What causes dark circles?
The dark circles are caused by “inflammation”- the inflammation of excess retained fluid pooled around the eyes. Why does fluid pool around the eyes when tired? Because when tired, circulation is poor, and so fluid is not removed as efficiently as when well-rested. The excess fluid- which includes “dead” cells of lymph and blood- in an area which has very thin skin. The result? Dark-appearing circles under- and sometimes around- the eyes.
With time and sleep, they do empty out on their own, but with repeated swelling, the skin above the lymph gland gets stretched out and tired.
- Honey and milk powder paste: Milk powder and honey paste work effectively to get rid of the dark circles if applied regularly.
- Avoid dairy If you are lactose intolerant, some people have seen drastic results when they left dairy. Try it for a week and see the difference.
- Avocado: You can use avocado as well, mash it up the inside part until it turns creamy and apply on the area under eyes and let it dry. Wash it away and apply a good moisturizer just after that.
- Cold milk: Using cold milk can help you to get rid of dark circles and also soothes your eyes and skin. Take a cotton ball and place it in a bowl of cold milk or iced water for a while. Keep it on for about 15 minutes and then wash it with regular water.
- Yoga/meditation: Stress and depression can be a great contributor to recurring dark under eyes. Meditation helps you to clean your mind so that you can get better consistent sleep and less dark circles.
- Avoid Over-sleeping: Yes it is also the reason behind those stubborn dark circles. You need to opt for a healthy lifestyle.
- Limit the time you spend on electronic things: Working on a laptop for long continuous hours can literally make the situation worse. I know you must be having a hectic schedule but you can take frequent breaks in between.
- Sleep for 8 hours. Sound sleep is very important. Don’t strain your eyes. If you are using the electronic gadget for a very long time, your eyes will tend to become dry and it is one of the biggest reason why you are struggling with the dark circles.
- Use cucumber slices: Wash the cucumber in regular water to make it free from the germs. Cut the chilled cucumber in the round shape slices. Keep it on both the eyes. Close your eyes. Keep it for 15 minutes.
- Wash your eyes with cold water: There’s a reason mothers always advise their children to rinse their eyes with cold water when they’re sore. It not only rejuvenates skin and reduces dark circles but also has a soothing effect on tired eyes.
- Peppermint Leaves: Crush some peppermint leaves and put them on the under eye skin. It is quite an effective remedy.
- Avoid fancy eye creams: Don’t spend lots of money on some fancy skin care products that promise to eliminate all the damage. Most of them contain ingredients to bleach under-eye area skin; yes, it lessens the coloration issue, but at what cost? Bleach, on your skin!?
- Use a cool damp washcloth: Every evening before bed, take a cool damp washcloth and drape it over your eyes for 15 minutes.