Do you find yourself constantly looking tired when you wake up? Are dark circles under your eyes and eye bags aging your face? If you’re looking for a natural remedy to remove dark circles and eye bags, here are some simple home remedies that work.
Having younger-looking eyes can shave years off your face. I was reminded of this fact when I saw a picture taken of me back in my “sleep-deprived days.” You may remember I talked about that time period in this post about an eye cream for dark circles.
While I’m thankful for the number of years I’ve been alive, I don’t want to look older than I really am. So, I started getting more sleep at night and researching for home remedies to get rid of dark circles naturally. And what I discovered is a simple natural remedy to remove dark circles and eye bags.
Causes of dark circles under the eyes
Having dark circles and eye bags is pretty common in both women and men. Generally, a result of our lifestyle, dark circles can make us appear older than we are. Because of this, many people look for ways to get rid of dark circles overnight.
Is that possible? Well, that depends on the causes.
Some of the factors that cause dark circles under the eyes include:
- fatigue and chronic lack of sleep,
- seasonal allergies,
- increased melanin production under the eyes,
- frequent use of stimulants (i.e., caffeine, smoking, drugs and alcohol),
- diet high in sugar and other refined foods, or diet lacking in nutrients,
- damaged capillaries,
- lack of antioxidants,
- and thinner skin underneath the eyes.
Another major cause of dark circles under the eyes is stress. When we are stressed, the stress hormone, cortisol, is released by the adrenal glands.
Cortisol enlarges all blood vessels, including those tiny little capillaries under the eyes. The increased volume of blood accumulates in those tiny, dilated blood vessels which results in dark circles being formed.
Is there a deficiency that causes dark circles?
A diet lacking in nutrients also contributes to discoloration under the eyes. If your diet doesn’t include nutrient-rich foods like dark green vegetables, whole grain breads, nuts, and legumes, you’re at risk of dark circles being formed.
Causes of puffy eyes (eye bags):
While many of the factors causing dark circles are the same as those causing eye bags, there are some other potential reasons eyes get puffy:
- Collagen loss,
- hormonal imbalance,
- fat deposits under the skin,
- poor blood circulation,
- loose skin,
- lack of exercise,
- deficiency of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and
- accumulation of toxins in the body.
Natural Remedy to Remove Dark Circles & Eye Bags
Thankfully, there are many things we can do at home to improve our eye area. The best treatment for dark circles and eye bags uses many ingredients you may already have on hand.
Best treatment for dark circles:
Sweet almond oil – because it contains vitamin K, palmitic acid, and retinol, sweet almond oil helps improve dark circles under the eyes. Vitamin K is known to improve blood circulation and decrease blood clotting. These factors help reduce discoloration around the eyes. Palmitic acid and retinol are natural moisturizers that help soften and smooth the skin.
Application: Gently massage a few drops of warm sweet almond oil under eyes at night at bedtime. For even more anti-aging effectiveness, combine it with a few drops of frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, or lavender essential oil.
Raw organic coconut oil – packed with nutrients and antioxidants that help to nourish the skin, raw organic coconut oil helps to reduce discoloration, puffiness and dark coloring under the eye.
Application: Gently apply the coconut oil around your eyes and let it sit on the skin for several hours, or overnight, before rinsing off with cool water. You can increase its effectiveness by adding a few drops of one of the essential oils listed above.
Chamomile tea – you can reduce the appearance of dark circles from the inside, out using chamomile tea. Drink one cup of chamomile tea every day about one hour before bedtime. This will promote a better, deeper sleep, relieving stress and thereby reducing dark circles.
Avocado mask – avocados contain compounds which are beneficial for reducing puffiness and lightening the skin under the eyes. Using it topically, as a mask, is very effective.
Application: Take one tablespoon of avocado and mix it with one teaspoon of chlorella powder, barley grass powder, raw coconut oil or sweet almond oil. Apply the paste under the eyes and let it sit for at least 30 minutes or longer. Rinse off with cool water.
Lifestyle changes to get rid of dark circles:
The following lifestyle changes will aid in getting rid of dark circles faster:
- Use celtic, pink or sea salt.
- Exercise daily, especially in fresh air outdoors to promote a youthful glow on your skin.
- Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
- Use non-toxic makeup and be sure to remove it each night before bed.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine (such as in chocolate, regular coffee, regular green tea, sodas, etc.) as their use dehydrates the body and skin. This can also affect the delicate area around your eyes, causing them to appear darker and sunken.
- Avoid refined sugar because it weakens the immune system and can lead to a deficiency in vitamins and minerals. Also, stay clear of artificial sweeteners and high fructose syrup as they are more harmful than refined sugar.
- Take vitamin C (500-1000 mg) twice a day after meals to increase collagen production and give skin more strength and elasticity.
- After cleansing face, quickly rub an ice cube over your face and under your eyes to reduce puffiness.
Best home remedy for eye bags:
While the remedies listed above are effective for puffy eyes as well, avocado oil mixed with licorice powder is very effective specifically for eye bags. The combo is known to increase elastin and collagen.
Application: Simply simmer two teaspoons of licorice powder in ½ cup of avocado oil. Let it cool, then strain it. Apply under eyes and on whole face. In fact, this mixture is good for your whole body.
Which cream is best for dark circles under eye?
This DIY eye cream for dark circles is one of my favorite eye creams—and it works well. It includes the oh, so beneficial star anise which is one of my favorite anti-aging ingredients. Though it does not get rid of dark circles overnight, with consistent use, you will get results.
Here’s a DIY facial serum that’s very effective for evening out complexion and fading skin discoloration:
Vitamin C Fading Serum
1. Pour glycerin in the travel-sized bottle. Add vitamin C powder.
2. Shake well. If you see some crystals from the vitamin C powder, add a little water.
First, cleanse your skin with your favorite natural cleanser. Next, apply the vitamin C serum to your face, neck, hands and any other problem area. Leave it on your skin for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow with an anti-aging moisturizer, like this one.
Use one or more of these home remedies to get rid of dark circles naturally. They’re simple and easy to do.