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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Dark circles under the eyes - Natural Home Remedies

Dark circles under the eyes are a common cosmetic concern that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or skin tone. They can make you look tired, older, or unhealthy, and may affect your self-confidence.

Fortunately, there are some natural home remedies that can help you reduce the appearance of dark circles and brighten your eyes. Here are some of them:

  • Sleep: One of the most common causes of dark circles is lack of sleep. When you don’t get enough rest, your skin becomes pale and your blood vessels become more visible under your eyes. To prevent this, make sure you get at least seven to eight hours of quality sleep every night. You can also improve your sleep hygiene by avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and screens before bedtime, and keeping your bedroom dark, quiet, and comfortable.

  • Elevation: Another cause of dark circles is fluid retention under the eyes, which can create puffiness and shadows. To reduce this, you can elevate your head with extra pillows when you sleep. This will help the fluid drain away from your eyes and prevent swelling.

  • Cold compress: Applying a cold compress to your eyes can constrict the blood vessels and reduce the darkness and inflammation. You can use anything cold, such as ice cubes, frozen spoons, chilled cucumber slices, or cold tea bags. Just place them over your eyes for about 10 minutes and then remove them. You can repeat this several times a day as needed.

  • Tea bags: Tea bags are not only good for making a refreshing drink, but also for treating dark circles. Tea contains caffeine and antioxidants that can stimulate blood circulation, tighten the skin, and fight free radicals that cause aging. You can use any kind of tea, such as black, green, or herbal tea. Just steep two tea bags in hot water for a few minutes, then squeeze out the excess liquid and refrigerate them until they are cold. Then place them over your eyes for about 15 minutes and rinse your face with water.

  • Cucumber: Cucumber is another natural remedy that can help lighten dark circles. Cucumber has a high water content that can hydrate and cool the skin. It also contains vitamin C and flavonoids that can reduce pigmentation and inflammation. To use cucumber, cut two thick slices and refrigerate them until they are cold. Then place them over your eyes for about 20 minutes and wash your face with water.

  • Potato: Potato is another vegetable that can help with dark circles. Potato contains natural bleaching agents that can lighten the skin and reduce puffiness. To use potato, grate one raw potato and squeeze out the juice. Then soak two cotton pads in the juice and place them over your eyes for about 15 minutes. Remove them and rinse your face with water.

  • Moisturizers: Moisturizing your skin can also help prevent and treat dark circles. Moisturizers can nourish and hydrate the skin, improve its elasticity, and protect it from environmental damage. You can use any moisturizer that suits your skin type, or look for ones that contain ingredients that can benefit the eye area, such as caffeine, vitamin E, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, or retinol.

These are some of the natural home remedies that can help you get rid of dark circles under your eyes. However, keep in mind that these remedies may not work for everyone or may take time to show results. If you have persistent or severe dark circles that affect your vision or quality of life, you should consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456

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