We have all probably often had sleepless nights and then sleepy mornings where we did not look our best as a result of being too tired. Either our eyes got swollen, or we couldn’t quite keep them open, maybe all the work, assignments, or partying of the night before could be reflected in our faces the next morning. But what is being considered as an issue as well, is the dark circles that appear under the eyes after not getting enough of sleep or working too hard – at least, so it’s believed. But let’s get into further analysis and see what dark circles really are, how are they caused, and what are some effective ways one could remove them with home-made remedies.
What are dark circles under the eyes?
Dark circles under the eyes are also known as periorbital dark circles – ‘periorbital’ being the tissue surrounding the orbit of the eye, according to the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary. They are basically a result of the thin layer of skin under the eyes showing the blood that the vessels contain more prominently than in any other part of the body, says Gizmodo. What we are trying to tell you is that the skin under or around the eyes is quite, quite, thin compared to the skin on the other parts of the body. More specifically, according to Gizmodo, the skin under the eyes is about 0.5 mm whereas on the other parts of the body the skin is about 2 mm thick.
Why do circles under the eyes appear?
First of all, what is so widely thought and believed, dark circles can, in fact, be caused by lack of sleep. Researches show that lack of sleep causes the blood vessels under the eyes to widen, and then the dark hue under the eyes is created and shown through the thin skin. However, dark circles can also be caused by oversleeping, stress, nasal allergies, and skin irritants in products of makeup, according to Style Craze.
But another thing that can make dark circles more prominent is age. You might have noticed that elderly people are more prone to getting dark circles under the eyes, and that is because as one gets older, some of the fat and collagen under the eyes gets lost and thus the dark circles.
However, there is this type of dark circles known as hereditary dark circles. For clarification purposes, heredity is the passing of traits from one generation to the other. All in all, hereditary dark circles under the eyes, according to LiveStrong.com, are a result of genetics. In this case, there is not much you can do to get rid of them, you can only try to make them better.
How to treat dark circles under the eyes at home?
Dark circles under the eyes can be treated at home with products you can find in your kitchen or closest grocery store. All it takes is to follow the procedures, be patient, strict, and determined. Here is how you could possibly treat your under-eye dark circles:
1. Use cold teabags for dark circles under the eyes
According to Health Line, you can actually use tea bags for other options other than making tea and drinking it. Basically, what you need to do to treat your dark circles under the eyes with tea bags is use the caffeinated ones. This because the caffeine in the tea contains the antioxidants that can help increase the blood flow of the skin. Green tea, especially, has proven to be quite helpful in the matter.
What you need to do is soak two tea bags for about 5 minutes. Afterwards, let them chill, preferably in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. After that is all done, remove the liquid and apply the tea bags to the area under the eyes. According to Health Line, you should leave the tea bags under the eyes for about 15 to 30 minutes.
2. Use honey for dark circles under the eyes
Apart from satisfying your sweet tooth, honey can also be used to benefit your hair and skin. And as to how can honey be used in getting rid of dark circles under the eyes, we will let you know in about a second. Well, according to Beauty Health Tips, honey has anti-inflammatory properties that work like a ‘natural bleach’. The antioxidants it contains help reduce the dark circles.
Raw honey, for instance, can be beneficial if you apply it directly into the dark circles. After doing this, it should be massaged for about 2 minutes with wet fingertips. You should leave it for around 10 minutes and then wash it with cold water and as a finishing touch, simply apply under-eye moisturizer. These simple steps should be repeated every day until results are shown.
3. Use tomatoes for dark circles under the eyes
When talking about tomatoes being beneficial in treating dark circles under the eyes, its usage can be various. You could use the paste of the tomato, the juice, the juice of the tomato with lemon, tomato with mint leaves, and more. Since even the tomato has the bleaching properties and the needed antioxidants for fighting the dark under-eye circles, people oftentimes use it for exactly that purpose, other than eating it.
One of the simplest ways you could use tomatoes to treat the dark circles is by using the paste of the tomato. Simply smash to tomato to form the paste, utilize it, and apply it under the eyes. Leave it on the skin for about 10 minutes, wash it with water, and repeat the procedure every day until you start seeing results.
4. Use almond oil for dark circles under the eyes
The process, based on research, is as follows: it’s best if the almond oil treatments are done at bedtime after washing your face and not having applied moisturizer, what you need to do is apply almond oil into your fingertips, massage it under the eyes and leave it overnight. In the morning wash your face as per usual and repeat the same procedure every night for six weeks.
5. Use rose water for dark circles under the eyes
As research has shown, rose water is a great product that can be used in treating dark circles under the eyes, because it soothes and hydrates the skin. It’s anti-inflammatory and its antioxidants strengthen and regenerate skin cells.
Apply plain rose-water in a cotton ball and wash the under-eye area, leave it for about 15 minutes and afterward wash it away with warm water. This super-simple procedure should be repeated every day.
Rose water and milk: According to vkool.com, in order to get rid of dark circles under the eyes you should mix 1/2 teaspoon of cold milk, 1 teaspoon of rosewater, mix them in a small bowl and use cotton balls by putting them in the mixture for about 2-4 minutes, then apply the soaked cotton balls on the dark circles and wait approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning. Repeat until you see the wanted results.
To conclude this whole article, we can see that dark circles under the eyes can be a result of various things – from sleepless nights, oversleeping, age, genetics, and more. However, many times dark circles under the eyes can also be treated, and that is, quite easily with home-made remedies (if we’re talking about non-hereditary dark under-eye circles). All it takes is determination and patience; because, well, “change doesn’t happen overnight”.
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