1 & 2: Digestive System — Your probably eating a lot of processed or junk food. You need to reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.
3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.
4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!
6: Heart — Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 found in nuts, avocados, fish and so on. Also, since this area is full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiration date or is skin-clogging.
7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on drinks like coffee and alcohol that cause further dehydration.
Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you have any allergies or breathing in bad air? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more cool by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar). Another thing that most of us forget to do is clean our cell phones and pillow cases. These are the top two places that build up dirt and create acne!
Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the main zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting a good amount of sleep, drinking enough water, eating more greens and keeping skin very clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).
Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fiber intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.
14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!
So the next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look to your face map: your skin is probably trying to tell you something on behalf of the internal organs. This is just a general guide to head you off in the right investigative direction – just because you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver!