It’s an inevitable part of being human – we don’t always get enough sleep. Lack of sleep not only leads to feeling tired and irritable, it can also cause long term health problems and even ruin our appearance, most often with the dreaded malady known as dark under eye circles.
Dark circles under eyes can also be hereditary if deep-set eyes happen to run in your family. For others, dark circles can also occur as part of the aging process, as the skin under the eye begins to thin with age, leading to a hollow, sunken look. Medical research has also shown that they may be the result of leaking blood vessels, causing the dark tone to the skin under the eye, or simply from allergies and congestion.
Was Mom Wrong After All?
If you suffer from this problem you’ve probably tried one or two natural remedies over the years, like tea bags or potato slices (hopefully you realized before the tea bags caused too much damage that you shouldn’t use brown tea bags, which only make the area under your eyes darker. Seems Mom may not have known they had to be chamomile or rosemary tea bags in order to work!)
A lot of people swear that the best natural remedies are placing crushed mint leaves or dabbing rosewater under your eyes, but the evidence is contradictory and the science behind how these work is not well known. If either has worked for you in the past, then by all means, use them again. If you’ve never tried them, it’s better to stick with the proven remedies listed above.
So what are the best natural remedies for dark circles under our eyes? We’ve compiled some of the most well-known and popular remedies for you to try next time these unwanted facial imperfections make an appearance and threaten to ruin your big date or job interview.
- Chill Baby
One of the best things you can do is treat the area with something cold. A cold compress that’s been in the freezer or ice cubes wrapped in a cloth will help constrict blood vessels and get rid of the dark color. The cold temperatures will also help to thicken the skin so it looks less sunken. Rub the ice cubes in the area until they melt, or keep the compress on until it begins to warm. Repeat if necessary. Make certain the cloth doesn’t have any perfumes or dyes from being laundered, since these will irritate the skin and could possibly cause it to become inflamed on its own.
Almonds are known for promoting skin health, but they also make a great treatment for under eye circles by promoting circulation. Regularly massaging the area under eyes with almond oil is one of the best natural home remedies for getting rid of under eye circles.
- Lightening Agents
Pineapple juice mixed with turmeric powder or an equal parts mixture of tomato and cucumber juice are both recognized as effective bleaching agents. Either mixture will work great to lighten the area under your eyes. Be certain to rinse off thoroughly with cool water after 5 minutes.
- Avoidance is Sometimes a Good Thing
It may be that your problem is caused by an allergic reaction to something in your environment, like smoke or pet dander. If allergies to smoke, pets or anything else are the cause, keep away from whatever it is that’s bothering you.
If pet dander is the cause, there are non-drowsy antihistamines that work really well and allergy shots that have proven very effective. Whatever you do, don’t consider giving your pet away until you’ve exhausted every last alternative – they’re not doing it on purpose and adoption rates at animal shelters are extremely low, so odds are they’ll be put down within 10 days of being dropped off there).
Sun exposure can lead to increased melanin production, so use sunscreen or wear sunglasses whenever you have to go outside during the day.
Too much Vitamin A has been known to cause excessive vascularization (leaking blood vessels), so cut back on vitamins or foods high in Vitamin A.
- Turn From the Dark Side
Dark circles under your eyes will make you look tired and run down. Why put up with them when there are so many easy and inexpensive natural remedies you can try in the comfort of your own home? It’s time to turn from the dark side and enjoy a life free of those annoying under eye circles!