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.
Yes, 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.
Excessive 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.
Itchy 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
- Dairy products
- Citrus fruits
The other common causes of dark circles are:
- Lack of adequate sleep
- 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
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:
1. Lifestyle Changes
2. Home Remedies
3. Ayurvedic Remedies
1. Lifestyle Changes to Remove Dark Circles Under the Eyes
- Get 6 to 8 hours of deep sleep. Different body types have different sleep requirements. Here are some tips on how to get a good night of sleep
- 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. You can get Vitamin K from these food sources.
- 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.
- Drink 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.
- Exercise – 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.
- Add 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
Chamomile 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.
I also love this product with green tea.
Rose oil lightens the skin. It also contains substances that improve 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.
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.
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.
1. 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.
Watch 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.
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
Mix jasmine essential oil with yogurt and use it as a topical remedy to erase dark circles under the eyes. This essential oil is well-known for 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.
7. 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.
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.
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