If you have a chronic case of dark circles under your eyes, it helps to determine the cause. It could be from lack of sleep, a recent illness, allergies or a change in your diet or skincare product. Knowing what is causing the dark circles will help you avoid or treat the condition. In the meantime, there are effective home remedies that do help minimize the look of dark circles under the eyes and may even cure them. Find out which one works for you:
Cucumber – Cucumber is a well-known remedy for reducing puffiness and refreshing the appearance of skin around the eyes. They also help reduce the look of dark cirles. Place a cucumber slice over each eye, including the dark area once a day for 10-15 minutes.
Tea Bags – Tannins found in tea can shrink living tissue and so they are used help reduce swelling and discoloration around the eyes. Simply place a wet tag bag over each eye each morning for 10-15 minutes.
Sea Salt or Baking Soda – If your dark circles are caused from allergies or nasal congestion, a solution of water, salt or baking soda will help. You will need 2 cups of tepid water, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Pour the solution into a container (like a tea pot) that will allow you to gently pour the solution into your nostrils (I know, but just try it!). Tilt your head to the side and slowly pour the solution in one nostril (keep you head sideways). The solution will come out the other nostril. Repeat on the other side and you will be amazed how clear your sinuses will be – and you dark eyes will disappear too.
Potato – Potatoes have natural bleaching agents to lighten dark circles. Place one chilled raw potato into a blender and liquidize it. Take the blended raw potato and place it on closed eyes for 15-20 mintes. Or strain the pulverized potato and use the juice to soak cotton pads and place over the eyes. Make sure the juice covers your the affected area. Repeat daily until dark circles disappear.
Ice or a Frozen Spoon – This is an old remedy, but it does work. Simply wrap an ice cube in gauze and hold it under the eye, or place a frozen spoon over the dark circles and hold until the spoon is warm. This constricts the blood vessles near the surface of the skin, diminishing the look of dark circles.
Get plenty of sleep – Lack of sleep can result in a drawn, tired looking, pale complextion which emphasizes the blood vessles under the eyes, making them appear darker. Getting enough sleep (7-9 hours a night) helps restore a more vibrant complexion and will diminish dark circles.
Eat a healthy balanced diet – The lack of Vitamin K or other deficiencies like a lack of B12 can result in dark circles and puffy eyes. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables—especially cabbage, spinach, and other leafy green vegetables—and taking a daily vitamin supplement and adequate fluids will improve circulation, flush toxin from the body and keep your dark circle at bay.
Reduce Salt Intake – Too much salt in the diet causes the body to retain water, especially noticeable in the face, resulting in puffiness under the eyes. Too much salt can also impair your circulation, and cause the blood vessels under the skin to appear bluer.
Stop smoking and avoid smoky environments – Apart from the obvious risks associated with smoking and second-hand smoke, smoking robs your complexion of oxygen causing blood vessels to appear more prominent and bluer.
Cosmetics – Switching cosmetic – creams, washes, make up etc., can cause new irritations and reactions in the skin that can result in dark circles under the eyes. Pay attention if you have recently switched products – you may not notice any reaction, but your dark circles or puffy eyes will be a clue.
Treat your skin while you sleep – Treat puffy eyes at night with a cold compress placed over the eyes while you sleep (try a gel eye mask that can be frozen or chilled before using). Avoid using heavy eye creams at night, especially if you wake up in the morning with puffy eyes, chances are the cream is too rick for the delicate skin around the eye and you will need to switch to something lighter.
Use a concealer – If you cannot figure out why you have dark circles, or if they are geetic – cover them with concealer. Using the right color concerler is important. For circles that are bluish in color, use a yellow-based concealer one shade lighter than your skin ton. If your circles are brown (most common), use an orange or peach based concealer.
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