By: Dr. Masoud Abdar
The skin under the eye is very thin and vulnerable to darkening and sagging early on. The sole causes that lead to this are one’s genes, natural aging, dry skin, often and prolonged crying, long hours in front of a computer, stress, sleep deprivation and poor diet choices. Though dark bags under the eyes are not a serious ailment, they do often make both women and men look undesirably older, unhealthy, and fatigued.
There are some very helpful home remedies to reduce and even get rid of unappealing under eye shadows. Among other do-it-yourself options, these are the 10 most effective ways to banish dark circles rapidly:
For its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, this can aid in minimizing dark under eye circles, as well as make the skin under the eyes softer and supple.
*Mix two teaspoons each of turmeric powder with pineapple juice to make a thick paste. Apply this paste to the affected area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before wiping it away with a soft, damp cloth. Do this daily until you get positive results.
Here is another efficient natural preparation to reduce dark circles. Its moisturizing quality encourages smooth skin around the eyes and inhibits fine lines under eyes.
*Simply massage some extra-virgin coconut oil on the under eye area. Leave it on for a few hours, and then wash it off. Repeat two to three times daily for a few months or until you are satisfied with the results.
Vitamin E Oil or Almond Oil
These are phenomenal elements, advantageous for the delicate area surrounding the eyes, along with eradicating the dark circles under eyes.
*Before going to bed, apply a little almond oil over the dark circles and gently massage it into the skin. Leave it on overnight. The next morning, wash it off with cold water. Follow this remedy daily until the dark circles disappear.
This vegetable has natural skin lightening and mild astringent (pore-closing) features that help eliminate darkness around the eyes, along with a soothing and refreshing after-feel.
*Cut a fresh cucumber into thick slices and chill them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Put the slices onto the affected skin area for about 10 minutes. Wash the area with water. Repeat twice daily for about a week or more. Another option is to mix cucumber juice with lemon juice in equal amounts. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on the affected skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with water. Follow this remedy daily for at least one week.
You would be surprised but this fruit has acidic, lightening capabilities that can illuminate skin in your “raccoon eye” problem areas.
*Mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with one-half teaspoon of lemon juice. Gently apply this mixture on the dark circles and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with water. Follow this remedy twice a day for a few weeks. Simply using tomato juice will also work. You can also drink a glass of tomato juice with some mint leaves, lemon juice and salt. For maximum results, be sure to drink this juice immediately after making it. Drink it once or twice a day for about a week.
Another natural bleaching ingredient much like tomato, this can lighten dark circles in addition to ridding of puffiness under the eyes.
*Grate one or two raw potatoes to extract the juice. Soak a cotton ball in the juice and place it over your closed eyes. Make sure the juice covers the dark circles under your eyes as well as the eyelids. Allow the juice to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your eyelids well with cool water. Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks. Instead of potato juice, you can also use thick potato slices to remove dark circles.
You may already know this technique. Spas still use this method as the antioxidants and caffeine in black tea can rid of dark circles as well as puffiness under eyes by constricting the tiny capillary vessels and lessening fluid buildup. Tea has tannins, which also fixes discoloration and inflammation.
*Chill two used green or black tea bags in the refrigerator for about half an hour. Place one tea bag over each eye and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and wash your face. Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks. Be careful not to get the tea in your eyes.
Again like the tomato, lemon juice’s acidic vitamin C lightens the skin and aids in removing dark circles.
*Use a cotton ball to apply fresh lemon juice around your eyes. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse it off. Do this once daily for a few weeks. Another option is to make a thick paste by mixing one tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of tomato puree, a pinch of gram flour and turmeric powder. Apply this thick paste gently around your eyes. Rinse it off with clean water after 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat two or three times every week. If the lemon juice causes a burning sensation then cease its use.
This rejuvenates skin and has a mollifying result on tired looking eyes. It also acts as a great toner from its astringent factors.
*Soak cotton eye pads in pure rose water for a few minutes. Put the soaked pads on your closed eyelids. Leave them on for about 15 minutes. Follow this remedy twice daily for a few weeks.
It is one more blood vessel constrictor that decreases under-eye dark circles and puffiness.
*Soak a washcloth in cold water or cold milk. Put it over your closed eyelids for several minutes. Alternatively, you can wrap a few ice cubes in a soft napkin and place it under your eyes for a few minutes. You can also use a bag of frozen peas, a chilled teabag or a cold spoon. Follow these remedies a few times daily.