Whether it’s long hours spent in front of the computer getting that assignment submitted before a deadline, late nights spent studying tediously for that major biology exam or merely your allergies flaring up with the change in season… the reality is that at some point, most of us will wake up one morning with those dreaded and most-feared dark circles beneath our eyes. While there are many causes of dark circles, some things such as lack of sleep, genetics, allergies, lack of a balanced and nutrition-filled diet could be the culprit and most certainly could be one of the most difficult things to get rid of. These are 10 simple and cost-effective remedies to help you get rid of dark circles… FOR GOOD!
1) Green tea
Dip 2 tea bags into a cup of cold water, refrigerate for 5-10 minutes and place onto both eyelids for a few minutes. Green tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that will help lighten dark circles.
2) Potato slices
Slices 2 pieces of raw potato and place on both eyelids for a few minutes. Remove and rinse thoroughly.
3) Lemon and tomato juice
Mix a tablespoon (15ml) of both lemon and tomato juice in equal parts. Dab with cotton pads and apply over both eyes. Leave on as a toner for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse off.
4) Coconut and almond oil
Prepare a mixture of both oils (coconut & almond) and massage into the eye area. Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour. Both oils have great moisturising properties that will soothe and hydrate the eye area, reducing fatigue and increasing blood circulation.
5) Cucumber slices
Cut 2 thin pieces of cucumber and rest on both eyelids. Leave on the slices for approximately 15-30 minutes. Cucumber has skin lightening properties whilst the cooling effect leaves the eye feeling refreshed.
6) Rose water
Soak 2 cotton pads in a quarter cup of rose water. Place cotton pads onto eyelids and leave on for 10-15 minutes.
7) Aloe Vera gel
Apply a little amount of aloe Vera gel onto 2 cotton pads and place onto eyelids and surrounding areas. Gently massage onto the area with fingertips and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Aloe Vera gel has distinctive anti-inflammatory properties and both a cooling and soothing effect.
8) Baking soda
Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in 250ml of warm water and dip onto 2 cotton pads. Place onto eyelids for a few minutes. Studies have shown that baking soda has anti-inflammatory and lightening properties.
9) Liquorice extract and Vitamin K
Break a capsule of vitamin K and dissolve the powder into 4 drops of liquorice extract, mix well. Apply onto dark circles with the fingertips and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Liquorice decreases skin pigmentation and vitamin K increases blood circulation, making this an excellent combination to reduce dark circles.
10) Cold compression
Lastly, if you don’t have any of the above ingredients at home or have sensitive skin, cold compression is one of the old tricks to reducing the appearance of dark circles around the eyes. Soak a facecloth in cold water or milk and rest on eyes for about 10 minutes every day. Cold compression will constrict blood vessel around the eyes, reducing puffiness and fatigue.