The beauty and skin care market is flooded with cosmetics that claim to provide a solution for every skin problem. They can hide your acne and even reduce wrinkles to some extent. But, there is hardly any good product to hide those dark circles under your eyes.
Though I wouldn’t recommend the chemical-based acne and wrinkle reducing products – they cause so many side effects and severely damage your skin over a period of time – at least they can give you a quick alternative when getting ready for a major event.
But, dark circles….eew! They make themselves visible even after applying layers of makeup. So, the only way, an effective, natural, and safe way, to make them disappear is to have patience and make use of the home remedies given below.
Tomatoes are a natural bleaching agent that can lighten your skin to a great extent. They are also rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant and protects the skin from the effect of stress and environmental toxins that can worsen the dark circles.
Mix one or two tablespoonfuls of tomato juice in half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mixture on the skin under your eyes and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, rinse it off with cold water. Use this remedy once every day for at least 3 to 4 weeks to see noticeable results.
2. Raw Potato
Adding potatoes to your list of grocery shopping is the best thing you can do to reduce the dark circles. But, don’t use them for making fries!
Instead, grate one raw potato to extract the juice. Then, soak a clean cotton swab in the juice and place it over the closed eyes. Allow the juice to sit for at least 10 minutes. Rinse the eyelids well with cold water. Repeat this once or twice every day for a few weeks.
The natural bleaching properties of potatoes can lighten the dark circles and help you get rid of the puffiness around the eyes.
3. Almond Oil
Almond oil is a perfect natural ingredient to get rid of dark circles. The nourishing nature of this oil can lighten the delicate skin around the eyes and fade away the dark circles slowly but surely.
The rich vitamin E content of almonds oil also enhances the skin tone and complexion and helps you look younger.
Just apply a little amount of almond oil under your eyes before going to bed. Leave it on overnight and wash it off with cold water the next morning.
4. Rose Water
Rose water is incredibly soothing for the skin. It is a common ingredient in most skin care products. It can rejuvenate the skin and produce a refreshing effect on your tired eyes. The astringent properties of rose water make it a good skin toner.
Take rose water in a small bowl and soak cotton eye pads in it for a few minutes. Place the soaked pads on the closed eyelids and leave them on for 15 minutes. Use this remedy twice every day for a few weeks.
Cucumbers have mild astringent properties that help to protect the delicate skin under the eyes from the negative effect of stress and lack of sleep. It also has skin-lightening properties that help to fix those raccoon eyes. Plus, they also provide a refreshing and soothing effect.
Cut a cucumber to make thick slices and keep them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Put the chilled slices onto the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the slices and wash the part with water.
Repeat this twice daily for at least a month. Most people find considerable improvement in the dark circles within just 2 weeks.
6. Coconut Oil
Gentle massage of the skin under the eyes with coconut oil can work wonders for reducing the dark circles. It can lighten the skin with its bleaching properties and also provide nourishment thus enhancing its natural glow.
Coconut oil has moisturizing quality, which helps to make the skin soft and supple and prevents wrinkles under the eyes.
Use extra-virgin coconut oil to massage the under eye area for a few minutes till the oil is absorbed through the skin. It is best to do the massage before going to bed. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning.
7. Tea bags
Your tea bags can come in handy for making a refreshing cup of tea as well as to look fresh and energetic! Not many people know that placing tea bags on the closed eyes can work effectively in reducing the dark circles.
The antioxidant and rejuvenating properties of tea can help lessen the appearance of dark circles. It is best to use a green tea or chamomile tea bag for this purpose.
Soak a tea bag in water. Then, allow it to chill by placing it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Place the chilled tea bags over your eyes and leave it for 15 minutes.
8. Orange juice
Orange juice is another effective home remedy for treating dark circles. Oranges are rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which protects the eyes from stress, dust, pollution, lack of sleep, and everything else that can make you look much older by causing dark circles.
Mix a few drops of orange juice in half a teaspoon of glycerin. Close your eyes and apply this mixture on the dark circles. It will diminish the dark circles and also give a natural glow to your skin.
Honey is a highly nourishing gift from nature. It can soothe the skin and make it soft and supple. It can lighten the skin to a great extent and make the dark circles disappear within just a few weeks.
Use one teaspoon of honey to massage the skin under your eyes. Do this once daily for 4 to 6 weeks.
Some more tips for reducing dark circles…
- Avoid fried and fatty foods
- Practice stress-busting activities like yoga or meditation on a regular basis
- Make sure you get sound sleep of 8 hours every day
- Practice laughter therapy to stay stress-free
These home remedies are very easy to use. They seem to be too simple, and yet, they are so effective! But, one thing you must remember is to have patience, patience, and patience. You must allow yourself enough time while using these remedies for the dark circles to fade away completely. No shortcuts here!