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Skin care: How to reduce black circles around eyes

Updated on May 24, 2011

What causes black circles under eyes

Some people inherit the possibility of having black circles under eyes from their parents or grandparents. There are several reasons for appearance of black or dark circles under eyes. Of the most common causes: heredity, sun exposure, allergies, asthma, eczema, drugs, nutrition, fatigue, and lack of sleep or excessive tiredness, pregnancy and menstration, or aging.

How to treat dark circles under eyes?

We can use natural products in treating or reducing the appearance of dark circles under eyes.

1- Wheat germ oil and almond oil

Wheat germ oil contains proteins and minerals which work to revive the skin. It works as an anti-oxidant which means delaying and resisting wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. It can be used to face especially for sensitive skin. Wheat germ oil is also useful as it hydrates skin and it also contains vitamin (A) and vitamin (D).

Almond oil too works on tighten skin and to lighten skin colour.


- Take equal proportions of sweet almond oil and wheat germ oil, if sweet almond oil is not available replace by oil of bitter almond

- Use a piece of cotton to apply the mixture gently around your eyes before you sleep.

2- compresses:

  • Tea compresses: Put a tea bag or a little of tea leaves in a thin cloth then place them in warm water for seconds then on the dark area for 10 minutes.
  • Cucumber compresses: Put fresh cucumber slices or mashed core on the dark area for 15 minutes. Repeat the process 3 times a day.
  • Potato compresses: Put potato slices or cold potato juice on dark areas for 15 minutes.
  • Mint juice compresses: Apply a mixture of mint juice and almond oil on dark halos using a piece of cotton. Repeat the process 3 times a day.



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      thara 20 months ago

      good solution to potatoes and cucumber

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Food is always a good treatment especially potatoes! we can fry some and use some for our eyes :)

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      Annie 6 years ago from NewYork

      interesting hub, love it I always have black circle aroung my eyes, have to try these recipes.

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      You're most welcomed, they're all easy especially the tea and cucumber compresses :)

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      amahubber 6 years ago from Egypt

      Thanks kafsoa; I'll try these recipes. Hopfully they will work. Good information.