We all know the feeling- we catch a side glance in a mirror and briefly wonder who is looking back at us, before we realize that our dark circles, bags, and eye puffiness have gotten so out of control they practically have their own unique personality. As much as we can blame our dark circles on allergies, lack of sleep, or heredity, it's also nice to know that there's a solution out there regardless.
Well, we have found 25 fantastic ways to get rid of under eye circles under your eyes. And most of these you already have in your kitchen and medicine cabinets :)
From the Refrigerator
Chill some strawberries in the refrigerator for a half hour. Remove the tops and slice the remainder into thick pieces. Lie down and place the slices under your eyes for 5-10 minutes.
Take a ripe apple and cut it into large slices. Place the slices under the eyes and leave it on for a half hour Wash the skin with cold water and follow with an eye cream.
Place slices of chilled, ripe avocado under each eye. Press them gently with your fingers every few minutes and leave it on for 15- 20 minutes.
Cut a fresh cucumber into thick slices and chill them in the refrigerator for a half hour. Place the slices over your eyes for about 10 minutes. Wash the area with water. Repeat twice daily for about a week or more.
- You can also use cucumber juice. Mix with lemon juice in equal amounts. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on the affected skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with water. Follow this remedy daily for at least one week.
5. LEMON JUICE
Use a cotton ball to apply fresh lemon juice around your eyes. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse it off. Do this once daily for a few weeks.
- You can also make a thick paste by mixing one tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of tomato puree, a pinch of gram flour (besan) and turmeric powder. Apply the paste gently around your eyes. Rinse it off with clean water after 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat two or three times every week.
Note: If this causes a burning sensation, discontinue use.
6. ORANGE JUICE
Prepare a mixture with orange juice and glycerine. Dab some of the mixture on the affected area of the eyes three times a week for 5-10 minutes. Soon after, the appearance around the eyes will noticeably improve.
7. TOMATO JUICE
Mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with one-half teaspoon of lemon juice. Gently apply this mixture on the dark circles and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with water. Follow this remedy twice a day for a few weeks. Simply using tomato juice will also work.
Soak cotton balls in cold milk that has been in the refrigerator for at least one hour (higher fat-content, such as whole milk or buttermilk, works best). Place the cotton balls under your eyes and hold them there until they become warm. Follow this remedy three or four times daily for a few weeks.
Soak two cotton pads with plain organic yogurt on them (no added sugars or flavors) and place over eyes for 10 minutes.
10. EGG WHITES
Separate the yolks from 2 eggs and put the whites in a bowl. Whip the egg whites thoroughly until you get a stiff consistency. Add a few drops of witch hazel. Use a brush or soft cloth to apply this mixture under your eyes and allow it to dry. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Do this daily for a few days.
11. MINT LEAVES
Take 5-6 mint leaves and crush them. Apply these leaves around the eyes and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wipe it off with a cold cloth. You need to be very gentle, as you are contacting a very sensitive area.
- You can also mix mint leaves with tomato juice to make a paste. Apply this paste on the dark circles and leave it on for 5-7 minutes. Rinse off this area with cold water.
from the pantry
1. RAW POTATO
Grate one or two raw potatoes to extract the juice. Soak a cotton ball in the juice and place it over your closed eyes. Make sure the juice covers the dark circles under your eyes as well as the eyelids. Allow the juice to sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your eyelids well with cool water. Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks.
- You can also use thick potato slices to remove dark circles. Simply place over the eyes like cucumber slices.
2. ALMOND OIL
Before going to bed, apply a little almond oil over the dark circles and gently massage it into the skin. The next morning, wash it off with cold water.
3. COCONUT OIL
Massage some extra-virgin coconut oil on the under eye area. Leave it on for a few hours or overnight, and then wash it off.
4. TEA BAGS
Chill two used green or black tea bags in the refrigerator for about half an hour. Place one tea bag over each eye and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and wash your face. Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks.
5. COFFEE GROUNDS
Mix 2 teaspoons coffee grounds with either a small bit of water or 1 egg white to form a paste. Apply with hands or a brush around and under the eyes, avoiding eyelids and any eye contact. Remove after 15 minutes and wash your face.
6. SALT WATER
Mix a half teaspoon of salt in a bowl with 4 cups of warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot. Soak cotton balls or wool eye pads in this warm saline water and place them over your eyelids for a few minutes. Repeat the process for 15 to 20 minutes.
Mix two teaspoons each of turmeric powder with pineapple juice to make a thick paste and apply to under eye area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before wiping it away with a soft, damp cloth.
8. FENUGREEK SEEDS
Soak 2 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water and keep it for 3 hours. Grind the seeds to form a smooth paste. Add a pinch of turmeric. Then add 1 teaspoon of raw milk and mix well. Apply this under your eyes and keep for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
9. ORANGE LENTILS
Soak 3 teaspoon of orange lentils overnight. Make a smooth paste of it the next day. Add 1 teaspoon of tomato paste and lemon juice, then add a pinch of turmeric and mix well. Apply this under your eye and let it dry, then wash off with cool water.
From The Medicine cabinet
1. CASTOR OIL
Apply a small amount around your eyes and massage it gently for few minutes. Leave it on for a few hours (if applied in day time) or overnight (if applied at night time). Wash it off with water.
2. WITCH HAZEL
Soak two cotton pads in witch hazel. Apply to the affected area for 5 – 10 minutes and pat dry. Repeat regularly until results are visible.
3. ROSE WATER
Soak cotton eye pads in pure rose water for a few minutes then place the soaked pads on your closed eyelids. Leave on for about 15 minutes. Follow this remedy twice daily for a few weeks.
from The COLD
1. COLD COMPRESS
Soak a washcloth in cold water or cold milk and put it over your closed eyelids for several minutes. You can also wrap a few ice cubes in a soft napkin and place it under your eyes for a few minutes or use a bag of frozen peas.
2. COLD SPOONS
Chill 5 or 6 metal spoons in your refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. Hold the rounded portion of one of the cold spoons against your eye for a few minutes until the spoon becomes warm. As the spoon warms, replace it with another cold one from the refrigerator.
Have you tried any of these methods? Do you know any other methods to treat dark under-eye circles? Share your experience with us!