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How to Remove Dark Circles Under The Eyes

how to remove dark circles under the eyes

Your eyes radiate powerful energy. They are usually the first thing you notice about someone. If you have dark circles, you look tired and run down. More importantly, if you have dark circles, you know something deeper is going on that you need to pay attention to. Dark circles are a sign there’s something out-of-balance. Here I’ll explore some possible causes and then lots of remedies and information on how to remove dark circles under the eyes.

Why Dark Circles?

Dark circles under the eyes are noticeable due to the presence of underlying thin layers of skin and fat. When the skin is thin, it allows the dark purple color of the blood vessels to show through. The lighter your skin color, the more the color shows through.

This post will show you how to remove dark circles under the eyes. But to get the most of it, we must first look at possible causes.

What Causes Dark Circles Under the Eyes?

Dark circles around the eyes relate to kidney and adrenal gland function. The adrenal gland is your “stress” gland. Any stress to the body will affect your adrenal gland. If you stay up late and don’t sleep well, you may wake up with dark circles under your eyes, which indicates stress due to lack of sleep. Also, if your diet is poor, this is chemical stress.

The following are the most common causes and the suggested remedies for each case. But, please note that a combination of reasons could be causing dark circles under your eyes.

Heredity

how to remove dark circles under the eyesYes, your genes may be responsible for your dark circles. If others in your family have dark circles, you may be more prone to them as well. Like varicose veins, they can be an inherited trait. But even if “everybody” in your family has them, they are still NOT normal.

The skin under the eye is very delicate and thin. So, when blood passes through the large veins close to the surface of the skin, it can produce a bluish tint. The more transparent your skin, (also an inherited trait), the darker the circles look.

If you feel like you inherited your dark circles, don’t get frustrated or disappointed. Use the information and remedies here, and you too will see results. Even if you inherited your dark circles, natural remedies would still help.

Sinusitis

natural remedies for sinus infectionsExcessive pressure build-up and nasal congestion in the sinuses could damage the capillaries. When your nose is congested, veins that usually drain from under your eyes into your nose become broader and darker causing dark circles

You can rinse your sinuses with a neti pot to relieve nasal congestion.

If you have chronic sinusitis, you can find many natural remedies for sinusitis here.

Allergies

how to remove dark circles under the eyesItchy conditions like eczema, rhinitis, and hay fever also cause dark circles. Rubbing and scratching the thin skin under the eyes damage the capillaries, which can darken the area.

Some of the other allergic triggers of dark circles include:
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Asthma
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Gluten
  • Peanuts
  • Citrus fruits
  • Soy
The other common causes of dark circles are:
  • Lack of adequate sleep
  • Oversleeping
  • Suffering from a chronic ailment
  • Skin infections such as eczema and dermatitis
  • Chronic stress
  • Excessive use of certain makeup products
  • Lack of iron
  • Kidney Issues
  • Chronic tiredness and fatigue
  • Minor trauma that causes the appearance of a black eye
  • Pregnancy and hormonal changes
  • Your bone structure
  • Presence of blue veins
  • Fluid retention
  • Aging

There are some medical conditions which could lead to dark circles under the eyes:

  • Cellulitis – is a bacterial infection that affects the eyelids
  • Mononucleosis – is a condition where the skin could turn yellowish

See your doctor if you believe you have a medical condition.

So now, don’t worry about how to remove your dark circles because there are lots of simple and safe solutions.

How to Remove Dark Circles Under the Eyes with:

1. Lifestyle Changes

2. Home Remedies

3. Ayurvedic Remedies

4. Yoga

1. Lifestyle Changes to Remove Dark Circles Under the Eyes

  • Keep your head raised just a bit with a soft pillow to prevent fluid retention and dark eyes. Sleeping on your back can lead to baggy eyes with dark circles.
  • Find out if you have allergies to certain types of foods. Some of the common food allergens include dairy, wheat products, nuts, eggs, and soy.
  • Increase foods with vitamin C to boost your immunity. (Oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, kale, Brussel sprouts, red peppers) Supplement if you need to.
  • Take Sublingual B-12, & high potency vitamin B complex Deficiency can result in poor oxygenation visible under your eyes. These vitamins also regulate the adrenal gland, the allergy controller
  • Vitamin K is known for its role in blood clotting and helps to circulate blood around your eyes. When it doesn’t, blood can seep out and pool under your eyes and cause dark circles.
  • Vitamin A is antioxidant-rich which helps to repair damaged tissue around your eyes. It also helps to fight wrinkles and thinning skin. You can find it in leafy greens, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, red peppers, pumpkin and some fruit
  • Iron Low iron is another cause of dark under-eye circles. Deficiency can result in poor oxygenation of body tissue and the effects are most visible under your eyes. Eat more egg yolks, lentils, spinach, and prunes.
  • Sulfur, when consumed as MSM, could also protect you from allergies that may be causing dark circles under the eyes.
  • Cut or reduce alcohol, carbonated drinks, sugar, and cigarettes from your life.
  • how to remove dark circles under the eyeshow to remove dark circles under the eyesDrink at least 1.5 liters of water daily to keep hydrated, promote detoxification and prevent edema.
  • Eat 5 to 7 servings of seasonal, antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits – And avoid packaged/processed foods.
  • how to remove dark circles under the eyesExercise – Find an exercise you enjoy that’s right for you and do it 3 – 5 times a week.
  • Manage your stress with Yoga Nidra. I’ve honestly never found anything more relaxing and decompressing than this meditation.
  • Remove your makeup before bed.
  • how to remove dark circles under the eyesAdd more collagen foods like bone broth to your diet. Bone broth is rich in nutrients and basically, like eating cooked collagen. And collagen is a protein that gives your skin strength and elasticity to prevent sacks under the eyes.
  • Anemia can also cause dark circles under the eyes. If you suspect you are anemic, eat foods high in iron and take your iron supplements.
  • Work on improving your digestion. The underlying cause of skin discoloration under the eyes is related to the health of the liver, gut and bowel congestion.

2. How to Remove Dark Circles Under the Eyes with Home Remedies

1. Cucumber, Lemon, and Milk

A simple home remedy to get rid of dark circles is cucumber, lemon juice, and milk which all have skin nourishing and lightening properties.

Clean and peel one medium-sized cucumber and grate it. Mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp milk to the mixture. Apply the mask around the eyes and wash off after 30 minutes with cool water. Do this 3 times a week.

2. Herbal Tea Masks

how to remove dark circles under the eyesChamomile and green tea both contain antioxidants so they can help with skin tone and ease puffiness.

Boil two cups of water for ten minutes. Remove from heat and steep 2 bags of tea for fifteen minutes. Then remove the tea bags and refrigerate for three to four hours and then place the chilled tea bags on your eyes to lighten your dark circles.

essential oils for wrinkles3. Essential Oils

Rose oil lightens the skin. It also contains substances that improve the skin tone and elasticity.

Just mix 10 to 12 drops with 1 tbsp vitamin E oil or olive oil and gently pat small circles around your eyes, just before bed.

4. Massage 

The antioxidants and other skin-friendly ingredients in Coconut can help remove dark circles. Just massage around the eyes before bed. The vitamin E in coconut oil can help with puffiness and help lighten skin.

5. Potato

The natural bleaching properties of potato help to lighten the skin around the eyes. Extract juice of two raw potatoes. Soak a clean cotton ball in it and place them on the eyes for 15 minutes. Repeat twice daily until you see results. You can mix 1 tbsp honey to the mixture for better results.

3. Ayurvedic Remedies for Dark Circles

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system that teaches you nature’s great principles of natural living. The emphasis in Ayurveda is on self-care, taking responsibility for your health, preparing your own food, appropriate exercise, eating seasonally, and keeping a positive state of mind.

Ayurveda treats the person, not the disease… So get to know yourself, learn what combination of qualities you have in your body and mind. When you know which elements make up the majority of your constitution, you will know which conditions you thrive in.

Ayurveda considers dark circles under the eyes a sign of stagnant toxic accumulation in the body. So the Ayurvedic remedy for dark circles under the eyes is body detoxification and to mobilize circulation around the eye.

how to remove dark circles under the eyes1. Kansa Wand

The Kansa healing wand is known to have extraordinary beauty enhancing properties. Made for the contours of the face and from copper, tin, and zinc, this alloy is considered a “healing metal” in Eastern healing systems. The Kansa wand helps to manually mobilize stagnant blood, pull out the acidity in the tissues around the eyes and improve skin tone.

I use this tool at night to pull the tension and stress from my forehead, cheeks, and mouth because it feels good. The added benefit is that my skin looks amazing when I’m done.

how to remove dark circles under the eyesWatch the video of beautiful Melanie Sachs, author of Ayurvedic Beauty Care explain why and how to use it.

Extra benefit! You can use the Kansa Wand on your neck, head, back, legs, feet, and abdomen to improve circulation and energize your body.

How to remove dark circles under the eyes

2. Rose Water

The antioxidants in rose strengthen skin cells and promote skin regeneration and rejuvenation. Rose water has rich skin-enhancing benefits to diminish dark circles under the eyes.

Dip small, clean soft cloth in 100% pure rose water and place them over the eyes for 15 minutes. Wash your eyes with lukewarm water. Repeat this twice daily for about two to three weeks to see noticeable changes.

3. Mint and Honey

Make a power-packed Ayurvedic remedy for dark circles with mint and honey. While mint cools the tired eyes, honey moisturizes the area. This herbal mixture lightens the skin, leaving your eyes fresh and sparkling.

Extract the juice from half a cup of fresh mint leaves. Mix 1 tsp mint juice with 1 tbsp honey and massage the mixture on the affected area. Wash off after 20 minutes with cool water. Repeat this 3x a day for two weeks.

4. Turmeric and Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek seeds contain Vitamin C, potassium, and protein that lighten the skin. Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients that could help reduce dark circles.

Soak two teaspoons fenugreek seeds for 4 hours in cool, fresh water. Grind the soaked seeds with half a teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 tsp milk to a smooth paste. Apply it around the eyes and wash off after 30 minutes. Repeat daily for a week to see the changes.

5. Castor Oil with Saffron

You can use a mixture of castor oil, milk, and saffron to reduce dark circles. Crush a pinch of saffron and dissolve it in 1 tbsp warm milk. Once the milk turns cool, add it to 1 tbsp castor oil. Apply over the eyes and massage in circular motions. Wash off after 20 minutes with lukewarm water.

6. Jasmine with Yogurt

how to remove dark circles under the eyesMix jasmine essential oil with yogurt and use it as a topical remedy to erase dark circles under eyes. This essential oil is well-known its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Yogurt contains proteins that lighten the circle.

Add 4 to 6 drops of jasmine essential oil to 1 tsp yogurt and blend well. Apply on cleansed eyes and wash off after 15 minutes.

how to remove dark circles under the eyes7. Milk Thistle

Studies have linked dark circles to liver dysfunction and Milk Thistle herb helps the liver function more effectively. As you know, your liver is in charge of filtering toxins from your body. If it’s not functioning properly, then it will be unable to filter any toxic substances in your diet causing liver congestion and dark circles.

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4. Healing Dark Circles Under Eyes with Yoga

1. Uttanasana

This simple forward bend helps to increase circulation to the facial region. This, in turn, alleviates dark circles and adds shine to the eyes.

Stand with your feet together. Inhale and swing your arms overhead. Exhale and fold forward from your hips, pushing your hips backward. Allow your abdomen to rest on your thighs, bringing the chin close to the shin. Let the palms rest on either side of your feet or just grab your ankles. Close your eyes and hold the posture for 5 minutes.

To come out of the posture, place your palms on your waist. Take a deep breath in, bend your knees, and straighten your torso.

2. Viparita Karani – Legs up the Wall

Legs up the Wall is a gentle inversion which you can do using a bolster or against a wall. It relieves stress and boosts circulation to the brain.

Place a bolster close to a wall so that its longer side rests on the wall. Lie down on the floor and swing your legs on the wall, allowing your hips to rest on the bolster. The hips should lift away from the floor. Let the arms rest above your head. Keep your elbows bent. Close your eyes and rest in the pose for 5 to 10 minutes.

Soften the thighs and the belly. Soften the ribs, chest, and shoulders. Breathe freely. Keep the neck, neck, throat, and face soft.  To exit, remove the bolster and gently rest your back on the floor. Curl to your right and sit up.

how to remove dark circles under the eyes

Conclusion

I’ve given you lots of natural remedies for toe dark circles under the eyes here so please bookmark for future reference.

And please promise me you won’t hesitate to ask me questions in the comment area below. I’m here to help you out and I would love nothing more than for you to be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself possible.

Let me know if you need anything, and I’ll be sure to get back within “hours” most of the time.


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19 Comments

  • Hi, thank you so much for this article! I have dark circles under my eyes and was getting ready to contact my cousin as she sells the Rodan and Fields skincare line. It is very expensive though, and I would much rather try some of the things you suggested! I think I will try the essential oils first, and maybe even yoga. Thanks again!

    • Hi Katie, Start with lifestyle suggestions first. The liver is key. I personally have had the best luck with the Kansa wand (to mobilize circulation) and Milk Thistle (liver cleanser) when I have occasional dark eyes. Thanks for commenting!

  • Hi Jackie,
    So many ways to help get rid of the dark circles naturally. They all sound so simple and things we should all be doing every day like getting the right amount of sleep and drinking enough water.
    The Kansa wand looks very interesting, I’ve never heard of those before, The results on the video you linked to were amazing.
    Do you have one or have you used one yourself?

    • Hi Jenny!

      Thanks for saying hi and commenting.

      Yes, I bought the Kansa wand about a month ago and keep it by my bedside. At night when I’m sitting, reading or whatever I use it to massage my face. It feels amazing and you can definitely see the results just like in the video. It’s great for circulation and blood flow… (which is why it helps so much with dark circles).

  • Great article on the dark circles under the eyes. I really like how you started out with the causes. It really helped me understand it much better. I have always heard of the wonders of vitamin e and might give that one a go. Thanks again for the great article on getting rid of the dark circles under the eyes.

    Marc

  • These are some very interesting treatments for dark circles under the eyes. The usage of tea bags is very interesting and quite cheap compared to other facial masks. A great tip.
    i have been reading more and more about the usage of essential oils for various ailments and I see here again in your post they are suggested.

    • Thanks for commenting Keith. The healing powers of essential oils are virtually limitless. A word of caution… you just need to be careful using them around the eyes!

  • Lovely article. I have suffered from sinusitis and allergies for ages and it did cause dark circles under my eyes. Once I tackled that I manage to keep the dark circles under control. The use of essential oils definitely helped. The article is very informative and I love the fact that you point out different home remedies that people can easily do at home.

  • Very interesting one, here in my country is familiar with “Mata Panda”Name or called. I also got this problem with my eyes, it looks like not good if i talk with other, i feel shy and not confidence with myself. I ever try to remove them using a product for dark eyes but then failed. This is the best article of you, useful.Thanks

  • Jackie,
    I really enjoyed this article. It’s very informative and I’ve decided to give a few of the remedies a try. I’ve tried the mint and honey before, but I don’t think I did it long enough to see results. Perhaps multiple options will help. It’s hereditary for me.

    • Hi Sue, Sweet of you to connect and comment here! Try Milk Thistle next to see if the issue is your liver. Even though you believe it to be hereditary, don’t give up. xo

  • Nice Blog. All remedies are great and effective. But Castor oil definitely work for dark circles, but you do need to be careful and ONLY use a good quality, pure, hexane free, organic, cold pressed castor oil. Some people have suffered side effects from this remedy, mainly because they used the wrong type of oil.

  • I’ve used some of the “best” pricey eye creams from Saks, Barneys, & plastic surgeons ….I used the SOmaluxe Triple Collage Eye Gel for the last week and I saw notable improvement in skin texture around my eyes. Dark circles show marked improved also after waking up from 1 single application.

  • Jackie,

    There really are so many home remedies to try. I was not familiar with using a potato. I didn’t know it had natural bleaching properties in it. I would imagine chilling the potato slices would be very refreshing when placed under the eye.

    Lisa

  • All these remedies work perfectly for dark circles. I used lemon for treating my dark circles and I was able to get rid of them. Thanks for sharing this.

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