Top 10 Home Remedies for Dark Circles

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Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by many different things. For some people, dark circles come when they are not getting the appropriate amount of sleep at night. For others, lack of nutrition can cause dark circles. Some people even have dark circles because of their particular race and skin color. And finally, there are individuals who have no idea why they have dark circles under their eyes—but they certainly want to get rid of them.

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For anyone in any of these cases, you have no doubt seen many creams, lotions, serums and masks on the market for taking care of the grey and blue that seems to seep through under the eyes. But these are not the answer for you unless you like throwing tons of money in the garbage. The answer lies in some fantastic home remedies. for most of the following recipes, you probably won’t even need to purchase the items because they’ll already be in your kitchen or bathroom!

1. Buttermilk

  • There are many essential probiotics in all types of dairy products, but buttermilk has the most. It also has lactic acid, which helps to add brilliance to the skin.
  • Make a paste with 2 tsp of buttermilk and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of turmeric. Apply this paste to your skin and let it stay there for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Do not leave on too long because the turmeric can stain the skin. Rinse off.

2. Cold Cucumbers

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  • Cucumbers are refreshing and cool and full of water, which is what your skin needs when it starts to pocket and create dark circles beneath the eyes.
  • Simply slice up a few slices of cold cucumbers. Place one cucumber slice over each eye and let them sit there for about 20 minutes.
  • When you are done with the 20 minutes, remove the cucumber slices. No rinsing is necessary.

3. Castor Oil

  • Castor oil has been used for decades to help people’s skin when it gets inflamed. Puffiness in the eyes and dark purple circles can be helped greatly with castor oil.
  • To use castor oil under your eyes, all you need to do is take a few drops of the oil on your fingertips and rub it beneath your eyes.
  • There is no need to remove the oil unless you will be going out somewhere.

4. Mint

  • There are essential antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent and antimicrobial properties. It is used in many ways—to help your breath, revitalize your mind and soothe your skin.
  • Just grind up some mint leaves with a mortar and pestle, then add some coconut oil or cocoa butter to create a smooth minty paste.
  • Use it under the eyes every night before you go to bed.

5. Witch Hazel

  • As far as natural astringents go, witch hazel is the most natural of them. There are many ways that witch hazel can help your skin, but it is absolutely excellent for your under eye circles. Sometimes, the skin beneath the eyes is very thin and often needs revamping with something like witch hazel.
  • To use witch hazel, take a cotton round and soak it in witch hazel. Dab it underneath your eyes.
  • Do this each morning to revitalize the skin beneath your eyes.

6. Chamomile Tea

  • Chamomile is super saturating and cleansing and will help with your antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are necessary for skin moisture, and so are free radicals. Chamomile has both of these things.
  • To use chamomile tea, just take some tea bags, soak them in water, let them cool and set them over your closed eyes.
  • Leave the bags on for 5 to 10 minutes and then take them off. Do this every other day.

7. Almond Oil

  • As a natural emollient, almond oil is great at saturating the skin and giving it the nutrients it needs, including vitamin K.
  • Take a few drops of the almond oil and gently massage it under your eyes.
  • Leave the almond oil on overnight, and it will be absorbed while you sleep.

8. Avocado

  • Sometimes, dry skin is why you have dark circles. Avocados have essential oils that can nourish the skin under your eyes and help to make it softer.
  • Mash up half of an avocado and at 2 tsp of honey to it. Mix well.
  • Apply this beneath your eyes, and wait 10 minutes before removing. Do this every other day.

9. Night Jasmine

  • If you have sensitive skin, night jasmine is great for that, but it can still take care of under eye circles by rejuvenating the skin. It has ophthalmic, astringent and inflammatory properties.
  • Night jasmine is jasmine soaked in sesame oil.
  • Tap a few drops of night jasmine that has been added to a carrier oil under your eyes—especially when you’re feeling tired.

10. Rosewater

  • There are key antiseptic and anti-bacterial elements to rose water. It is great especially for contaminations and inflammation of the skin. Therefore, it is particularly good for taking care of puffiness of the eyes and circles. It smells great too!
  • Simply take a few drops of rose water, and dab it beneath your eyes every day.
  • There’s no need to remove the rose water.

Remember that these are fixes for dark circles that you cannot get rid of otherwise. So it makes sense that if you have the circles because of lack or sleep or lack of nutrition, you should remedy those situations first. Men and women should aim to get at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night, and some people even need more. In addition, make sure that you are eating enough calories each day for your age, gender, height and weight.

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Your meals should be nutritious and balanced with enough protein, calcium, nutrients and vitamins. Finally, anyone who is trying to stay healthy and beautiful should be drinking at least 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day! All of this and the amazing home remedies above will help those pesky dark circles finally disappear!

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, or questions below.

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