Dark circles – consider them a cosmetic issue or a health issue, they are definitely not welcome. It isn’t just that dark circles make you look sick and ruin the natural glow of your face but also that they come with a burning sensation of your eyes and a lot of discomfort. How do we deal with dark circles without using medication or going for harsh treatments?
The answer is by using home remedies. There are simple home remedies for dark circles that work wonders in healing even the most stubborn kind. Using them persistently and regularly can surely be of help in lightening the dark circles around the eyes. Most of these remedies are found right in our kitchens and easy on the eyes too. We’ve listed out some such tried and tested under-eye dark circle remedies for you to try out.
What Causes Under-Eye Dark Circles?
It is important that we find out why we have dark circles so that the treatment can then be aimed at working on the actual cause behind it. Here’s a few reasons that could be causing your dark circles.
Tiredness and weakness : Blood vessels swell up due to more circulation of blood as body thinks we need more blood when we are tired. This can cause the blood vessels to be visible in the form of dark circles.
Poor nutrition: Similar to the above reasons, poor nutrition causes the blood vessels to swell up and this shows particularly near the eyes as the skin is very light and the concentration of blood vessels here is much lesser than it is elsewhere on the face.
Genetic reasons : For some people, it is the genetic make up that is to be blamed for the dark circles they have. They have either inherited the natural highly pigmented under eyes from their ancestors or the lack of nutrition from them.
Organ diseases : Sometimes, serious organ diseases such as liver or kidney diseases have dark circles as a symptom. This is yet another coping mechanism by the body where it tries to swell the blood vessels up in a bid to get more oxygen and nutrition around the body and this is visible especially near the eyes.
10 Easy-to-use Natural Remedies for Dark Circles
The darker the under-eyes circles are, the more persistence it takes for you to use these remedies. Regular use can help fade them away however. It is easy to make and use these simple, tried and tested remedies for your under-eyes dark circles, all from easily available natural sources.
Cucumber for dark circles
Cucumber has long been known for its ability to reduce dark circles. Along with that, it also reduces swelling and puffiness in the eyes. This is mainly because it cools and hydrates the area around the eyes. When it does that, the blood vessels get back to their normal size and this makes the dark circles and under-eye bags much less visible.
In addition, it has got Vitamin K which helps in replenishing the skin around the eyes and thereby keeping it fresh. Using it can be simple as well, in two ways – in the form of slices and in the form of juice.
Using the juice:
- Grind cucumbers which have been skinned.
- Strain this paste that you get so that the juice of cucumber gets extracted.
- Using a cotton ball apply this juice around your eyes and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Wash your eyes post that.
Using the slices:
- Skin cucumbers and cut it into cylindrical slices.
- Place two such slices over either of your eyes and leave them on for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash your eyes when you’re done.
Potato for dark circles
Potatoes are a surprisingly common cure for dark circles and swollen eyes . The major reason is that they are highly nutritious being rich in starch and this causes the blood vessels around the eyes to shrink and relax. Along with that, they are also a good source of Vitamin C, the anti-oxidant which replenishes the skin cells.
Using potato is extremely safe and this yet another perk as we can use it for any skin type and leave them on the eyes for quite a long time without having to worry about side-effects. Here’s a way in which you can use potato for your dark circles.
We use potato juice here as it can be the most beneficial for clearing dark circles under eyes.
- Peel off the skin of potatoes and cut it.
- Grind it and extract the juice out of the wet potato mass.
- Using a cotton ball apply the juice around your eyes.
Lemon juice for dark circles
Lemon juice is one of the simplest remedies that you can use to heal your under-eye dark circles. The bleaching ability of lemon juice helps in causing a lightening of the darkened skin. In addition, it also directly addresses the cause behind the dark circles – it makes the blood vessels shrink and thereby reduces the appearance of them.
The anti-oxidant nature of the lemon juice also helps the body heal (as dark circles are caused mainly due to lack of nutrition, sleep or some disease) and this reduces the dark circles as well. Here’s two simple techniques in which you can use it.
Using the lemon juice directly:
- Squeeze out lemon juice and dilute it slightly.
- Now dip a cotton pad in it and place it over your eyes.
- Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes and remove it.
- Wash it off once you are done.
Using lemon slices:
- Cut lemon horizontally so that they form into circular pieces.
- Place them over your eyes and keep them on for a 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove them once you are done and wash your eyes off.
*Sometimes, lemon juice can cause a slight burning sensation owing to its astringency and this isn’t really harmful. However, if it gets too much, consult a professional before you continue using lemon juice for your dark circles.
Green tea bags for dark circles
It turns out that green tea is not only useful when taken internally but can also be quite a bit of help in external and cosmetic purposes. While it is common knowledge that the green tea is rich in anti-oxidants and can heal the skin by boosting immunity, it can also help because of its tannins. The tannins reduce the swelling of the blood vessels which has caused the dark circles and under-eye bags in the first place.
There is a replenishment of the skin that also occurs when we use green tea and therefore, it can be great for clearing out dark circles and making your eyes look fresh as a flower upon regular use. Here’s one of the simplest ways in which we use the bags of green tea for the eyes.
- Take a couple of green bags and wash them with cold water.
- Place these wet and cold green tea bags over your eyes and leave them on for about 20 minutes.
- Remove them once you are done and wash your eyes.
Mint leaves for dark circles
Despite its strong astringency, mint has got great anti-inflammatory properties. This makes the blood vessels which got swollen to get back to their normal size – and this reduces dark circles and swollen under-eye area. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant, which means that it can replenish the skin around the eyes and make the eyes look fresh and renewed.
There are multiple ways in which we can use mint leaves and here is two ways in which it is simplest to use them for your dark circles.
Using mint leaf paste
- Take some fresh mint leaves and make a paste out of them.
- Apply this paste around your eyes and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Wipe it off post that and wash your eyes.
Making mint-flavoured ice cubes
Since mint can be slightly harsh for the skin, we can use ice cubes made out of mint instead, especially if your skin is sensitive. Here’s how you do this.
- Dilute the mint paste so that it turns into a liquid.
- Make ice cubes out of this liquid by freezing them.
- Rub these ice cubes around your eyes for a while.
- Leave your eyes be for a while and wash them off post that.
Aloe vera for dark circles
Aloe vera, the magic herb which can cure nearly everything can also be a good remedy for dark circles. The main reason it can work against dark circles is that it has got anti-inflammatory properties. This helps the blood vessels get back to their normal size and thereby the dark circles go away. It can also show its anti-pigmentation properties in case there is melanin that is responsible for the dark circles.
It hydrates the skin around the eyes as well and thereby can be soothing and cooling to the eyes. The Vitamin A and C that it has got help in nourishing the eyes. Here’s how you can use this gel for getting rid of dark circles.
- Usually we get Aloe vera in the form of gel from the plant directly. There are processed gels as well, available in the market with different brand names. Choose the one with the least additives to it.
- Apply this gel around your eyes and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Wipe it off and wash it after you are done.
Turmeric for dark circles
The simplest and the most effective remedy to getting rid of dark circles is sitting right in our kitchens – and this happens to be turmeric, the spice that is omni-purposeful and omni-potent. The major reason that turmeric works against the dark circles is that it is one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This helps in reducing the size of the blood vessels so that they get back to their normal size.
It is also an anti-oxidant – which means that it helps replenish the skin around the eyes and keep them fresh and healthy. We use Olive oil as a base for turmeric here s it helps keep the turmeric around your eyes while also helping with the absorption. Here’s how this is done.
- Take some olive oil (about a spoonful) and add turmeric to it as you slowly mix it.
- Once you get a consistent paste out of the two, stop adding the turmeric.
- Apply this paste around your eyes (making sure that the oil does not go into your eyes).
- After about 20 minutes, wipe it off and go on to wash your face.
Chamomile (essential oil or tea) for dark circles
Much like green tea bags, chamomile tea bags can be of great help in reducing the dark circles around your eyes. The tannins that are present in chamomile tea are not as many in number as they are in green tea and yet, they are capable of reducing the dark circles. Along with that, the soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of Chamomile are great in helping fight the inflammation of the blood vessels which has caused the dark circles and the puffiness.
You can either use Chamomile oil or Chamomile tea bags for your dark circles and they work really well. Here’s a demonstration of the ways in which you can use them for your eyes.
Using Chamomile essential oil for dark circles
- Take a few drops of chamomile essential oil and rub them gently around your eyes.
- If you think that it could be a bit too harsh for your skin, use a base oil such as coconut or olive oil to dilute it.
- Leave it on, on your eyes for a while (say about 20 minutes).
- Wash your face after you are done.
Using Chamomile tea for dark circles:
- While you can use the tea bags directly, you can also use the tea that has been made out of chamomile herb and it tends to be more effective.
- Make a tea out of chamomile herb by boiling it in water and straining it out.
- Apply this tea around your eyes with a cotton ball once it cools down to room temperatures.
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash your eyes post that.
Almond oil for dark circles
Almond oil is one of the most recommended under-eye massage oils by many doctors, especially post surgeries. And there is a very good reason for this – Almond oil is a simple, no-side effect means to clear your dark circles as well as keep your eyes healthy.
It is highly nourishing for the eyes because of the high amounts of retinol and Vitamin K present in it. However, since it is an oil, we should be careful that the oil doesn’t go into the eyes as it could cause a burning sensation in it. Here’s how you can use Almond oil for the purpose.
Since Almond oil is not an essential oil and is mild in nature, we can use it directly on the eyes for eliminating dark circles.
- Dip a cotton ball in almond oil and gently dab it around your eyes.
- Massage it for a while and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Wash it off your eyes and face once you are done.
Tomatoes for dark circles
Yes, you read that right. Tomatoes can be quite useful in eliminating dark circles too, in fact quite effectively. It is rich in many nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, B, Iron and other compounds which make the blood vessels shrink. Along with that, the bleaching properties that it has got can eliminate dark circles that were formed due to pigmentation too.
Using Tomatoes can be easy and is usually done in these two ways as we show you here.
Using Tomato juice for dark circles:
- Make juice out of tomatoes by grinding them and straining the juice out.
- Using a cotton ball, apply the juice around your eyes and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Wash your eyes off once you are done with the process.
Using Tomatoes directly for dark circles:
- Make circular slices of tomatoes.
- Place them over your eyes and leave them on for about 20 minutes.
- Remove them and wash your face and eyes.
Additional Remedies to Keep Dark Circles at bay
- A good diet with all the nutrition that your body needs is one of the major cures for dark circles. When the body gets all that it needs, it will not put in the extra efforts by swelling up your blood vessels and thereby keeps your eyes fresh.
- Keeping yourself hydrated all day also helps in keeping your eyes fresh and hale.
- You should be careful when you use cosmetics as some of them may not be taken by your eyes all that well. This may cause dark circles around your eyes.
- Sleeping habits and patterns are also to be kept in check. Staying up late and not getting enough sleep may also lead to dark circles.
- Make sure you protect your eyes when you will have to stare at a screen for a long time due to your job or any other reason.
- Keep yourself stress-free by practicing meditation or other such calming habits as stress and anxiety often cause dark circles.
When you find out that you are constantly having thick dark circles, you should immediately find out the reason behind it. Most of the times, especially when the dark circles are because of stress or other simpler reasons, home remedies are of good help. Let us and our readers know of your experiences upon using these remedies and any other dark-circle eliminating tips that you’ve tried and tested.
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