Dark circles are a common sight on most people. As we grow older, many of us seem to have dark circles that vary in severity. People tend to blame lack of sleep as the cause; however, your dark circles could have been caused by many other factors –
- Lifestyle – Habits like smoking and drinking can also be a contributing factor
- Fluid Retention – Caused by pregnancy or gaining weight
- Abnormal skin pigmentation
- Sun exposure
- Consuming too much salt
While there are several reasons that can contribute to the unsightly bags under your eyes, it is important to understand the cause of it. In several cases, getting rid of the circles is not enough as that way you are only getting rid of the physical manifestation of the cause. However for most of us, the stress of everyday life and work tied up with insufficient or irregular sleep patterns is the main cause. In these cases, your eyes do not just show the dark circles, they tend to make your eyes look puffy, tired and sleepy.
There are plenty of over the counter creams and ointments that you can use, however, fashion and lifestyle blogger Nandini swears by a few ruses she picked up from her grandma and mother while she was growing up. These tricks are simple and the best part is that they are natural and easy on your pocket.
Cucumber – Cucumbers are quite good at revitalizing and calming our eyes, while they are also known for their skin lightening properties. Place sliced and chilled cucumber pieces on eyes and relax for 10-15 minutes. Repeat this process twice daily for a week or so. Another option is to apply cucumber juice mixed with equal amount of lemon extract and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off. The cleansing and skin lightening properties of lemon are in addition to the benefit of cucumber.
Almond Oil – A mixture of almond oil and vitamin E oil applied on your dark circles before bedtime is what blogger Nandini recommends to fix for dark circles.
Cold tea bags – Chilled green tea or chamomile tea bags are a great way to reduce dark circles, puffiness and eye bags. All you need to do is chill your used tea bags in the refrigerator for 10 or 15 mins and put them on your eyes for 5 minutes. Your eyes will instantly feel revitalized with noticeable difference within a week. Make sure to avoid this if you are running a fever or have a cold.
Tomatoes – Tomatoes have natural whitening properties, which are helpful in lightening dark circles. Using a concoction made of a teaspoon of tomatoes juice mixed with half a teaspoon of lemon juice for 10-15 minutes once a day for 2 weeks shows basic results.
Potato – A potato is another natural bleaching agent and using the extracts of grown raw potatoes on your eyes really helps clearing dark circles.
Rose water – Rose water has multiple uses which benefit almost all skin woes. Using rose water for dark circles is no exception. Simply soak a cotton ball in rose water (slightly cold for best results) for a minute and place the soaked cotton ball on your eyes for 10 minutes while you relax. This foolproof method is another go to remedy for Nandini. She makes sure to include this in her daily beauty regimens before sleeping as it also helps her relax.
Mint Leaves – Mint leaves will not only help you get rid of your dark circles, but will actually help your eyes to feel calm and re-energized. Take 5 or 6 mint leaves and crush them. Use the crushed leaves like a mask on the affected area and keep it on for 10 minutes. Wipe carefully with cold water. Mint leaves can also be used with tomatoes.
There are plenty of natural remedies to cure your dark circles. While you use any or a combination of these ingredients, it is important to remember that a major contributing factor for dark circles is sleep deprivation, stress and other lifestyle habits. Make sure to include adequate sleep, de-stress and if possible practice yoga either at home or at a class.