When it comes to beauty woes, dark under-eye circles may very well be in first place. It seems like everyone has them. The hyperpigmentation is totally harmless, but it can be frustrating to deal with. These pesky circles can make you look tired, unhealthy, or sad. Why not try rosewater? This natural remedy is gentle and budget-friendly. Dark eye circles become more common as we age. Sun exposure, loss of collagen, and thin skin are just a few reasons.
If you don’t get much sleep, dark circles are also likely. Once they show up, they never seem to leave. Rosewater is thought to fight pigmentation and regenerate skin cells. It also fights inflammation, so it’s good for swelling and puffiness. Plus, rosewater refreshes and tightens, so it’s often used as a toner. Compared to chemical peels and bleaching creams, rosewater much gentler. Here are seven ways to use it for dark under-eye circles.1 2
Benefits Of Rosewater For Hyperpigmentation
1. Rosewater Has A Relaxing Effect
Rosewater works perfectly fine by itself. This treatment is useful when you’re traveling, in a rush, or just want something simple.
- Wash your face in a normal way.
- Soak a cotton ball with rosewater.
- Apply underneath your eyes.
- Let it dry and moisturize.
2. Rosewater And Cucumber Will Soothe The Eyes
The saying “cool as a cucumber” makes a lot of sense. The vegetable is 20 degrees lower than the outside temperature,3 making it a soothing remedy for tired eyes. In a blink, you can wave goodbye to inflammation and swelling.
- Peel and chop one cucumber.
- Blend until pureed.
- Combine 1 teaspoon each of rosewater and cucumber puree.
- Apply under the eyes.
- After 15 minutes, wash off and pat dry.
3. Rosewater Cucumber Slices Have A Spa-Like Feel
If don’t have a blender or don’t want to bother – try this method instead. This is ideal for that spa-like feel. To always have this treatment on hand, keep a jar of cucumber slices in rosewater in the refrigerator.
- Soak cucumber slices in rosewater. Place in the refrigerator.
- After 30 minutes, take 2 cucumber slices.
- Close your eyes and place on top of your eyelids.
- After 15 minutes, pat dry.
4. Rosewater And Potato Contain Vitamin C
The ordinary potato is used to light hyperpigmentation. It contains some vitamin C, a nutrient needed to make collagen, the structural protein of skin.4
- Peel and cube 1 potato.
- Puree in a blender until smooth.
- Mix 1 teaspoon each of rosewater and puréed potato.
- Spread onto dark circles.
- After 15 minutes, rinse off and pat dry.
- Store leftover potato in the refrigerator for future uses.
5. Rosewater And Green Tea Give A Cooling Effect
Rosewater plus green tea creates a cooling sensation. Together, the duo has significant anti-inflammatory powers! Better yet, green tea has been proven to lighten hyperpigmentation.5
- Brew 1 cup of strong green tea. Let cool.
- Combine with 1 cup of rosewater. Stir well.
- Soak a cotton ball.
- Close your eyes and apply on the dark circles.
- After 15 minutes, wash pat dry.
- Pour the leftover mixture in a clean jar and store in the refrigerator.
6. Rosewater Tea Bags Relax The Skin
Green tea can also be used in the form of cooled tea bags. Many people love this technique, as it feels relaxing on the skin. Why not soak them in rosewater first? Afterward, the leftover rosewater can be used on the face.
- Soak two green tea bags in rosewater.
- After 15 to 20 minutes, store the tea bags in the refrigerator. Let cool.
- Place on dark eye circles.
- Use the green tea-infused rosewater on dark circles or as a toner.
7. Rosewater And Milk Will Increase Firmness
To fight the signs of aging, use rosewater with milk. The lactic acid in milk will smooth fine lines and wrinkles. As an added bonus, it’ll also increase thickness and firmness.6
- Add 1 teaspoon rosewater to ½ teaspoon milk.
- Mix well.
- Soak a cotton ball and apply on dark circles.
- After 15 minutes, rinse with water and pat dry.
You can find rosewater at grocery stores and health food stores. While it’s gentle, be mindful around the eyes. Getting anything in there may sting!
|↑1, ↑2||Gendler, Ellen C. “Treatment of periorbital hyperpigmentation.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal 25, no. 6 (2005): 618-624.|
|↑3||Cucumber. University of Illinois Extension.|
|↑4||Vitamin C. Oregon State University.|
|↑5||Leyden, J. J., B. Shergill, G. Micali, J. Downie, and W. Wallo. “Natural options for the management of hyperpigmentation.” Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 25, no. 10 (2011): 1140-1145.|
|↑6||Smith, Walter P. “Epidermal and dermal effects of topical lactic acid.” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 35, no. 3 (1996): 388-391.|