Eight Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Dark Under Eye Circles

cucumbers for dark circles

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Dark circles under your eyes can be a frustrating, aggravating problem.

There are many causes of under-eye circles; including genetics, dehydration, lack of sleep, stress, and poor diet or nutritional deficiencies. Preventative measures will help, ensuring you drink at least 8 glasses of water every day, getting plenty of sleep, using stress-reduction techniques and making sure you’re eating a good diet with adequate amounts of the necessary nutrients; but if you still wind up looking like you went a couple of rounds with Muhammed Ali there are many treatments to try.

Although there are a few prescription treatments available, they’re less likely to solve the problem than natural treatments; and much more likely to have uncomfortable or even dangerous side-effects such as skin irritation and rashes, as well as being more expensive. Before going the prescription route, try some of these simple, inexpensive methods:

1. Placing a slice of fresh, unwaxed cucumber on each eye for 10 or 15 minutes every day will soothe the eyes and reduce puffiness and that bruised look.

2. Applying a light layer of almond oil or peanut oil to the under-eye area every evening before bed will moisturize the skin and lighten dark circles.

3. Soak two teabags (preferably chamomile or green tea) in cold water for 5 minutes, then apply to the eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. This will cool and soothe the area, as well as reducing puffiness and darkness.

4. Mix lemon juice and tomato juice, dab onto the area and allow to sit for 5 minutes, then rinse off, being very careful not to get it into your eyes. The acid in the juices has a slight bleaching effect on the skin, and increases circulation to the area. (This can be used to lighten “age spots” as well.)

5. Grate either an unwaxed cucumber or a scrubbed red potato, place it on two gauze pads, and apply to the eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. This works the same way that cucumber slices do, but because it’s grated, the coverage of the area is more complete.

6. Apply a paste of ground turmeric and pineapple juice to the under-eye area and allow to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Be especially careful not to get this in the eyes, since it will burn and the ground turmeric will feel like you’ve got sand in your eyes. This mixture has a slightly stronger bleaching effect than the lemon juice mixture mentioned above.

7. Eat foods rich in vitamin E, vitamin C and iron, or supplement with a good quality, natural product.

8. Apply crushed mint leaves to the dark area.

While all of these techniques are helpful, it may take some experimentation to which one, or which combination works the best for you. In the meantime; you may want to use a good quality, natural concealer to help disguise the dark area until your chosen treatment has worked. Choose a concealer made with only natural ingredients, since chemicals can make your problem worse, and look for one that lists chamomile and/or vitamin E in the ingredients.

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Comments

  1. These tips sound like great ideas for helping to reduce puffiness under your eyes. Thanks for sharing them!

  2. Suggestion #8 may work; however, tumeric will likely, but temporarily, stain your skin yellow. I can imagine it would take some extra scrubbing to remove the tint and I would never scrub such a delicate area of skin.

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