Dark circles under your eyes not only makes you looking so tired but it also make you look older. Skin discoloration under the eyes usually have different causes and could be embarrassing for other people. 

The common causes of dark circles under the eyes are allergies, too much stress, lack of sleep or it's hereditary. If you think that this is a difficult problem to tackle then be positive because there are some things that you can do to get rid of those black circles under your eyes.

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things you'll need:

  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Crushed fresh mint leaves and lemon
  • Turmeric powder with pineapple juice
  • Fresh cucumber
  • Water and healthy foods
  • Tea bags with chamomile
  • Mild eye cream with vitamins K and E including retinol
  • Herbal eye gel
    • 1

      Use sunglasses with UV protection when you're out under the sun. Ultraviolet rays are harmful to our skin especially the delicate skin under our eyes. Exposure to sunlight is very dangerous especially if your skin has very little melanin to protect it from the ultra violet (UV) rays. 

      Melanin can protect your skin, but it's limited when you're exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. Always protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses whenever you're outside whether it's sunny or cloudy because sunlight will darken the pigment melanin of your skin.

    • 2

      Drink enough water to hydrate your body. Dehydration can result in poor circulation that makes your body retain water in different areas. The poor circulation may cause your skin under your eyes looking blue or black and puffy. To avoid this to happen, try to drink eight glasses of water everyday to keep your body and skin well hydrated.

    • 3

      Get plenty of sleep at night. Lack of sleep may cause the skin to become paler that results the darkening appearance under your eyes. It's recommended that you sleep 8 hours at night. Avoid drinking coffee and alcohol as well as taking any drug that can unfavorably affect the quality of your sleep.

    • 4

      Make a paste coming from crushed fresh mint leaves added with 2-3 drops of lemon juice to it. Another known paste mixture to remove black circles under the eyes comes from turmeric powder with pineapple juice. You can apply any of these 2 mixtures on your dark circles for 25 to 30 minutes once or twice a week.

    • 5

      Close your eyes then cover each of them with thin slices of fresh cucumber and try to relax. It would be good that while you're eyelids are closed covered with those slices of cucumber for about 20-25 minutes, you'll also listen to a relaxing music. The cucumbers will help reduce the inflammation, decrease swelling, tighten your skin and minimize those black circles under your eyes.

    • 6

      Apply cool tea bags to get rid of those black circles. Tea bags with chamomile will help reduce the swelling of the tissue beneath your eyes that will cause the dark discoloration. Relax and close your eyes while it's covered with cool tea-bags for about 20-25 minutes once or twice a week.

    • 7

      Apply eye cream everyday. Be sure that it's mild with retinol in addition to vitamins K and E. Your black circles might be caused by a deficiency of the vitamin K. An effective mild cream treatment with a sufficient amount of vitamins K and E including retinol may help reduce the dark circles and puffiness on the skin below your eyes. Long-term daily use may also give effective results.

    • 8

      Eat healthy foods and be sure to have a well-balanced diet. Health problems can usually be attributed to lack of vitamins and minerals in the body. If you are anemic or you lack vitamin B12, you may see dark circles under your eyes. Swelling, puffiness and dark circles are also associated to inadequate intake of vitamin K and antioxidant. 

      Include fruits rich in vitamin C like orange, cranberry and strawberry to strengthen the skin by building collagen that makes it more elastic and resilient. It's important to eat fresh fruits and vegetables including lean meat because the body needs protein. Check the food pyramid so that you will be guided to have a healthy and a well-balanced diet.

    • 9

      Reduce your salt and sugar intake. Take note that too much salt causes your body to retain water in different areas. This could make your skin under the eyes looking dark blue and puffy. Excessive salt intake can also impair the circulation in the body that causes the blood vessels under the skin to appear dark blue. 

      Sugar will not only give you weight problems but also dark circles. There is a study about the action of insulin which shows that sugar can also lead to skin problems by way of inflammatory responses and its effect on protein. 

      Glycation is a process when glucose starts to connect with proteins and causes the proteins to bind together. If this happens then it can age the skin and the body prematurely and inflammation starts where it may lead to eye puffiness and dark circles.

    • 10

      Stop smoking. Smoking will damage the blood vessels that could lead to vascular and respiratory diseases. When the blood vessels are damaged, it will create a dark bluish color that becomes more visible and transparent underneath the skin.

    • 11

      Take vitamins A, E, K and B12. If you're so busy that you can't get enough vitamins through your regular diet then consider taking a daily supplement. Vitamin A can erase those dark circles under your eyes by repairing those damage skin tissues. Vitamin A is known for its anti-aging benefits for the skin. Vitamin E is important because it regulates Vitamin A in the body and is an antioxidant that protects the skin against the sun's ultra violet light. 

      Vitamin K removes dark circles under eyes by healing the damaged capillaries and arteries beneath the skin and help regulate the blood circulation around the eyes to avoid clotting. Lack of Vitamin B12 can lead to anemia, which means your body does not produce enough red blood cells to carry oxygen. When this happens, it can make you feel weak and tired.

    • 12

      Squeeze the same amount of juice coming from a fresh picked lemon and tomato. Mix them together and apply it on the black areas under your eyes everyday. You need to follow it up with a gentle massage everyday using almond oil under your eyes before bedtime. This natural remedy will help remove those dark circles under your eyes.

    • 13

      Use an herbal eye gel that contains green tea, butcher's broom, chamomile, cornflower and horsetail. These medicinal herbs will help reduce dark circles under your eyes. Make sure that the herbal eye gel is pH balanced, hypo-allergenic and made from natural ingredients. You can check the effectiveness of the product by researching it online if others who used the same product found it to be good.

    • 14

      Consult a dermatologist for possible allergies. Allergies could be the cause of the dark skin discoloration under your eyes. The dermatologist can identify the source of your allergy whether the cause comes from the food, change of season or environment. After your dermatologist will know the cause then he or she can prescribe a medication and you can begin the treatment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember that collagen levels decline as you get older. Your thinning skin becomes less resilient and this will make the blood vessels visible that could form those dark circles.

  • Cover your black circles with cosmetics. You can use a concealer and check if it will match to the color of your skin so that it could cover the dark areas under your eyes. After applying a concealer, brush a light translucent powder that will also match to your skin's color.

  • Never rub your eyes. Rubbing of the eyes could indicate that you may have allergies but however itchy it is, avoid doing so. Constant rubbing will only make your skin irritate and swell that resulting tiny capillaries to break underneath the skin. You will see visible dark skin circles below your eyes as an aftereffect.

  • If you have allergies, avoid using a tea bag with chamomile because it could make your eyes swell.

  • Consult a known, well-trained and licensed physician before considering using any invasive treatment. You need to know the root cause of your dark circles before undergoing such treatment and ask other experts too to compare their findings. Sometimes this condition runs in your family where it is hereditary.

  • Never put ice directly to the delicate skin around your eyes and discontinue the use of a new cosmetic product as soon as possible if it exhibits other symptoms.

  • Don't be disappointed for the natural remedies because it may take a while for those dark circles to disappear. Just make sure that you're not allergic to any of the methods given above before applying it.