Dark Circles & Puffiness Under Eyes
Dark circles develop under the lower eyelids are quite common in people, irrespective of gender. Often accompanied by bags, dark circles could potentially make a person appear older than they are. To make matters worse, they can be difficult to get rid of.
Though they can affect anyone, dark circles are most common in people who:
- are elderly
- have a genetic predisposition to this condition
- are from non-white ethnic groups since darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation around the eye area
Fatigue is often said to be the most logical cause and explanation for this condition, there are a number of factors that can contribute to dark circles under the eyes. In most cases, they are no cause for concern and do not require medical attention.
Some of the primary causes for the formation of dark circles are:
- Sun exposure
How to Reduce Dark Circles?
Treatment for dark eye circles often depends on the underlying cause. However, there are some home remedies that can help manage this condition. There are ways on how to get rid of dark circles, some of them are:
- Apply a cold compress
A cold compress can help reduce swelling and shrink dilated blood vessels. This can reduce the appearance of puffiness and help eliminate dark circles. Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean washcloth and apply to your eyes. You can also dampen a washcloth with cold water and apply it to the skin under your eyes for 20 minutes for the same effect. Repeat this process if the cloth becomes warm or if the ice melts.
- Get extra sleep
Catching up on sleep can also help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Sleep deprivation can cause your skin to appear pale, making the dark circles more obvious. Allow yourself seven to eight hours of rest to prevent dark circles from appearing.
- Elevate the head
While sleep deprivation can play a part in producing those dark bags under your eyes, sometimes it’s how you sleep. Elevate your head with a few pillows to prevent fluid from pooling under your eyes which can make them look puffy and swollen.
Home Remedies for Dark Circles
Since the skin around the eyes is sensitive, it’s best to resort to natural remedies rather than chemical-based products to treat these problems. Some of the most effective home remedies to get rid of dark circles are:
- Cold tea bags
One of the most effective and highly efficient ways to combat these dark circles is to use cold tea bags. Green tea bags or chamomile tea bags are recommended for quick results. It is thought that the residual caffeine helps to constrict blood vessels which reduces blood flow, helping to provide some relief from dark circles.
How To Use Cold Tea Bags – Soak the bags in water and chill in the refrigerator. Remove from the fridge and gently place them on both your eyes for 10 to 15 mins. Repeat regularly.
- Grated potatoes or grated cucumber
This is by far, one of the most effective remedies. They also aid in reducing the puffiness around the eye area. Vitamins, antioxidants and the anti-inflammatory nature of these cooling veggies helps to reduce inflammation around the eyes while also helping to stave off darkening.
How To Use Potatoes or Cucumber – Grate some raw potatoes or cucumber and place the shreds on your eyes. Relax and remove them after 10-12 minutes. Alternatively, you can also extract the juice of potatoes or cucumbers. Take a cotton ball, soak it in the juice, and place it over your eyes. Make sure the entire area around the dark circles is covered. Leave it for 1-3 minutes and wash off with cold water. In case you are pressed for time, you can also directly place slices of cucumber or potato on your eyes.
Cold milk is a natural cleanser for the eyes and also helps in soothing the sensitive skin around the eyes. Cold milk is rich in lactic acid, which not only helps to reduce puffiness but also lightens the skin. Additionally, potassium in milk allows the skin to stay better moisturised, leaving you with softer and supple skin.
How To Use Milk – Dip a cotton ball in cold milk and apply it to the eye area. Keep it for a while and then rinse the eyes with cold water. Repeat at least thrice a week for best results.
Aloe vera is an effective moisturizer. Moisturized skin is less likely to sag and will stay healthy longer. Additionally, aloe vera also helps to nourish the skin, preventing premature ageing.
How To Use Aloe Vera – Before hitting the sack, gently apply Aloe Vera gel under the eyes and massage for 5-7 minutes. Don’t rinse unless you feel sticky and uncomfortable.
- Almond oil and lemon juice
Another tried and tested remedy to treat dark circles is to mix almond oil and lemon juice. Lemon juice’s active component is ascorbic acid, along with other nutrients it helps to reduce water retention which can cause puffy circles around the eyes. It also has a mild bleaching action, however, when used undiluted it can have the opposite effect and cause damage to the skin, so always use caution.
How To Use Almond Oil & Lemon Juice – Take about a teaspoon of almond oil and a few drops of lemon juice, combine them, and gently apply it around the eye area. Massage and let it rest for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse post that!
Dark circles are quite common, and they don’t have to be the end of the world for you. It is okay to conceal them with makeup if you’re in a hurry and going somewhere, but the best way to keep them in control is naturally.