Having an 8 hours long good night sleep, following a simple night skincare routine, but still, you find dark circles looking back at you. It’s quite frustrating, isn’t it? Like you, even I used to think that following a proper sleeping routine can banish the dark circles.
You see, the skin around our eyes is slightly thin compared to other parts. Stress, improper sleep, inadequate diet, less intake of water, or allergy to some products can make our skin look dull and pale. This leads to the appearance of the dark tissues and blood vessels beneath the skin. You must remember our elders telling us not to repeatedly rub our eyes? Repeated rubbing of the delicate skin around the eyes eventually makes the skin loose and a brown discoloration around the eye.
Dark circles are not gender-specific, they are common in both men and women. But dark circles have their own way to cause a lot of stress among people. The appearance of dark circles under the eyes makes anyone look tired, dull, and old. Let me tell you, it’s not easy to get rid of dark circles. The simplest way is to have a “ME Time” every day to nourish and nurture the skin under our eyes, recovering it from day-to-day stress.
Now, let us have a look at what DIY we can use in our Me Time to prevent or treat the under eye dark circles.
DIY to prevent under-eye dark circles
Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean washcloth and place it under your eyes for about 20 minutes. Massaging the area under your eyes with ice cubes constricts the blood vessels, reducing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Massage with ice cubes daily after washing your face at night.
Green Tea Bags
Whenever you make green tea using the tea bags, Don’t throw the tea bags away. Instead, keep it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Enjoy the cup of green tea while your tea bags are cooling. Place the cool tea bags on your eyes for about 10-15 minutes and rinse it with cool water afterward. The antioxidants present in green tea helps in improving the blood circulation under the eyes. This makes the skin around your eyes look vibrant and glowing.
Soak 2 cotton pads in cold milk. Squeeze out the excess and place it on the eyes such that it covers the dark circles. Relax your body for 20 minutes while the milk works its wonders. And rinse with cold water. Repeat thrice a week for better and faster results. The vitamin B12 in milk naturally lightens dark circles under your eyes, while vitamins A and B6, helps in building new skin cells. Milk also helps in protecting the delicate skin under the eye from harmful UV rays.
A very simple DIY. Just make a paste by blending a few mint leaves and apply it under your eyes. You can also add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric to the juice, to rejuvenate tired and saggy skin. The menthol in mint leaves improves blood circulation in the applied area. The vitamin C and turmeric makes the skin around the eyes appear brighter. Leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing and apply twice a week.
Scoop out some aloe vera pulp from your garden and gently massage it under the eye area for 10 minutes. You can also use marketed aloe vera pulp. There is no need to rinse unless you find it sticky. Aloe vera moisturizes the delicate skin making it soft and hydrated. Apply it every day for better results.
Oils you can use:
Choose your favorite oil and follow simple steps to lighten the under eye dark circles.
Gently massage 2-3 drops of extra virgin coconut oil under the eye for a few minutes and leave it overnight. Add this step to your night-time skincare routine. is extremely moisturizing and contains vitamin E and antioxidants that help repair damaged skin cells and dryness. It also is rich in lactic acid that tightens skin.
With Lemon Juice: Mix a few drops of lemon juice to 1 tbsp of almond oil. Massage the mixture around your eyes for 2 minutes. Rinse it after 10 minutes.
With Vitamin E: Mix equal amounts of Vitamin E and almond oil. Apply this mixture before going to sleep and leave it overnight. Rinse it off the next morning with cold water.
Take a few drops of argan oil under the eyes for a few minutes before sleeping. Leave it overnight and rinse in the morning. The vitamin E and tocopherols in the oil replenish the moisture in skin cells. The argan oil also repairs the hydro-lipid layer which reduces the wrinkles around the eye.
Vegetables you can use:
See some amazing benefits of vegetables you like. Consuming these vegetables also provides you with many vitamins and nutrients. Make a paste of it and provide an extra dose of nourishment to your skin.
Remember we have seen many videos and magazine photos showing ladies with facial pack and slices of cucumber on their eyes. While the face pack does its work, cucumbers naturally heal and cools the skin around the eye. Thus helping in minimizing the dark circle appearance.
Soak some potatoes in ice-cold water for some time and then peel and grate it. Extract the juice in a bowl and soak cotton pads for a minute. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash off with normal water. Potato naturally bleaches and lightens the skin under your eyes as well as prevents puffiness.
Extract tomato juice and mix ½ tsp of lemon juice and 2 tsp of gram flour to it. Apply the paste under your eyes and leave for around 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. Unlike the potato, tomatoes are also natural bleaching agents. The antioxidants in tomatoes reduce the discoloration around the eyes.
Dark circles are mostly temporary and are often an indication of aging or lack of sleep. We have seen a number of DIY to enhance your under-eye dark circles. But there is no need to stress over having dark circles, stress will only make it worse. However, if you still see discoloration or swelling under your eye, it will be better to schedule a doctor visit.
Choose the best DIY which soothes your skin and follow the under-eye care routinely every night for better results.
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