25 Great and effective tips on how to get rid of dark circles under eyes
Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by many different things and they can’t always be cured by a slice of cucumber! More often than not, it is just a sign of tiredness, especially, the morning after a good night out and then, the old favorites of cool cucumber, potato or tea bags placed under the eyes will indeed effectively reduce dark circles and puffiness.
But, sometimes, there can be deeper underlying causes behind dark circles, that vary from diet to it being the outward signs of a more serious medical condition, so here we explore some of the root causes of dark circles and some easy ways to solve the problem, as well as looking at some of well-known home remedies:
1. It could just be hereditary
Check out your mum and your grandma, before you spend fortunes on treatments for dark circles, because it could just be hereditary. Some people are just born with a darker area of skin under their eyes and there is nothing that you can do about it, other than use concealer.
2. You are not getting enough sleep
The number one cause of dark circles is quite simply a lack of sleep. Lack of sleep is not so bad, if it only happens occasionally, but if you are constantly showing the signs of too little sleep, then it’s time to change your lifestyle. Too little sleep makes your skin paler, so the blood vessels are more visible under the skin beneath your eyes, hence the dark circles.
3. You are not drinking enough water
Are you monitoring your water intake? It’s worth keeping a track of how much water you are drinking in a day, because, although you might think you are drinking enough, many people don’t. If you are not drinking enough water, then it might be dehydration that is causing your dark circles, so make sure that you are getting, at least, eight glasses of water a day.
4. Are you over stressed?
Another good tip on how to get rid of dark circles under eyes is to reduce stress. No one can flick a switch and get rid of all the stress in their lives, but you can work towards reducing it. Too much stress will manifest itself in your skin and especially in the thin and sensitive skin under your eyes. Ultimately, stress will also affect your overall health and can have implications for your blood pressure and the health of your heart.
5. Allergies and colds can cause dark circles
Allergies and colds cause nasal congestion, which in turn can cause dark circles to appear under your eyes. This, of course, can be cured by using decongestants and allergy medication and, in the case of a cold, it will only be temporary.
6. It could be the sign of an iron deficiency
Dark circles under the eyes can be the sign of anaemia meaning that you might not be getting enough iron in your diet. You can increase your iron intake through supplements or by eating iron rich food, such as liver or leafy green vegetables.
7. Drinking and smoking
We don’t need to tell you that drinking too much alcohol and smoking is not good for you, as well as the more serious implications of these are possible, it will also have an effect on your skin. Both heavy drinking and smoking decreases the amount of oxygen in your blood and this will show in your skin. Try cutting back or cutting out, and you will see the difference in your dark circles.
8. Use sunscreen
Next tip on how to get rid of dark circles under eyes is to use sunscreen religiously. If you are prone to dark circles under your eyes, then too much sun is only going to darken the skin further. You should always use sunscreen in sunny weather, but remember to apply it under your eyes too, and it will help prevent signs of aging and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
9. Prop your head up at night
Another good trick on how to get rid of dark circles under eyes is – get an extra pillow and prop your head up higher at night, and this will stop fluids and blood accumulating under your eyes, which causes dark circles and puffiness.
10. Always remove your makeup at bedtime
Always take the time to remove all your makeup, before you go to bed. If you leave makeup on all night it will clog your pores and can make dark circles and puffiness even more pronounced. It can also lead to breakouts, skin and eye infections too.
11. Vitamin E eye cream
You can get some very good eye creams that will soothe and cool your eyes, reduce the puffiness and minimize the appearance of dark circles. Always look for a cream that contains Vitamin E, these are the best to use under your eyes.
12. Rose water
There is a whole host of effective home remedies that you can use to reduce puffiness and dark circles under eyes, and the first of those in our list is rose water. Soak some cotton eye pads in rose water and leave them over your eyes for about fifteen minutes. The rose water will soothe the area around your eyes and help to rejuvenate the skin.
No discussion of dark circles under the eyes would be complete without a mention of cucumber. Cold slices of cucumber are a great remedy for puffy eyes and dark circles, especially, first thing in the morning. Just leave the slices over your eyes for ten minutes and repeat every morning for the best effect.
14. Chilled tea bags
Another one of the old, but effective, treatments for dark circles under eyes is chilled tea bag. Just leave some used tea bags in the refrigerator overnight and then, place them over your eyes, first thing in the morning; lie back and relax for half an hour, while the tea bags do their job.
15. Raw potato juice
As well as being cooling and soothing, potato juice contains a natural bleaching agent that will lighten the tone of your skin. Just grate some potato, to extract the juice, and soak some cotton wool in the juice. Then, place the cotton wool over your eyes, making sure that it covers the dark circles, and leave on for about ten minutes.
16. Chilled teaspoons
Sometimes, simply cooling your eyes will reduce the puffiness and black circles. So, our next good tip on how to get rid of dark circles under eyes is to use chilled teaspoons. One of the easiest ways to do this is to chill a couple of teaspoons in the refrigerator and then place, them over your eyes for fifteen minutes.
Chilled tomato slices, placed over your eyes, will also reduce dark circles. They will cool and soothe your eyes and they are also rich in antioxidants, which will help too. Or, you could try some cotton wool, soaked in a combination of tomato juice, mixed with a couple of drops of lemon juice, but don’t let it get into your eyes!
18. Sweet almond oil
You can use sweet almond oil as an overnight treatment for dark circles under the eyes. Just massage a little of the oil into the skin under your eyes, every night, and it will moisturize and lighten the skin.
Another tip on how to get rid of dark circles under eyes is to soak some cotton wool with chilled milk (or almond milk) and hold it under your eyes for fifteen minutes. As well as the cooling effect, milk also contains proteins, enzymes and amino acids that can strengthen and help heal damaged skin. Do this daily for a few weeks and you will notice the difference.
20. Mint leaves
Crush some chilled mint leaves for a soothing and refreshing remedy for dark circles. Spread the paste over the dark circles and leave on for about fifteen minutes and then, wipe off with a damp cloth. Another good combo remedy is to combine crushed mint leaves with some tomato juice.
Apple is another food that contains skin lightening ingredients, as well as skin nourishing vitamins and minerals. You can either make a paste from an apple, or just hold slices of apple over your eyes for fifteen minutes, to lighten your dark circles under eyes.
Turmeric has some amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, so mix turmeric with an apple paste, apply to your dark circles and leave on for, at least, ten minutes and the mixture will lighten your skin and rejuvenate it.
23. Cold water
Cold water, on its own, is also a very good quick fix to the problem of dark circles under eyes. A splash of cold water constricts the blood vessels, so it will reduce any puffiness and lessen the appearance of dark skin.
24. Eat healthy
Your diet has a big role to play here too and dark circles under eyes can be caused by a poor diet. To ease dark circles you need plenty of Vitamin E, C, K, iron and folic acid, so eat plenty of fresh green leafy veggies, fish and nuts.
25. Do you need to see a doctor?
Dark circles under your eyes, on their own, are not a big problem, it’s just annoying. But, they can, in rare cases, be the outward sign of more serious issues, such as an allergic reaction or kidney disease. You would only need to consult a doctor, if you are also experiencing other symptoms; such as a high fever or feeling faint.
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