Dark circles under eyes, and their equally annoying cousins, bags under eyes, are the worst! Here are some tried and tested home remedies to help you find out how to get rid dark circles and bags under eyes for good.
When they put those cucumber slices over your eyes at the spa, it’s not just for show! Chilled cucumbers are an excellent home remedy for getting rid of dark circles and bags under your eyes. How do they help? Cucumbers contain anti-inflammatory and lightening properties to help fix those raccoon eyes naturally.
Cucumbers are also natural astringents, which means they tighten pores and make skin look smoother. Winning!
How to use cucumbers to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes
Cut a cucumber into thinish slices and place them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill. Place the slices on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with water. Do this at least twice a day for visible results.
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2. Raw potatoes
Just like cucumbers, potatoes contain an enzyme that has natural bleaching properties. The enzyme is called catecholase, which is sometimes used in cosmetics for its skin lightening properties. So it’s perfect for getting rid of dark circles under your eyes the natural way. Potatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce puffiness around the eyes, so they’ll also banish any eye bags and puffiness.
How to use potatoes to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes
Grate a potato to extract its juice, then use cotton wool to apply the juice to the affected areas on your eyes. You can also place potato slices on your eyes for 20 minutes, then rinse them with water.
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3. Almond oil
Gently massaging the area around the eyes with almond oil has been used as a natural remedy to treat dark circles for centuries.
Gentle massage improves circulation and blood flow around the eyes, which helps to lighten dark circles. Combine this technique with anti-oxidant and vitamin-packed almond oil, and you’ve got a powerful home remedy for banishing your dark circles for good. Plus the fatty acids will keep the delicate skin around your eyes moisturised.
How to use almond oil to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes
After washing your face, dot a small amount of almond oil onto your dark circles and massage them gently (from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner of your eye) using your ring finger. Leave the oil on while you sleep for an overnight skin pampering session. You can also add honey to your almond oil, as honey is a natural moisturiser. Keep at it for a few weeks and you should start to see a real difference in your dark circles.
4. Cold tea bags
Tea bags contain caffeine and anti-oxidants that help reduce fluid retention (which is what causes puffy eyes) and helps get rid of dark circles and eye bags — winning! Use chamomile or green tea bags for this home remedy.
How to use tea bags to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes
Put two used tea bags in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill. Place them on your eyes for 15 minutes then rinse off the tea. If you’ve got a big event coming up and you don’t want any dark circles or eye bags making an appearance, practice this routine at least twice a day a few days before.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene, which also has skin lightening properties, perfect for treating dark circles under eyes.
How to use tomatoes to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes
Mix some tomato paste with lemon juice and use cotton wool to apply it to your dark circles. Leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse with water.
More tips from our beauty editor on how to get rid dark circles and bags under eyes for good
- In a hurry and don’t have any of these superhero ingredients in your pantry? Keep a pair of teaspoons in the fridge for emergency relief of puffy eyes. If you wake up with puffy eyes, just apply them for 2 minutes, and you should see a huge improvement.
- After washing your face with warm water, immediately splash on some cold water to improve your circulation, and reduce dark circles and puffy eyes.
- Stress and a lack of sleep can make dark circles worse. Here are 10 easy things you can try to help you get a good night’s sleep.
- Always apply eye cream at night to hydrate your eye area.
- Puffy eyes and dark circles under your eyes can be caused by a vitamin K deficiency. Get your levels checked or take a supplement to make sure you’re not deficient.