Dark circles under your eyes are usually a good indicator that something is lacking in your health and general well-being. Dark circles could be a heredity factor but many times, it is caused by lack of sleep, stress, and overall changes in the body.
The appearance of dark circles is a condition that can be improved with a few minutes of time at home and usually with items you have in your pantry and refrigerator. Below are a few at-home remedies to reduce and eliminate dark circles:
Get plenty of sleep:
Getting enough rest is one reason, although not the only reason, that many individuals get dark circles. If you know that a lack of sleep or rest is a factor in your lifestyle, figuring out what the optimal amount of sleep that you need to feel rested is the first step.
To find out how much sleep you need, try going to bed 15 minutes earlier every few nights until you reach a point where you are feeling rested throughout the day. The average adult needs between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night. Once you find your optimal sleep range and a routine, the dark circles should start to decrease.
One true home remedy is the use of cucumbers to lighten, sooth and refresh the skin. To use a cucumber, start with a chilled cucumber and cut into thick pieces. Place the cold cucumber slice over each eye and leave in place for approximately 10-15 minutes as you rest.
Cold Tea Bags:
Using tea bags that contain caffeine is ideal as caffeine, as well as the cold, helps constrict the blood vessels under your skin. Steep the tea bags in hot water and once brewed, let cool. Remove the tea bag from the water and squeeze out the excess water out of the bag and then place one tea bag over each closed eye and leave on the eye for approximately 15-20 minutes while resting. Do this at least once a week if not more.
There are a few different types of oil that you can use to gently massage into the skin right below your eye. The three most common are olive oil, almond oil, and coconut oil. Using oils not only helps to lighten the skin where the dark circles are but also helps to reduce fine lines that naturally occur in the eye area as well as moisturize the skin.
Taking vitamin K or eating foods rich in vitamin K can help to reduce dark circles because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin K can be found in pill form at your local health food store or in the vitamin section of the grocery. Alternatively, foods rich in vitamin K are green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and mustard greens. Other vegetables high in vitamin K are broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
As you experiment with various ways to help reduce dark circles, pay attention to how your skin reacts. If you notice any skin irritability, stop using that particular method right away and give your skin a few days to heal before starting another method. Combined with adequate sleep, you should notice a difference in your eye appearance.