You need to know that the skin of the lower eyelids is thinner than the skin on the rest of our body. It tends to lose moisture more easily, and the blood vessels beneath it are more visible. These qualities, in addition to vitamin deficiencies, stress, aging, lack of sleep, over-exposure to sun or electronics screens, allergies, or illness, are the culprits behind dark circles. In addition to lack of sleep, dietary choices, genetics and your sleep position can lead to dark circles and puffy eyes.
1. Almond Oil:
People have been using almond oil to treat skin issues for centuries. Also, it lightens skin tone around the eyes, reduces scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Almond oil is a good source of vitamin K, which improves clotting, reducing discoloration under the eyes. It provides the monounsaturated fats and vitamin E that your skin needs to remain young, supple, and radiant.
Also is a naturally anti-inflammatory remedy, so it reduces puffy bags under the eyes and dark circles.
Almond oil contains palmatic acid and retinol, that moisturizes delicate under-eye skin, leaving it soft and smooth, and also anti-oxidants that keep skin healthy.
You can use almond oil for massage. It is known that massage improves circulation, reducing the dark appearance of the veins beneath under-eye skin. For this, firstly, you need to wash your face with a mild cleanser and pat dry with soft towel. After, apply a few drops of almond oil around the eyes before going to bed. Massage gently in circular motion for few minutes and leave on overnight. Wash with cool water in the morning.
Also, you can eat 10 almonds daily along with application.
Cucumbers have skin-lightening and mild astringent properties that help fix raccoon eyes naturally. This is possible because cucumber contains antioxidants capable to reduce the inflammation causing puffiness under eyes, as well as the dark circles. Scientists have proved that cucumbers contain such antioxidants as cucurbitacins, vitexin, orientin and isoscoparin, along with vitamins C and K. You can absorb these antioxidants through your skin.
Also, cucumbers have a soothing and refreshing effect. That is why when you place chilled cucumber slices on your closed eyes, the cool temperature helps in easing out the puffiness by reducing accumulation of fluid under eyes.
Thus, how to use cucumber to reduce dark circles? Cut a fresh cucumber into thick slices and chill them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Place a cucumber slice on each of your eyes. Once the slice loses its cold temperature, take fresh slices and place them on your eyes. Keep the slices on the affected skin area for about 10 minutes. Wash the area with water. It is a common remedy used to tone the skin. This does not only remove dark circles, but also relaxes the eyes. You need to repeat this procedure twice daily for about a week or more.
As well, you can use another remedy. For this, take two equal quantities of cucumber juice and lemon juice. Pour them into a small bowl. Take a cotton ball and dip it into the juice mixture. After, place cotton balls on the dark circles and leave them on for 15 minutes. Wash off with normal water and repeat this every day for a week. You will see the dark circles and puffiness of the eyes vanish!
Maybe you didn’t know but tomatoes are an excellent solution for getting rid of dark circles, as it naturally helps to decrease the dark circles and also makes the skin soft and supple. Also, tomato is a great skin lightening agent with certain properties that will help clear the area around the eyes.
Thus, to use tomatoes as a solution for getting rid of dark circles, you need to mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with a teaspoon of lemon juice and apply it under your eyes. Allow it to act on the area for at least 10 minutes, and then, wash it off with water. Follow this remedy twice daily till you notice the reduction of the dark circles.
On a daily basis you can also drink tomato juice mixed with some lemon juice and mint leaves in order to get rid of dark circles.
Also, we recommend you other methods to get rid of the dark circles, using tomato.
Mix tomato juice with same quantity of Aloe Vera gel to apply to the darkened areas under the eyes. It will reduce the darkness of your skin by mildly bleaching it.
As well, you can make a fine paste of tomato juice, flour, and turmeric powder and apply under your eyes and leave it for 10-15 minutes before washing it. Use this homemade remedy two times a day for best result.
The little sour nature of tomato is also having natural bleach property which will make your dark circles lighter. You can now make a solution with a teaspoon of tomato juice and a teaspoon of lime juice. Mix them well and apply it over the skin layer where you can see dark circles. Keep the solution for 10 minutes and remove it with cold water.
This recipe, which is especially popular in India, will remove eye bags and dark circles under your eyes! As well, it will reduce signs of fatigue and under sleeping slightly swollen appearance.
Turmeric, called also “Holy Powder” has many different benefits: its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help to clear the dark circles.
For our recipe you need to take two teaspoons of turmeric powder and add it to a few drops of pine apple juice. Apply this paste on the dark circles and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. Wipe it off with a damp cloth.
Or, you can take one teaspoon baking soda, half teaspoon turmeric, little fresh squeezed pineapple juice (do not use bottled or canned juice) and a few drops of lemon juice. If you have very sensitive skin, do not put lemon.
With these ingredients make a soft paste and apply it under the eyes. You need to remember that this paste you can apply just under eyes, and not on the eyes. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse first with warm, and then cold water.
5. Cold Potatoes:
Potato is not just a tasty vegetable, but also an amazing remedy which consists of natural bleaching agents, that will help to lighten the dark circles and remove the puffiness near the eyes.
You need just to take two chilled potatoes and extract its juice. You can apply potatoes cut in slices, as a thick puree or sieved.
For the first remedy, you need to cut them into pieces, blend them and sieve it. After, take a cotton ball and dip it into the potato juice. Place flatten cotton ball on the dark circles. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse off with cool water. After, you need to apply cream on this area. Continue this every day till you notice improvements.
Also you can take a raw potato and slice it into thin pieces. Place 1-1 slices under both eyes and relax for 30 minutes. Apply this remedy twice every day.
Furthermore, you can also blend the raw potato until it becomes a thick puree. Apply this potato puree on the dark circles under your eyes and leave it for 25-30 minutes. Then, wash it off with fresh water. For better result, practice this remedy two times daily.
6. Cold Milk:
Cold milk is a very useful product not just for internal consumption, but also for skin. Milk is a rich source of probiotics and lactic acid as well. Lactic acid can exfoliate skin to give it radiance. The acidic and astringent properties of milk can cure discoloration under eyes.
You can use milk alone, just by applying soaked cotton ball with milk on affected area, or adding some ingredients for better results.
For example, you can add turmeric because of its anti-inflammatory effects. For this, take turmeric – ¼ teaspoon and milk – 2 teaspoons. Mix the ingredients to make a paste. Apply this paste to your dark circles and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
Another recipe is to use saffron. Milk and saffron has been a part of Indian skin care for centuries. A combination of these two is known for providing a flawless complexion. Milk and saffron can be effective to treat any type of skin discoloration and it can also work effectively to reduce the under eye dark circles. For this, soak a few strands of saffron in one spoon of whole raw cow milk overnight. In the morning, smash the saffron strands in the milk and apply this mixture onto your eyes. Massage the mixture onto the skin of this area for 1-2 minutes and then leave it on for some time. After 10-15 minutes, wash off the eyes with clean water. Follow this treatment at least for 10-15 days for visible improvements.
Also you can prepare milk with cucumber and lemon juice. This technique can be very effective to remove even deep set dark circles within 15 days. But be careful, you should use it only once in a day!
Take 1 spoon of raw cow milk and add 1 spoon of cucumber juice, freshly prepared from grated cucumber. Add 2-3 drops of lemon in this mixture and let it cool in the fridge. After 10 minutes, soak a clean cotton ball in this mixture and place it around your eyes, including your eyelids, and leave it on for 5-7 minutes. You should keep your eyes closed while applying the potion. After 5-7 minutes, wash off with cold water.
7. Mint Leaves
Mint has not just many amazing overall health improving effects, but also has excellent skin rejuvenating and soothing properties. It helps in removing dark circles effectively and makes skin soft and smooth. Mint leaves helps in increasing blood flow under eye area that reduces dark circles effectively. Applying mint leaves to the eye area causes a tingling sensation, which increases blood flow to the area and can help dark circles fade away.
Along with reducing dark circles, mint leaves give a cooling effect to the eyes. This is a natural remedy that will soothe and refresh your eyes. Take five to six mint leaves and crush them. Apply these leaves around the eyes and leave them on for 10 minutes. Wash the area with cold water. You need to be very attentive and gentle, as you are contacting a very sensitive area. This is the most effective natural remedy to cure under eye dark circles.
Another remedy to cure dark circles is adding mint leaves paste to tomato juice. You need to apply this paste on the dark circles and leave it on for 5 to 7 minutes. Rinse off this area with cold water.
Also, you can add instead of tomato juice honey or olive oil before applying to the eye area.
8. Rose water
Rosewater is an excellent soothing remedy for eyes. This wonderful water is quite helpful to treat dark circles and also relaxes your eyes. Made from the fragrant roses, rosewater satisfies your many senses, leaving you relaxed. The anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties of rose water give you protection against dust, inflammation, pollutants, itchiness and redness of the eyes. Also, it reduces the under eye dark circles and puffiness. This remedy is for you, if your dark circles are due to lack of sleep, stress, overwork or due to long sittings in front of those bright computer screens.
To use rose water for reducing dark circles you need to take two cotton balls or pads and soak them in rosewater. Place them on your closed eyes while lying down. Cover area of your dark circles. Leave them for 15-20 minutes.
Also, you can mix some cold milk with rosewater. Soak cotton pads in the solution and place them on your eyes for 15-20 minutes. Use this remedy on a regular basis for effective result.
9. Chilly tea bag:
Tea bags are rich in substances very useful for eye skin. The antioxidants in tea bags makes it a good remedy for treating dark circles and reducing puffiness, just because they have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. For example, they contain theophylline which permeates the skin to decrease the subcutaneous fat by dehydrating the skin cells and reducing the inflammation. As well, they contain alkaloids that promote the healthy skin growth around the eyes. Tea bags, especially green tea bags, contain EGCG, an anti-inflammatory that removes under eye fluid buildup.
Also, it contains caffeine that shrinks blood vessels and reduces the fluid retention in the tissues around the eyes. Tannins, contained in the tea bags, not only give flavor and color to the tea, but also stimulate blood circulation.
Thus, how to use tea bags for dark circles? Steep 2 tea bags (green or white or black) in a glass of hot water for few minutes. Squeeze the bags to remove any liquid. Place in a refrigerator for about 15 – 20 minutes for cooling. Lie down and place the chilled tea bags on eyes. Leave them for 15 – 20 minutes before removing. Wash your face with cool water to reduce inflammation. Repeat this procedure 2 – 3 times every day.
You can use, as well, chamomile tea. This tea has antioxidant, anti – allergenic, astringent, anti – inflammatory, bleaching, saturating and cleansing properties that lighten up the skin around the eyes and reduce fatigue. This is the only herbal tea bag you should use. For this, soak a few chamomile tea bags in hot water and rinse it in cool water. Create an eye pack and place it on your eyes. Leave it on for 20 minutes, and wash the area with plain water.
Follow the above process for all tea bags.
10. Orange Juice:
Orange juice is high in vitamin C, a nutrient that is known to conceal dark coloration.
So, if you want to get rid of under eye dark circles, then simply use orange juice. It is proved that regular application of orange juice mixed with glycerin is an effective way to get rid of dark circles and, besides removing your dark circles, it will also provide your overall skin with an inner glow and will make your skin around your eyes smoother and softer than before.
To use this remedy, just apply the fresh orange juice on your dark circles with cotton. Also, you may add few drops of lemon juice in this solution. Mix both ingredients well and apply this mixture on the skin under your eyes. Leave it on your skin for 15 minutes. At last, just wash it off with lukewarm water. This mixture will help you a lot in overcoming the problem of dark circles.
Another recipe is orange juice with glycerine that will make your skin under the eye softer and smoother. Orange juice provides the bleaching effect, whereas glycerine provides nourishment to the skin. For this, you need 1 teaspoon orange juice and a few drops of glycerin. Mix the orange juice and glycerin, and apply this mixture on the dark circles. Leave the mixture for 10 minutes, after which you can wash it off with cold water. Do this every morning for better effect. You can repeat it thrice a week.
11. Castor Oil:
Castor oil is another great solution which penetrates deeply into the skin and reduces black circles. This oil has ricinoleic acid which is naturally anti-inflammatory. It contains natural fatty acids that rejuvenate skin to fade away the dark circles. You need to know that this type of oil moisturizes dry skin and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which keep skin firm and supple.
To use castor oil, firstly wash your face as you normally do. After, use fingertips to massage castor oil into under-eye skin and leave on a few hours or overnight. Repeat the procedure daily for better results.
Another method is to combine castor oil and cream. To prepare our mixture you need castor oil – 1 teaspoon and fresh cream – 1 teaspoon. Mix properly oil with cream. Clean your face and eyes of any makeup. Pat dry and apply the mixture all around your eyes. Leave for 15-20 minutes and wash off with water. If required, you may use lukewarm water as cream and oil will make it a little greasy.
You can use castor oil and in combination with other natural ingredients that keep skin soft, firm, and bright.
12. Corn flour:
Corn flour is also one of the most amazing home remedies for dark circles. Corn flour is not good just for consumption, but also for improving overall skin health. Used before by our grandmother, this method demonstrated good results and resisted in time till now. What you can do is to take some corn flour and yogurt. Mix them in such amount that it makes a thick paste. Now apply the paste under eyes and after 10 minutes wipe it.
If you don’t have yogurt, use milk. To prepare our beauty recipe mix a spoon of corn flour in milk and apply it around your eyes. Leave it there to dry and then wash your face. Corn flour works like a charm for dark circles.
You can use and a paste made of corn flour and curd. Mix 1 tablespoon of corn flour with 1 tablespoon of curd to make a paste. Massage this paste lightly around the eyes and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with normal water and pat dry.
Exercises are very important not just for body, but also for eyes. They can improve circulation and blood flow and may cause less blood to pool under your eyes.
For this we recommend you the following set of exercises:
1. Sit down and relax. Breathe normally, and look at a spot between your eyes, above the bridge of your nose. Keep looking at this spot for counting till five, and then relax the eyes. Next look at the tip of your nose, also to the count of five and relax. This exercise will ease the stress and tension and will relax your eyes.
2. Sit comfortably in a chair. Rub your hands together until they feel warm.
Close your eyes and cover them lightly with your cupped palms. Avoid applying pressure to your eyeballs. Make sure no light can enter your eyes through gaps between your fingers or the edges of your palms and nose. Imagine deep blackness and focus on it. Take deep breaths slowly and evenly while thinking of a calming scene, like an empty beach or mountains. Once you see nothing, but blackness, remove your palms from your eyes. Repeat the palming for 3 minutes or more.
3. Sit down and relax and look straight in front of you. Inhale and look right as far as possible, without turning your head. Slowly come to the original position and exhale. Repeat the same method for the left side. Do this exercise three times.
4. Another procedure is to massage your eyes. Wash your hands well. Then, close your eyes and massage them with circular movements with your fingers for 1-2 minutes. If you have coconut oil, massage it on the dark circles area. Coconut oil is very moisturizing; day-to-day applications will minimize eye wrinkles and eye rings significantly and help with your facial aerobics routines.
14. Fenugreek seeds:
Fenugreek seeds have some active ingredients that can work to reduce over pigmentation on skin. The high amount of vitamin C, potassium and protein present in fenugreek seeds help lighten dark circles under the eyes. Plus, they can help balance the pH level of your skin, which is essential to maintain an even skin tone.
To prepare our remedy you need to place 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a shallow bowl. Please, add enough water to cover the seeds. Let the seeds soak for 3 hours.
After, pour the seeds and water through a strainer. Place the seeds in a blender to grind them into a paste.
Put the paste into a bowl and add ½ teaspoon of milk. It is better to use raw milk if you can, because it is minimally processed and contains the most lactic acid, but regular milk can also be used. Stir the fenugreek paste and milk with a spoon. Apply the mixture onto the dark circles under your eyes, avoiding the eye itself. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash off well with a cool washcloth.
According to another recipe you need to soak 1 spoon of fenugreek seeds in raw cow milk overnight. In the morning grind them with the milk to make a paste. Apply this paste on to the dark circles and leave for 15 minutes. Then wash off with plain water. You need to follow this treatment daily to see improvements.
15. Apply Vitamin E oil under the eyes:
Vitamin E oil is a special product that contains Vitamin E, either organic or synthetic. But, instead of a capsule, like most vitamins, Vitamin E oil usually comes in a large bottle. Vitamin E oil also contains other ingredients, like coconut oil to make it of the right viscosity for topical application.
Vitamin E is the perfect treatment of all skin problems. It is a perfect anti-oxidant that can help keep the skin looking fresh and young. This, in turn, might help to reduce wrinkles and dark circles. It can also lessen any puffiness that might cause the circles to be more prominent. Vitamin E helps to nourish the skin and improves the health of the skin. Thus, eat food that is rich in vitamin E. It will prevent the skin to appear white due to the disease. Vitamin E oil is absolutely amazing for getting the facial glow you have always desired.
Anti-aging effects of most natural products are slow, and they become evident after regular application for months, even years. So, be sure to apply your Vitamin E oil regularly for this effect. Also, apply the vitamin E oil on your affected area in the morning and at night. Applying vitamin E oil directly under your eyes is a good option, but you can also take vitamin supplements or eat more foods rich in vitamin E, such as green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds.