Dark circles under eyes, crows feet and eye bags can make you look older than you really are but a few additions to your diet can help tone them down. So, instead of spending a small fortune on eye cosmetics, try the following foods to protect the delicate skin around your eyes. Even if you are considering blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, a healthy eyelid skin is essential for healing and minimising scarring.
These are rich in anthocyanins, a potent antioxidant that has been shown to protect skin against advanced glycation end products (very appropriately shortened to AGEs). AGEs are formed during sugar-protein reactions and cause the protein collagen, our skin’s natural scaffolding, to become stiff and malformed. As you can guess, the more AGEs the skin is exposed to, the more wrinkles and crow’s feet will appear.
Blueberries also promote microcirculation – by improving blood flow in the tiny capillaries around your eyes, these fruits can help dark circles.
Tip: Make your own blueberry green smoothie – blending fruits and veggies facilitates nutrient absorption.
This is rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that has been shown to be helpful to those looking to reduce the visibility of dark circles under eyes. Scientists speculate that the vitamin can exert these effects by thickening the eyelid skin dermis and concealing the blackish hue caused by congested blood.
Tip: You can also get lots of vitamin C in kiwifruits, papayas, berries and citrus fruits like grapefruits, oranges and tangerine.
Rich in ellagic acid, a phenolic compound and potent antioxidant, pomegranate can protect the skin against external stressors and reactive oxygen species. Research has shown that the fruit’s extract can help keep the skin resilient by suppressing the enzymes that promote collagen destruction and by thickening the epidermis. Pomegranate also protects the skin against inflammation and UV radiation.
Tip: Be wary of sweetened pomegranate juices – these could, in fact, favour the formation of AGEs.
4. Rice bran
Heard of rice bran? This co-product obtained from rice processing has been used for ages by Japanese women known for their pursuit of flawless skin. What makes rice bran special is that it’s packed with two amazing antioxidants: vitamin E and gamma-oryzanol which comprises of a combination of sterols and ferulic acid, two phytonutrients. Vitamin E and gamma-oryzanol work together to alleviate inflammation and to help slow down the appearance of wrinkles.
That’s not all; rice bran can reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes by improving circulation in fine blood vessels and delicate tissues around the eyes.
Tip: Sprinkle the bran on your favourite foods – it tastes great in pancake batter or cereals.
To hamper the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, try white, green, black or red tea. These teas are loaded with antioxidants that can protect your skin against UV light and damage or inflammation caused by free radicals. They’ll also improve blood circulation around your eyes.
It’s important to note that these foods are not a quick fix, nor will they work to the best of their ability if you have a poor diet, don’t drink enough water daily and exercise regularly. Everything is connected when it comes to your body, if you nourish it and treat it well, it will shine for you.
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