How to Reduce Dark Circles Naturally?

How to get rid of dark circle under eyes is the question that arises in your mind when you are suffering from under eye dark circles.

These black rings make us look exhausted and ill. They are very obvious and annoying. Also, they are difficult to cover up and even harder to get rid of.

There are many contributing factors to the development of these dark circles and some of these factors are attributed to our daily lifestyle, such as:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Short and irritable temperament
  • Emotions such as jealousy, irritation, anger, and unhappiness
  • Iron deficiency

Compare to some factors that are unavoidable like age and ill health, these lifestyle related factors may be prevented and treated easily. To get rid of dark circles affected by our lifestyle is ensure that you exercise the following prevention tips:

  1. Get enough sleep. You deserve a good 7-8 hours comfortable sleep daily. Relax yourself with some light reading or your favourite TV show before going to bed.
  2. Exercise. Plan today to incorporate exercise in your routine.
  3. Drink plenty of water. Your body needs at least 15 glasses of water a day.
  4. Eat healthily. Ensure that you eat lots of fresh fruits, green vegetables which are rich in fiber.
  5. Check with your doctor if you have iron deficiency. Your doctor will do the needed tests and let you know if iron supplementsare needed.

Getting rid of dark circles require a lot of self-discipline and there is no quick-fix to this age-old problem. Thankfully, there are many tried and tested home remedies that can help reduce dark circles. These home remedies do not cost a lot and they are easily obtainable. =)

Home Remedy for Dark Circles:

1. UseAlmond Oil

Almond Oil as we know is an excellent natural emollient and its fine texture and moisturizing properties is perfect for any skin type. Ayurvedic practitioners love Almond Oil and they have been using this oil for dark circles.

Almond Oil is readily available from health and aromatherapy stores as it’s commonly used as a carrier oil. Carefully rubbing a little in to the skin around your eyes each morning and night should leave the skin softer and more supple.

2. Use Tomato and Lemon

Tomato is rich in Vitamin A, C and Iron, whereas lemon can act as “natural bleach”. By combining the two ingredients, you will notice the dark circle will lightens after a few days of treatment.

To conjure this mixture, take one teaspoon fresh tomato juice. Add to it 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and a little less than a teaspoon of gram flour. Mix all these thoroughly to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste on the dark circles around the eyes and leave for about 10 minutes.

Before it becomes too dry, start removing by rubbing very gently with your fingers. Later, wash your face. This application is recommended once daily. More quantity of the ingredients can be taken in the proportion specified to have sufficient amount to apply on the whole face.

3. Use Slices of Cucumber

Cucumber has cooling and astringent properties that are very good for tired eyes. This remedy is a “quick-fix” to any eyes woes.

Rinse a fresh cucumber thoroughly to get off any dirt. Slice the cucumber to be as thin as can be while still remaining “whole”. Lay the slices of cucumbers over your eyes for 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure the cucumber touches the ski where the dark circles can be seen.  You want their moisture and nutrients to soak into your skin around the dark circles.

You can treat dark circles most effectively if you do it regularly on set days of the week and at a set time each day. The treatment will hydrate your skin, reduce puffiness and help eliminate the dark circles.

4. Use Grated Potato

Another effective home remedy is peeled and grated potatoes. Firstly, grate the potato, wrap it in thin cloth and place it over the eyes. Use this overnight at least three times a week.

Make sure to wash the area thoroughly and apply a little cream or oil around the eyes to moisturize the area.

5. Use Metal Spoon

This is one of the most effective “Old Wives Tales” that don’t need much effort. :)

Cool a metal spoon under the cold tap for a few minutes, dry off the water and hold the spoon to your eyes for at least sixty seconds. Be gentle; don’t press too hard.

6. Use “old” Green Tea Bags

Why old Green Tea bags? Green tea are loaded with antioxidants and plenty of tannins, plus green tea bags shrink swelling and reduce the fluids around the eyes.

Place brewed tea bags on the eyes for a short time period to allow the tannins in the tea to treats puffy eyes and dark circles. Green tea bags reduce swelling and tighten the skin around the eyes. The caffeine reduces puffiness by shrinking the blood vessels. Green tea works on dark circles by decreasing the dilation of the blood vessels under the eyes. The astringent nature of the tannins constricts the blood vessels and capillaries under the eyes.


We would love to hear from you if any of the above remedies work for you, or if you have other remedies that work, do let us know in the comments below.




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