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The 7 Best Home Remedies For Dark Circles

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Dark circles under the eyes or “panda eyes” are pretty common, and there can be a variety of causes. The good news is, that there are some home remedies that you can use to treat them.

Dark circles under the eyes can occur at any age and for a few different reasons. The main factor causing dark circles under the eyes is genetics — some people are just more prone to them than others. On top of this, as we age, dark circles under the eyes become more common as the skin on our face thins or if our eyes become puffy, it can cause dark shadows under the eyes.

Dark circles under the eyes may or may not be related to your health; they are often exacerbated by tiredness or fatigue. Other causes can be allergies, iron deficiency, sun exposure, smoking, or drinking alcohol.

Thankfully there are various home remedies available that won’t break the bank and will leave your eyes feeling fresh again. Read on for seven home remedies for dark circles under the eyes.

1. Cold Tea Bag Soak Against Dark Circles

The caffeine in tea reduces the size of blood vessels and improves circulation because caffeine is a vasoconstrictor. Just brew two tea bags in hot water for five minutes and then refrigerate them for a further twenty minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and lie down, place the cold tea bags on your eyes for ten to twenty minutes. Afterward, rinse your eyes with cold water.

2. Use a Cold Compress to Reduce Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

To reduce puffy eyes and swelling, a cold compress will help to shrink the size of blood vessels under the eyes. Just wrap a few ice cubes in a facecloth, lie down and place it on your eyes for about twenty minutes. Alternatively, wet a facecloth with cold water and place it on your eyes.

3. Tomato and Lemon Juice as a Home Remedy Against Dark Circles

Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and can help with dark under eye circles.
Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and can help with dark under eye circles.
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The antioxidants in tomatoes are useful for reducing the dark coloration under the eyes. Just mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with a teaspoon of organic tomato juice and place it on the skin under the eyes for about ten minutes and then wash off with cold water.

4. Overnight Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has lots of topical benefits, one is in assisting in reducing the dark circles under our eyes. Apply cold-pressed, organic virgin coconut oil to the area under the eyes, ensuring that the skin is clean. Massage into the skin for thirty seconds per eye, before sleep.

If you have never used coconut oil on your skin before, it is best to do a skin test first. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to a thin area of skin, such as behind the ear. If no irritation occurs in twenty-four hours you can safely use coconut oil under your eyes.

    5. Sliced Cucumber to Cool and Soothe

    Cucumber is refreshing on the eyes, and make a great home remedy for dark circles.
    Cucumber is refreshing on the eyes, and make a great home remedy for dark circles.
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    Cucumber can reduce swelling, and sliced cucumber is cooling on the eyes and helps them feel refreshed. The antioxidants and vitamins such as K and C in cucumber help to reduce inflammation. Simply cut two thick slices and refrigerate for about half an hour. Lie down and place them on your eyes for fifteen minutes and then rinse the eyes with cool water afterward. For the best results, do this twice a day.

    6. Orange Juice and Glycerin

    Orange juice is full of vitamin C — which studies show has a brightening and anti-aging effect on the skin. Not only can orange juice be consumed, it can be used externally on the skin, too. Orange juice can be mixed with glycerin as a home remedy to help reduce dark circles and improve softness. Glycerin is a clear, natural compound that is derived from vegetable oils. Simply mix a few drops of glycerin with some fresh orange juice and use a reusable makeup remover pad (available on Amazon**) to apply the mixture under the eyes. Leave it on for about five minutes and then rinse off with water.

    Always check the label, as glycerin can also be made from animal products. Sky Organics produces vegetable-based, non-GMO organic glycerin, available on Amazon**

    7. Raw Potato Juice to Lighten Under Eye Dark Circles at Home

    Potato juice can lighten dark circles under eyes
    Potato juice can lighten dark circles under eyes
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    The natural bleaching agents in potatoes assist in lightening dark circles under the eyes. Chop a potato into pieces and put it in the blender, then use a sieve to extract the juice. Use a reusable makeup pad remover to apply the juice under the eyes and leave it on for about twenty minutes. Afterward, wash off with cold water.

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