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7 Tips to Get Rid of Dark Circles under the Eyes

Updated on April 22, 2012

We’ve all had them at some point, and we’re all looking for ways to get rid of dark circles under the eyes. There are a few reasons why dark circles may form, but knowing why it happens can help us counteract it and get rid of it when it happens. Unfortunately there’s no quick-fix solution, but a few lifestyle changes may make a difference over time.

Causes of Dark Circles

Experts suggest that genetics may be to blame for some of us who struggle with dark circles under the eyes, but there are other causes as well. If you have very thin or transparent skin, blood vessels may be more visible and this may make the circles seem darker. If the blood vessels are very close to the skin, it could have the same effect and make the skin seem blue-ish or bruised. Allergies, fluid retention, anemia and lack of sleep are also believed to be causes of dark circles.

Remedies and Tips

Contrary to all the advertisements we see every day, we can treat dark circles at home without costly products or procedures. Let’s explore some of the things we can do daily to help reduce dark circles.

1. Stay hydrated.

2. Get enough rest.

3. Wear sunscreen.

4. Place cool tea bags over the eyes.

5. Place cool cucumber slices over the eyes

Consume enough vitamin C and antioxidants

Drinking enough water will help keep dark circles from appearing, and the same goes for getting a decent night’s sleep. Wearing sunscreen on the area underneath your eyes may help prevent the skin thinning further due to sun exposure. Vitamin C and antioxidants in your diet help to make the blood vessels stronger, and may lighten dark circles. Blueberries, cranberries, and bilberries are all high in antioxidants. You could take an antioxidant supplement, but it’s best to ask your Doctor first, especially if you’re using prescription medication.


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    • Emeraldgreen21 profile image

      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      It's a pleasure Thelma, and thank you for your vote! :-)

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for these tips. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you Ann. I'm glad you found the tips helpful! They say it's never too late to try something new. ;-) I've struggled with dark circles for as long as I can remember, so I know what it's like.

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      AnnRandolph 5 years ago

      I always hoped that borax in my cold cream would bleach it out. Guess I better drink more water. Great hub. Where were you 20 years ago?