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 moisturize 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 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.
If the skin has already become very dark and needs deep regeneration, you can consider a stronger cream based on retinoids, which enhances the production of collagen and thickens the skin around the eyes. Most high concentration retinoid creams are only available by prescription so you will need to speak with the dermatologist first.
There are also various treatments designed to replenish, strengthen and thicken the skin. The most popular of those treatments is mesotherapy. It is performed either in beauty salons or in dermatology clinics, depending on the level of skin penetration that is required.
During the treatment, a special mix of nutrients and vitamins is introduced into the skin through punctures made with a very thin needle. The procedure might be a bit painful if it’s targeted at the lower layers of skin, but gives great results and boosts the skin regeneration instantly.
In the most serious cases, laser treatment might be advisable. It gives permanent results and may not only remove the hyperpigmentation around the eyes but also shallow the wrinkles, therefore, is recommended mainly for the more mature patients who can benefit from the treatment on many levels. The laser is probably the most expensive of all the skin treatments since you can’t expect permanent results after just one session and have to be prepared to pay for at least three or four visits.
How to avoid dark circles under eyes
Once you manage to deal with the problem of dark circles under the eyes, it is very important that you know what to change in your daily routine in order to avoid dark circles under your eyes. Some very small alterations to your lifestyle may have a huge impact on the appearance of the skin under your eyes.
Sleep deprivation is one of the most common causes of dark circles under the eyes. Your body needs at least 7 hours of good quality sleep in order to regenerate. If you regularly devoid your body of the precious sleep time, it will definitely show on your face. Make sure you get enough rest every day and that you have no distractions that might break your sleep cycles.
If you regularly notice dark circles under the eyes despite sleeping long enough, try changing the position or add an extra pillow under your head. When you sleep on the side or the stomach, or when your head is at the level of the heart for the whole night, fluids may accumulate under the skin around your eyes and cause swelling and darkening of the area under the eyes. Try altering the position slightly as it might diminish the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.
Be Gentle to Your Eyes
Don’t rub your eyes when they get itchy and be gentle when you remove make-up. Rubbing the skin around your eyes affects the blood vessels in the skin around them, makes them dilate, which, in turn, causes the darkening of the area under the eyes. Make sure that the makeup remover you use is appropriate for the eyes and does not irritate them. It should be strong enough to dissolve the makeup and allow you to remove it without rubbing, but it cannot be too harsh on the skin or the eyes.
Many skin conditions can be avoided by daily use of sunscreen. When the skin is exposed to the sun, the production of melatonin is triggered and hyperpigmentation may occur in certain areas of the skin that is not properly protected from UV radiation. This affects the skin under the eyes, too. Make sure you use a cream with at least SPF15 protection every day. On sunny days additionally put on sunglasses to not only give you some extra protection from the sun but also to avoid squinting which results in wrinkles formation.
Watch Your Diet
A healthy diet is always reflected in the condition of your skin. When you take in enough nutrients and vitamins in the food, you help the skin rejuvenate faster and stay fresh and glowing for longer. Make sure your diet is rich in vitamins A, C and D, calcium, iron, and antioxidants. All of them will keep your skin looking even-toned and bright and will help reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.