Reduce dark circles under the eyes

What are the causes of dark circles under the eyes and what can you do to make them less visible without makeup? Dark circles under the eyes no longer have to be a problem. We delve deeper into the various causes of dark circles (kidney problems, allergies, poor digestion of proteins, fatigue, poor circulation, vitamin deficiency) and give you customized tips to reduce them.

Poor digestion of proteins

Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by incomplete digestion of proteins. In many cases this is caused by a lack of vitamin B6 and folic acid. You can take a multivitamin or eat foods rich in vitamin B6 and folic acid (vitamin B11). Vitamin B6 is found in kidneys, liver, pork, mutton, fish, eggs, legumes and whole grains. Folic acid is abundant in whole grains, soybeans, red beans, lentils, peas, spinach, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, romaine lettuce, okra, pumpkins, broccoli, strawberries, kiwis, oranges and pineapple.


Dark circles under the eyes can be due to allergies. Hay fever is a possibility, but it could also be a smaller allergy that you may not even know you have. For example, you may be allergic to certain foods (milk, cheese, canned food) or to a product that you often use (shampoo, dishwashing liquid). Avoiding the product you are allergic to is often enough to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.

Fatigue, stress, lack of sleep

When you are tired and stressed, your skin becomes paler, making the underlying blood vessels more visible. Blood circulation also deteriorates under the influence of fatigue and stress. Poor circulation causes the circles under the eyes to turn blue and dark.
Sufficient sleep and relaxation are a must. If the fatigue is only temporary, placing tea bags on the eyes can help . The tannins from the tea reduce the dark color. Leave it on the eyes for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Dark circles under the eyes can also be somewhat reduced by peeling onions.

Thin and aged skin

As you get older, dark circles under the eyes become more visible. By applying aloe vera and emu oil to the skin every day, you keep the eye contour healthy and elastic, reducing the chance of dark circles. Existing dark circles can be greatly reduced with these two products because they penetrate the dermis and thicken it. A retinol-based eye cream can also significantly reduce discoloration.

Lack of vitamin K

Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by a vitamin K deficiency (effect on microcirculation). Vitamin K is naturally present in kelp, alfalfa, yogurt, buttermilk, green leafy vegetables, egg yolk, fish cod liver oil, soybean oil and safflower oil. Using a cream with vitamin K can also greatly reduce the blue color.

Lack of B12

A lack of vitamin B12 can lead to anemia. Anemia causes pale skin and pale skin causes visible dark circles. Vitamin B12 is mainly found in meat, eggs, dairy products and fish. This vitamin is not found in plant products. You can find vitamin B12 in seaweed. Sufficient folic acid (see above) can somewhat cancel the effects of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency can also cause anemia, pale skin and dark circles. You should mainly get iron from meat, fish, poultry, broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkin, citrus fruits and tomatoes. Other foods (such as spinach, potatoes and bananas) also contain a lot of iron, but are less well absorbed by the body due to the presence of oxalates. Your body absorbs more iron if you also consume enough vitamin C.


Salt causes fluid retention in the most impossible places. Your microcirculation deteriorates, causing the blood vessels under the eyes to become blue and dark.


Smoking causes poor circulation, causing the blood vessels under the skin to appear blue and dark. If you still want to continue smoking, you can take butchers broom as a dietary supplement. Butthorn improves blood circulation and is also used to improve hemorrhoids and burst veins.


Dark circles under the eyes can be due to dehydration (a lack of water). So drink at least one and a half liters of water or herbal tea per day.

Poor functioning of kidneys and adrenal glands

Poor functioning of the kidneys and/or adrenal glands (adrenal cortex) causes a blue appearance under the eyes. Drinking at least one and a half liters of water every day and taking a cranberry supplement should provide a solution. However, young people in particular are not aware that their kidneys and/or adrenal glands are not functioning properly. This may be due to heredity and disease (e.g. Adisson’s disease).


Apply a cream with sun filter to the circles. As a result, the area of the circles will always be slightly lighter than the rest of the skin, making them less noticeable.

Cosmetics against dark circles

  • Hylexin Eye Cream : American product against permanent dark circles. Reduces the degradation of hemoglobin by-products, making circles less dark.
  • Colorescience Eye Candy Trio Kit : A combination of three particularly effective serums that both camouflage and reduce dark circles.
  • End Line Eye Cream : With silicon (silica), white tea and glucosamine glycans.
  • UMO Eye Mask : This eye mask uses nanotechnology to get the active ingredients (phyto collagen) into the deepest skin layers for a spectacular result.
  • Roc Retin-Ox Multi Correxion Eye Cream : Based on retinol.
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