What is worse than waking up to seeing dark circles under your eyes? Dark circles are considered to be a girlâs worst nightmare. They make a person look really tired and older than their actual age.
Dark circles or Periorbital hyperpigmentation (as it is called in medical terms) is caused by a lot of conditions of which a few are listed below:
- Lack of sleep
- Drinking a binge (mostly alcohol)
- Allergies, mostly Nasal congestions
- And, Lifestyle.
While lack of sleep- fatigue can cause the skin to lose its luster and alcohol dehydrates your body, the other conditions too, play a major role in the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
Given below is a list of remedies which can be tried at home and can be used to reduce the dark circles.
- Almond oil:
Apply a drop of almond oil to the affected area and gently massage it onto the skin. Leave it overnight and rinse it off in the morning with cold water.Â Almond oil is a natural ingredient used to lighten the skin. As an alternative, Vitamin E oil can also be used to lighten them.
- Raw potato:
Depending upon your needs, grate one or two raw potatoes and extract the juice. Soak a cotton ball in the juice and place it over your closed eyes. Make sure the juice covers your eyelids too. Wait for 10-15 minutes before you rinse it off. Repeat this once or twice day for a few weeks for effective results. Â Raw potatoes are considered to be natural bleaching agents and they help reduce puffiness.
- Rose water:
Soak cotton eye pads in rose water for a couple of minutes. Put the eye pads over closed eyes. Leave them for about 15mins. Following this remedy for a couple of weeks, would help get rid of dark circles as rose water is considered as an incredible agent for the skin. It has rejuvenating and astringent properties, which makes it a very good skin toner.
- Lemon Juice:
Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl and use a cotton ball to apply it around the eyes. Leave it for 10-15 mins and rinse it off with cold water (Note: Please do not repeat this, if the lemon juice causes a burning sensation on the skin). Do this once daily for two weeks for best results. Â Lemon juice contains Vit C which has skin lightening properties and thus helps in lightening the dark circles.
Mix on a tablespoon of tomato juice with one tablespoon of lemon juice and apply it under the eyes. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.Â Tomato has bleaching properties and helps in lightening the skin.
Cut a fresh cucumber into thick slices and place it in the refrigerator for 30mins before placing them onto the eyes for 10mins. Wash the area with cold water. Repeat this method once daily for a week or two.Â Cucumber has skin lightening and mild astringent properties which makes it best for getting rid of dark circles.
- Tea Bags:
Chill two green/black tea bags in the refrigerator for about 30mins. Place one tea bag over each eye and leave it for 15mins. Once done, rinse your face with cold water. Repeat this daily at least once for a few weeks.Â Tea contains caffeine and antioxidants, which reduce puffiness and fluid retention under the eyes by shrinking the blood vessels.
- Turmeric powder:
Mix two tablespoons of turmeric powder with pineapple juice to make a thick paste and apply it to the affected area. Leave it for 15mins and wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth. Do this daily for best results.Â Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in addition to making the skin soft and smooth.
- Coconut Oil:
Massage coconut oil over the dark circles and leave it for a few hours before you rinse it off with cold water. Do this daily for effective results.Â Coconut oil has skin-lightening properties and also helps in preventing wrinkles and fine lines under the eyes.
Soak cotton balls in cold milk that has to be refrigerated for at least an hour. Place the cotton balls over your eyes and hold them there until they become warm. Follow this remedy for three or four times a week.Â Milk contains lactic acid that helps soften and moisturize the skin below the eyes. It also contains acids which help in healing damaged skin.
- Get adequate sleep
- Remove your makeup before you head to sleep.
- Limit sun exposure
- Eat a balanced diet. Most foods rich in Vitamin C, E and A
- Stop smoking and reduce the intake of alcohol.