The eyes are the most prominent of facial features and the most expressive. When your eyes look their best, so do you! Unfortunately, the opposite is also true, and dark under-eye circles and/or puffiness around the eyes can take quite a toll on your overall appearance, making you look tired, stressed and generally unwell – even if you’re feeling great.
So what can be done to remedy a dark, puffy under-eye area? A variety of home remedies can provide at least a temporary fix, improving the appearance of the eye area for a fresher, healthier look. Among the most popular home remedies are:
- Potato – Grated potato can be used as a poultice, wrapped in cheesecloth and applied to the eye area, or cotton balls can be soaked in the juice of grated potatos and placed over the eyes for 15 or 20 minutes. Potatoes are said to have a lightening action in the skin, and if you chill your grated potato or potato juice before use, it can help soothe inflammation to reduce puffiness. Just be sure to rinse the solution away after your treatment is finished.
- Tomato and Lemon Juice – Mixing a little tomato juice or paste with about half a teaspoon of lemon juice can help improve dark under-eye circles, since both contain high levels of vitamin C, an antioxidant that also has skin lightening properties. This mixture can be applied directly to the skin or you can soak cotton balls in it and place them over the eye area. Again, cold helps reduce puffiness in the eye area, so a chilled solution will yield better results. Soak the eye area for about 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse the area thoroughly.
- Milk or Buttermilk – These dairy products contain lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that is commonly used in commercial skin care products to lighten and brighten skin. Cold milk or buttermilk can be used alone to lighten dark under-eye circles – applied to the eye area via cotton balls soaked in it – or made into a paste with the addition of turmeric powder, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, which may offer a bit more help in reducing puffiness around the eyes.
- Almond Oil – Gently massaging a small amount of almond oil into the delicate skin of the eye area before bed, then washing it away in the morning can help improve the appearance of the eye area. Almond oil contains antioxidants and other nutrients that can help improve the condition of the skin, brightening the eye area and reducing puffiness.
It is important to note that none of these home remedies will offer immediate results in improving the appearance of dark under-eye circles. While each does have ingredients that may help lighten and nourish the skin, they must be applied consistently – at least once a day – over several weeks, or in some cases, months, before any visible results can be expected. Additionally, while these remedies may offer improvement for some, they do not work for everyone.
Dark under-eye circles and bags caused by age-related thinning of the skin, for instance, may not respond, requiring more complex treatment. Lastly, any effective treatment plan to reduce dark under-eye circles must include a healthy diet, daily exercise and regular sleep habits, since neglecting these important lifestyle issues can contribute to the development or worsening of dark circles and puffiness in the delicate skin of the eye area.