Best ways for removing and preventing dark circles beneath the eyes

Best ways for removing and preventing dark circles beneath the eyes

Last Reviewed : 12/17/2020
Best ways for removing and preventing dark circles beneath the eyes

There are a number of reasons why dark circles form beneath the eyes. These include allergies, scratching or rubbing, prolonged crying, excessive sun exposure, stress, lack of sleep, and a poor diet. For a good number of people, however, the reason is genes. This means you inherited a look with puffy eyes and thin skin under the eyes.

Whatever the cause, the look is not a flattering one. And despite being helpful, better sleep will not completely remove those dark circles that give you the appearance of a tired, stressed person. You will want to remove them as soon as possible, right?

These tricks may help:

Home remedies for removing dark circles beneath the eyes

Most of the items you will use with these home remedies may already be there in your fridge or medicine cabinet. Those you do not have can be obtained from your nearest supermarket. Let’s discuss those remedies then:

1. Almond oil

Regular massages with almond oil over the dark circles will reduce their visibility. If almond oil is used with vitamin E oil, the results are even more impressive. Alternatively, you can use an almond paste by spreading it on the affected area and letting it rest there for 10 - 15 minutes before rinsing off.

2. Cucumber

This fruit has lightening and astringent properties that can help clear those dark rings. Cucumber also has a smoothening and refreshing effect. For best results, it is suggested to cut thick slices of the fruit and chill them before resting them on those dark circles for about 10 minutes.

3. Raw potato

Raw potatoes are said to have the same qualities that make cucumbers an effective remedy for those dark circles. Potatoes have an ability to transfer antioxidants onto the skin, which are known to nourish skin.

When the potatoes are chilled, because they stay cold for so long, they will help to reduce swelling and calm the skin. This will reduce the dark circles. Potatoes are also renowned for their bleaching properties.

4. Rosewater

This is used as a skin toner, mainly because of its astringent properties. It is a great remedy especially if you have sensitive skin. For best results, mix it one part to two with whole milk and apply over the affected area. The mixture also soothes and rejuvenates skin.

5. Tomato

This fruit also has bleaching properties. It is rich in lycopene, which contains those all-important antioxidants and helps in lightening your skin tone. Cut a slice of tomato and rest it over your closed eyes, as you would with cucumbers.

Also, you can harness the many nutrients and antioxidants tomatoes have by drinking a tomato juice every morning. Mix your expressed fresh tomato juice with some fresh mint and give the concoction a quick cycle in your blender. This habit will help to clear those dark circles.

6. Lemon juice

Lemon juice is reputed for its skin lightening properties. Simply dip a ball of cotton wool in your freshly expressed lemon juice and lightly dab over the affected areas.

Do that frequently and you should start to see those dark circles start to disappear from beneath your eyes. But be careful not to overdo this. Lemon juice is very acidic and will irritate your skin if you overdo it.

7. Coconut oil

Apart from being a very good moisturizer that smoothens your skin, coconut oil also lightens the darker areas of the skin. It also prevents wrinkles and fine lines, making it a perfect antidote for those dark rings and other skin issues.

Coconut oil is also rich in lactic acid, which is great at tightening skin. The tighter your skin is the less it is likely to puff out and cause those dark rings below your eyes. The skin under the eyes is very thin and prone to stretching and wrinkling.

8. Tea/Caffeine

Tea is rich in antioxidants, which help remove dark circles. The good news is tea is probably the most accessible of all the ingredients we have discussed. Any tea leaves or tea bags with sufficient caffeine levels will do here.

Instead of throwing away your used tea bags, simply remove them from the cup of tea you have just made and let them cool down. Afterward, chill them in the fridge for a bit and then just rest them over your closed eyes.

9. Turmeric

Tumeric is a household spice and remedy that is used to treat many ailments. This is thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

In particular, turmeric contains curcumin, which, as well as minimizing damage on the skin caused by UV radiation, brightens skin pigmentation. For this last benefit, in particular, using a DIY turmeric mask over those dark circles works wonders. To prepare the DIY mask, mix equal parts of turmeric powder and buttermilk.

10. Cold milk

Dip a soft cloth or ball of cotton wool in cold milk and dab over the affected areas. Milk is rich in vitamins A and B, both of which help in building new skin cells. As you shed the old skin, the new skin that appears should be clear, without blemishes. This will help to clear those dark circles.

11. Aloe vera

Aloe vera helps in preventing dark circles due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The plant is an effective skin conditioner that helps to restore skin wrinkled from sun damage, excessive weight gain, and other factors.

Simply break an aloe vera leaf in two and press the gel into a container. For best results crush a vitamin A capsule and mix the powder with the aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture on the affected areas. Aloe vera is also an effective skin moisturizer.

12. Argan oil

Argan oil is great at replenishing moisture in skin cells. This restores your skin’s hydro-lipidic layer, which reduces wrinkling and the formation of those uncomfortable dark circles. Apply over dark circles as you sleep every night and only rinse off in the morning. You should start to see results soon enough.

13. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is rich in minerals, vitamins, and enzymes, which help to replenish and rejuvenate skin, reducing dark circles beneath the eyes. It is also a good source of alpha hydroxy acid that has skin cleansing and soothing qualities.

By removing toxins and calming the skin, all that puffiness that usually show with those dark circles should also recede and eventually clear itself out.

14. Grape seed oil

They say grapeseed oil is the beauty ingredient that could be the answer to many of your skin grievances, including those dark rings beneath your eyes.

Rich in flavonoids, which carry antioxidants (thanks to the vitamin A) and anti-inflammatory properties, grapeseed oil won’t clog your pores. This means you should be happy to apply it as liberally as you wish.

15. Honey

Honey is another wonder food that’s been consumed for millennia. Its nutritional and health qualities are many and varied. But for those dark circles, in particular, honey is a great home remedy. With its anti-inflammatory qualities, honey helps to soothe irritated skin, helping it to relax.

Another of its qualities is that it is an effective natural skin bleaching agent, which helps to clear dark circles under the eyes. By helping to circulate blood, honey also helps to lighten those dark circles. As an effective anti-oxidant, honey also helps to keep free radicals at bay, keeping your skin clean and healthy.

How to prevent dark circles beneath the eyes

Let’s be honest. You will have a much easier time of it if you worked more on preventing dark circles from forming under your eyes than you would trying to remove them. The good thing is with a few healthy habits, you can stop those unsightly dark rings from forming.

Here are some of the healthy habits to follow:

a. Get adequate sleep

b. Give yourself enough time to rest

c. Cut down on alcohol

d. Drink lots of water

e. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet, making sure to include lots of vitamin A, C, and E.


So there you have it, a good list of ways of removing those dark circles that form under your eyes. As long as puffy eyes and dark the rings don’t run in the family, the remedies we have discussed here should help. Remember too that prevention is always better than cure.

Eat healthily, get adequate, quality sleep, drinks lots of fluids, and cut down on the drinking and smoking, and should have a good chance of avoiding that tired, old looking face that comes with dark circles beneath the eyes.

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