Why Do We Get Dark Circles?
Let’s face it. Not getting enough sleep is the worst. When you wake up, you’re still tired. You don’t want to get your day started, and on top of that, no matter what you try, your natural glow just isn’t as vibrant. Lack of sleep causes dehydration, which in turn can lower blood flow and oxygen levels to your skin. It translates into lowered pH levels, which negatively affect your complexion. It takes away that I-woke-up-like-this aura and replaces it with I-didn’t-want-to-wake-up-today-but-here-I-am sort of vibe. This all can cumulate into an overall tired look, resulting in the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. But don’t lose hope, Dr. Stephanie Flockhart is coming to the rescue. She’s teaching a facial massage technique that puts those dark circles to rest, so to speak.
Who is Dr. Stephanie Flockhart?
Dr. Stephanie Flockhart is a doctor of Chinese Medicine (BHSc Acu) and is a PSYCH-K® Facilitator, who believes in living a life full of purpose through beauty, through wellness, and through re-connecting with the world around us. For Dr. Flockhart everything is about intention and compassion. She believes the best way to combat looking tired is to do the right things. Nothing will ever replace getting enough rest, eating well balanced meals, and keeping stress levels low. She suggests having at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night, and if needed, taking naps throughout the day. For those well balanced meals, she says the eating at least two cups of spinach each day, as well as adding in fuji pears, they are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help protect against skin damage.
Dr. Stephanie Flockhart’s Method For Eliminating Dark Circles
Of course doing the right things are always recommended, but what should we do when we’re pressed for time and energy? Well, if you’re like us, you just have to make it work. That’s when Dr. Flockhart’s facial massage routine comes to the rescue. It does wonders for helping to restore that natural glow appearance and erase those dark circles. Dr. Flockhart says to always make sure to start with intension, love and compassion before going into the exercise, and ensure you are always using light pressure, moving your finger only in a circular motion. Make sure you stay on each point for 30 seconds and repeat the exercises three times. She explains it in the video and caption below.
Here is Dr. Flockhart’s technique:
Dr. Flockhart’s caption reads:
“These acupressure points can work wonders but rest is the most important thing! There are many causes when it comes to dark circles. But it’s usually due to exhaustion or being overworked. A least 7 to 9 hours a night and feel free to add a nap during the day!
Try eating two cups of organic spinach a day, as well as fuji pears! They are PACKED with all the vitamins and antioxidants that help protect you from skin damage!
Dark under eye circles are often linked to the health of your kidney network in Chinese Medicine. It is believed that the Kidney network governs the hormonal system, which affects the pigment melanin causing dark deposits under the eyes.
Dark Circles are more common and noticeable with age as our skin loses collagen and becomes thinner.
It could also be linked to allergies, vitamin deficiency, iron deficiency and in some cases genetics.
Make sure you do these exercises with love and intention. And most importantly remind yourself you’re beautiful as you are.
Around the eyes use a light pressure and move your finger in a circular motion on each point for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 x.
Disclaimer: these are recommendations and not medical advice.”
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