Home remedies for dark circles under eyes should not be dismissed as old wives’ tales; many people find them to be just as effective as expensive store-bought creams and so-called “miracle” products.
Whether your eye circles are caused by ill health, tiredness, genetics, lifestyle or simply aging, you are bound to find a treatment that works for you.
The big bonus is that you are likely to have most of the supplies in your store cupboard or refrigerator at home.
Some of best, yet simplest, home remedies for those bluish-black shadows that appear under the eyes are the most successful. You can try as many of these, as often as you like, without causing any harm to your delicate under-eye area. Try placing a cold teaspoon over each of your eyelids and relaxing for 15 minutes. Slices of cucumber, a cold compress and cooled, used tea bags have a similar effect. They help reduce puffiness and minimize the appearance of the blood vessels beneath the thin skin immediately beneath your eyes.
If you fancy concocting a herbal remedy to freshen up your under eye area, try mixing turmeric (known as the “wonder herb”), tomato juice, cooked lentils and lemon juice until you have a paste. Use just pineapple juice and turmeric if you don’t have one of the other ingredients.
Apply the paste carefully to the skin below the eyes and leave it on until it dries. Remove it gently using fresh water and a soft cloth.
Another herbal remedy is a combination of milk and nutmeg. Sprinkle ground nutmeg into a cup of raw milk until you have a paste. Apply this around the eyelids (top and bottom) before going to bed and leave it on overnight. Remove it in the morning with warm water and a soft cloth.
Some types of oil are believed to be effective in treating dark shadows. One of the most popular is almond oil. Pour a small amount of oil into a bowl and use clean fingertips to gently massage it into the under-eye area. Continue for up to 15 minutes to get the maximum benefit from the treatment.
To be most effective, under eye circles home remedies should be combined with certain lifestyle choices. The health benefits of drinking water are well-known.
Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day to keep your skin and eyes looking fresh and clear.
Although the under-eye shadows are not purely down to lack of sleep, it is crucial to get the right amount of undisturbed sleep every night to stay healthy.
Aim for at least 7 hours.
Look at your diet and work out where you can improve. Processed, salty, sugary, fatty foods are not good for your skin or your general appearance. Replace these with fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. In addition to trying some of the home remedies we have mentioned for those dark circles under your eyes, stop smoking and cut down on your alcohol consumption to help rid your body of toxins. This will have many other health benefits for your entire body.