10 Ways to Help Get Rid of Dark Circles: Causes & Home Remedies

Here are 10 different home remedies to get rid of dark circles under your eyes.

Dark circles are a common problem with both genders especially during this lockdown where our sleep cycle is messed up. We all have been told that waking up early is good for your skin and health, but there is that one more episode of Netflix that we just can’t stop binging on, am I right? Well, most of us have faced this problem, that’s life but, it does not mean we cannot take a little effort to take care of skin now that you the time to do so as well. 

Now, are dark circles a serious problem?? Not exactly but dark circles do make a person look tired, unhealthy, or old, and nobody would want that, right? Now, dark circles can be treated and you won’t need the concealer as much, but let me tell you that dark circles do take time to cure and you need to have patience, they just won’t magically disappear overnight.

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under the Eyes:

What Causes Dark Circles??

Before we get to the part on how to get rid of dark circles, let us find out what are causes due to which we all get those baggy dark circles under the eyes.

  • Age: Aging is one of the common causes for the appearance of the dark circles under your eyes, that is because when you get older, the skin becomes thinner, and also you lose fat and collagen which is required to retain the elasticity of the skin. As the skin gets thinner, this causes the dark blood vessels beneath the skin to become more visible causing the area under the eyes to become dark.
  • Fatigue: Dark circles are also caused by reasons like lack of sleep (insomnia), oversleeping, or physical and mental exertion. Insomnia i.e lack of sleep can also make your eyes look puffy and make the skin dark, dull, and pale. Dark circles can also be more visible due to the shadows cast by the puffy eyelids caused due to these problems.
  • Straining the eyes: Excessive use of computers, phones, and watching television can also cause dark circles as it leads to the enlargement of blood vessels around the eyes.
  • Dehydration: Dehydration is also one of the common causes of dark circles and puffy under the eye. Lack of proper intake of water can lead to dehydration which makes your skin under the eyes look dull and pale and also make the eyes look sunken.
  • Genetics: Sometimes genetics is also the reason why you may develop dark circles under your eyes. Family history of dark circles may also indicate that you might get them later in life or can be seen in childhood as well and then may or may not worsen as you age.
  • Stress: People who are stressed due to many days to day issues have problem sleeping which leads to dark circles under the eyes.
  • Allergies: Allergic reactions make your body release histamines that dilate the blood vessels, making them more visible on the skin, leading to the appearance of dark circles under the eye area. Allergies can be caused by makeup, hair dye, or some of the eye drop or face creams.

Home Remedies That May Help Get Rid of Dark Circles:

Here are some remedies that may help in eliminating and to get rid of dark circles under the eyes. 

1. Cucumber

We all have seen those photos and pictures of women with cucumber slices on their eyes..so do they work? Cucumber contains antioxidants which help in reducing the puffiness around the eyes.

It is also a natural coolant and constringent which cause the skin tissues to contract to make the dark circles less prominent and make the skin around the eyes moisturized as well. It also contains compounds and vitamins which help to reduce pigmentation around the eyes.

How to USE:

All you have to do is cut thick slices of cucumber and place them in the refrigerator to cool, then place them on the eyes after taking them out. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and then wash with cold water. This will help to treat the dark circles as well as make your eyes feel cool and refreshed. You can repeat this process twice a day.

2. Rose Water

Rosewater is known for rejuvenating and refreshing the skin and it also helps to get rid of dark circles. It also helps in lightening the skin, hence reducing the appearance of the dark circles.

It is also a mild astringent and can be also used as a skin toner. It is great, especially for sensitive skin. Since rose extracts are full of antioxidants, it also helps in reducing fine lines and other signs of aging.

How to USE:

All you have to do is soak some cotton pads in the rose water for a few minutes and then place them on your eyelids. Leave them on for about 15 minutes, you can also cool the rose water to get a cooling effect as well. You can repeat this method twice daily.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are said to have powerful bleaching properties which help in lightening the skin effectively. They have antioxidants which help in reducing the discoloration around the eyes.

Tomatoes also contain a substance called lycopene which helps the skin to be soft and supple and also decreases the dark circles under the eyes.

How to USE:

To use, take equal parts of tomato juice and lemon juice and dip a cotton ball or pad in this mixture. Apply it under the eyes carefully, see to it that lemon juice does not get into your eyes. Leave the mixture on for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off with water. You can repeat this method twice daily.

4. Potatoes

Potatoes also contain antioxidants and natural bleaching properties that benefit the skin and helps to get rid of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.

It also helps to reduce the inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels which are the reason for the visibility of dark circles.

How to USE:

To use, grate some raw potato and draw out the juice. Soak cotton pads in the juice for a minute and then place it on your eyes for about 20 minutes and then wash it off with normal water. You can also chill the potato and take a slice of it and place it under the eyes for 10-15 minutes. 

5. Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera is known for the various benefits for the skin. It is a natural moisturizer and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

It also contains a compound called aloesin which helps in preventing excess pigmentation on the skin, which helps to get rid of dark circles under the eyes.

How to USE:

All you have to do is take a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and massage it under the eyes with your fingers and leave it on for 10 minutes or so. You can rinse it off if it feels sticky or let it be on as it is. You can also use this method before sleeping and leave it overnight and then wash it off with cold water in the morning.

6. Milk

Milk is a great source of vitamin A and vitamin B6 which helps in building new skin cells. The lactic acid in milk is also beneficial for the skin as it improves the smoothness and firmness of the skin.

It also helps in reducing the signs of aging like lines and wrinkles. The vitamin B12 in the milk also helps lighten the dark skin naturally, hence reducing and helping to get rid of dark circles.

How to USE:

Take some cold milk and soak two cotton pads in the milk, squeezing out the excess and then place them on the eyes covering the dark circles. Leave it on for about 15-18 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water and wipe it with a cloth by dabbing gently. You can repeat this method two to three times a week to get visible results.

7. Green Teabags

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which helps in soothing the capillaries under the eyes and also reduces the puffiness under the eye.

Cold tea bags shrink the skin tissues leaving the under-eye area less puffy. It also helps in reducing excessive pigmentation which helps to get rid of dark circles.

How to USE:

Place two soaked or used black or green tea bags in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes and place one each on the eye for about 10- 15 minutes. Wash off your face with cold water after. You can use this method regularly to see a noticeable difference.

8. Saffron

Saffron is very well known since ancient times for enhancing the skin color and making the skin look young and glowing. It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help in lightening and brightening the skin.

Saffron contains many compounds that help in preventing excess pigmentation of the skin, hence helping to get rid of dark circles under your eyes.

How to USE:

All you have to do is take only a few strands of saffron in little milk in a bowl, only a few strands go a long way so you don’t need more than that, and let it soak for a few minutes. Strain the saffron-infused milk mixture and apply it around the eyes and leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash it off. You can use this process on a daily regular basis to get better and visible results.  

9. Orange juice

Orange is full of vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, and citric acid which helps to lighten the skin and hence help in reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.

It will not only help to get rid of dark circles under the eye but also give a natural glow to your eye area as well as your face.

How to USE:

Squeeze some orange juice from an orange and apply the juice on the affected carefully making sure it does not get into your eyes. Leave the juice on for about 30 minutes or so and then wash it off with the help of a cotton pad or a flannel. You can repeat this method every day to get better results.

10. Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that proves very helpful in fighting off the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles as it helps in fighting the effect of free radicals and also helping to get rid of dark circles.

You can get vitamin E from foods such as almonds, spinach, and sweet potatoes. You can also get vitamin E capsules from any medical or chemist shops.

How to USE:

Cut open a vitamin E capsule and remove its contents in a bowl or your hand and apply it under the eyes on the affected area before sleeping at night. Leave it overnight and rinse with warm water in the morning and pat your face dry with the help of flannel or a napkin. You can also mix vitamin E oil by cutting the capsule with almond oil, coconut oil, or in your regular moisturizer. You can use this method/ remedy daily for a month and then switch to alternate days after a month.

So, these are some of the home remedies and treatments you can try to help you get rid of dark circles. Just remember, to get rid of dark circles is a time taking process and you have to be patient to achieve dark circle free under eye area. Let me know in the comments if you try any of these methods and if they work for you, or you can also share any tips that you use to try and get rid of dark circles 🙂

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