Published on September 7th, 20130
Banish those dark circles
Don’t let ugly dark circles ruin your good looks. Try these tricks to let your eyes really do the talking.
by Deepa Mistry
With stress and bad lifestyle choices taking a toll on our skin, it is but natural that dark circles appear under our eyes and refuse to go away. Add to that the fact that most of us don’t get as much sleep or good nutrition as we need, and dark circles become a permanent bane.
The bony structure of the skull into which eyes are deeply set can develop shadows, typically called ‘dark circles’. They are caused due to a variety of reasons; heredity is a big reason, or they can happen to people who are born with thinner skins under their eyes. Fatigue, shortage of sleep, shortage of essential nutrients, sinus problems, hormonal imbalances as a result of menstruation, pregnancy or menopause are some other reasons. Age is also a factor.
If you suffer from dark circles, try these remedies:
– Grate some raw potato and soak a cotton ball in the potato juice. Close your eyes and place these cotton balls on your eyes. Make sure they cover the dark circles under your eyes as well as the eyelids. Leave them on for 10 minutes and wash off with cold water. Similarly, cucumber is a very good astringent and skin toner. Follow the same procedure with cucumber.
– Excessive smoking and drinking cause dark circles, so cut down on these habits.
– Cotton balls dipped in rose water and placed on the eyes and left for some time may cure or remove dark circles.
– Almond oil has been a time-tested remedy for dark circles. Apply a paste of almonds mixed with milk on the dark area on the affected area before going to bed, and wash it off with cold water the next morning. Alternatively, apply almond oil before you sleep for a few days till you see visible results. This will lighten up your skin.
– Vitamin C and iron are known to be essential food supplements for removing dark circles. Try applying a cream rich in Vitamin E and C for reducing under-eye circles.
– Apply a paste of crushed mint leaves under your eyes and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off gently. This will relax your eyes.
– Wash your eyes with cold water at regular intervals, this will help soothe them. It also cleanses the eyes.
– Lemon juice, orange lentil flour, puree of tomato and turmeric paste when blended and applied on the eyes and left for 15 minutes is a very good remedy for dark circles.
If beautiful eyes top your wish list, we hope these home remedies will work wonders for you.
(Pictures courtesy www.eternesseclinic.com, www.beautyhows.com, darkcirclesguide.com)