Ever noticed how you can tell if a person is ill or stressed by looking at his or her face? Come to think of it, the biggest giveaway is almost always the appearance of the skin around the eyes – in particular, the darkish appearance under the eyes which is commonly referred to as dark circles. Because the skin under the eyes is so delicate, it immediately reflects the lack of health. Of course, there may be exceptions to this – some perfectly healthy people can have dark circles if it runs in their family. There are several other reasons why one has dark circles, read why we have them. However, dark circles are not something you need to be stuck with; there are quite a few simple remedies you can use to reduce the dark circles below your eyes.
Cucumber can be used alone or in combination with other ingredients. Not only does it have a cooling effect but it also helps improve the colour of the skin around the eyes. The easiest way out is to cut a cucumber into thick slices, refrigerate them for about 30 minutes and then place lightly on your eyes. Alternatively, you can crush a little cucumber and extract the juice; apply this around the eyes, keep it on for 15 minutes and then wash with water. Adding a dash of lemon juice into the cucumber juice also helps because the latter has a bleaching action that reduces the darkness of the skin. If your eyes are puffy, mix in a little potato juice into the cucumber juice for best results. Also read the various health benefits of cucumber.
Potato also contains bleaching agents and whether you use it with cucumber or alone, it can help to reduce dark circles. Keep two potatoes in the refrigerator for a few hours; then peel and grate and extract potato juice. Dip a cotton ball in this juice and apply around your eyes. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse out with water. The bleaching agents of potato can also help lighten dark spots on your skin.
Rose water has been traditionally used to rejuvenate the eyes and give them a sparkling look. It works equally well as a remover of dark circles. Soak a little cotton in rose water and dab it over and under your closed eyes. Wash off after 15 minutes with water. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening every day and in a few weeks’ time, your eyes will appear brighter.
Almond oil is considered as being one of the best oils for babies because it does not harm delicate skin. The same logic makes it a good choice for dark circles under the eyes where the skin is more delicate than on the rest of the face. Dab on a few drops of almond oil and lightly massage it into the affected area before going to bed. The next morning, wash it away with water. Almond also helps solve various other beauty and hair problems. Read them here.
Get sufficient sleep
Dark circles under the eyes are a common occurrence in people who do not get enough sleep. Make sure you sleep for at least six to seven hours every night; if you suffer from insomnia or sleep apnoea that prevents you from getting refreshing sleep, speak to your doctor about the measures you can use to overcome this problem. Here are some tips to beat insomnia and sleep apnoea.
Another thing to consider is if your sleeping posture is making your eyes look puffy. Because of the effect of gravity, fluids collect under the eyes when you lie on your stomach or on the side. Try changing your sleep position and see if it reduces the bags under your eyes. Even yoga can help reduce dark circles. Read how you can get rid of under-eye circles with yoga.
Avoid these things
People who use kajal very frequently and don’t take it off before going to bed at night can develop dark circles under the eye; the same applies to those who go to sleep with make-up on. Make sure you wash your face clean of cosmetics before going to bed and you will notice an improvement. Here are tips to remove make-up the right way.
Don’t rub your eyes or drink alcohol often; this can also help improve the appearance of the skin around your eyes.
If you’re constantly anxious and stressed-out, there is a greater likelihood of it showing in the region around your eyes; so keep stress at bay.
The simple remedies listed here begin to show results after a few weeks of regular use. Most people find that they work as well as commercially available chemical products; besides, you don’t need to worry about side-effects of the chemicals in the creams. However, if you find these remedies do not provide you any significant relief, it makes sense to consult a dermatologist who can help you figure out the root cause and treat it.
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