Do you look tired, even after a full night’s rest? Have you tried concealing your eye bags with makeup, or used expensive beauty creams to no avail?

While lack of sleep is what most commonly causes puffiness under the eyes, genetics and hormonal changes can also contribute to this condition.

Here are a few of the most common causes of under-eye bags:

  • Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Hay fever
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Heredity
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Iron deficiency
  • Fluid retention

Various lifestyle factors can also play a part in your skin’s health. If you’re a smoker, your habit may be to blame: it has been proven that smokers show signs of premature skin aging and higher rates of certain pigmentary disorders. Sun exposure, an excessive consumption of salt, and high blood pressure may also exacerbate the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles.

Here are a few natural treatments you can try at home that will help refresh your gaze, without resorting to costly products or invasive surgery.
Cucumber Slices

  1. Cucumber

Applying cucumber to your skin will lighten your dark circles and have a cooling effect on your face.

Cucumbers can help reduce swelling, irritation, and morning puffiness. They also contain antioxidants such as isoscoparin, vitexin, orientin, cucurbitacins, as well as vitamins K and C.

Instructions:

  • Slice up a cucumber and refrigerate it for 30 minutes
  • Place the cold cucumber slices under your eyes from 10 to 15 minutes
  • Rinse your face with water
  • Repeat twice a day until you no longer have puffy or dark circles under your eyes

Lemon Juice

  1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice can bleach your dark circles under your eyes, and contain healthy vitamin C.

Instructions:

  • Apply a few drops of lemon juice to a cotton ball and gently place it under your eye
  • Leave the cotton ball on for up to 15 minutes and rinse your face with water
  • Repeat every day until your puffy or dark circles are no longer visible

Turmeric Powder

  1. Turmeric

Turmeric, also known as curcumin, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties that can help clear up inflammation or pigmentation issues.

Instructions:

  • Combine 1/2 teaspoon of pineapple juice and turmeric powder and mix it into a paste
  • Apply it under your eyes for up to 10 minutes
  • Rinse your face with water
  • Repeat every day until your face clears up

  1. Mint Leaves

Mint contains antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial ingredients that have a cooling effect on your skin, and can help reduce dark circles and blood vessels in your face.

Instructions:

  • Crush a handful of mint leaves and apply it to the area under your eyes
  • Leave on the affected area for up to 10 minutes
  • Rinse your face with water
  • Repeat every day until your eye bags are gone

Tomatoes

  1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes can help you not only remove dark circles around your eyes, but also lighten your skin as well.

Instructions:

    • Combine 1/4 cup of lemon juice and tomato juice
    • Apply it to a cotton ball and apply it to the affected areas on your face
    • Let it soak on your face for up to 10 minutes
    • Rinse your face with water
    • Repeat every day until your symptoms diminish

 

Rose Water

  1. Rose Water

Rose water contains antioxidants that can help regenerate damaged tissue and skin cells. It helps lighten and soothe your skin, which can reduce dark circles under your eyes. It can also protect your eyes from dust, redness, inflammation, and contaminants.

Instructions:

  • Apply a small amount of rose water to cotton pads
  • Leave it under your eyes for up to 15 minutes
  • Repeat twice a day until your symptoms are gone

Cold Compress

  1. Cold Compress

To cause the blood vessels under your eyes to constrict, try using a cold compress. This will get rid of any puffiness and reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Instructions:

  • Place a washcloth in cold water and let it sit for three minutes
  • Wring all the excess water out
  • Place the cloth over your eyes and leave it there for three to five minutes
  • Consider repeating this process twice a day until you notice results

Tea Bags

  1. Tea Bags

Tea bags offer a very easy way to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. The active ingredients in tea are antioxidants, tannins, and caffeine, which makes an exceptionally effective home remedy.

Tea bags can help shrink blood vessels, reduce swelling, limit discoloration, get rid of any puffiness, and limit fluid retention.

Instructions:

  • For this remedy, you will need either green or black tea bags
  • Put two used tea bags in the fridge for about 30 to 40 minutes
  • Place the tea bags under your eyes and leave them there for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Rinse the area with water
  • Repeat one or two times a day until you notice a difference

Almond Oil

  1. Almond Oil

Almond oil is full of antioxidants and Vitamin K, both of which help to contract the dilated blood vessels under the eyes. It can also help to moisturize and lighten your skin.

Instructions:

  • Rub a teaspoon of almond oil underneath your eyes
  • Massage the oil in for about three or four minutes
  • Leave it on overnight and rinse the oil off in the morning
  • Repeat this process until the dark circles disappear

 

Note from the editor: Don’t forget that you can use the Perfect365 app to correct under eye circles in your selfies! In Live or Photo Makeup, go to Tools > Eyes > Circles to transform your under eye area.

Chris Barry is a staff writer and senior editor for Zwivel. He has written stories on everything from motorcycle gangs in the Caribbean to traveling the USA with Ringo Starr. His articles have been published in such high – and sometimes low – profile publications as Vice, Maxim and The National Post.

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