5 Natural Treatments For Dark Under Eye Circles

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Dark circles under your eyes can make you look exhausted. You might receive comments from friends, family, and co-workers.

“You look tired.”

“Are you feeling sick?”

From here on out, you can let them know that, even if you are tired, your dark circles are probably not caused by exhaustion. In fact, dark circles, also known as eye bags, are caused by a lot of things: lack of sleep, poor diet, excess stress, out of whack hormones, age, dehydration, smoking and drinking, and too much sun or heat. Since there are so many causes for dark circles under your eyes, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do to prevent them.

While it is difficult to prevent them, you have many options when treating them. The treatments are mostly homeopathic, involving items that you will probably have at home. Below are five ways to make sure that your dark eye circles go away without breaking the bank on expensive creams.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are great in curing under eye treatments because of their great cooling effects. Cut your cucumber slices very thin and put one over each eye. Do this for fifteen minutes every night before bed for maximum effects. Go to sleep and be prepared to see a face bare of dark circles in the morning.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel, an astringent that comes from the witch hazel shrub, works to compress the puffiness and swelling characteristic of dark circles. To take advantage of this treatment, you need to soak cotton balls in the extract. Squeeze out the extra liquid, close your eyes, and put them just below your eyes. Leave them for fifteen minutes. The herb can compress swelling so well because it contains large amounts of tannin.

Parsley

Parsley is a great treatment ingredient for dark circles because of its high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll helps to remove dark circles as well as the puffiness that accompanies them. Take chopped parsley and fill up empty ice cube trays halfway. Fill up the other half with water and put them in the freezer. Once they are completely frozen, take two at a time, wrap them up in a cloth, and place one on each eye.

Herbal Mask

An herbal mask is another great way to get rid of dark circles under your eyes. There are a few combinations you can experiment with. Here is one you can try: eight tablespoons of tomato juice, one teaspoon of a lemon’s juice, and one-half teaspoon of turmeric. You will also want to add four tablespoons of cornmeal (or more) to thicken. Put the mask right below your eyes and leave it there for ten to twenty minutes. If you do this once a day, your dark circles will disappear.

Potatoes

Another treatment that you can use for dark circles is grated potatoes. Grate one potato in a food processor until it is in very small pieces. Put the pieces in cheesecloth and use it as an eye pack, placing it beneath your eyes. Leave it there for fifteen to twenty minutes, and be sure to wipe off any remaining residue.

Guest blogger Jane Fay works in Tampa Real Estate and manages http://welovetampa.com. The stress that is associated with her job was causing under eye circles.  Luckily, she has found many home remedies (including the ones mentioned above) to be effective in treating her unsightly blemishes.    

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