Our Pick Of All-Natural, Never-Before-Heard Treatment Tips!
Dark circles. Eye circles. Bags under the eyes. Dark blemishes. I recently heard them referred to as “unsightly blemishes that soil the appearance of the face”. Harsh! For the sake of argument, let’s call them under eye circles.
If you thought they were hard to name, they are even harder to diagnose. The cause of under eye circles has been linked to lack of sleep, improper diet and nutrition, stress, hormonal problems, advancing age, hyper-pigmentation of the skin, dehydration, smoking and alcohol consumption, and exposure to heat and sunlight. That is a long list of potentially troublesome conditions. Therefore, preventing under eye circles might be near impossible.
If prevention is difficult, that only leaves treatment. And, let me tell you, there are TONS of treatment suggestions out there. Today, we’re going to assume you have heard about (and tried) all the most common home-remedies. We won’t wax poetic about cucumbers, potatoes, and tea bags we are going to tell you about some home treatment options you may never have heard of before!
Let’s take a look at some different treatment options.
Parsley contains lots of chlorophyll, which can help lessen dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. Finely chop several parsley leaves. Fill the squares in an ice cube tray about halfway with the chopped parsley. Top with water and freeze. Remove two ice cubes, wrap them in small towels and place one over each eye.
Witch hazel is a natural astringent. The high concentration of tannins helps tighten skin and reduce swelling. Soak two cotton balls in witch hazel extract (available at most natural health stores and pharmacies). Lie down, close your eyes, and place the soaked cotton balls under your eyes for 15 minutes.
A face mask might help lessen the appearance of under eye circles too. Try one of these three masques with all natural ingredients.
- Combine 8 tablespoons fresh tomato juice, 4 tablespoons fine cornmeal, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder to make a thick paste.
- Another face mask recipe calls for a combination of orange-lentil flour, lemon juice, tomato purée and turmeric powder. The most important ingredient in both of these masks, turmeric, has anti-inflammatory qualities.
- If you aren’t a fan of turmeric powder, try a face mask of 1 tablespoon crushed almonds and whole, fresh milk.
Apply any one of these mask to the area under the eyes. Let it works its magic for about 20 minutes each day.
If you feel none of these (or other, more popular) methods are working, here are three unique ideas to consider.
- Ayurveda, which translates to “the science of life,” is an ancient Indian healing system. First, try cleansing the lymph system. A congested lymph system is supposedly responsible for under eye circles. Sip hot water every 15 minutes throughout the day to stimulate lymphatic drainage.
- Secondly, a 500-2,000mg dose of triphala – an herbal supplement made of three types of Indian fruit – can reduce constipation and further cleanse your body.
- Lastly, ayurveda supporters claim 10 minutes of gentle pressure on the pad of flesh below the eyes, using your index finger will reduce under eye circles.
There you have it – our favorite natural ways to treat the unsightly blemishes that soil the appearance of the face.
This is a guest post from blogger, Brenda Habben who has been fighting under eye circles for years. She recently discovered the wonders of turmeric powder and has had quite a bit of success. She finally feels comfortable visiting cheap-colored-contacts.com again; for several years, she stopped buying her favorite colored contacts because she didn’t want to draw attention to her unsightly blemishes.