5 Masks To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

5 Masks To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

By Georgiana Craighead and Dr.Tripti Rathore, Home Made Masks

I’m sure this sounds familiar: Sometimes you wake up with huge dark circles under your eyes – even if you had enough sleep. I found it more and more difficult to cover with makeup so I decided to find a better way. A more natural way.


Reduce dark circles with natural ingredients

The good news is I realized you can get rid of them naturally. Yay!

In this article, I’ll explain some of the common causes of dark circles so you can avoid them. Much better than having to apply a thick layer of makeup or concealer on your under-eye to cover them.

I also have created a bunch of amazing homemade face masks that can help get rid of them using natural ingredients found in most homes. Much more healthy than using a shop-bought eye cream with dubious results.




What causes dark circles?

I was waking up with dark circles under my eyes making me resemble a weird-looking panda. It was not a good look.

This happened even after a good, long, relaxing sleep.

In fact, it happened so often that I even started thinking I should maybe embrace it as part of the aging process. I ended up trying to cover them with makeup or concealer but found it got into the fine lines in my under-eye area which aged me.

After a little digging, I found out that the under-eye area can look purple or bluish because the skin is so thin and translucent that you can easily see the underlying blood vessels. Helping to stimulate collagen production in the under-eye area would help thicken the skin and reduce the dark circles. This points to using egg-white as it is collagen-rich, but more on this later.

So I did some further in-depth research and found that there are a number of other factors that can contribute to dark circles or puffy eyes appearing:
  • heredity – it runs in your family so you may have inherited it from your parents or grandparents
  • aging  – the skin loses its elasticity and dark circles may appear
  • prolonged crying
  • Lack of sleep
  • Fluid retention – which causes puffiness
  • unhealthy diet
  • working for long hours in front of a computer

Some can’t be avoided – such as aging and genetics. But I could do something about all the others, which was great.

Drinking plenty of fluids, wearing sunscreen and sunglasses, getting enough sleep, having regular eye tests and figuring out if you have any allergies are a good starting point.

But what if you can’t avoid these things due to work, children or other social pressures? Luckily there are some face masks that may help…




Homemade face masks to reduce the appearance of dark circles


Egg white, Vitamin E, and honey face mask

5 Masks To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Nourish and brighten your skin with this easy to make DIY mask.

Ingredients required

You will only need 3 things:
  • 1 x Vitamin E tablet
  • Honey
  • 1 Egg white

About the ingredients

Egg white contains a lot of calories while also being rich in vitamins like riboflavin and selenium. It can help tighten your skin pores naturally which will work more effectively if you add some other natural ingredients. They also contain a lot of collagen, a sort of multivitamin placenta, which includes vitamin A.

Vitamin E can help protect you from sun damage. It also helps with:
  • Reducing redness
  • Long-term UV damage
  • Skin cancer formation
  • Diminish sunburn
  • Decrease swelling
  • Lower skin pigmentation
  • Improves the vascular system
  • Stabilizes blood pressure and many other benefits that are essential for good health

It can be found in plenty of foods such as grains, nuts, seeds, whole grains, peanuts, avocado, vegetables, oils, and almonds.

Honey nourishes, moisturizes and is naturally antibacterial. It soothes and heals the skin.
If you want to know more about what natural ingredients can do for you I suggest you download my free eBook called “Miracle Ingredients For Homemade Face Masks”.

Method

  • Grind the Vitamin E tablet in a bowl
  • Mix the ground Vitamin E with a bit of honey
  • Add the egg white and mix it all together into a sticky paste
  • Apply it around your eyes and leave for a few minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove it


Tomato and lemon face mask

5 Masks To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Ingredients required

You will need:
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 Lemon

Both should be organic, if possible.

About the ingredients

Tomatoes have moisturizing and regenerating properties. You may not have noticed, but tomatoes can be found in products for skin, hair and lip care.
Tomatoes contain:

vitamin A that regenerates
vitamin B which promotes cell renewal
minerals that stimulate cellular metabolism.

Lemons contribution to cosmetic beauty treatments is probably better known than tomatoes.
  • They are a natural antiseptic and can prevent diseases and allergies
  • Can be successfully used for oily or mixed types of skin that have enlarged pores.

Lemons can also be useful for removing stains or freckles.

Please note that lemons are acidic so I recommend that lemon-based masks are done at night before bed.

Lemons contain a chemical called psoralen, which makes your skin highly reactive to light all day. If you do use them in a DIY mask in the morning please stay indoors for the rest of the day.

Method

  • Squeeze the juice from the tomato and lemon into a bowl
  • Mix them together really well with a spoon
  • Dab this mixture carefully under your eyes
  • Leave it on for an hour and then rinse it off



Potato, honey and olive oil face mask

5 Masks To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

This mask will fade dark circles and bags under your eyes, whilst nourishing and smoothing skin.

Ingredients required

You will need:
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  •  Extra virgin olive oil

About the ingredients

I bet you didn’t know how great potatoes can be for your skin.

They are real miracle workers that can detoxify the body, strengthen hair or nails, and smooths wrinkles. They are a good source of vitamin A, beta-carotene and antioxidants – important for nourishing your skin.

Olive oil is known to be really effective when it comes to our hair but it also helps with your skin.

It has a lot to offer:
  • Smooths fine lines & wrinkles
  • Helps acne-prone complexions
  • Moisturizes – which is perfect for dehydrated skin
  • Helps remove impurities
  • Intensively moisturizes chapped lips

Honey’s benefits have been covered earlier in this article.

Method

  • Peel the potato
  • Finely grate the potato using a cheese grater
  • Combine the grated potato with 1 tablespoon of honey and some extra virgin olive oil (just use enough olive oil to keep the mixture like a paste)
  • Apply it carefully under your eyes and leave it on for half an hour
  • Wash with warm water

You can use this mask twice a week.


Cucumber and lemon face mask

5 Masks To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

This mask will reduce dark circles or bags under the eyes by smoothing and hydrating the skin in your eye area.

Ingredients required

You will need:
  • ½ of a large cucumber
  • Juice from ½ a lemon

About the ingredients

Cucumber possesses astringent properties which are refreshing and extremely beneficial for tired eyes. It is one of the most effective remedies for dark circles.

The benefits of lemons have been covered previously.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, oils, and minerals why not download my free eBook. It describes all of the “Miracle Ingredients For Homemade Face Masks” and is the cornerstone of all my face masks.

Method

  • Grate the cucumber – this is a good way of getting the juice out of it
  • Place the cucumber juice in the fridge for an hour
  • Add the lemon juice to the cooled cucumber juice
  • Soak two cotton pads in this mixture and place them on your eyes
  • Leave them on for 15 minutes



Almond Oil & Lemon Face Mask

5 Masks To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Here is one of the natural face masks for dark circles that regularly helps me.

Ingredients required

You will need:
  • 1 TBSP almond oil
  • 1 TSP lemon juice

About the ingredients

Lemons are packed with vitamins C and B, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, proteins and carbohydrates.

Almond oil contains vitamin E as well as other essential minerals such as magnesium and calcium, and vitamin D. It also has a high level of fat.

Method

  • Put 1 TBSP of almond oil in a bowl.
  • Add 1 TSP of lemon juice while stirring
  • Mix it well
  • Apply it gently under your eyes using a cotton pad

Apply it every night before bed


Natural ingredients that help dark circles

You don’t have to suffer anymore as I have compiled a set of fantastic face masks to remove stubborn dark circles from under your eyes!

OK, I know that dark circles are not a serious medical problem but I’d prefer they were treated. Not only do they show you are tired but they also make you look old.

So with detailed research, I found the following ingredients are recommended to help remove dark circles:


Potatoes

Even if it might sound incredible, dark circles can be reduced by applying potato slices before sleeping.

Potatoes are quite rich in vitamins and minerals that work wonders for tired skin and wrinkles. This vegetable refreshes and softens the complexion and is great for any type of skin. Cosmetic treatments that contain potato are really efficient in getting rid of wrinkles, dark circles and eyes red with tiredness.

This treatment will definitely be useful in case of having your eyes red and watery from all that time spent on the computer. To improve the appearance of the area around your eyes, clean, wash and then slice a potato.
  • Apply the fresh slices on your eyes and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Then remove them and rinse your eyes with cold water.

For a better result, you can repeat this procedure in the morning and evening. At this rate traces of dark circles and fatigue might disappear even after just one week.


Rosewater

Rosewater has antioxidants properties and it also contains Vitamin C and A. It is used in cosmetic products but also in many treatments as it does a lot of good for the skin.

Rosewater revives tired skin making it more radiant and contributing to the natural glow of any complexion. It is known to be very effective for irritation, redness, and inflammation of eyes.

So if you need to refresh your eye area, soak two disks in a bit of rose water and apply them on your eyes for about 5-10 minutes.


Cucumber juice

Cucumber juice can be extremely useful for the area around your eyes. It has a refreshing effect and you will relax your eyes. Works even to take your stress away.

All you have to do is to soak two disks in a small amount of cucumber juice (just grate the cucumber to get the juice) and let it work for 15 minutes.


Chamomile

Chamomile has numerous great benefits to offer in order to help you relieve your stress and relax easily. You can also drink some chamomile tea before bedtime if your dark circles are caused by stress and fatigue.

Another option is to insert an unused chamomile tea bag in a bit of mineral water and which you can then use to moisten two cotton pads. Apply them on your eyes for 10 minutes.


Fruit and vegetables

Eat more fruits and vegetables and avoid exhausting your eyes late at night by reading or sitting at the computer for too long.


Tea bags

The caffeine within black or green tea bags helps restrict blood flow to the veins under your eyes reducing the appearance of dark circles. Pop a couple of used bags in the refrigerator for 20 mins before placing them on your eyes. Keep them on for 15-20 mins ensuring your eyes are closed.

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