The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart. – St. Jerome
The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
The above two statements give the importance of eyes. In recent times, when the judgment of the opposite person is made in seven seconds, it has become essential and mandatory to maintain a young and healthy appearance. Imagine yourself going to a party with dark circles under your eyes. Either you may not be able to make a pleasant conversation, or you can see people avoiding you or everyone giving tips as to what should be done for curing the ailment. In this article on home remedies for dark circles under the eyes information will be given on the causes and simple DIY techniques by how you can get relief from the discomfort.
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Major causes for this simple ailment are stress, hormonal changes (due to menstruation cycle in women, menopause or pregnancy), lack of sleep, unhealthy lifestyle, hereditary genes and more. It has to be noted that if these circles are not treated in time, they will give your face the appearance of a dull appearance and it can also lead to secondary health issues such as “eye bags.” In this article, we list four important simple remedies for our readers to get rid as well prevent formation of dark circles under the eyes.
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In the initial stages, the skin below the eyes will turn grey and you can experience irritation and eye pain.
In case of hereditary conditions, this ailment tends to worsen with age. The reason the skin will become thin and will lose the fat (subcutaneous). In due course of time, the blood vessels below the skin can become exposed.
Factors contributing for the formation of dark circles in the eye section are excessive drinking and smoking of alcohol, pollution as well as allergies.
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It plays the role of a cooling agent and possesses skin lightening medicinal components. Additional benefits are the circulation of blood in the area is increased, and puffiness is decreased.
Take a cucumber and cut into small pieces.
Place the pieces in the refrigerator and let them remain for two hours.
Place a slice over the eyes for ten to fifteen minutes. Then wash with warm water.
Continue the procedure till you can see the results.
How Does It Work?
This fruit is a rich resource of Vitamin K and contains abundant source of Vitamin C. It also has silica that is needed for healthy skin and formation of collagen. The ascorbic acid in cucumber reduces the water retention in the eyes. It also contains phytonutrients such as cucurbitacins and cucumerin.
2. Green Tea Bags
The medicinal properties of the tea are well-known.
Take two green tea bags and mix them with one cup of water.
Let the tea bags become cool. Place them in the refrigerator for thirty minutes.
Place the tea bags over the eyes till you get satisfactory results. You can continue the procedure twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed.
How Does It Work?
The green tea bags are rich in tannins (polyphenols) which eat away free radicals. These medical ingredients help in lightening dark circles. The tannins decrease puffiness and swelling around the eyes. Another important ingredient are catechins such as Epicatechin (EC) which attack free radicals in the body.
3. Almond Oil
One of the easy natural remedies for dark circles under the eyes is almond oil. Regular use of this oil can lighten the skin under the eyes.
You can take two drops of almond oil in the index finger and middle finger of the right hand.
Then gently massage the areas under the eyes.
Kindly note the method has to be practiced before going to bed.
How Does It Work?
Almond oil has rich sources of minerals and vitamins. It replenishes and rejuvenates the tender skin and gives moisture, thus adding glow to the skin. Similar to cucumber, almond oil also has rich resources of Vitamin K.
Not Good, If:
You are allergic to almond oil. Avoid the oil going to the eyes.
One of the effective home remedies from the kitchen in every household.
Take one tomato and slice to pieces. Use a blender to make a paste.
You can add to the paste, one-half teaspoon of lemon juice, the similar amount of turmeric powder and two teaspoons (gram flour).
Apply the mixture to the dark circles.
After fifteen minutes, rinse the mixture with warm water. You can continue the procedure for a month till your skin lightens and the puffiness is reduced.
How Does It Work?
The medicinal compound is lycopene, which assists in lightening the dark circles. The other beneficial compounds are choline, lutein, beta-carotene and folic acid. Vitamin C in tomato rejuvenates old skin and adds a healthy glow. The acidic nature comes in handy when the pH of the skin is maintained and the skin tone is lightened. The skin’s oiliness is reduced and lycopene forms a protective layer against sunburn.
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How To Prevent Formation Of Dark Circles Under The Eyes
Simple changes in life style can prevent the formation of this ailment. The problem will be minor or temporary in most of the cases.
You have to include more amount of sleep in your activity every day. For decreasing hyperpigmentation, you can wear sunglasses for protection against sun rays.
Stop smoking and consumption of alcohol.
Allergies such as the hay fever can also become a contributing factor of skin discoloration in the specific areas.
Gluten intolerance and blocked nose can also cause dark circles under the eyes. Seek the guidance of a professional doctor to take preventive steps.
Nutritious Diet: Eat a balanced nutritious diet that is full of vitamins. Consume plenty of water. Puffiness and darkness in the eyes are said to be due to lack of Vitamin K and B12. If you include more salt in the diet, take care. More salt can make the body retain water in the most unusual places that can give rise to puffiness under the eyes.
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If the swelling and discoloration happen for only one eye and the condition is turning to worse, take the help of a dermatologist. Usually, the dark circles do not lead to major body challenges and can be treated with home remedies or over-the-counter medicines.
Natural Remedy Vs Pharmacy
If hyperpigmentation is the cause of dark circles, you might be prescribed creams such as Tri-Luma (component – hydroquinone) by the dermatologist. In case of exposed blood vessels, intense pulsed light therapy will be the option. Over-the-counter eye creams can lighten the dark circles. Some of the names are RevaleSkin Eye Replenishing Cream, Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Set, Olay Definity Eye Illuminator and SkinCeuticals Eye Gel.
If the skin has become thin, injectable fillers with hyaluronic acid are used. However, the effects will be temporary. Fat injections or fat transfer are recommended in this case. If it has to be cured by surgery, then eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is used.