Too many late nights, long hours in front of the computer, feeling stressed, an unhealthy diet and lack of hydration can all have an impact on your delicate eye area.
As a result, dark eye circles develop, making you look tired and feeling even older than your years.
Staying fresh faced can be challenging as the years go by and life’s pressures take their toll.
The eyes are the most revealing feature about the face, so any darkness or discoloration in the eye area immediately makes one look as if she has been through a few punches in the boxing ring.
Keep reading to find how you can fix this.
Regardless of your age, there are natural methods that can soothe the delicate eye area, remove dark eye circles and leave you looking and feeling well-rested in just a few moments. From my research, here are 5 of the easiest ‘eye-opening’ discoveries…
1. Raw Potato
Potatoes contain natural bleaching agents that can lighten dark circles and reduce the puffy look around your eyes. It’s the potato juice you will need, so this must be extracted by grating a few potatoes first.
Soak a cotton ball in the potato juice and then place onto your closed eyes. The potato juice should cover the entire eye area.
Leave the potato juice to sit on your eyes for 15 minutes before rinsing the eyes with cool water.
For best results, repeat this procedure twice daily for 2-3 weeks.
2. Green or White Tea Bags
Tea is full of antioxidants that can provide powerful benefits for reducing dark eye circles and puffiness.
The caffeine in tea can shrink blood vessels and this makes it excellent for reducing any fluid retention in the tissues around the eye area.
Green tea bags in particular contain EGCG, an anti-inflammatory that can remove under eye fluid build-up.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, green tea or white tea bags, when placed on the eyes, can help to soothe and tighten this area.
Soaked and then cooled tea bags can have a beneficial impact on removing dark eye circles. Simply:
- Steep 2 teabags in a glass of hot water for a few minutes.
- Squeeze the tea bags to remove any liquid.
- Place in the refrigerator, leave them to cool for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash your face with cool water and then pat the skin dry.
- Lie down in a comfortable position and placed the chilled teabags onto the eyes.
- Leave the tea bags on the eyes for 15-20 minutes. Remove.
- Rinse the face with cool water to further freshen the eyes and reduce any inflammation.
- Repeat this procedure 2-3 times daily for best results.
- An alternative option is to place the tea bags in cool water rather than in the fridge. The tea bags can then be used directly.
- Alternatively, place the unused teabags in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, before applying onto the eyes.
You can use a variety of tea bags to carry out this simple procedure including green tea, white tea or even chamomile.
“Darker teas, especially black tea and green teas contain tannins that have a kind of ‘drying’ effect to pull out that extra puffiness under the eyes,” says Dr Trevor Cates, a leading naturopathic doctor and author of the book, Clean Skin From Within.
3. Cucumber Slices
Along with being extra refreshing, cucumber slices can reduce the dark appearance of under eye circles while being super soothing for eyelids.
Cucumber contains astringent and skin lightening properties that can ‘fix’ dark circles and give your under eye area a revitalised look, minimising any swelling or puffiness.
Cut a cucumber into thick slices. Place the cucumber slices in the refrigerator to chill for around 30 minutes.
Place the slices onto the dark eye circles and leave for about 10 minutes. Wash the area thoroughly with water. For best results, repeat this simple procedure twice daily for one week.
Look in the mirror every day while using cucumber slices and you should notice that your under eye area appears more fresh and well rested.
4. Almond Oil
Rich in Vitamin E, Almond Oil can be used on its own or in combination with other natural ingredients such as rose water; honey, lemon juice, or other oils such as castor oil or olive oil. All of these can have a powerful soothing effect on the under eye area.
Almond Oil can help to lighten dark circles, making you look like you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
For dark eye circles, it’s recommended to apply a little Almond Oil onto the area before going to sleep, gently massaging into the skin. Leave the oil on the skin overnight.
Wash clean with cold water the next morning. Repeat this procedure daily until the dark circles are invisible.
5. Lemon Juice
Lemons are a powerful source of Vitamin C and possess skin lightening properties that are excellent for minimising the appearance of dark eye circles.
You will need freshly squeezed lemon juice and a cotton ball. Simply dip the cotton ball into the lemon juice, then apply around the eye area. Be careful not to get any lemon juice into your eyes.
Leave the lemon juice on the dark eye circles for 10 minutes. Rinse the area with cool water. Do this once every day for a few weeks to notice a difference.
An alternative is to create a thick paste with one tablespoon of lemon juice mixed with two tablespoons of tomato puree and a pinch of gram flour (besan) and turmeric powder.
This thick paste should be applied gently around the eyes. After 10-15 minutes, rinse the mixture off with clean water. Repeat this procedure two or three times every week to notice a difference in the under eye appearance.
If you experience any kind of burning sensation while using lemon juice, discontinue use immediately.
Taking A Fresh Look At Dark Eye Circles…
You need to pay special attention to what you are applying to your face, ideally ensuring you are using only the freshest and most natural ingredients onto the delicate under eye area.
You might currently be using expensive eye creams to get that ‘wide awake’ look. According to Dr Trevor Cates, you may want to reconsider the safety and efficiency of the eye products you are using.
“Take a look at the ingredient labels and see what’s in them. You might be shocked to see what’s in there, often including four different types of parabens. These have been detected in breast tumor tissue and we know they contain oestrogen and hormone-disrupting effects in the body. For this reason, it’s important to use products with clean ingredients if you’re going to use them on your skin.”
That’s why these five natural remedies are so great, as they are easy to prepare, safe to use and cost-effective.
While none of these natural remedies can provide permanent solutions to removing dark eye circles, they are excellent if looking for a short term instant fix. These remedies are most effective in the long term when added as part of a lifestyle that prioritises healthy eating, exercise and plenty of sleep.
I know that I have had great success with using the tea bag method. Not only is herbal tea a great source of antioxidants to boost your general health – it’s also super simple to prepare. Squeeze the tea bags, place them in the refrigerator, leave them to cool and then voila – fresh looking eyes in fifteen minutes or less!
The wonderful thing about these fascinating remedies is that you can create them in the comfort of your own home, using ingredients from your kitchen cupboard. Knowing exactly what goes onto your skin makes a big difference when it comes to keeping your eyes looking fresh, healthy and revitalised