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How to Prevent Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Updated on March 28, 2019
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Nithya Venkat is a skin care enthusiast who loves to research and write about topics that involves all aspects of skin care.


Dark circles make you look tired and worn out. Dark circles appear around your eyes when you have not had enough sleep over the days or when you have been straining your eyes without giving a them a break. Dark circles can also be due to many other reasons.

When you are able to identify what causes the dark circles, it becomes easy to treat and take care of this condition.

What are Dark Circles

Dark circles appear under the lower eyelids. The blood vessels under the eyes are more visible because they are present just beneath a thin layer of skin; this makes the area under the the eyes dark when compared to the rest of the face.

When blood vessels dialate or become inflamed the area under the eyes become more dark causing the appearance of dark circles.

The blood vessels around the eyelids are more visible when compared to the rest of the body because -

  • the skin is supported by few layers of fat cells
  • the skin around the eyelids is 0.5 mm thick whereas most of the skin on other areas of the body is 2 mm thick

Dark circles can be due to many reasons.

Reasons for Formation of Dark Circles

Dark circles can be due to any of the following reasons –

1. Sleep plays an important role in preventing the formation of dark circles. Lack of sleep can cause dark circles under the eyes. Have a good night’s sleep of at least eight hours. This will make you feel rested, relaxed and help to prevent the formation of dark circles.

2. Age is another reason for dark circles. As we become old, the skin loses its elasticity, strength and becomes more transparent. This can lead to skin damage and the blood vessels underneath the skin may be injured causing a bluish-black patch under the eyes.

3. Anemia can cause dark circles. Anemia is the lack of iron in your body that can lead to the formation of dark circles.

4. Constant stress can wear down your body and make your eyes look fatigued and lead to the appearance of dark circles.

5. Hyperpigmentation is another reason for the appearance of dark circles. The skin under the eyes produce more pigments making the area more darker when compared to the rest of the face.

6. Some people are more pone to dark circles due to their genetic makeup.

7. Allergies can cause dark circles. Taking allergy medications help to alleviate this condition.

Things that You Can Do to Prevent the Formation of Dark Circles

1. A good night’s sleep is very important. Before going to bed avoid drinks with caffeine. Do not carry your thoughts about work to bed; stop using your laptop/computer or any electronic device at least ten minutes before going to bed. Switch off your cell phone if you can. Stretch yourself out and be totally relaxed before going to sleep.

2. Follow a healthy diet. Make sure to include fruits and vegetables in your daily meal. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Organic fruits and vegetables are very good for health.

3. Avoid too much of salt intake. When the salt content is high, the body retains a lot of fluid. This fluid retention will make you bloat. The face will become puffed up and your eyes can develop dark circles.

4. Apply cucumber slices whenever your eyes feel tired. You may strain your eyes by working in front of the computer for long hours, watching TV or reading a book. In such cases, place two round pieces of cucumber on your eyes and relax for ten to fifteen minutes. You can also use tea bags or potato slices as alternative methods.

5. Do not smoke. Smoking is bad for health and leads to formation of dark circles.

6. If you have allergies, take allergy medications to avoid the allergy. If the dark circles are due to allergies, then the dark circles will disappear with the allergy medication.

Do not rub your eyes if they itch, this will aggravate dark circles and make the condition worse.

7. Vitamin K is essential for blood circulation. Proper blood circulation prevents the formation of dark circles - by delivering the necessary nutrients to the skin and by removing excess water or any impurities from the skin . Vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, green leafy vegetables, lentils and chickpeas are rich in Vitamin K.

8. If you have dark circles avoid direct exposure to the sun. Use a sunscreen of SPF 30 to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Wear sunglasses to protect the skin around your eyes.

9. Use under eye creams that contain Vitamins like C, K, E or retinol to prevent dark circles.

Vitamin K increases blood circulation, Vitamin C strengthens blood vessels and Vitamin E has antioxidants that prevent the damage of blood vessels.

10. Remember to keep a pillow under your head when you sleep. This helps to prevent fluid accumulation under the eyes. Fluid collection under the eyes makes the dark circles look more prominent.

More Options to Get Rid of Dark Circles

  • You can ask your dermatologist for an under eye cream that will be more effective than the regular ones.
  • You can use under eye concealers to hide dark circles. Choose an under eye concealer which is a shade paler than the foundation that you are using.
  • Under eye gels help in the production of collagen and tightens the skin under the eyes. This will help to improve the strength and elasticity of the skin.
  • Gels having vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E and retinol help to increase the blood circulation and strengthen blood vessels. They also prevent the onset of dark circles. Gels are very effective in treating dark circles under the eyes.
  • Eye creams are also very effective to treat dark circles and moisturize the skin (Eye gels do not have a creamy texture like eye creams).
  • There are many cosmetic procedures for dark circles – laser surgery, chemical peels, injection fillers, etc. Consult your dermatologist to choose which one is the best for you.
  • Many makeup products are available in the market. These products help to conceal the dark circles. There are concealer shades to suit different skin tones. Choose the one that suits your skin tone.

Home Remedies for Dark Circles

I Grind half a cucumber and one potato to a fine paste adding a little water as you grind. Strain the fine paste using a thin, clean cloth. Dip two cotton pads in the strained water and place it on your eyes covering the dark circles. Leave on for 15 minutes and gently wash off.

Take four teaspoons of green gram powder in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and add this juice to the green gram powder and mix well to make a thick paste. Apply this paste over the dark circle areas. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes and then wash off.

Massage a few drops of coconut oil or almond oil on the dark circle areas before going to bed. Leave on overnight and wash off in the morning.

Take one teaspoon of turmeric in a bowl, add a quarter teaspoon of honey and 2-3 drops of lemon juice and mix well. Apply this paste on the dark circle areas and leave on for five minutes and then wash off.

Soak two tea bags in hot water and squeeze off the extra water. Place these tea bags in the fridge for fifteen to twenty minutes. Take them out when they are cold and place it on your eyes for about ten minutes to reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Alternatively, you can place two cucumber slices in the fridge and take it out after five to ten minutes and place these on your eyes to help treat dark circles.

If you are allergic to any of the above-mentioned ingredients, do not use them.

The secret to preventing dark circles is to follow a healthy lifestyle, exercise and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated by drinking water. Be stress-free and learn to relax and enjoy life.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Nithya Venkat


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    • Saaniya Aamir profile image

      Saniya Aamir 

      16 months ago from Karachi

      love these!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      MarleneB coconut oil is great for skin and a good night's sleep is very important to get rid of dark circles. Take care.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      These are all excellent tips about how to get rid of dark circles. I have dark circles under my eyes. I think it is because I don't get enough sleep. I like all of your suggestions, but, I have some coconut oil on the shelf and I will try using it first (along with getting more sleep).

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Jodah thank you, home remedies work and are not expensive.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good hub Vellur, full of great advice and tips that are not difficult or expensive.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      tillsontitan thank you and the best part is that we can find all the ingredients right in the kitchen.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      So far so good for me, but what great ideas! You hear so many things, but never know what to try. Each one of your suggestions sounds not only doable, but easy. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Nell Rose vitamin cream and facial exercises help a lot.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Great advice, I always use vitamin cream and facial exercises, so far so good! lol!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Audrey Howitt thank you for the visit and share, much appreciated.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Such a helpful hub! Sending this around and working to eliminate my dark circles!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      FlourishAnyway thank you.

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      3 years ago from USA

      This was useful. Thanks for the information.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      sujaya venkatesh thank you.

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      3 years ago

      useful and informative Vel

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      vocalcoach thank you for your visit. If the swelling is there for three months please see your doctor and have it checked out, take care.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I have returned to read your hub again. Although I don't ever have dark circles under my eyes, I have red swelling just below the left eye. It's been there for months. Thanks and sharing. Audrey

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      rejini thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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      4 years ago

      it's vry nice information for me. thank u.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Purple Perl yes they do help a lot. Thank you for your visit.

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      Purple Perl 

      5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Getting the mandatory 7 to 8 hours of sleep is definitely beneficial and eating the daily 5 servings of veggies and fruits.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Daisy thank you, ice cubes does help a lot and under eye cream works wonders.

      Kikalina thank you for the information, I have not tried that brand.

      iguidenetwork great idea, smiling works magic and will definitely help take the stress off your eyes!! Thank you for stopping by.

      Thelma Alberts thank you for the share and vote up, I really hope my hub helps you.

      Denise Handlon thank you, cucumber is good to eat and for the skin. Thank you for the vote up and share.

      vocalcoach thank you and I hope my hub helps, thank you for the share.

      Tom Schumacher you are doing all the right things, have not tried camomile tea bags. Yoga does wonders to relax and take stress off the body and mind. Thank you for sharing your remedies with us.

      LaThing thank you for stopping by to read. Thanks for the vote up too.

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      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Great hub with lots of information had to come back and read it again! I am sure it will be helpful to lot of people. Thanks for sharing.... Voting up and useful.

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      Tom Schumacher 

      5 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Informative hub. I tend to get dark circles under my eyes when I'm really stressed out or from inadequate sleep. My remedies? Improved diet, more yoga, and taking 5-10 minutes breaks by laying down face up to decompress my spine and placing warm camomile tea bags over my eyes. Next time, however, I will try the cucumbers. Thanks for sharing. - Voted up.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      You've done an outstanding job with this hub vellur. I also enjoyed the video which is most helpful. Thanks so much for writing about this problem. Will share! ~ Audrey

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great article, Vellur. I've never actually used the cucumber method, but I think I'll give it a try tomorrow. :)

      Up/U/I and shared.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I do have dark circles under my eyes and I use concealer when I go out. Thanks for sharing the information and I hope those tips will help me. Voted up and shared.

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      5 years ago from Austin, TX

      My eyebags are more noticeable than before, it's mostly stress or lack of sleep in proper hours (I work on nightshifts). I'd try to make that up though with healthier diet and smiling more often (why not?) :)

      Thanks for your useful tips. :)

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      5 years ago from Europe

      I use coverderm to cover dark circles under my eyes and it works fantastically.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      Thank you for publishing this very helpful article. Whenever I have dark circles and puffiness under my eyes, I hold an ice cube to my skin. When applying makeup, I always use an undereye cover cream.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      IslandBites thank you for your visit.

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      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Great hub, very good information. Thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Nell Rose thank you, cucumber is really good!! Take care.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Great information, I know as I get older its harder to keep those darn dark circles at bay! lol! I do use the cucumber, its really good, nell

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Rosemay50 thank you for stopping by.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Some good tips and suggestions here. Thanks for sharing

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      bodylevive take care, sending you my best wishes.

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      6 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Thank you kindly for such a supporting message. Actually I have been thinking about it and also talked my eye care physician and he said when I'm ready he'll recommend me to a plastic surgeon in Birmingham, Al at UAB.. It's not just circles, but bags that will not move.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      bodylevive thank you for your visit and sharing your experiences with us. Think well before you go under the knife. So what if we have dark circles, I get my dark circles due to the medication am taking which I can never ever stop!! Well if you still want to go under the knife do some research and find out which cosmetologist surgeon does a good job and then go ahead. My best wishes to you.

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      6 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Great hub! Sometimes we can do all the right things and still get bags and dark circles. In a case like that, surgery is the only answer when everything else fails. I'm considering it because I've tried all the home remedies I've read, I've bought expensive eye creams and some cheap ones too and nothing has worked. So, I'm considering the knife method LOL

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Jools99 thank you for stopping by, cutting down salt does help. Take care.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Useful advice. I really need to cut down my salt intake! I get plenty of sleep but still have dark circles under my eyes.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      RobinGrosswirth123 thank you for stopping by and reading.

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      Robin Grosswirth 

      6 years ago from New York

      Some good suggestions. Thanks.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      MartieCoester beauty shines from deep within, it is way beyond the skin. Am sure you look awesome. Thank you.

      livingsta am so happy you learned something from my hub, thanks for stopping by.

      mary615 am glad you do not have dark circles anymore and things do improve with age I guess, thank you.

      LaThing thank you and have a great day.

      Ruchi Urvashi I hope my hub helps you. Thank you and take care.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Great tips for dark circle. Maybe, I need to try it out some of them.

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Very interesting and will researched article. Will pass it on...... Thanks for all the info.

      Voted up, and useful

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      When I was younger I had dark circles, but now I don't. Isn't that funny? Some things do improve with age, I think. (not many).

      Good Hub. I voted it UP, shared and pinned

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you so much for this hub, one new info I have gathered that anemia can also be a reason for dark circles. I have had these dark circles for ages, nothing has helped and I have been anemic since childhood. Looks like I need to rectify that deficiency first! Thank you for sharing :)

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Vellur, dark circles AND bags under my eyes are my proverbial thorn in the flesh. Really a sensitive issue in my books, feeding the vanity monster in me. I have to live with it - because name the reason and that IS the reason of mine. Maybe I'll go for cosmetic surgery... maybe one day.... In the meantime I avoid looking in the mirror. Fortunately it is not affecting my beloveds - they love me with circles/bags and all.

      This is a lovely article! I bet we'll find it on the 1st page of all search engines. Voted up and ayoba :)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Melchi thanks for stopping by, cucumbers works wonders too!!

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I love the teabags and potato skin ideas! I've used cucumber slices before and they really do work. Thanks for the terrific tips! :)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Helena Mikala thank you for stopping by and am glad you are taking care.

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      Helena Mikala 

      7 years ago

      hmm I have had black circles recently and I definitely think it's due to lack of sleep, too many late nights and early mornings. You have given me the inspiration to buy some cucumbers, it's been a long time since I put them on my eyes and I can remember how refreshed my eyes used to feel afterwards. Thank you, voted up as useful

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Hi Ruchira, sad you get dark circles after sleeping. As you say sleep is worth it and we all need a break during the weekends. Thankyou.

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      7 years ago from United States

      goodpointers, Vellur.

      I also get distinct circles when I oversleep...seriously...I am not kidding. I usually become a log on weekends and I see the effect on monday

      But, it's worth it :)

      votedup as interesting

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Vinaya thank you, I really hope my tips help you.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      I have dark circles under my eyes, maybe lack of sleep and stress are the reasons. I hope these tips will help me.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      thoughtforce thank you, am glad my tips are of use to you.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      Dark eye circles is a problem for me and all these tips are great! I hardly ever get 8 hour of sleep so maybe I will start there! Good video too! Thanks for sharing the tips, voted up, useful


    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      DeborahNeyens thank you, I hope my hub helps you.

      dinkan53 I hope your working schedule eases, thank you for your home remedy recipe.

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      7 years ago from India

      Our working shcedule now a days is a horrible one. We have to spend a lot of time before computer or the working hours contiue up to nighttime, both are favourable for the appearance of dark circles. Take a teaspoon of tomato juice, some lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder and a pinch of gramflour. Make a paste and apply it on the affected area. Keep it for 15 minutes and then wash away. This is a great home remedy for dark circles. Nice article. Rated as interesting.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      Great tips! I sometimes get dark circles, especially after a late night out. I've heard the cucumber trick before, but have never tried it. And I've never heard that Vitamin K helps. I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing your tips.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie thank you for your appreciation.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great hub and loved the video too. Will come back later and write down the names of those products, they seem to be very good.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 cucumbers are great, they relax and refresh your eyes. Thank you for your wonderful comments and continuous support.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      rajan jolly thank you for your appreciation and votes.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Vellur, great hub and very well laid out and excellently written.

      Voted up, useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I am going to have to slice some cucumbers and keep them handy. I do need a refresher like this after writing awhile. Great information here and ones that I will certainly use.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Hi!! Jan thanks for stopping by. I hope my hub will be useful to your friends. Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      This is a really good informative article. Lots of women seem to suffer from this condition. I am 61 and very lucky I don't. I know lots of younger ladies who do.

      Thanks for info and I will pass your remedies on or get these ladies to read your hub as guests.


    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you unknown spy for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Sunshine625 thank you and am gald you do not have dark circle.

      christina53 thank you for your appreciation.

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      7 years ago from UK

      Good hub. I've noticed dark circles under my eyes think it's probably due to age. I sometimes look like I have two black eyes on photo's. I'm following most of your tips.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Well done Vellur! Luckily the only dark circles I have are when my mascara smudges! Excellent tips!

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Wow Vellur, amazing hub!


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