Today’s topic is one that can cause a lot of grief for many. Although dark circles are more predominant in non-white ethnic groups (people with darker skin tones), anyone can be affected by them.
As we continue our search for the best skincare for women over 50, we’re taking a look at how to get rid of dark circles under the eyes naturally. We’ll look at the causes and what can be done about them.
Causes of Dark Circles – Our Lifestyle and More
There are many common causes of those dark circles under our eyes. Fortunately, some of them are avoidable, so let’s dive in and see what we can…and can’t control.
Fatigue. I know…you try to get your sleep, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Not getting the right amount of sleep, even staying up just a few hours past your normal bedtime on occasion, causes your skin to become dull and pale. This causes the blood vessels under your eyes to show up that much more. On the flip side, too much sleep can have the same effect. Go figure!
Allergies. When our allergies kick in our body produces histamines in response to bacteria. Of course we think of the irritating symptoms – like watery, itching, and puffy eyes – but blood vessels can also become dilated and more visible under the skin. Allergies can also cause us to rub our eyes, further irritating them.
Genetics. Sorry…this is one we can’t control. Some people even start to have dark circles at an early age…it just runs in the family. As I mentioned in the beginning, those with darker skin tones are more likely to experience dark circles.
Age. Sorry…another uncontrollable cause…better than the alternative though. As we age our skin becomes thinner, which allows the blood vessels to become more noticeable. This thinning of the skin is due to our loss of fat and collagen needed for our skin’s elasticity.
Sun Exposure. Too much sun exposure seems to be a running theme with our skin woes. The pigment melanin is produced from exposure to the sun. Too much production of this pigment causes the skin around your eyes to darken, just as it does the rest of your body.
Eye Strain. Spending too much time looking at your computer – this includes your phone – and television puts strain on your eyes, causing the blood vessels around your eyes to become enlarged.
Dehydration. Another common theme among skin problems. Not consuming the proper amount of water will leave your skin looking dull and your eyes to appear sunken. This creates a shadow that adds to the darkness of your skin.
Other Causes. Some other causes include alcohol, hormonal changes, stress, and excessive salt consumption.
Remedies to Treat Dark Circles Under Eyes – Natural is Best
Of course there are medical treatments and maybe that is the best course for some, but we all want natural solutions when available, right? Shoot…I need gas just to get a shot at the dentist, so I’m certainly not going to put having injections in my face at the top of the list. There other medical options, but we’ll stick with natural ways today.
Cold Compress. Applying ice wrapped in a washcloth or just a cold washcloth to your eyes for 20 minutes can help reduce swelling and shrink dilated blood vessels. Refresh your washcloth with cold water if it starts to get warm.
Drink Plenty of Water. Drinking the proper amount of water will help plump your skin back up and make it glow, reducing the appearance of sunken eyes. Besides, drinking water is essential for our overall health.
Elevate Your Head. Along with the proper amount of sleep, elevating your head with a few pillows will help fight against fluid building up in the eye area, which can cause puffiness and dark circles.
Rose Water. Rose water can help soothe tired eyes and reduce dark circles. Apply cotton pads soaked in rose water to your closed eyes for 15 minutes, twice a day.
Olive, Almond, or Grapeseed Oil. Either of these three oils will help with dark circles. The vitamin E and Niacin help to product collagen.
Cold Milk. The lactic acid in milk can aide in reducing dark circles and puffiness around the eye area. Soak the milk in cotton pads and place on closed eyes for 3 to 4 minutes.
Raw Potato. This is starting to sound more like a food blog, huh? You asked for natural… Potatoes contain vitamin C and other antioxidants that help soothe the thin skin around our eyes. Potatoes also stay cold for long periods, so they will help reduce swelling.
Iron. And I’m not talking about lifting weights. The consumption of iron carries oxygen through our bodies, so a lack of iron can cause our skin to not have that healthy appearance and cause dark circles. You can find iron in the following foods:
- Meat, fish, tofu
- Dark green, leafy vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Dried apricots, prunes, and raisins
Cucumber. A way to reduce water retention and lighten the skin is with the ascorbic and caffeic acid found in cucumbers. Place them on closed eyes for about 10 to 15 minutes. Put on some soft music and you can pretend you’re at some swanky spa like you see on television.
Tomato. Tomato also has a brightening effect on our skin. You can also mix it with lemon juice (be careful with this one though) and soak your cucumber in the mixture before applying to your eyes. Be sure to rinse your eyes well afterwards.
Tea Bags. Tea contains caffeine and antioxidants that helps to circulate blood, reduce swelling, and shrink blood vessels. Simple soak your tea bags (black or green tea will work) in hot water for 5 minutes. Place them in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes or until cold. Lightly squeeze out the excess liquid from the bags and place over closed eyes for 15 to 20 minutes. Be sure to rinse your eyes with cool water once you’re done.
Eye Cream. While eye cream might not seem as natural as some above recommendations, it is still better than medical treatments – not to mention less expensive – and can be just as beneficial as the home remedies. Eye creams are so advanced today that they have the right amount of ingredients that will target your concerns. In particular, look for products with vitamin C and those that have or help produce collagen. See my recent review HERE on eye creams for the top recommended eye cream for dark circles in 2019.
Makeup. And finally there’s makeup. It is possible to cover up those dark circles with concealer and color corrector. For blue-tinted circles use a yellow-tinted concealer and for brown-tinted circles use a peach-tinted concealer.
Keep in mind when applying products under your eyes that the more layers you have the more they’ll settle into fine lines and wrinkles. To avoid this use a light eye cream (save that richer, heavier cream for nighttime), a very small amount of concealer or color corrector, and a small amount of foundation. You can even stop your foundation just above your cheekbone and apply only concealer above this point. This is the method I use. Just be sure to blend the two together with your makeup sponge.
My Final Thoughts
Well, the good news I’m taking from this is that there are a lot of natural remedies to try. I’d say give these a try if dark circles are a concern for you. There’s also hope of concealing those bad boys while you try out some of these. Give them time to work though. Remember with any skincare product, whether natural or in a formulated product, it will take time.
Give Me Your Thoughts
So…about now I’m wondering what you’re thinking. Is it worth it to try out some of these things?
Leave me a comment or question so I’ll know what you think. Have you tried any of these and did they work? Which remedy do you plan on trying first?
Let’s work together in helping people everywhere to figure out how to get rid of dark circles under the eyes naturally!
Thanks for hanging in here with me!