Our skin is technically our body’s largest organ, but it can often feel like it has a mind of its own! And like it or not, the way your skin looks can have a dramatic impact on your overall appearance. And there’s no better example of this effect than the dark puffiness that forms under your eyes. Even if you feel perfectly fine, those pesky dark circles can make you look tired, worn out, or even sick!
What Causes Dark Circles?
Dark circles under the lower eyelids are common in men and women. Often accompanied by bags, dark circles can make you appear older than you are. To make matters worse, they can be difficult to get rid of .
Eye bags and dark circles can occur for many different reasons. The following are among the most common causes:
- Eye strain
- Sun overexposure
Dark Circles Remedies Under Your Eyes
Using cucumber slices on your eyes is a classic treatment for a reason! Cucumbers have natural astringent properties that can shrink blood vessels and help reduce puffiness and inflammation. Just place a thin slice of cucumber over each of your closed eyelids, and leave them there for at least 15 minutes. It’s an effective way to brighten up the skin around your eyes, and it’s very relaxing too!
Another option is to grate a cucumber and press the grated pieces between clean gauze. Use this as a compress over your eyes.
Starchy potatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help get rid of under-eye bags. Start by peeling and grating a raw potato. Pound the potato with a mortar and pestle (or the bottom of a drinking glass) until it forms a poultice. Apply it to your eyes and leave on for 15 minutes.
3. Extra Pillows
If you’re waking up with dark circles or bags under your eyes every morning, you may be retaining fluid under your eyes during the night. An easy way to prevent fluid from pooling there is to prop your head up with an extra pillow or two during sleep.
4. Beauty Sleep
The most important thing you can do to reduce dark circles is to get enough sleep! Lack of sleep causes skin to look pale and washed out, causing your blood vessels to appear even more pronounced. Make sure you’re getting at least 7-8 hours of “beauty sleep!”
5. Tea Bags
Tea bags contains tannins that can be very effective for reducing swelling and dark circles. Plus, the moisture from the tea bags helps rehydrate and brighten the skin around your eyes! Brew two bags of green or black tea, then allow the tea bags to cool in your fridge. Once they are cool, place a tea bag over each eye and leave them there for about 15 minutes.
Milk has a lightening effect on skin that can be very helpful when dealing with dark circles under your eyes. Apply milk with a cotton ball to the skin around your eyes. Leave it to dry for about 30 minutes, then gently rinse the milk off with warm water.
7. Egg & Lemon
Egg has a tightening effect on skin, and lemon juice has lightening and brightening effects. When combined, they make a great revitalizing eye treatment! Mix one egg white with 3-5 drops of lemon juice. Soak two cotton balls in the egg and lemon mixture, then squeeze out any excess liquid. Place the damp cotton balls over your eyes and rest for about 10 minutes. Wash the residue off with warm water, then rinse clean with cold water.