There are many reasons why some of us get dark circles under the eyes but they all influence our face the same way – they make us look exhausted. When you have dark circles under the eyes, people will always ask you if you are not well or if you haven’t slept last night. While you might appreciate their genuine concern, it is usually annoying to hear those questions when you did sleep very well and you are feeling great, but dark circles under your eyes are simply something that you cannot get rid of.
Causes and symptoms of dark circles under eyes
Illness and lack of sleep are not the only reasons why dark circles occur under the eyes. They may be caused by inappropriate diet, dehydration, allergy, stress, prolonged crying or spending a lot of hours in front of the computer. They may also be hereditary as the genes influence the level of pigmentation in our skin as well as the concentration of melatonin in certain areas. If one of your parents has dark circles under the eyes, you can blame him or her for the appearance of your tired-looking face. Dark circles can also be the result of ageing as the skin gets thinner with time. The thinner the skin is, the more visible the blood vessels become, which makes dark circles more prominent.
You can reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes with some simple home remedies. The key to success is to know what causes dark circles in your case. In general, brownish circles are the result of hyper-pigmentation, so you should choose the treatments aimed at lightening, exfoliation and regeneration of the skin. In case of blue circles, you need to go for the remedies that will improve the blood circulation as well as strengthen and thicken the skin.
Home remedies for dark circles under eyes
The delicate skin around the eyes needs remedies that are exceptionally gentle on it and almond oil is perfect for this job. Regular use of almond oil lightens the skin and keeps it nourished at the same time. You can apply almond oil daily on the circles under the eyes and gently massage it into the skin with circular motions, but make sure you put minimal pressure on the skin while doing it. A good way to avoid pressing the massaged area too much is performing the massage with ring fingers as it won’t allow you to use as much force as when you do it with index fingers.
You can apply honey not only under your eyes but on the whole face or any areas of the skin that you want to brighten, soften and nourish. You can either apply honey on its own under the eyes or make a mask by mixing two tablespoons of honey with a teaspoon of ground oats. This paste will sit better on the skin and oats will boost the skin lightening effect. Additionally, if you apply the mask on the T-zone, it will remove any excess oil. Apply the mask to the skin and leave it on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. For best results, repeat the treatment daily for a week.
The image of a woman with a face mask and cucumber slices on her eyes is a classic. And it’s this popular for a reason. Cucumber has countless properties that may bring benefits to your skin and lightening the dark circles under your eyes is one of them. Cut the cucumber into slices and cool them in the fridge. Place them on your closed eyes and leave on until they warm up, then replace them with two fresh, chilled slices. Continue the treatment for 20 minutes. You should get an instant result of refreshed and brightened skin around the eyes.
The properties of tomato make it a perfect remedy for blemishes and hyper-pigmentation. You can either blend a tomato or use organic tomato juice directly on the skin under your eyes. Apply it with a clean make-up brush or with a finger and leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. For maximum results, finish the treatment off by applying a few drops of jojoba oil on the affected area in order to boost the skin regeneration process.
Another vegetable that can help achieve brighter skin under the eyes is potato. It contains natural bleaching agents and due to the high level of starch, it gives you the effect of natural lifting by tightening the skin and improving blood circulation in the area where it’s applied. You can either put slices of raw potato on the dark circles or use a mask made of grated potato. Apply it on the dark circles and leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse the skin with cold water. Alternatively, you can dab a cotton ball in potato juice and apply it gently on the skin. Again, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off.
Lemon is a powerful skin brightener and works miracles on the skin affected by blemishes. You need to be careful, though, when you use it to treat dark circles under the eyes as it might irritate the sensitive skin. Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice on the dark circles with a cotton ball and leave it for 5 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water and check if the skin has reacted with any irritation. If not, next time you can prolong the treatment to 10 minutes. Repeat the procedure 3-4 times a week and you will definitely see great results. Make sure you moisturise the treated area after every application of lemon juice as the acids may dehydrate the skin.
Since tea contains caffeine and a high level of oxidants, it stimulates the blood circulation and reduces the liquid retention in the tissue when applied to the skin. Tea makes a perfect remedy for dark circles under the eyes. Soak two teabags (you can use black or green tea for this treatment) in hot water for 5 minutes. Let them cool down, place them on your closed eyes and leave them on for 10-15 minutes. Remove the bags and rinse the eyes with cold water. For maximum results, chill the teabags in the refrigerator for half an hour before you apply them onto your eyes.
Low temperature helps shrink the blood vessels and not only diminishes the appearance of dark circles under the eyes but also reduces the swelling if you have puffy eyes. You can take a few ice cubes, wrap them in a clean washcloth and press them gently against the skin under the eyes. If you don’t have ice, simply wet a washcloth in cold water, squeeze it and place over your eyes for 20 minutes. If you notice in the meantime that the washcloth got warm, soak it again and reapply on the eyes.
Cosmetic, pharmaceutical and medical remedies
If you see that the skin under your eyes doesn’t respond to any home treatments, you can take using a skin-lightening cream into consideration. Remember to choose the products that contain natural ingredients as chemicals can be too harsh on the thin skin around the eyes. A good quality cream should give visible effects after 3-4 weeks of regular use.