Stressful work schedules, hectic lifestyles, and lack of sleep, not only cause damage to skin but lead to nasty dark circles as well. The skin around the eyes is very sensitive as it is thinner and more delicate compared to other parts of the body. That is why you must take good care of the under eye area.
Home Remedies to Remove Dark Circles
First and foremost: Prevent thinning
The skin around the eyes are thin, so dark circles become prominent when the blood vessels underneath become “visible”. Using retinol at night improves cell turnover, while collagen plumps and lifts the skin around the eye area, which helps to provide nourishment and prevent thinning.
Dark circles won’t fade overnight, so you need to be patient – it could take a few weeks or even months to notice a visible difference.
Cut up cucumber slices, put them on your eyes for around 5 minutes, and then wash off. It is a mild astringent and can lighten skin as well – for best results you should use it on a daily basis. Refrigerate slices for 30 minutes before you place them over the eyes.
Cold tea bags
Soak the tea bags (use green tea) in water for 5 minutes, refrigerate for half an hour, leave on the skin for 10 minutes, and rinse with cool water – do this twice a day. Since green tea is an antioxidant, it heals the damaged skin under the eyes, and its anti-inflammatory properties soothe strained capillaries. The cold tea bags will cause skin tissues to shrink so the eyes look less puffy.
Mint leaves contain menthol, which works great for improving blood circulation. Thus, your skin takes on a refreshed appearance. Being a natural astringent, mint causes blood vessels around the eyes to contact, so the bluish hue of dark circles is automatically reduced. It contains vitamin C too, so the skin around the eyes looks fresher and brighter. Blend mint leaves together, strain to extract the juice, apply on affected area and leave on for 10 minutes before washing off. If you want to enhance the effects of mint leaves, add a pinch of turmeric in the juice as it can rejuvenate tired and sagging skin.
Rose water and milk
Milk contains vitamins B6 and A, which are instrumental for building new skin cells. Vitamin B12 also lightens darkened areas of skin, while rose water can be used by those with sensitive skin too. Mix a teaspoon of whole milk with two teaspoons of rose water, soak a couple of cotton pads in it, and cover the eye area for 20 minutes. Rinse when done.
Treating dark circles with eye products
Use an eye serum
Serums contain more concentrated and powerful versions of ingredients that are targeted towards specific eye concerns. It can be used for dark circles, signs of aging like crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles, and eye bags. Serums usually have thinner consistencies, so the skin tends to absorb them quicker as compared to eye creams. It is best to apply eye serum in the morning as you are in a hurry to leave for work, and they are super light so you can layer it underneath the makeup. Use twice a day and follow up with eye cream to seal in moisture. Try to use serums that contain ingredients like vitamin C
Follow up with eye cream
The eye cream basically enhances the good qualities of the serums. Use only a pea-sized amount as these are thicker in consistency.