People suffer from black circles under eyes for various different reasons.
While they can be associated with the natural aging process, as well as certain lifestyle choices, there is another possible reason for dark under eye shadows-
- pollens, molds, dust mites and animal-related allergens – are present in every home, and often trigger unpleasant side effects.
Allergens in the home can lead to red, watery, itchy eyes and a stuffy nose. Other symptoms include sneezing and coughing. If your eyes are itchy, or won’t stop watering, you are likely to rub them a lot to try to relieve the discomfort. This is what leads to the black circles underneath them. The skin under the eyes is extremely delicate, and too much touching can cause this area to become puffy, which makes it looked bruised.
If you do find yourself reacting to air-borne allergens, you’ll be relieved to know there are many things you can do to reduce the level of allergens in your home. The most common allergen issue for most people is the dust mite.
This microscopic organism can finds it way into every nook and cranny of your home and cause a whole heap of problems! As well as causing allergic symptoms, air-borne allergies are believed to be a significant factor in cases of asthma.
When it comes to tackling dust mites, keeping your home dry and well ventilated is key. Always keep kitchen and bathroom vents open, and try to leave your windows open for at least an hour, twice per day (although if you suffer from hay fever, keep those windows closed during pollen season!)
Dry your clothes outdoors as much as possible. If you do need to dry them inside, never do it in your bedroom or living room. Try to keep your central heating on low, as dust mites thrive in a warm environment! Keep your home clean. Dust mites love household dust, so by getting rid of the dust, you’ll be removing their breeding ground.
Take a look around your home – no doubt you have lots of upholstery and fabric. If you can replace carpets with wooden or vinyl flooring, and curtains with roller blinds, you’ll eradicate a huge number of dust mites. Woollen blankets, feather bedding, cushions and soft toys are other magnets for those annoying allergens!
If you can’t part with all your upholstered items, drapes and rugs, you should consider using a product that will deactivate dust mite allergens, such as Allersearch ADS dust mite spray. This can be used on upholstered furniture, carpets and most fabrics, to neutralize the allergenic protein that exists in the air inside the home.
If your house is very humid, it may be worth investing in a dehumidifier, such as the Venta Airwasher LW24. This is an all-in-one air humidifier and purifier that uses cold evaporation to clean and humidify the air.
Your regular cleaning routine should consist of wiping down all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Many people don’t realize that using a dry duster will actually do more harm than good, as it spreads the allergens further across the home.
Unsurprisingly, dust mites love to live in mattresses and bedding, as this is one of the warmest places in the home, and a great source of food for them (they live on flakes of old human skin). Mite-resistant bed covers and mattress protectors will keep your bed free from mites, and of course it’s vital that you wash your bedding at least once every week in a hot wash (minimum 60 degrees). Ironing them on a hot heat will help to destroy any remaining mites!
Your child is not going to give up her soft toys to help get rid of dust mites, so the best thing you can do is machine wash the toys every couple of weeks. After they have been washed, pop them in the freezer and leave them overnight. Tumble dry them to complete the process.
Most of us need a little incentive to get on with those boring household cleaning chores. You have no excuse not to get started, now you know that keeping your home fresh and clean will help you get rid of black circles under eyes!