Get Rid Of Dark Circles
Panda bears are cute, but not when they are looking back at you in the mirror. If the dark circles under your eyes are making you feel more at home in the panda exhibit at the zoo, then it’s time to do something about it. There are many different solutions that can fix the problem of dark circles as quickly as overnight.
Dark circles can make you feel extremely self-conscious because they make you look tired, unhealthy, and older than you actually are. However, they rarely are a serious skin issue. Simply put, dark circles are just blood vessels showing through the thin periorbital skin around your eyes. This skin is only 0.5 mm thick, while the skin on the rest of your body is up to 2 mm thick. Many different factors can cause the blood vessels to expand, causing the appearance of dark circles. Heredity, aging, seasonal allergies, lack of sleep, crying, or even too many hours in front of the computer can all lead to dark circles.
There are countless expensive eye creams on the market to help get rid of dark circles. There are also several home remedies that don’t cost a fortune and can fix the problem as quickly as overnight.
♦ Double up on the pillows to elevate your head while you sleep. This helps to keep the blood from pooling under your eyes over night.
♦ Place a cold compress over your eyes each morning when you wake up. This helps to constrict the blood vessels and make them less noticeable. Eye creams containing caffeine can also constrict the blood vessels.
♦ Cucumbers have skin-lightening qualities and are mildly astringent. Place thick slices of cucumbers in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, and then place over your eyes. Another option is to mix cucumber juice in equal parts with lemon juice for a double punch of skin-lightening and astringent properties. Dab on with a cotton ball at night, then rinse off in the morning with cool water.
♦ Almond oil is rich in vitamin E, which helps fade dark circles and keeps your periorbital skin healthy. Dab on and let the vitamin E work overnight, then rinse off with cool water in the morning.
♦ Raw potatoes have a natural bleaching agent in them. Grate raw potatoes to extract the juice then dab on with a cotton ball at night and rinse off in the morning with cool water.
♦ Rose water has a wonderful soothing effect on tired eyes. Soak a cotton pad in rose water and rest on your eyes for up to 15 minutes before you go to bed.
♦ Coconut oil is another natural remedy for dark circles. Gently massage coconut oil under your eyes at night and rinse off in the morning. Coconut oil can have an additional benefit of helping prevent wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes.
♦ The tannin in tea bags is effective in helping with discoloration and puffiness under the eyes. Used black or green tea bags should be placed in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, then placed over your closed eyes.
♦ Treat your allergies with an over-the-counter medication. Seasonal allergies cause itchy eyes which lead to rubbing the delicate skin underneath. Allergies also make it hard to breathe at night, which interferes with getting enough rest. Many food allergies can also aggravate the dark circles under your eyes. Either treat your allergies or try to eliminate them altogether.
♦ Finally, to get rid of dark circles, a good night’s sleep is compulsory. Too little sleep as well as too much sleep can cause dark circles. Get a healthy 6-8 hours of sleep and you might be surprised to see how much better you look (and feel) in the morning.
Sometimes it takes more than just overnight fix dark circles. Remember you can always use a concealer that matches your skin tone while you are working on the problem. Dark circles can be embarrassing and make you feel self conscious. However, before you run out and spend a fortune on expensive eye creams, try one of these quick and easy fixes. You may find your dark circles have disappeared overnight!