Some days you glance in the mirror and it’s as if two holes in a blanket are staring back at you. Dark circles under the eyes can make you look gloomy, tired or even sick.
If you’re a woman, makeup may be able to help mask them. But then there are the mornings when no matter how much makeup you pile on you can’t cover them up.
And you can easily end up with reverse raccoon eyes.
To get rid of your dark circles for good you need to understanding what’s behind them first. Then you can figure out the right fix for you.
Where do dark circles come from?
Dark circles under the eyes are rarely a sign of anything very serious. But they can sometimes give you a clue about your current state of health.
Some of the most common causes of dark circles are…
- nutritional deficiencies
- thinning skin and loss of collagen
But the good news is you can often reduce the appearance of your dark circles with some simple at-home fixes. In fact, in some cases you can even eliminate them.
6 simple but effective fixes for dark circles
Following are six easy, low cost fixes for brightening up those annoying dark circles.
It’s no accident that vitamin E is found in so many skin care products. This multitasking vitamin is terrific for reducing spots and dark circles.
But you don’t have to fork over big bucks for an expensive face cream to get those vitamin E benefits. Reach for an avocado instead.
Put three slices of the avocado aside to make a skin mask, and eat the rest to boost your vitamin E levels. Mash the three slices together with five drops of almond oil to form a paste. Gently dab the avocado mask onto your dark circles. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, before rinsing with cool water.
2. Cucumber slices:
Packed with antioxidants, cucumbers fight the free radicals that contribute to your dark circles. Plus they can help reduce the puffiness that makes dark circles look far worse. Rest two slices over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.
When you apply mint to your skin, your body reacts to the cool tingle by sending blood to the site in order to warm it. That increased blood flow can help reduce the appearance of the darkest under-eye circles.
Crush fresh mint leaves until they’re juicy, and gently spread them under your eyes. (Apply carefully to avoid getting any in your eyes.) Leave on for five to 10 minutes, and then rinse.
4. Turmeric and pineapple juice:
The same antioxidants that make turmeric such a powerful anti-aging supplement can help reduce dark circles under your eyes. And the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, found in pineapple, goes to work on the puffiness
Mix two teaspoons of turmeric with one to two teaspoons of freshly-pressed homemade pineapple juice to form a paste. (Tip: The CORE of the pineapple contains higher levels of bromelain.) Gently apply to your dark circles, avoiding getting any in your eyes. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash well.
Since turmeric can cause a temporary light yellow stain, you might want to save this one for a weekend to see how your skin reacts.
Stress can cause the delicate capillaries under your eyes to break and leak blood, causing dark circles under your eyes. Which means reducing your stress levels can help you finally get rid of those circles for good.
Yoga is an excellent way to reduce stress. Study after study has shown this ancient art can help ease your mind, and improve your quality of life. Plus yoga can help improve blood flow, reducing the appearance of dark circles.
If yoga’s just not your thing, try tai chi, meditation or massage. Anything that brings your stress level down can help. Plus reducing stress will help you get a good night’s sleep, wiping out the fatigue that can contribute to dark circles.
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Vitamin K, or “the clotting vitamin,” helps prevent the bleeding under your skin that causes bruises. Which means it can also help reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
You can raise your vitamin K levels by eating more kale, spinach, natto, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. But if you’re on blood thinners, or have any issues with blood clotting, be sure to talk to your doctor before increasing the K-rich foods in your diet.
And if you suspect anemia (low iron) might be contributing to your dark circles, kale and spinach can help raise your iron levels too. Eating plenty of liver, red meat, pork and beans will help as well.
Brighten up your face, and your mood, with these simple solutions for reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.