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7 Simple Home Remedies for Erasing Dark Under-Eye Circles

BY PUREHEALTH RESEARCH | Feb 03, 2022

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Dark under-eye circles are one of the most frustrating “gifts” from aging skin. While natural aging plays a role, plenty of other factors contribute to dark eye bags as well. Poor sleep, dehydration, thinning skin, and iron deficiency just to name a few.1 However, this doesn’t mean we have to live with them or accept looking like an exhausted zombie. In this article, we cover 7 simple home remedies you can use today to start erasing those dark under eye circles for good. Many of which are dermatologist-recommended.

1. Tea for Your Eyes?

Tea Bag GreenSurely, you’ve heard of green tea before. It’s loaded with powerful antioxidants that can work wonders for your skin. But the caffeine in teas is particularly beneficial. It helps improve blood flow underneath your eyes for a nice skin-rejuvenating effect. Green tea is also known to reduce inflammation and potentially slow the aging process.

Tea Bag Green

Surely, you’ve heard of green tea before. It’s loaded with powerful antioxidants that can work wonders for your skin. But the caffeine in teas is particularly beneficial. It helps improve blood flow underneath your eyes for a nice skin-rejuvenating effect. Green tea is also known to reduce inflammation and potentially slow the aging process.

Here’s a simple recipe you can use for giving your under eye circles the tea treatment at home:

  1. Steep two tea bags for 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Chill the tea bags in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  3. Squeeze out the extra liquid and apply to your under-eye area for 15 to 30 minutes.2

2. The Cucumber Cure

Close Top Image Women SeniorCucumbers are powerful skin-energizers and contain mild astringents, making them a great remedy for dark circles. Here’s the simple process you can use anytime from the comfort of home:

  1. Refrigerate a fresh cucumber and cut into thick slices.
  2. Apply a slice over each closed eye for 10 minutes.
  3. Feel free to gently rub the cucumber juice into the skin underneath your eyes.
  4. As with the tea bag remedy, be sure to rinse your eyes with water after.3
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Cucumbers are powerful skin-energizers and contain mild astringents, making them a great remedy for dark circles. Here’s the simple process you can use anytime from the comfort of home:

  1. Refrigerate a fresh cucumber and cut into thick slices.
  2. Apply a slice over each closed eye for 10 minutes.
  3. Feel free to gently rub the cucumber juice into the skin underneath your eyes.
  4. As with the tea bag remedy, be sure to rinse your eyes with water after.3

3. Wear Sunscreen or a Daily SPF Moisturizer

Sun exposure is another well-known culprit of aging skin and that includes dark under-eye bags. Wearing the right sunscreen or facial moisturizer can pay big dividends in protecting your skin from damage. For sunscreens, go for options that are SPF 30 or higher, provide UVA and UVB protection, and are water-resistant. For daily facial moisturizers, look for SPF 30 or higher.4

Applying Sun Lotion

4. Elevate Your Head While You Sleep

Try propping your head up with an extra pillow or wedge pillow while you sleep. This helps prevent fluid from pooling underneath your eyes which can lead to that puffy look. If propping up your head is uncomfortable, you can try raising the entire top end of your bed. This is easily accomplished with the use of bed risers.5

5. Nourish Your Eyes With These 3 Natural Skin Lighteners

Women Having FunWhen it comes to topical products for your skin, the choices are endless and overwhelming. But for natural skin lighteners, dermatologist Dr. Ajay Rana recommends 3 specific nutrients:

  • Vitamin C
  • Kojic Acid
  • Licorice extract
Women Having Fun

When it comes to topical products for your skin, the choices are endless and overwhelming. But for natural skin lighteners, dermatologist Dr. Ajay Rana recommends 3 specific nutrients:

  • Vitamin C
  • Kojic Acid
  • Licorice extract

All 3 agents work remarkably well at reducing skin pigmentation and lightening dark under-eye circles.6

6. Apply This Natural Toner Under Your Eyes

Dr. Rana suggests using a mixture of fresh lemon and tomato juice to massage your under-eye areas daily. This serves as a natural skin toner, which is great for removing those dark, puffy circles. Leave this mixture on your skin for about 20 minutes. Be careful not to let this mixture get into your eyes. Then rinse with coconut water.7

7. Eat More Collagen-Boosting Foods

It’s no secret that lack of collagen leads to saggy and wrinkled skin as we get older. This is especially true for the area underneath our eyes. But by eating more foods rich in vitamin C, you can boost your body’s natural collagen production. The following foods are great sources of collagen-boosting vitamin C:

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  • oranges
  • red peppers
  • kale
  • brussels sprouts
  • broccoli
  • strawberries8
Fresh Green Smoothie Glass
  • oranges
  • red peppers
  • kale
  • brussels sprouts
  • broccoli
  • strawberries8

Dark under-eye circles are a common challenge with aging skin. And while they are nothing to be ashamed of, that doesn’t mean you need to learn to live with them. Take your pick of these 7 simple home remedies, and you’ll be well on your way to ditching those dark, puffy circles for good. And you can look forward to a more vibrant and youthful complexion.

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