No one likes under eye circles. They make you look exhausted! Yet, almost everyone has them. It’s a fact of life.
Causes range from genetics to allergies. For most people, sleep deprivation is a major culprit. Plus, as you get older, discoloration is more likely.1
In stores, you can find countless eye creams made for dark circles. But why spend a fortune? Take the Ayurvedic route with these seven natural remedies.
1. Vitamin C
Tasty sources include oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, tomato, broccoli, and spinach. Your skin – and immunity – will flourish.4
When applied on the skin, vitamin C treats discoloration.5 Why not make an eye mask? To be safe, use gentler foods like spinach. Mash it up with a moisturizer like a coconut, avocado, or olive oil. Carefully apply it on your dark circles. After 10 minutes, wash off and pat dry.
This is great news for dark circles. In fact, some eye creams focus on this exact mechanism. But why not use avocados? With some mashed avocado, you’ll have a homemade eye treatment.
Puffiness draws attention to dark circles. Luckily, cucumber slices can save the day.
Cucumbers have a cooling effect. In fact, the inside flesh is 20 degrees lower than the outside air!8 They get even cooler if you store them in the refrigerator.
To use this remedy, place one cucumber slice on each eye. This will reduce puffiness and make dark circles less obvious.
4. Tea Bags
Used tea bags will also do the trick. It’s more cost-effective than cucumbers since they’re usually tossed out. Simply save the bags after brewing a cup.
To cool them down, store them in the refrigerator. Place them on your eyes while they’re still damp. Thanks to the cooling sensation, puffiness will subside.
Green tea is the best choice. It will increase the skin’s thickness, making dark circles look less noticeable. Plus, it’ll moisturize the skin – the number one trick for making the skin look healthy.9
5. Ice Cubes
Are your eyes extra puffy? Opt for ice. This remedy is used for injuries, bruises, and cystic acne. However, it can also work for super puffy eyes.
Wrap an ice cube in a clean paper towel. On each eye, apply the compress for 10 to 15 seconds. It’ll de-puff your skin and make darkness less noticeable.
6. Cold Spoons
For another compress, use spoons. They’re cheap and easy! The cold surface will do wonders for puffiness.
Leave two spoons in the freezer for eight hours. Place on your eyes until the spoons warm up. Wash and repeat as much as you’d like.
7. Bladderwrack Extract
Bladderwrack sounds funky, but it’s just a type of seaweed. The extract might also be your new best friend.
On the skin, bladderwrack degrades heme – an iron-containing compound. Heme is actually thought to cause dark circles. Plus, bladderwrack can even ease inflammation, decrease eye bags, and increase collagen.10 It’s just what your eyes need!
Never consume bladderwrack extract.11 Only use it on the skin, and follow the package’s directions.
Always wear sunscreen. It’s been proven to help hyperpigmentation.12 To avoid chemical irritation, use a natural sunscreen that’s made for the eyes.
|↑1, ↑5, ↑7, ↑12||Sarkar, Rashmi, Rashmi Ranjan, Shilpa Garg, Vijay K. Garg, Sidharth Sonthalia, and Shivani Bansal. “Periorbital hyperpigmentation: A comprehensive review.” The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology 9, no. 1 (2016): 49.|
|↑2, ↑4||Vitamin C. Oregon State University.|
|↑3||Freitag, Fernanda Magagnin, and Tania Ferreira Cestari. “What causes dark circles under the eyes?.” Journal of cosmetic dermatology 6, no. 3 (2007): 211-215.|
|↑6||Chai, Wei-Ming, Man-Kun Wei, Rui Wang, Rong-Gen Deng, Zheng-Rong Zou, and Yi-Yuan Peng. “Avocado proanthocyanidins as a source of tyrosinase inhibitors: structure characterization, inhibitory activity, and mechanism.” Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 63, no. 33 (2015): 7381-7387.|
|↑8||Cucumber. University of Illinois Extension.|
|↑9||Campos, P. M., Mirela D. Gianeti, Daiane G. Mercurio, and Lorena R. Gaspar. “Synergistic effects of green tea and ginkgo biloba extracts on the improvement of skin barrier function and elasticity.” Journal of drugs in dermatology: JDD 13, no. 9 (2014): 1092-1097.|
|↑10||Chavan, Manasi, Yuhua Sun, Jill Litchauer, and Alain Denis. “Fucus extract: cosmetic treatment for under-eye dark circles.” Journal of cosmetic science 65, no. 2 (2013): 103-113.|