestion, lower-eyelid laxity, fluid retention, hormone imbalances, hyperpigmentation, aging and sun exposure. The skin’s thinness also creates the illusion of darkness. In the rare occasions where exhaustion or malnutrition causes dark circles, healthy foods might have a slight impact.

It's as Easy as A, C, E

Orange, vitamin A-laden fruits and vegetables such as:

  • papaya
  • mangoes
  • peaches
  • pumpkins
  • sweet potatoes
  • carrots
  • butternut squash
  • winter squash
  • cantaloupe
  • dried apricots can promote strong
  • firm skin

Turnip, beet and mustard greens as well as collards, dark lettuce and green peas are additional sources.

Pump Iron Into Your Diet

If anemia is responsible for the dark circles under your eyes, eat a protein-rich diet to increase the supply of oxygenated blood. Iron deficiencies hinder the supply of oxygen in body tissue and make the bluish veins more pronounced. Inadequate iron levels impair tissue production and slow the creation of new skin. Incorporate brown rice, oatmeal, lentils, spinach and prunes into your diet as well as vitamin C to aid iron absorption. Egg yolks, chicken and lean beef also contain iron. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and walnuts, increase blood flow below the skin’s surface.

Get Your Beauty Rest

Tiredness causes dark circles; it reduces circulation and dilates blood vessels. Foods with sleep aids like melatonin, serotonin or tryptophan prepare the body for a full night’s rest and combat sleep-deprivation dark circles. Melatonin is found in oatmeal, whole-grain bread, cherries, nuts and oats. Tryptophan is in turkey, hummus and almonds. Dark chocolate’s serotonin makes it a great after-dinner treat. Honey and chamomile, passionflower and lemon balm teas also induce sleepiness.

Hydrate: Shoot for Eight or More

Drinking the recommended amount of water per day -- while avoiding caffeine, alcohol and high-sodium foods and beverages -- can boost circulation and elasticity. The Institute of Medicine recommends drinking nine to 13 glasses of water each day.