How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Naturally
Ah, under-eye circles. The skin that dangles from your eyelids and lingers for days, making you look like you’ve been sleep deprived for years, and adding a hearty 8 years to your face. But just because it looks like we’ve been sleep deprived, doesn’t mean that we are. I might be looking fabulous after an all-nighter in the stacks of the library, but not so much after three nights of uninterrupted sleep. You think that’s crazy? So do I. So I decided to investigate just what origin under eye circles hail from and how to rid them from my face, au naturale.
First of all, under eye circles are not always related to sleep. They’re mostly related to three things: age, genetics, and allergies.
1. Aging: As you age, your skin thins a bit, making the veins more present and prominent beneath your eyes.
2. Genetics: With genetics, you can inherit fair or thin skin, making it obvious when blood pools beneath your eyes. This is where sleep comes in – the blood that pools beneath your eyes usually gets there because of delayed or slower circulation, something that can be attributed to lack of sleep.
3. Allergies: And allergens? Those pesky things release histamines which cause your under eyes to swell and make your blood vessels inflamed. There are various ways to tackle the origin of the circles, as well as ways to lighten them.
1. Sliced Cucumber
That’s right – those crazy movie moments you thought would never work, actually do. Cucumbers have skin-lightening and hydrating properties that will lighten the circles beneath your eyes overtime. To do this, simply cut a chilled, fresh cucumber into slices and apply to your eyes (keep your eyes closed!). Repeat this twice, daily for a week, or until dark circles have subsided.
2. Juiced Potatoes
I’m not kidding. Potatoes have natural bleach-like properties that will lighten your dark circles and will lessen swelling. To use this remedy, use the juice from a grated, raw potato and soak it in a cotton ball. Put the cotton ball on your eyes for 10-15 minutes. Repeat daily.
3. Frozen Spoons
Sure it’s weird, but it works. Freeze some spoons over night, and in the morning, rest them on your eyes until they’re not cold anymore. Do this every morning and you’ll see a big difference.
4. Chilled Tea Bags
Using a caffeinated tea bag on your under eyes will reduce swelling, redness, and inflammation. Dip the tea bags into cold water, keeping them on your eyes until they return to normal temperature. You can repeat this for a half an hour every day.
5. Frozen Swim Goggles
Fill the eye sockets of the goggles with water and freeze them overnight. The next morning (and the next, and the next, and the next until your puffy eyes are no more), place them on your eyes (eyes closed!) for five minutes.
Do you have any ways to combat dark under eye circles naturally? Will you try any of these remedies? Tell us about it in the comments below!