5 Natural Home Remedies To Reduce Dark Circles
A common problem among men and women, dark circles under the eyes, can be attributed to a number of reasons. They are usually accompanied by puffiness and can make you look older than you are. And while they can be concealed with makeup, why not use home remedies to reduce your dark circles and treat them naturally?
What Causes Dark Circles, Puffy Eyes & Under Eye Bags?
Age: Dark circles are more common as you age. The skin under your eyes is thin, and it becomes thinner as you get older because it loses collagen. Over time, the blood vessels and veins in this area become more visible on the surface, leading to the appearance of dark circles.
Ethnicity: Dark circles more apparent among ethnic groups who are prone to hyper pigmentation.
Genetics: Dark circles can also be attributed to a common genetic condition known as periorbital hyper-pigmentation.
Eye Strain & Stress: Long hours in front of your computer, television, mobile or laptop screen strains your eyes. The stress leads to enlarged/inflamed blood vessels in the under eye area, prompting the appearance of puffy eyes and dark circles.
Irregular Sleep: Not just sleeping late or not sleeping enough, but oversleeping too can cause dark circles. It leads to build up of fluid in your under eye area. This venous congestion gives you bags under the eyes, puffiness and dark circles.
Dehydration: Ever noticed how after a night of drinking alcohol, your dark circles are more apparent? Well, that’s because hydration and drinking enough water is a big contributor to healthy looking skin. It promoted blood flow. Dehydration cause the skin under the eyes to become sunken and sit closer to the bone.
Allergic Reaction: Allergies lead to drying of the eyes and dilated blood vessels in the under eye area. It often accompanied by itchiness, inflammation, or even swelling around the eyes which look like dark circles.
Medical conditions such as nasal congestion, dehydration, low haemoglobin, trauma and insomnia can also be the reason for your dark circles. In such cases, while home remedies can help reduce the appearance, medical intervention is required to treat the underlying condition.
Home Remedies For Dark Circles
While the market is flooded with creams for dark circles, if you prefer to use all natural solutions then there are many options to choose from. These home remedies help treat dark circles and puffy eyes and reduce under eye bags.
Yoga For Your Eyes:
There are over 10 yoga asanas that help relax the eyes and reduce eye strain. These include shavasana, sarvangasana, parvatasana and the lion’s pose, among others.
Take for example, the lion’s pose.
Step 1: Sit in a kneeling position.
Step 2: Clench your fists and take a deep breath in through your nose. Hold for 5 seconds.
Step 3: Exhale and release the air sharply through your mouth as you stick your tongue out long enough to touch your chin. Unclench your fists simultaneously.
Step 4: Repeat 5 times.
In fact, here’s a guide on facial exercises that can improve blood circulation, reduce fine lines and dark circles, and tone up your double chin.
Massage Your Eyes:
Simply rub your hands together to warm up your palms. Cup your eyes with your palms for a minute, keeping your eyes closed and breathing deeply. Now, gently tap the area all around around your eyes with your index and middle fingers. Start from the inner brow, all the way outwards around your under eye to your tear duct. Do this three times. Finish by masaging your temples with your fingers outward, starting at the centre of your head.
A great way to relax puffy, saggy eyes is to use a cold compress. You can make your own by wrapping an ice cube in a handkerchief and gently rolling it on the area around the eyes. This helps shrink dilated blood vessels and improve blood circulation. Remember, the skin under your eye is thin so don’t hold down the cold compress in one position. You should keep moving it around and can take a break every few seconds for a few seconds. Alternatively, just wet a handkerchief and leave it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Place it over your eyes like a mask before bed.
Tannins, caffeine and antioxidants in tea make it a natural astringent. Simply steep two tea bags in cold water, and then move them to the chiller section of the fridge for 30 minutes. Once done, place them on your eyes for 10-15 minutes and then wash your face with cold water.
Remedy For Dark Circles In Your Fridge:
Look no further than your kitchen for home remedies to reduce dark circles.
They are packed with lycopene which mimics a natural bleach. Apply tomato juice under your eyes using your fingers. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash. Repeat twice a week.
Potatoes & Cucumber:
Simply cut out thin slices of potatoes or cucumber and place one on each eye for 10 minutes at the end of a tired day. Potatoes are anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. Cucumber are cooling, hydrating and soothing for the under eye area. Both are quick and easy natural remedies to reduce puffy eyes and dark circles.
The lactic acid in cold milk helps hydrate under eye skin and make it appear firmer and more supple. Simply dip cotton eye pads into cold milk and place it on your eyes for 15 minutes before you wash. You can also add some rose water to the mix to make it a natural astringent that tones the skin.