Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Natural Remedies to Diminish Dark Under-Eye Circles

Hey dolls! I am super excited about today's blog post and I hope you will love it too :) 

About a month ago we blogged about some of our all-time best drugstore concealers and we mentioned a concealer from Garnier that helps reduce dark under eye shadows using natural products. I use that concealer daily, but I've also done some research into some natural remedies to help alleviate this problem a lot of us women have. 

Dark circles cannot be completely cured unfortunately, but the following home remedies do provide visible results so we can all look a little more bright-eyed.

Now obviously under-eye darkness and puffiness may be hereditary but can also be caused by many factors (aging, allergies, sleeplessness, poor diet, dehydration,the list goes on and on...).

In addition to these DIY remedies a full night's sleep, plenty of water and a good diet is of course advised. 

If only it was so easy, right? 

At the end of the post I will tell you which recipes are my faves! Comment to let me know which one you'd like to try and SUBSCRIBE for more posts! XO

1. Use cucumber slices. One of the oldest tricks in the book is cucumber slices on the eyes. This delicious veggie is good as a snack on a hot summer day but can also help reduce eye bags and brighten the appearance of the skin. It helps cool and calm your eyes and helps hydrate the thin delicate skin. Place 2 thick slices on each closed eye for 15 minutes daily. 

2.Use tea bags.  Place brewed and cooled tea bags over your eyes (wrap them in a thin cloth first if you wish) for 10-15 minutes daily. The caffeine in the cold tea bags will help draw out the fluid from around the eyes to help reduce puffiness. Green Tea works especially well in this instance as it has anti-inflammatory properties ( a chemical known as EGCG).Also, tannin found in tea helps reduce swelling and discoloration from the eye area.  

3.Use a potato. Use either raw potato slices or grated raw potato (with skin is fine) and apply to closed eyes. Leave it for 25-30 minutes before washing off. This is definitely an old method that has worked well in some cases. 

4.Use a frozen spoon. Put a spoon in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Take it out and cover the circles with it. The cold will constrict blood vessels and can be used as an instant "pick me up". Hold it there until the spoon is warm again.

5. Use a paste from turmeric and pineapple juice. Combine some turmeric powder ( a yellow spice found in your local grocery store) and some pineapple juice ( fresh and organic preferred, remember this goes around your eyes) to form a paste. Apply the paste around the eye were discoloration is apparent and leave sit for 20 minutes and then rinse off. Use daily. This method is widely used in the east, primarily India in Ayurveda medicine. 

6.Use almond oil. Daily apply a few drops of almond oil around the eyes (Tip: use only sweet almond oil for around the eyes). This will help condition the skin and may help build collagen production resulting in strengthening the thinning skin and reducing discoloration. It does not clog pores and helps in blood circulation.  Use for at least a period of 6 weeks to see results.

7.Make a saline solution. Add 2 cups water with a 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt in one of your nostrils. Have your head tilted to the side so that the water comes out the other nostril. This helps drain the nasal passages and can help reduce the discoloration around the eyes due to congestion. This was the method we were the most wary about but it is definitely worth a try. Eastern medicine dictates that this saline solution does wonders for healthy looking skin as well! Bonus!

I've been trying all of these home remedies and I definitely love option #5(Turmeric and pineapple juice). Turmeric is highly pigmented and immediately cuts out any purple undertones by essentially "tinting" the skin.

I also love Option #6, I've incorporated this into my night-time regimen now. It does wonders for the supple skin around the eyes and keeps your lashes hydrated, see my previous post about How To Make Your Lashes Long and Luscious for more details.

Comment to let me know what you think about these recipes, and which ones worked best for you! Until next time :)