In an overworked society, such as the one we live in today, dark circles are something to be expected. While there are a lot of over-the-counter products to fight them off, this article is for those who are drawn to a more organic approach to beauty, namely homemade dark circles remedies
Before we dive right into our top 3 homemade dark circles fixes, we should elaborate a little bit on what causes dark circles under the eyes. Some say they’re hereditary. Indeed, genes do account for the prevalence of dark circles out there, but there are many other factors to consider. The most obvious one is lack of sleep, followed by lifestyle and thirdly age. Then there are secondary culprits to consider: allergies, improper hydration, eye strain, and sun overexposure.
Top 3 Homemade Dark Circles Remedies
In order to truly get rid of dark circles, we suggest you make some lifestyle changes: drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. However, these are generally not enough to get rid of them. Besides sleeping and eating healthily, make sure you use an SPF cream daily. Also, you would do well to treat your existing allergies. Of course, for some of us, due to the nature of our jobs or simply our genes, dark circles cannot be avoided. For those of you here are our top 3 homemade dark circles remedies:
1. The Wonders Of Green Tea
Present as “green tea extract” on a myriad of over-the-counter pharmacy products, green tea has rightfully won its place among the most successful weapons against dark circles. However, green tea is very efficient against a whole lot of other issues.
You see, green tea is packed with powerful antioxidants and nutrients that help a lot. When applied topically aka “on the skin”, green tea reduces the puffiness of the eyes and also lightens the skin. This makes green tea a favorite for most people as it truly works wonder around the eyes.
In order to get the most out of it, brew some green tea and drink it. It also works wonders for your body. Instead of throwing the tea bags away, put them in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then, when you’re ready to freshen up your eyes, take them out and put them over your eyes for about 15 minutes. Repeat this for at least 7 days and results will start to appear.
Another way to go about getting rid of your dark circles is by mixing the tea leaves from the teabag with a teaspoon of honey. Let it dry and apply it over your problem areas. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse. Essential oils for dark circles also work wonders when used properly.
We’ve all seen countless commercials, movies and TV shows where a spa day is incomplete without the ceremonial cucumber water and cucumber slices over the eyes. While it looks good on camera and sells the idea of relaxation at the spa, cucumbers are actually really great for your skin – it’s not just marketing!
Cucumbers have the highest content of water out of all the vegetables and they are packed with a myriad of nutrients. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties that help fight off swelling by increasing the blood flow to the problematic area. Also, since they have a high content of water, they are also moisturizing. This means putting a couple of slices over your eyes will moisturize the delicate skin around your eyes.
Just like green tea, cucumbers have skin-lightening properties. Cucumbers are rich in vitamin K, known for reducing the pigmentation of skin when applied topically. To enjoy the benefits of this, simply cut two thick slices (1-2 inches in diameter) and place them over your eyes. Keep them on for about 15 minutes or until the coolness of the cucumber wears off. Do this twice a day for a week.
3. Catch Some Sun!
It might seem like a contradiction, but catching some sun can really go a long way in getting rid of your dark circles. We know we told you to use SPF and avoid sun exposure. However, this doesn’t apply to everyone. Sometimes, darker complexions can develop sunspots around the eye area, making the look of dark circles appear more intense. If this is your case, indeed use SPF, stay out of the sun and use big hats and sunglasses.
For the rest of you, catching a tan can truly work wonders. Not only will your skin look better, but your dark circles might also disappear or improve considerably. Again, using SPF on your body and especially the face is essential. Don’t worry, you will still catch a tan if you use them.
The logic of catching a tan for your dark circles is simple. As your skin gets generally darker, your dark circles will start to blend in. It’s more of a trick than a fix, but a worthwhile one!
Dark Circles: A Lifestyle Symptom
While it may sound a little too harsh, unless you’re genetically predisposed to develop dark circles, they are entirely your fault! Dark circles don’t just happen. They are a symptom of an unbalanced lifestyle. Smoking, drinking alcohol, improper nutrition, lack of sport, insufficient sleep and so on are all culprits. The upside is that all of these things are under your control.
All things considered, our top 3 homemade dark circles remedies are effective and easy to implement. Hopefully, you will enjoy their benefits sooner rather than later. Nevertheless, in order to truly get rid of dark circles, you must make some changes regarding your lifestyle.