These days it’s almost hard to meet a person who isn’t experiencing this hurdle to achieving beautiful and healthy skin. Made worse by the looming pandemic days that are nothing short of a dark period in our lives, these tenacious dark circles are only worsening with almost little to no sleep schedules, endless uncertainty and the worst of all stress. But did you know that while we all have this one big problem to deal with there’s another? Not all dark circles are the same, and hence there’s no one-size-fits-all approach that will work to make your skin look healthy.
The skin around the eyes is not only extremely sensitive but quite thin and delicate as compared to other parts of the body. So many changes happening within the deeper layers of the skin will start showing like a mirror on the outer surface.
With all that said, it’s not all that impossible to treat them. Here is all that we decoded about dark circles to help you out of our collective misery.
Causes Of Dark Circle
- We all know we aren’t getting any younger. So if you haven’t had one, there’s a very good chance you might be joining the widely spreading team.
- With ageing, we start losing collagen and fat underneath the eyes, as a result, the skin gets thinner and our skin, the worst possible mirror at its job, starts to show everything lying below your skin, namely the dark blood cells.
- Do you see this commonly occurring in your family? Think of the saying ‘the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree’. It’s quite possible that you are doing everything you can but to no effect because genetics have quite a part in those. Thin skin prompts and amplifies the visibility of blue and purple hues from the veins that lie underneath your skin. Moreover, melanin-rich skin which is quite susceptible to hyperpigmentation can cause dark circles.
- Do you feel like you have a cold that’s ever-persistent? It could be another reason for dark circles. Nasal congestion or allergies that result in lower blood circulation to the area under your eyes may lead to your veins dilating and becoming darker.
- SCREEN TIME, one thing we can’t escape especially now that the physical environment is a story of the past. Naturally, that causes our eyes to strain and the momentary relief we get from rubbing our eyes doesn’t help either.
- Allergens in products that we use, sun exposure, unfulfilled sleep needs of our body, piling stress, underlying health problems like iron deficiency, and lifestyle habits like smoking exacerbates the dark circles.
DIY Remedies To Remove Dark Circle
>Be the “cold never bothered me anyway” girl from Frozen because cold compress is your new buddy! Applying it for 10 minutes twice a day may help reduce dark circles.
>Cucumber-laden aunties with face packs on might be doing it right! How? Cucumber has mild astringent and skin-lightening properties. Go away raccoon eyes! Slice up that juicy vegetable, refrigerate it for 30 minutes and then place them over your eyes. Want results? Don’t forget to use it daily.
> Use cold tea bags! Soak them in water, refrigerate and leave it on your skin for 10 minutes twice a day. Green tea is an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties which help in soothing the strained capillaries under the eye area.
>Aloe-wear it! Yes! Aloe vera is an effective moisturizer and has anti-inflammatory properties. Clean the under-eye area with moist cotton and apply massage aloe vera pulp under the eyes for 10 minutes. You don’t need to rinse unless you find it sticky.
>Rosewater and whole milk are your best bet if you have sensitive skin. Take two teaspoons of milk and mix it with 1 teaspoon of whole milk. Soak two cotton pads in the mixture and cover your eye area with them for 20 minutes. Wash with normal water.
>Potato-potato? Call it whatever, but make complete use of it. Containing natural bleaching properties that can help lighten your skin under your eyes and prevent puffiness around it, potatoes might be quite helpful. Take chilled potatoes and grate them. Extract the juice in a bowl and soak cotton pads for a minute. Place them on your eyes for 20 minutes and wash them off with normal water.
>Mix and match and find the best you can! Turmeric and mint leaves are one possible concoction. Turmeric is known to rejuvenate tired and sagging skin. In a blender, puree mint leaves and strain to extract the juice. Add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric to the juice. Apply the mixture to the affected area and leave it on for 20 minutes. Allow it to dry and wash with cold water.
>The oil for all your needs-coconut oil! An extremely moisturising ingredient, it contains vitamin E and antioxidants that help repair damaged skin cells and dryness. It also is rich in lactic acid that tightens skin. Before going to bed, apply extra virgin oil on clean under-eye skin. Massage gently in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction for a few minutes. Leave it overnight.
>One teaspoon of almond oil with a few drops of lemon juice is a magic potion. Retinol, vitamin E, and vitamin K, all these things in almond the delicate skin under your eyes smooth without irritating it. Massage the mixture around your eyes for 2 minutes. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse.
>Argan oil that contains vitamin E and tocopherols replenish moisture in skin cells and reduce wrinkles by repairing the skin’s hydro-lipid layer. It also reduces fine lines and reduces the damage caused by the sun. Gently massage a few drops under the eyes for a few minutes before sleeping. Leave it overnight and rinse in the morning.
>Tomatoes are natural bleaching agents. They contain antioxidants that reduce discoloration around the eyes. Try this potent home remedy to banish dark circles: Extract tomato juice and mix ½ tsp of lemon juice and 2 tsp of gram flour to it. Apply the paste under the eyes and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.
>Orange juice, vitamin E oil, eating salmon, curbing salt and alcohol consumption, hydrating yourself, getting 8 hours of sleep, sleeping on your back, exercising, meditating, allergy medicines if required, and moisturizing, moisturizing and moisturizing, are the many many ways you can treat your dark circles and reduce pigmentation around your eyes.