Dark under eye circles have been the bane of more than one person’s existence. These circles can be cosmetically unappealing and socially stigmatizing. Many people assume they’re the result of too many late nights or other lifestyle choices, but the reality is that they usually have an organic origin.
The bruised appearance that develops under our eyes is often a result of thinning skin in the eye area, allergies, and even heredity. Although dark circles may be a fact of life for many of us, that doesn’t mean we just have to live with them. Natural remedies can help us improve their appearance.
One of the best home remedies for dark circles may also be the best known: cucumber slices. Cool cucumbers sliced thinly can be quite soothing to your eyes as they reduce puffiness and skin discolouration. Just five to 10 minutes of cucumber therapy can make a marked, if temporary, improvement in the appearance of your dark circles.
Another popular and effective home remedy for dark undereye circles is the tea bag. Tea bags contain caffeine, which dramatically reduces the swelling associated with dark circles. Additionally, the antioxidants found in tea can protect and even repair damaged skin. For the best results, use a white, green, or black tea bag that has been used, cooled, and squeezed out. Leave it on your eyes for about 10 minutes.
Raw potatoes can also help you reduce dark circles under your eyes. Cool a potato well in the refrigerator, and then slice it thinly. After reclining, place the slices on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes at a time about two to three times a day.
Certain herbs, oils, and juices may also be associated with a reduction in dark circles. Lemon juice dabbed gently under the eyes twice a day can reduce discoloration, while pineapple juice mixed with turmeric powder can reduce swelling and darkness. Crushed mint can create a pleasant cooling sensation and reduce swelling. Almond oil can soothe skin in the delicate eye area and reduce redness and irritation.
The severity of dark circles may be reduced by a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining adequate levels of hydration, getting at least eight hours of sleep a night, and eating a healthy diet can keep your skin healthier and ensure that the treatments you choose have a better chance of working. However, while home remedies and lifestyle changes can often produce markedly effective results, they are only temporary fixes.