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How to Get Rid of Dark Eye Circles at Home – Remedies, Eye Masks, Creams and More

Dark circles are an unfortunate part of our life, especially if you happen to work long hours of stressful jobs. And the worst part about dark circles is that they are so hard to get rid of – you can try creams, home remedies, therapies at an aesthetic clinic and they can still come back. In a lot of cases, darkness under the eyes is inherited so it can be very difficult to treat. Especially given that the area under the eyes is very tender and much thinner compared to other areas of the body.

That’s why in this article we’ve gathered useful tips and tricks on how to reduce dark circles using home remedies that will be tender to the sensitive under-eye area and can even improve your lifestyle. Of course, always keep in mind that you’re especially concerned about your dark circles you can always turn to a doctor and ask for professional advice.

If you have any questions regarding the removal of dark eye circles, at home or professional treatments, feel free to contact us via the contact form on our site.

What are dark circles and what causes dark eye circles?

Dark circles usually appear as brown or even bluish pigmentation under the eyes. You don’t have to worry if you notice them on your face – most of the time, dark circles are not a cause of concern but merely a cosmetic one. That being said, if you feel like you might have a health issue causing your dark circles, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor. For more detailed information about dark eye circles, visit our article.

But what causes them? There are a lot of possible causes of dark circles. Some of the reasons include lack of sleep, fatigue, allergies, sun exposure, ageing, genes, smoking, dehydration, and some health conditions such as anaemia and thyroid issues.

How to remove dark circles from eyes with home remedies

To your surprise, there are many possible home remedies that can get rid of dark circles and even eye bags. From DIY masks to using some cosmetic ingredients, there are a lot of natural remedy options if you’re currently looking for ways to reduce the appearance of your dark circles. The home remedies and natural treatments are suitable for people who experience mild dark circles caused by lifestyle changes. Home remedies might be effective temporarily but it’s important to note that if you’re looking for more permanent solutions, it’s best to turn to cosmetic treatments at your dermatologist’s office.

That being said, here are some of the most popular ways on how to get rid of dark eye circles at home using natural remedies.

Get More Sleep

Sleeping woman

You probably have heard this already but sleep is probably the first and most important remedy to getting rid of dark eye circles or eye bags. Lack of sleep and fatigue can cause the blood vessels underneath the eye to dilate – and thus cause dark circles. Sleep is also one of the keys to maintaining health so we recommend getting good quality sleep even if you don’t have dark circles.

Foods that get rid of dark circles

If you have dark circles you might be considering a diet plan to reduce dark circles. We can’t recommend any specific diet plan as nutrition is a very personal subject. But we can give you some suggestions on foods that have ingredients that might combat and even be a remedy to your dark circles. Here are some of them:

Watermelon – not only hydrates the skin and body but also has nutrients such as betacarotene to help remove dark circles.

Blueberries – Rich in antioxidants, blueberries can help you remove dark pigments and protect the blood vessels and thus remove dark circles.

Tomatoes – also rich in antioxidants, tomatoes not only protect the blood circulation but also reduce eye bags and remove under-eye circles.

Bee pollen – helps circulation and makes the skin more elastic.

Apply cold compress or cucumber

Applying a cold slice of cucumber is a famous remedy to reduce swelling and calm the eye area. It will also moisturize the area and nourish the skin underneath the eyes. If you apply a cold cucumber it will constrict the blood vessels and thus reduce dark eye circles. Cucumbers also have slight amounts of vitamin c (but much less than lemon juice, for example) and will be gentle on your skin. You can use the cold compress for around 10 minutes or half an hour.

Chamomile tea bags

Chamomile has long been used in traditional medicine around the world for its anti-inflammatory properties and soothing abilities. Make chamomile tea and then use the cold tea bags as a compress. This will not only soothe the skin but also contract the blood vessels. You can use tea bags for around 20 minutes.

You can also use black tea – the caffeine in the teabags will stimulate blood circulation in the under-eye area. Caffeine has antioxidants and has an overall toning effect on the skin. It even works on the wrinkles around the eyes.

Almond Oil and Rose Water

Almond oil has anti-inflammatory abilities and reduces the appearance of dark eye circles by lightening the skin. Almond oil contains small quantities of retinol and Vitamin E which can brighten up the skin without irritation. Make sure to buy a good quality almond oil if you’re using it to treat dark circles. You can massage the oil into your skin and even leave it on while you sleep.

You can combine it with rose water for a stronger effect too. Rosewater will hydrate and soothe your skin.

OTC Creams

The drugstore can also help to get rid of dark eye circles. Over-the-counter creams have effective ingredients that can brighten up the skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Here are some of the most famous ingredients in cosmetics aimed at dark circles.

Retinol

Retinol is a powerful ingredient that works on various skin issues including acne, wrinkles, and pigmentation. It will help your dark circles by reducing pigmentation and promoting collagen around the eyes. This will make the dark eye circles appear less visible and will also remove any fine lines.

Be careful to not use it every day, though. If you overdo it, it may irritate your skin. You can get prescription-strength retinol at a dermatologist’s office but it’s also used in small quantities in drugstore creams and cosmetics.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a brightening ingredient gaining momentum in the skincare industry. It has a lot of antioxidants and even boosts collagen. It can be used not only for getting rid of dark circles but also as an anti-aging ingredient and for pigmentation issues. You shouldn’t overdo it, however. In large amounts, vitamin C, much like retinol, can irritate the skin. It also may not be the most suitable ingredient for very sensitive skin. That’s why we don’t recommend using lemon juice on the skin – it will be too harsh and can cause irritation.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is probably one of the most quoted ingredients to get rid of dark circles. It works especially effectively on dark circles caused by broken blood vessels. That happens because Vitamin K is connected to blood coagulation. It’s often used alongside retinol or vitamin C for a stronger effect. Vitamin K has also been shown effective in treating other pigmentation issues as well.

Can I remove dark circles permanently?

If you want to permanent dark circles removal, we’re afraid that home remedies and lifestyle changes won’t do the trick. Fortunately, there are a lot of options at the dermatologist’s office that can target dark circles permanently (such as professional dark eye circle treatment and removal) or at least for a year. Here are most of them:

Laser Treatments

Skin treatment dark circles

The laser is one of the most versatile and used treatments in cosmetic procedures. It can be used for pigmentation issues, acne, acne scars, anti-ageing, eye bags, and to get rid of dark circles. Lasers work by providing heat into the targeted area and thus reducing pigmentation. It also promotes collagen production and can tighten the skin. The best part about laser treatments is that they don’t have downtime and you can back to your daily life as soon as possible. You might experience some redness and irritation which will go away on its own. The procedure can take 10 minutes or more.

There are several types of lasers, and they don’t always work the same way or they may not even be suitable for the sensitive skin under the eyes. Talk to your dermatologist, and they will suggest the best treatment suitable for your specific issue and case.

Dermal Fillers

Another largely popular option in cosmetic treatments – the dermal eye bag fillers. You probably have heard them when people talk about enhancing the size of their lips or cheekbones. But they are also widely used as a dark circles treatment. The most widely used ingredient in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid – a substance produced by our own body. As hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body, it doesn’t cause any adverse reactions when used. Of course, it’s still possible to get side effects such as pain and swelling. They will also go away on their own with no special treatment.

Fillers are suitable for patients who experience dark circles due to volume loss. Fillers can only be done by a doctor so make sure to find an experienced dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Another benefit of fillers is that the whole procedure lasts around 20 minutes.

Mesotherapy

While it may not be an as popular method as the fillers and laser procedures, mesotherapy is an effective way to reduce the appearance of dark circles. During a mesotherapy session, your dermatologist will inject your under-eye area with vitamins and other nutrients. This will not only provide nutrients into the skin but will also promote collagen production. The effects of the procedure will show after a couple of months. Most of the time, patients need more than one session to achieve the desired results. A huge benefit is how fast the procedure can be – just around 10 minutes.

Chemical Peel

Another popular method in cosmetic treatments – the chemical peel. It can be used for various different skin issues such as acne, acne scars, and as an anti-ageing procedure. It’s suitable for patients who experience dark circles due to hyperpigmentation. Usually, a chemical peel contains ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin and promotes new skin to the surface. This will result in less pigmentation and thus reduce the appearance of dark circles.

It’s important that the chemical peel procedure is done by a medical professional because it can result in irritation issues. After the treatment, you should sunscreen and avoid sunlight because your skin will be more sensitive for a couple of weeks following the procedure.