Dark under eye circles, also referred to as dark rings or shadows, can appear as a result of genetics, lack of sleep, fatigue, stress, dry skin, vitamin deficiency, or aging, to name a few. The skin care industry has developed a number of high-end creams, gels and serums that all claim to relieve under eye circles and bags, but there are just as effective home remedies for dark circles that cost significantly less and do not expose us to artificial chemicals. Here is a list of those more natural remedies.
Cucumbers are not only good to help eliminate dark circles, but they also reduce bags under the eyes. They have anti-inflammatory, astringent, and skin-lightening effects, which makes them some of the best home remedies for dark circles. Cucumbers are also beneficial for revitalizing skin, firming and tightening it, cooling it, eliminating water retention in the eye area, and reducing swelling and eye puffiness.
They contain ascorbic and caffeic acid as well as potassium, silica, vitamin E, and other antioxidants that reduce wrinkles and other issues. Side effects are usually inexistent, but allergic reactions can occur so test a section on another area of the skin before proceeding.
- Fresh cucumber or cucumber juice.
- Cotton balls.
Cut the cucumber into thick slices and refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes, place a slice on each eye, and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then, wash off the area with water and repeat the process twice a day for a week or more.
If using cucumber juice, squeeze enough juice from the cucumber to soak two cotton balls. Then, place a cotton ball on each eye, leave them on for 15 minutes, and remove with water. Perform this daily for at least a week.
In its raw and organic (unfiltered) form, honey is another home remedy for dark circles. Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory with antimicrobial and natural bleaching effects that reduce skin pigmentation, therefore it is one of the most effective home remedies for dark circles.
It is also beneficial as a moisturizer, is loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients, and helps to promote blood circulation. It also aids with skin regeneration and collagen production. Individuals that are allergic to pollen and bee stings should be cautious, even using it on the skin.
Honey is also featured in many natural and homemade anti-wrinkle recipes; if you are interested in other remedies to tighten and rejuvenate skin, you can see our list of the best home remedies for wrinkles.
Apply a thin layer of raw and organic honey on the under eye area, carefully massage it in for a few minutes, and leave it on for 20 minutes or overnight. Then, wash off with water. Follow this process on a regular basis until you notice results.
3. Almond Oil (Sweet)
This oil is one of several essential oils for dark circles; it acts as a carrier oil in its sweet form and an essential oil in its bitter form. It’s a soothing treatment for both getting rid of bags under eyes and dark circles. The effects of almond oil are softening, smoothing and lightening of the eye area, which makes it a reliable ingredient for home remedies for dark circles or standalone treatment.
Moisturizing comes in the form of palmitic acid and retinol while Vitamin K improves blood clotting, circulation and discoloration around the eyes. Vitamin E also improves blood flow and skin rejuvenation. Side effects should be minimal to none with sweet almond oil, but for those who are allergic to nuts, it is a good idea to test in less sensitive areas of the skin before using.
Apply a little almond oil over the dark circles before bed and gently massage it into the skin. Leave the oil on overnight, then following morning remove the oil with cold water.
Follow this on a daily basis until the dark circles are lessened.
Home remedies for dark circles appear to be the rage and the spice turmeric as a medicinal and beauty remedy has been effectively used for everything from masques to internal treatments for a number of medical conditions. This root has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and lightening effects on under eye dark circles and can get rid of bags under eyes as it is able to smooth, soften, and tighten skin.
Warning: Turmeric can trigger dermatitis or hives in some individuals, so it is advisable to test on other parts of the skin for allergic reaction before use.
- Ground organic turmeric.
- Fresh pineapple juice.
Mix two teaspoons of turmeric powder with enough pineapple juice to make a paste and apply it to the under eye area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth. Do this daily, for five days, until positive results are indicated.
5. Coconut Oil
Home remedies for dark circles under eyes should always include coconut oil as coconut oil for dark circles is a remedy that has numerous benefits not only for dark circles, but a host of other skin conditions that require help. Coconut oil can be purchased in grocery stores, health food stores and online health food stores. It has the effect of softening, smoothing and lightening under eye skin through lauric acid.
Some people are allergic to coconut oil so there may be side effects with using it around the eyes. It is a rich product and can cause skin eruptions, so test it on another skin area before using it under the eyes.
Gently massage the coconut oil on the under eye area, allow it to remain for a few hours, and then wash it off. Repeat the process to three times daily for a few months until results are visible.
6. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is an easy and effective home remedy for dark circles because it is an effective lightening and tightening agent for both dark circles and lifting loose under eye skin. Its high vitamin C content is effective for lightening many areas of the skin. However, lemon juice can be irritating and can cause burning sensations so it should be tested before being used in the delicate eye area.
- Fresh lemons.
- Cotton balls.
Squeeze the juice of a lemon and use a cotton ball to apply fresh lemon juice around your eyes. Leave the cotton ball on for about 10 minutes and then rinse the lemon juice off. Do this once daily for a few weeks to see the best results.
7. Black Tea
The effectiveness of tea bags is due to many antioxidants, tannins, and caffeine present in tea. Moreover, it can also help with the puffiness under eyes as it shrinks the blood vessels and reduces fluid retention.
- Black tea bags.
Chill two used black tea bags, place them over each eye, and leave them on for 10 to 15 minutes. Tea can be irritating to the inner eye, so it is best to keep eyes tightly closed when using them. Then, remove the tea bags and wash the eye area. Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks.
Potatoes can treat dark skin and puffiness under the eye due to the vitamins and minerals that act as natural bleaching agents. Side effects should be minimal, if at all, but it is always a good idea to check for allergies concerning the skin.
- Cotton balls.
Grate several raw potatoes to obtain the juice, soak a cotton ball in the juice, and place it over your closed eyes. Make sure you cover the dark circles and the eyelids, then let the juice remain on the eye area for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally, rinse the eye area with cool water and repeat several times a day for a few weeks.
Milk is another easy home remedy for dark circles as it contains lactic acid that helps soften and moisturize the skin under the eyes. It also contains protein, enzymes, amino acids, and antioxidants that have the effect of strengthening and healing damaged skin. Its components can also calm the skin, get rid of bags under eyes, lighten, and brightens the discoloration.
- Whole milk.
- Cotton balls or compress cloth.
Soak cotton balls or a compress cloth in cold milk that has been in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Then, place the cotton balls under the eyes and keep them there until they warm up. Repeat this process three or four times daily for a few weeks for the best results.
10. Tomato Juice
Tomatoes are another staple used in home remedies for dark circles thanks to their high content of Vitamin C and bleaching agents. The fruit acids in tomato juice are effective dark circle inhibitors and also have antioxidant effects.
- Tomato juice or a raw tomato.
- Lemon juice.
Mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and gently rub mixture to the under eye area with your fingers. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with water. Use this home remedy for dark circles twice a day for a few weeks.
Rosewater contains a form of Vitamin C that works its magic under the eyes. Its effects are felt through rejuvenation of the skin and soothing of the under eye area. It’s also loaded with minerals, vitamin A, and flavonoids that aid in reducing dark circles by protecting and refreshing the skin.
It is as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial treatment to purge the under eye skin of toxins. There are no known ill effects of rose water, but just like any plant derivative it should be tested before use.
Soak cotton eye pads in pure rose water for a few minutes and put the soaked pads over the eyes. Allow them to sit in place for about 15 minutes, then remove them; rinsing after using this home remedy for dark circles is not mandatory. Follow this treatment twice a day for a few weeks.
If you have a flower garden, you can try making your own rose water. Here’s a useful video tutorial:
12. Cold Compress
This is one of the easiest of home remedies for dark circles under eyes as it requires less preparation, other than making sure you have cold water available in your refrigerator. You are getting rid of bags under eyes as well as dark circles all in one fell swoop. The effects of a cold compress are to constrict the blood vessels under the eyes, which also helps to get rid of bags under eyes as it reduces eye puffiness.
- Cold water or ice cubes.
- Washcloth or soft napkin.
Soak a washcloth in cold water and place the washcloth over closed eyelids for several minutes. Alternatively, wrap a few ice cubes in a soft napkin and place them on the area for a few minutes. Just make sure the temperature isn’t too low, since this may cause irritation and pain in the area.
No matter what remedy you choose to use of the twelve listed here, getting rid of bags under the eyes and dark circles can be accomplished within two-three weeks’ time. However, results can be seen from the first use with coconut oil, lemon juice, honey, or the potent rose water. If you know other home remedies for dark circles that are proven to significantly reduce under eye dark circles and bags, tell us your ideas; we’d love to know your secrets!