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How to Reduce Dark Circles Naturally

Updated on September 11, 2012
Before and after pictures: using natural remedies
Before and after pictures: using natural remedies
Get rid of dark circles
Get rid of dark circles

Getting Rid of Dark Circles

Dark circles around the eyes can destroy your self esteem and make you look tired, and a lot older than you really are. There are many creams, lotions and potions on the shelves that claim to help you eliminate dark circles. However, most of these potions do not work, in order to really start seeing some improvement or reduction of your dark circles, you have to get to the root of the problem. You have to tackle the root cause of the dark rings around your eyes. Some experts say that dark circles are hereditary, and there is nothing you can do to get rid of them. However, some say that poor diet, lack of sleep and various other factors contribute to the appearance of dark rings. There are some natural remedies and steps that you can try to help reduce your dark circles. Take a look at some of these methods below.


Sleep More

This is probably pretty obvious to most people but it is very important that you get at least eight hours of sleep a day. If you do not get enough sleep it can affect your skin in a number of ways. Lack of sleep can reduce blood circulation therefore, making the skin look dull and tired. It can also increase water retention which could make your eyes look swollen and puffy. You need to rest your eyes from television, computers, bright lights and pollution. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night. This can be difficult especially if you have children or, you work long hours. If you cannot get a full eight hours of rest, try and get as much rest as you possibly can.

Stay Hydrated

If you do anything for your dark circles at all, drink plenty of water. Dehydration can cause dull, dry skin which will make your dark circles appear worse. Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water on a daily basis. If you find it difficult to drink water, add lemon, lime or even a drop of honey. Drink it cold with plenty of ice through a straw if you have to.

Eat Plenty of Green Leafy Vegetables

Did you know that dark circles could be a sign of an iron deficiency? Lack of iron means, restricted blood flow, dizziness, fatigue, pale skin and various other symptoms. If you find yourself looking more and more like a panda every day try introducing more spinach, kale, swiss chard and rocket to your diet. These are very high in iron, they also contain vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. If you really hate the taste of greens why not make a smoothie with spinach or any other green leafy veg, bananas and peaches or pears. Blend it all up with water and drink it every day. Doing this can really help with the appearance of your dark circles. Give it a try! Also add plenty of vitamin C rich fruits to your diet as vitamin C is necessary for the absorption of Iron. Consume more strawberries, blueberries, oranges and grapefruit for more vitamin C.

Stay Moisturized

The skin around the eyes have no oil glands at all therefore, they tend to get very dry. Dry skin worsen the appearance of the dark circles. Therefore, it is very important for you to keep that area moisturized at all times. You can use a store bought eye cream or you could use a almond oil or coconut oil to moisturize that area.


Natural Remedies for Dark Circles

Here are some natural remedies you could try to help you reduce those dark circles.

  • Green tea bags: Use warm green tea bags on your eyes for about 10 minutes. Then place a cold green tea bag over each eye for the same amount of time.
  • Mashed up banana: Mash up a banana and apply it to your dark circles. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
  • Almond oil with two drops of lemon juice: Put almond oil with two drops of lemon juice on to your dark circles before you go to sleep.
  • Cold cucumber: Apply cold cucumber slices
  • Potato slices: place potato slices over your eyes for 10 minutes. You can also apply the juice to your eyes at night, leave overnight and wash off in the morning. As well as this, you can actually make a cream with blended potato and olive oil. Apply this to your eyes every night and wash off in the morning.


Give some of these remedies a try and see how they work for you. Good luck!


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