Wednesday, December 23, 2009

How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Eyes

Dark circles under the eyes are usually caused by fatigue and lack of sleep. They are hereditary too, as some people inherit deep set eyes and pale skin that tends to highlight the blood vessels underneath the eye. Other causes include ageing which gradually thins the skin under the eyes and makes the folds look prominent and the blood flowing underneath shows more starkly. They are occasionally caused by skin allergies, reaction to medication, or may also be a sign of an underlying disease or health condition. It is important to identify the cause and consult a doctor immediately if the remedies do not work.

Home Remedies For Dark Circles

  • Dark circles caused by fatigue are best remedied by long hours of sleep which will refresh and rejuvenate the body.
  • You may apply used herbal tea bags that have been refrigerated, on the eyes for about 15-20 minutes every day for a month. The tannin present in the tea bag is known to cure puffiness and can be alternated with thin cucumber slices which eliminate vascular inflammation.
  • A poultice made of crushed mint leaves and placed over the eyes for 20 minutes a day for a month should improve the condition of your eyes.
  • Mix a teaspoon of tomato juice, the juice from half a lemon, half a teaspoon of gram flour and a pinch of turmeric till it is a smooth paste. Apply under the eyes and rinse off with cold water after ten minutes. Make sure that it does not enter the eyes as it might cause mild irritation.
  • Keep thin slices of a potato over your eyes or crush the potato and dip cotton balls into the juice and apply over the eyes. The starch in the potato should help lighten the circles.
  • Gently massage almond oil under the eyes thrice a week before going to bed. Continue the treatment for 2 months, for best results.
  • A paste made from ground almonds and milk is a popular remedy and can be applied daily for about ten minutes.
  • Drink about 10-12 glasses of water a day as this will keep the body and skin hydrated.
  • A concoction made of tomato juice, lemon juice, crushed mint leaves and salt as part of your daily diet is a useful remedy for dark circles.

The dark circles may also be caused by hyper pigmentation when the skin produces excess melanin to protect itself from the Ultra Violet rays of the sun. Wear sunglasses when stepping out and use a sunscreen with an SPF above 30 under the eyes.

1 comment:

Laureen said...

I have read that dark under eye circles cause due to lack of water intake by our body. And also due to lack of sleep and unhealthy diet. dermatology laser