We hardly need to describe what these are…Dark circles that form under your eyes can sometimes make you look like a raccoon. While it might seem like nothing can help get rid of these under eye circles or prevent them from showing up in the first place, there are several effective home treatments. Want to know what they are?
Learn how to reduce under eye circles in today’s article!
First of all we need to differentiate between under eye circles and bags under the eyes. The first is an area of darkened skin, while the second is the accumulation of water and/or fat. They may appear simultaneously or on completely separate occasions.
Natural remedies for under eye circles
To eliminate those purplish stripes under your eyes that it seems no makeup would ever be able to hide, give one of the following home remedies a shot.
PotatoesPut a potato in the fridge (if you don’t already store them there). Once it’s cold, peel it, cut it into slices, soak the slices in cold water, and apply them over your closed eyes, taking care to also cover the area where you have dark circles.
When the potato slices have warmed to your body temperature, switch them out for new cold ones until you use the entire potato.
Another option is to make a paste using the peeled, grated potato. Wrap the paste up in gauze and apply it to your under eye circles for around 20 minutes. Repeat this three or four times a week.
Chamomile tea is excellent for eliminating inflammation.
- 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers (10 g)
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
- Bring the water to a boil and add the dried chamomile flowers for five minutes.
- Remove from heat, cover, and allow your tea to steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain off the liquid and soak a cotton ball in it.
- Apply it to your eyelids and under eye areas with your eyes closed.
You can also use cotton pads and leave them on at night (or any time you want to close your eyes and relax).
CucumberNo doubt when you think of a spa you imagine a woman reclining with her hair wrapped up in a white towel, dressed in a comfy robe, and cucumber slices over her eyes! That’s because cucumber has excellent properties that benefit your skin.
It brightens the way you look and also reduces dark circles under the eyes. Just slice a cold cucumber and apply the slices to your eye area as we described above with potato.
Afterwards, wash your face well with cold water and apply a moisturizer.
This is a great way to reduce inflammation and also does wonders for getting rid of dark circles under the eyes. Try not to eat your treatment!
Mash a handful of strawberries with a little water to form a paste and apply it to the eye area.
Another great fruit friend, the kiwi, helps eliminate dark circles. This is because kiwis are packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins.
They reduce inflammation and tighten the skin. To use them, follow the same procedure as with potatoes and cucumber: cut a kiwi into slices and store it in the fridge for an hour. Then apply them to your eyes.
Leave them on for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
AppleAll you need to do is put an apple in the fridge and then slice it. Place slices on dark circles until they warm to your body temperature, and continue until you’ve used all the slices. Another option is to make applesauce as a paste.
- 1 apple
- 1/2 liter of water
- Peel, core, and chop the apple. Bring the water to a boil and cook the apple pieces for 15 minutes. Strain the water and allow the apple to cool. Mash it with a potato masher to create applesauce.
- When it has cooled to room temperature, store it in the fridge for an hour. Then apply it to your closed eyelids and the area underneath your eyes.
- Allow it to act for 40 minutes.
See also: The benefits of eating an apple a day
5 facial exercises to reduce under eye circles
If you don’t want to use any of the above natural remedies, or you prefer “prevention over the cure,” there are some very simple exercises you can do any time of the day to promote circulation in the region and prevent under eye circles from appearing.
- Finger pats: Using your fingertips, tap gently around your eyes. The movements must be fast and smooth.
- Neck exercises: Lie on your back in bed with your head hanging off the side. Raise your head slightly, angling your chin toward your chest. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
- Eye expressions: Close your eyes. Now open them. Move your eyes and eyebrows around in every direction as if you were surprised, sad, happy, and so on…