Dark eye circles can be effectively diminished somewhat with home remedies. These remedies can be even more effective when combined with products for dark circles. By themselves, home remedies will not be as effective as the latest products developed by scientists and dermatologists – but they’re way better than leaving the house when you look like you’ve gone twelve rounds in a boxing ring.
Please be cautious when applying anything to the sensitive skin around the eyes. If you accidentally get a few drops of lemon juice in your eye, not only will you have dark circles, you’ll also have an unsightly, staring, bloodshot eye, too. The skin around the eyes is very sensitive so don’t rub, scratch or exfoliate enthusiastically.
Cucumbers for dark eye circles
This may sound too cliche to be true, but slices of cucumber (or cucumber juice) applied to the skin around the eyes can help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Cucumber slices help to lighten the skin and also have a soothing, refreshingly cool sensation when applied. (Yes, we have tried this at home.) Lay down with the cucumber slices on your eyes for at least 5 minutes, up to 10 minutes. Set an alarm if you’re getting ready for work, because you don’t want to have to explain to your boss why you were late.
Cucumbers don’t just help dark eye circles – they also help soothe your eyes after a long day of staring at the computer screen. But if you get cucumber juice in your eyes, they’ll sting like crazy. So be careful. If you don’t have a cucumber in the house, try using slices of potato. They work almost as well.
Vitamin E for dark eye circles
This nifty little remedy for dark eye circles works very well for some people, and not at all for others. Take a Vitamin E capsule and carefully pierce it with a pin or needle. Dab a bit of the oil on your fingertip and pat it into the skin under your eyes. This remedy can help reduce dark eye circles and puffiness as well.
When you’re done, swallow the rest of the capsule with a glass of water.
The Indian remedy for dark eye circles
This recipe comes from an acquaintaince, a fashion model in India. She uses this particular preparation on her dark circles every morning before covering them up with a thick concealer.
You will need:
• 1 tsp tomato juice
• 3-4 drops of lemon juice
• a pinch of turmeric powder
• enough white flour to make a paste
Mash these ingredients together into a medium-thick paste and dab it under your eyes. After fifteen minutes, wash the paste away. This should lighten the dark circles and address puffiness to some degree.
Tea for two
For some reason, dark eye circles can’t abide an old tea bag. Take a used tea bag (black, green or white), after it has cooled, and apply it to the skin under your eyes. Lay down while you do this – otherwise, it’s hard to get the tea bag to stick. Leave in place for about 10 minutes. Make sure the tea bag is somewhat dry because if it’s too moist, irritating tea can get into your eyes, which can make you look like you’ve been crying.
Herbal tea bags aren’t recommended, except for chamomile. Chamomile tea bags can help reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
The cold washcloth
When washing your eyes after using any of these remedies for dark eye circles, use a washcloth soaked in cold water. Cold water helps to constrict the blood vessels under the eyes and can also reduce puffiness.
Other remedies for dark eye circles
1. Drink more water. 8-10 glasses per day, no excuses. Water helps to cleanse your body of impurities, which can contribute to dark eye circles.
2. Stay out of the sun. If you’re going to be outside, use a sunscreen to avoid making those dark eye circles darker.
3. Are you allergic to something? Dark eye circles, especially in children, are sometimes a sign of an allergy. If you suspect you may be allergic, talk to your doctor.
4. Invest in one of the products for dark circles under the eyes. This doesn’t really belong on the list of remedies for dark eye circles – because today’s products are cures rather than remedies. Yes, they really do work – and can really change the face that’s looking back at you in the mirror.
Mild to moderate dark circles often respond well to simple and inexpensive treatments, such as:
• Cold. Try a cold compress, two chilled teaspoons or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a soft cloth to temporarily reduce dilated and discolored under-eye blood vessels. Or, try a cooled, used teabag.
• Extra pillows. Elevate your head with two or more pillows to prevent puffiness that develops when fluid pools in your lower eyelids.
• Extra sleep. Although short nights don’t usually cause under-eye circles, a lack of sleep makes you paler and more hollow-eyed, so shadows and circles you already have are more obvious.
• Dark glasses and sunscreen. Although a tan might hide dark circles in the short term, in the long run, the extra pigment it produces can make circles worse.
• Saline washes or sprays. Rinsing your sinuses with a saltwater solution (mix 1/4 teaspoon sea salt with 2 cups warm water) or over-the-counter saline spray can help relieve nasal congestion.
• Cosmetics. Hundreds of skin creams that claim to reduce or prevent under-eye circles crowd department store and drugstore shelves. The results of one well-publicized study showed that a cream containing vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E and retinol was moderately effective in treating under-eye circles. Topical creams that have Vitamin K derivatives are prescribed for reducing dark eye circles. Antioxidant products containing Vitamins C and E are known to stimulate fibroblast activity in the dermal layer and help firm up the skin. This can greatly reduce baggy eyes that are dark and sagging. Over-the-counter products containing kinetin or AHA are available for regular use to reduce severe under eye circles. Chemical peels may be effective in reducing chronic dark eye circles.
• Camouflage. The right concealer can do just that — hide dark circles. If the circles under your eyes are bluish, use a peach-colored concealer, not one that’s white or gray. And avoid scented products and those containing salicylic or glycolic acid, which can irritate delicate eye tissue, making redness and swelling worse. Do not choose a shade that is much lighter than your skin tone else it will accentuate the baggy dark circles. Dab concealer gently under the eyes and blend it with the foundation. The inner corner of your eye is usually the darkest part, so ensure that it is well concealed. Rev up your tired looking eyes with gold-based concealers. Avoid mascara and eyeliner to the lower lashes for fear of drawing attention to the dark under eye circles.
• Another option for reducing the appearance of dark circles is to try natural products. For example, using warm tea bags (unsweetened, black tea) can help, since the caffeine helps to restrict the blood vessels around the eyes. You can also try slicing up a cucumber and placing it over the eyes. A variation of this idea is to grate the cucumbers into tiny pieces (such as with a food processor) and then massage them around your eyes. Some people also freeze a spoon and place it under their eyes for a quick fix.
• GET SEEN BY PROFESSIONAL. Most often, dark under-eye circles aren’t a medical problem, but if you want a more lasting solution than concealers and over-the-counter creams, see your dermatologist for advice. If discoloration and swelling appear under just one eye and seem to get worse over time, talk to your primary care doctor. Depending on what’s causing the circles under your eyes, your doctor may recommend prescription creams or a combination of treatments to erase or reduce discoloration. Laser therapy or chemical peels can be helpful in some cases. Hollows that cause shadows can be smoothed with injectable fillers, and surgery can eliminate puffy lids.
• Give them the washcloth treatment. “Applying a cold compress helps constrict blood vessels and turns tissue white, so the ‘darkness’ doesn’t show as much,” says Eric Donnenfeld, M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology at North Shore University Hospital/Cornell Medical College in Manhasset, New York. He advises regularly applying a washcloth wrung out in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes, or longer when dark circles are more noticeable.
• Address those allergies. In children especially, the sudden onset of dark circles means allergies. “Simply removing the offending allergen will usually solve the problem and get rid of the dark circles,” says Dr. Knopf. The most common allergens are pet dander, house dust, pollen and foods such as wheat, milk and chocolate. (Because detection and elimination of these allergens is a complicated process, you should take your child to an allergist if the condition persists.)
• Home Remedies – Probably the most popular home remedy for dark eye circles is to apply slices of raw potato or cucumber over the eyelids for about 15 minutes. Grated raw potato wrapped in cheesecloth can also be used. Potatoes contain catecholase, an enzyme that is used as a skin lightener in many cosmetics. You can apply freshly grated cucumber or the resultant juice over the eyes to lighten the area. Almonds are considered excellent skin food and it is believed that a paste of almonds applied over the eyes for about 10 minutes can go a long way in reducing dark under eye bags. Alternatively you can apply rich almond oil under the eyes. Vitamin E or olive oil is also regularly used in treating dark circles around the eyes. Another popular home remedy for dark eye circles is to place cool, used tea bags on the tired eyes. Applying crushed mint leaves around the eyes can also reduce dark circles.
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