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    Dark under eye circles

    Hello! All is good in primal land here but I have a superficial issue that has bothered me for years that I was really hoping would eventually get better...

    And that would be dark under eye circles.

    I am not fully european, so my skin tone isn't the "normal", and I have always blamed it on that. However I also have always (traditionally) had low iron, so have wondered about that as well. Since going primal, my last bloodtest said my iron levels are in range for the first time in probably 5 or 6 years!

    I drink lots of water MOST of the time. Sometimes I have a day where I just don't want much water randomly, but otherwise I'm up around 2L, sometimes around 2.5L.

    I assume the colour under your eyes can be affected by your blood, seeing as the skin there is very thin?

    Does anyone know of any other deficiencies or dietary things that could be contributing to this? I have done some googling and research over the years but the usual recommendation is for stupid skincare products, which I'd rather avoid.
    Any anecdotal experience anyone has had with this issue and what helped would also be great

    I know it's a stupid thing to be concerned about but it's just one of my hang ups!
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    Hi Nixxy, how are you my girl ????
    Sometimes a lack of sleep for a long time can contribute to dark circles, and It might take a long time to come right. Also - you have lost alot of weight - could it be shadows, or sunken eyes because of your weight loss ??? This also I would think will get better with time?
    Just some thoughts
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
    Hi Nixxy, how are you my girl ????
    Sometimes a lack of sleep for a long time can contribute to dark circles, and It might take a long time to come right. Also - you have lost alot of weight - could it be shadows, or sunken eyes because of your weight loss ??? This also I would think will get better with time?
    Just some thoughts
    G
    Hey gwamma hehe.
    Hmm good suggestions. Sleep does help them but I actually almost sleep too much! My normal is like 9 hours a night. If I didn't set an alarm I'd be sleeping easily 10 hours a night, even 11. There have been a few occasions on weekends, usually after lifting lots of heavy things, where I've slept over 12 hours!
    So I don't think I have had any kind of long term sleep deprivation... it happens occasionally but isn't the norm.

    My eyes are quite "sunken" so the shadow effect really probably doesn't help but it's definitely the skin itself. I took a photo in full sunlight so there are no shadows....
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    Well, I find your eyes quite beautiful.

    I have deep set eyes and darker circles. Any change in my sleep or diet or health makes a more pronounced change than others it seems. I've learned to live with it and to use concealer when I wear make-up. At this point, that is really the only make-up I wear.

    Is it hereditary? Look at your closest relatives..

    Did you have a full iron panel run? It might take time for the dark circles to disappear once your levels have come within a normal range. Not sure on that one.

    Make sure you have adequate Vitamin C, Vitamin K and zinc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHaselow View Post
    Well, I find your eyes quite beautiful.

    I have deep set eyes and darker circles. Any change in my sleep or diet or health makes a more pronounced change than others it seems. I've learned to live with it and to use concealer when I wear make-up. At this point, that is really the only make-up I wear.

    Is it hereditary? Look at your closest relatives..

    Did you have a full iron panel run? It might take time for the dark circles to disappear once your levels have come within a normal range. Not sure on that one.

    Make sure you have adequate Vitamin C, Vitamin K and zinc.
    Thank you

    The sunken eyes is hereditary... but my relatives don't seem to get the "dark" look like I do.
    I have luckily been getting heaps of vitamin C and have been making sure to take it with my iron.
    Current weight lost: 82.9lb (37.6kg)

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    Squat: 100kg/220lb
    Deadlift: 120kg/265lb

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    I think that under eye darkness is gorgeous. Learn how to do a smoky eye and play it up. Unless it's a sign of unhealth. Then I guess you should address it.

    I guess I have this dichotomy in my thinking. On the one hand, I believe in a healthful lifestyle. On the other, I find black haired, skinny assed, over made-up people who live decadent lifestyles just gorgeous beyond words.

    I be troubled. heh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanieL View Post
    I think that under eye darkness is gorgeous. Learn how to do a smoky eye and play it up. Unless it's a sign of unhealth. Then I guess you should address it.

    I guess I have this dichotomy in my thinking. On the one hand, I believe in a healthful lifestyle. On the other, I find black haired, skinny assed, over made-up people who live decadent lifestyles just gorgeous beyond words.

    I be troubled. heh.
    Hahah! Interesting perspective. It is usually the darker skinned girls who have problem... I don't know if I've ever thought it was attractive though, to me it looks like people are tired or ill!
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    Bench: 45kg/99lb
    Squat: 100kg/220lb
    Deadlift: 120kg/265lb

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    Do you have allergies? I have dark circles under my eyes and it's from allergies. I'm working up to trying the GAPS Diet to see if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urban Forager View Post
    Do you have allergies? I have dark circles under my eyes and it's from allergies. I'm working up to trying the GAPS Diet to see if that helps.
    Yes I do.
    How do you know your dark circles are from allergies?
    Current weight lost: 82.9lb (37.6kg)

    Current PRs:
    Bench: 45kg/99lb
    Squat: 100kg/220lb
    Deadlift: 120kg/265lb

    My blog
    My journal

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