So here it is my Part 2 of the how to get rid of dark eye circles.
I have posted a few of my tried and tested remedies and also some that other people use, give it a go and see if they work for you…
I prefer to use these remedies in the morning when my eyes feel the most tired looking and then conceal them with some make-up (if I’m going out) And for most of the recipes I make a little extra and use on my face as well and have a little pamper night in.
Frozen spoons! This doesn’t act so much get rid of the darkness but certainly reduces puffiness. Also if you use the round end of the spoon to massage lightly in a circular motion really helps.
I admit I am quite lazy and I would never be able to wait for a spoon to actually go cold.
So just simply put ice cubes into a bowl and rotate 4 metal spoons around, 2 on my eyes 2 in the bowls when the first set start to get warm switch them over.
Do this for at least 5 minutes.
Tea bags work a treat. I wrote about this in my green tea post but because of the levels of natural caffeine and tannins this helps constrict blood vessels and reducing the dark circles. Make sure its caffeinated (Normal Tea or Green Tea bags) as herbal teas like chamomile, or mint won’t have caffeine in them.
Just take the tea bags and dip into either hot or cold (I prefer cold as its more refreshing) water and rest them onto your eyes. Sit back and relax for at least 10 minutes. Simple!..
Cucumbers! Now everybody knows this little trick. Cucumbers act as an astringent and really help tighten all those loose skin around your eyes. The coldness helps reduce the puffyness and its also known to help lighten the skin.
Place a slice of cold cucumber on the eyes and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Definitely leaves you feeling fresh.
I always keep a potato in the fridge and just grate it and place onto the eyes.
Sometimes I like to place the gratings into two muslin cloths and tie up the ends with a rubber band (like a pouch) and really extract all the starch and juice of the potatoes (I apply it onto my face which helps get rid of blemishes as well) and then place the pouches onto my eyes. Relax for at least 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
Apart from the cold reducing the puffiness this won’t have immediate results. And will require patience but it really does get rid of blemishes and reduce the dark circles under your eyes if done regularly. (Works well on Asian skin, my aunt swears by it lol)
Turmeric. One of my favourite ingredients for home remedies. For all the info on turmeric read..
Use a teaspoon of honey (acts as an astringent) splash of lemon juice (lightening properties but don’t add too much as its acidic and will sting your eyes) a teaspoon of yoghurt (cooling as well as probiotic) and teaspoon of turmeric and tablespoon of cornstarch. Mix them all together into a paste and leave under the eyes for about five minutes. Make a little bit extra and you can even use this all over the face. Rinse with warm water and splash with cold water to close the pores and help with the circulation of blood vessels reducing the puffiness.
Tomato paste. Tomatoes also share similar properties as lemons and potatoes in the sense of lightening. Some people simply cut half a tomato and in circular motions just rub around the face and carefully under the eyes. Or you can make a paste.
Mix two teaspoons of tomato juice, with a dash of lemon juice, pinch of turmeric and a tablespoon of corn starch. Add more tomato juice if the paste is too thick. And apply to the under eyes for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and splash with cold water.
This also will not show results straight away, it has to be done as a routine. Try it daily for a week, see how it goes.
Lemon or Orange Juice. Similar to tomatoes this is also rich in vitamin C and also has skin lightening properties. Some people like to take half a lemon and rub onto face or using a cotton bud apply the juice. You can also mix some glycerin into the juice.
But personally I find this too harsh for my skin especially around my eyes its just too acidic for me but it may work for others.
Rose water. I’ve written a post about this so do check it out. https://maenasblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/wonder-potion/
It helps reduce dark circles and puffy eyes and ultimate cooling- soothing effect! Rosewater is said to stimulate the circulation of tiny blood vessels underneath the skin, therefore helps reduce the appearance of thread veins and broken capillaries.
All you have to do is place two cotton balls soaked in rose water for about 5 minutes.
I find this works really well and smells great. No mess what so ever.
Aloe Vera. This contains vitamin E and antioxidants which can help reduce the puffiness and improving blood circulation at the same time. Simple massage some of the gel or juice using clean fingertips in a circular massaging motion to help improve circulation and really drain and flush out all that excess fluid causing the puffiness. This also leaves your eyes feeling really cool and refreshed.
You can also just soak cotton wool pads or balls into Aloe Vera juice/gel and leave on eyes for 5-10 minutes.
Sometimes I just cut the cotton wool pad into a rounded semi-circle type shape to fit the area under my eyes and place this literally just on the bags.
There probably are many other recipes or remedies out there, do share and comment to let me know if they work for you? Or if they don’t?
I do recommend going to a dermatologist or your doctor if you do get any allergic reactions to any products or ingredients and if you have extensive dark eye bags to discuss further options or give information.
These are just my insights to some ways you can help reduce the appearance of them.
Hope they help..