Dark circles on your eyes can prove to be a disaster, especially if you notice them right before something important like a date, work meeting, or photo opportunity. Yes, dark circles can even especially show up if you’re taking selfies and it can feel like the camera is making it appear worse, so there are plenty of reasons why you would want to get rid of dark circles.
For some people, the dark circles under the eyes can be a genetic factor – but that doesn’t mean that the condition can’t be changed. For other people, dark circles under the eyes can be a sign of age and the skin losing elasticity over time, and they can be a sign of extreme tiredness: They most often show up after a hard day’s work or a night’s worth of working, studying or partying.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one of the most beneficial plants that we know about, and it could do wonders for your general health. People have been using Aloe Vera for its health benefits for thousands of years; to name just some uses, Aloe Vera is great for getting rid of the toxins that accumulate in the body, and Aloe Vera is also a great disinfectant – so great, in fact, that Alexander the Great would send soldiers into battle with Aloe Vera to dress their wounds before getting back to the war.
It’s extremely high in vitamins, and higher in Vitamin C than other sources such as oranges. It’s also available in many forms – so you don’t have to worry about rubbing a plant under your eyes. Aloe Vera is available in both capsules and creams: Just apply some cream under your eyes the morning before for the best results.
If you need a quicker fix, try some of the other items on this list.
2. Power Napping
One of the most common causes of dark circles under the eyes is simple exhaustion. Most of the time when dark circles occur, it’s after you have been up too long with too little sleep. This is a surefire sign that your body is tired, and the dark circles might even be there the next morning after you have gotten some sleep.
If you have gotten halfway through your day and notice that you are starting to get the dark, sagging circles under your eyes, then it might be worth it to take a short “power nap.” Simply, a power nap is a short nap that lasts no more than fifteen or twenty minutes – it’s just enough for your body to regenerate, though not enough for you to fall into a full cycle of sleep.
Many professionals know the secret of power napping to stay rejuvenated during and after a long day at work, and it’s a secret known and used by many students all over the world, too.
3. Healthy Face Masks
Healthy, natural face masks are a great way to keep your skin feeling refreshed; there’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive face masks that might just cause an allergic reaction and be worse for your skin in the long run: You can make some healthy face masks at home yourself, and it won’t cost you more than a couple of dollars.
For the simplest, healthy face mask, combine avocado and lemon juice and simply apply this to your face: Leave it for a couple of minutes to half an hour, and clean off. Give your face a good sugar scrub after this, just to clear off any impurities that might be lingering on your skin.
This treatment should be enough to leave your skin feeling better, tighter and it should help to get rid of the circles under your eyes. This method works even if your dark circles are a genetic factor more than they are a sign of exhaustion.
4. Cold Water
If you want your skin to be happier, then start with one, easy step: Rinse your face with cold water twice per day. Just once in the morning before you officially start your day, and once at night before you go to bed. No soap, no additives, nothing else. The cold water is more than enough to shock your pores and skin, and many times it’s enough to get rid of the dark circles under your eyes.
While you can use soap, people who have sensitive skin will want to avoid using things like too much soap or make-up, as this can trigger adverse reactions like a nasty skin rash or acne outbreak.
Of course, you can also combine the cold-water rinse method with any of the other methods we’ve mentioned on this list.
If you find that any skin conditions you have are getting worse doing this, then consider switching to purified (or previously boiled) water instead of tap water.
5. Tea Bags
Many of the treatments on this list will work fantastically well if done the night before, but there are times where you simply don’t have that amount of time and need something to work quickly: This is common before a date, function, meeting – or maybe you just want to take a selfie without having the dark circles on your eyes show.
This is one of the methods that work the fastest. Simply add some hot water to a black tea bag and leave to cool down. Then, apply the tea bag directly to the eye. Leave it there for five minutes at a time – make sure that you put a towel under your head.
Test the temperature of the tea bag before you apply it directly to your eye. The caffeine in the black tea bag works wonders for perking up the skin, and it can get rid of dark circles under your eyes (and even minute wrinkles) in minutes.
Menthol is one of the quickest ways to bring some color back to the skin, and it could be a great help if you are looking to get rid of the dark circles under your eyes in a hurry – though you should naturally be careful if you are applying any menthol-based creams to near your eyes: You do not want to get it in the eye, so just apply it to a little bit under and around the eye.
Most people think of menthol as something that only works for a tight chest, but it also happens to work great for the skin and muscles, which is why so many creams for tired and pained muscles will use menthol as an ingredient.
If you do get any of it in your eyes, rinse your eyes with ideally milk or water – or both in that order if the stinging doesn’t go away.
7. Cucumber Slices
There are plenty of reasons why most stock photos featuring people in spas are taken with a face mask and cucumber slices – and it has nothing to do with cucumber sandwiches. Cucumber slices are filled with vitamins and moisture, which are the two things your eyes will most need if you are showing the first signs of being really, really tired.
You don’t have to combine cucumber slices with the whole face mask-routine: You can just apply some cucumber slices to your eyes for ten or twenty minutes, and you should see the rejuvenating effect on your skin immediately. Many people chill the cucumber slices in the fridge beforehand: There’s nothing fun about warm or room temperature cucumber slices on your eyes.
To keep a cucumber fresh, store it in the fridge, and salt the end that you slice off before covering it with plastic-wrap: It should last in the fridge for several weeks and that way you can still use the rest of it for a salad or sandwich.
Avocado is one of the greatest, richest foods known to mankind, and it’s had a huge increase in popularity in the health food movement. The avocado works with anything; you can add it to a salad, throw it on top of a pizza or add some to a pasta dish and it works all three ways. Did you know you can even use avocado as an ingredient in chocolate cake? (Yup, that’s the secret to a moist, fluffy chocolate cake for more people than you would ever imagine.)
You can also add avocado to your current healthy face mask recipe, or you can simply mash up some avocado and combine it with lemon juice: Apply this to your face the same way you would any other face mask and leave it for ten to twenty minutes.
This helps your skin perk up much the same way cucumber slices does. Again, many people choose to chill their avocado mask in the fridge first: The coldness of it helps the pores to close up, and the bags under the eyes to recede.
There’s a very good reason why black tea bags (mentioned earlier on in this article) works so well for getting rid of dark circles under the eyes: It’s the caffeine that’s contained in the tea bag that makes this tip work, and you should probably already know that tea bags aren’t the only thing that contains caffeine.
There are plenty of skin creams on the market that contain caffeine as a rejuvenating ingredient, and many of these over-the-counter creams will work well for getting rid of the dark circles. But you can still make the same thing at home, and often for much cheaper.
Many people choose to go with the option of adding coffee grounds directly to their face cream, while other people will brew the coffee first and then mix some of this into their face cream instead: Both work just fine.
You can even soak a cotton ball in some lukewarm coffee and apply this to your eye the same way you would a teabag.
10. Homemade Face Cream
Enough has been said for homemade face cream in this article already that it deserves to be a separate tip. It’s pretty easy to make your own face creams at home, and it’ll cost you considerably less than the ones you buy over the counter – and yes, they will do exactly the same thing for your skin.
Start off by choosing a base cream or oil – this is your carrier for whatever ingredients you want to add to your cream. Most people will choose aqueous cream as their base, but you can also do the same thing with coconut oil, olive oil and grapeseed oil.
From there, add some of the ingredients that have been recommended on this list. You can also add other ingredients to this mix, including a variety of essential oils (like lavender and lemon) which are great for keeping the skin feeling fresh – and, of course, for getting rid of dark circles under your eyes.