Dark eye circles occur for a number of reasons. It could be genetics, poor sleep, excessive exposure to sun, dehydration, eye strain, allergies or even rubbing of eyes. Elderly people are more likely to develop dark eye circles compared to younger people. Whatever the cause may be for yours, there are ways to effectively get rid of it.
You have to first of all try to find whatever the causes might be and fix that first before you can eliminate the already existing dark circles. For example, if poor sleep is the cause, try getting extra sleep; if it’s excessive sun exposure, try using an effective sun screen. There are natural and medical remedies I will be listing below that one could try.
1) Rose water: Rose water is a mild astringent that rejuvenates dull skin. You soak a cotton pad in it and apply over a closed eye for about 10 to 20 minutes. It is an excellent toner with anti aging benefits and moisturizing properties. It also prevents harm from UV rays in addition to smelling good. It is very effective in combating dark eye circles.
2) Turmeric: Apart from the skin glow and anti inflammatory properties that turmeric gives, it also evens skin tone and makes your skin brighter. The spice also revives your skin to provide great luster. Turmeric mask can be used over dark eye circles and can produce amazing results.
3) Cold Compress/ Tea bags: A cold compress can help eliminate dark circles and reduce swollen and puffy eyes by shrinking blood vessels. To use a tea bag, soak a bag in the water and put in a fridge, then place over eyes for some minutes before rinsing the face.
4) Cucumber Juice: It’s quite common to see people place cucumber slices over the eyes, but it is a lot more effective when one gets the juice soaked in a cotton ball and applies over a closed eye. The juice combats premature aging, reduces puffiness and greatly hydrates the skin. It is also a mild astringent with Skin lightning properties. When mixed with a great source of vitamin C like lemon juice or orange juice, the benefits of the vitamins help it work even more effectively.
5) Vitamin E/ Coconut Oil: Both oils have anti aging properties, and coconut oil helps lighten the skin in the eye area and prevents wrinkles. Vitamin E oil fights free radicals and both are excellent moisturizers. They can be applied overnight and washed off in the morning.
Other things you could try include: Reduce alcohol intake, Remove makeup properly, eye massages, get extra sleep, wash face correctly, cold milk, and increase intake of omega 3 fatty acids (e.g Salmons).
1) Laser Treatment: This is probably the most expensive option. If you find that nothing else works, this procedure tightens and resurfaces your skin. It constricts blood vessels to reduce the appearance of dark eye circles.
2) Chemical peels: There are chemical peels that help reduce the discoloration of dark eye circles. They stimulate new skin growth and is usually the first option cosmetic surgeons opt for.
3) Tissue fillers/ Surgical implants: The fillers conceal the cause of discoloration (melanin/ blood vessels). One could also try the implanting of synthetic products.
Not all of the treatments listed above will work for everybody. Your effective treatment depends on the cause of your dark eye circles. Be sure to explore the options and find what works for you. I hope you found this article helpful.