You wake up in the morning and get ready to start your day. You look at the mirror and notice these ugly dark circles around your eyes that make you look like you didn’t get enough sleep. However, you know you slept like a baby last night and you don’t feel tired at all.
The truth is, you don’t have those dark circles under your eyes because you’re tired or didn’t get enough sleep the night before. This is where most people make the mistake (in thinking that when they get more sleep the bags under their eyes will be no more).
So if dark circles aren’t caused by excessive fatigue or exhaustion, what causes them?
Dark circles show up for a number of different reasons such as:
- Hereditary – It isn’t uncommon for dark circles under the eyes to run in the family. Some people inherit fair or thin skin under the eyes from a family member.
- Allergies – Certain allergens can cause blood to build up in the skin under your eyes. Some of these allergens include pollen, dust mites, and mold. You can also develop dark circles from food allergies. So if you experience an allergic reaction from dairy products, yeast, soy products, or nuts, you might observe some dark circles around your eyes as one of the symptoms.
- Age – Age plays a huge role in the formation of dark circles around your eyes; as you get older your skin will loosen and thin out. This makes it much easier for dark circles to show when the collagen in your skin begins to break down — due to aging.
- Sun – The sun will help break down the collagen in your skin faster and make dark circles more visible. Too much sun exposure will also make your body have to create more melanin, which will make your skin darker.
But the good news is, there are some effective ways of clearing those dark circles from around your eyes. But before we discuss these remedies, here are four tips for preventing the formation of the dark circles:
- Eat a nutritious diet that involves consuming fresh vegetables, fruits, and unprocessed meats and cereal.
- Treat yourself properly and quickly once you feel an allergic reaction coming on or if the allergy season is coming on.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water daily (because dehydration is a huge factor in the formation of dark circles)
- Stop or cut back on activities that can cause dark circles like smoking or activities that cause you to be in the sun for an extended time.
Now, let’s discuss 3 effective home remedies for removing those uglifying dark circles whenever they form around your eyes:
Teabags are great home remedies for removing dark circles around the eyes. This is because they contain tannins, which are polyphenol particles that have great benefit for human skin.
The tannins naturally found in the teabags will tighten up the skin around your eye so the loose skin associated with dark eye circles stop drooping.
To execute this home remedy is simple. Just follow these steps:
- Steep two teabags in a cup (using hot water)
- After a few minutes of steeping, allow the tea bags to cool down a bit
- Apply the damp and cool tea bags to each eye and lay down
- Allow the tea bags to rest on each eye for at least 10 minutes before removing them
Do this a couple times daily, and within a week you’ll notice your dark circles begin to clear up.
2. Cucumber Slices
Cucumbers are a favorite vegetable to eat in salads and certain dishes. However, cucumbers have been used for a long time to help take care of a variety of cosmetic problems, and dark eye circles are no exception.
The cucumbers effective treatments for dark circles because the moisture inside them helps remove the darkness and add moisture to your skin. After applying the raw cucumber your eyes will immediately start looking brighter.
The best way to use cucumbers to treat your dark circles is to refrigerate them and make sure they are well cooled.
Then clean your face off and cut the cold cucumber into slices. Lay yourself down on a bed or sofa and place the cold cucumber slices directly over the dark circles under your eyes.
Allow the cucumber slices to remain there for 10 minutes before removing.
Doing this daily will add moisture to your skin around the eyes, decrease puffiness, and help get rid of your dark circles.
You can also juice the cucumber and take the cucumber juice and apply directly to the affected area using a cotton ball. Leave the juice around your eyes for 10 minutes before rinsing off.
3. Almond Oil
Almond oil is a natural emollient that can moisturize your skin. The oil also contains vitamin E and vitamin K, which can help decrease the puffiness and dark circles around your eyes. The oil will quickly rejuvenate the dull skin around your eyes.
Using almond oil is pretty straightforward; all you’ll need to do is rub the oil directly on the dark areas under your eyes.
If you keep applying the oil to your eyes everyday your dark circles should start to clear up within a week or two.
You can also make this home remedy more effective by adding some raw honey to the oil and applying the mixture to the affected area.
Try any of these home remedies, and you’ll easily erase those dark circles whenever they show around your eyes.
About the author
John Maddox writes for Yeast Home Medicine. Visit http://yeasthomemedicine.com to learn some great home remedies for treating yeast infections naturally.