No one wants Panda eyes! Dark circles, as Panda eyes are commonly known, don’t ask for permission before they make their appearance! That dark baggy and sagging under eye skin makes you look tired and older.
Dark circles are extremely common. There are 3 reasons why they occur – lifestyle choices, bad circulation, and genetics.
Genetically, the skin is 2mm thick. But for some people, the under eye skin is thinner, about 0.5mm. This is one reason why blood pooling is so visible in this area. Hyperpigmentation is another factor. Or it can be just poor blood circulation and allergies.
Life choices like hectic schedules, lack of sleep, dehydration, poor diet, allergies, alcohol, smoking, and stress are other reasons for dark circles.
Yes! You got that right! Lifestyle does play a major role! If you thought that you could party all night and get away with it, think again. Those late nights are sure to give you Panda eyes, and there is only so much that makeup can hide. You still have to look at yourself when you remove the makeup.
Catch the Culprit
How do you know what is causing those dark circles? Is it pigmentation, heredity, or is it something else? One easy way to check is to pinch the under eye skin gently and lift it. The skin will remain brown if it is hyperpigmentation. If not, then your lifestyle or bad circulation are the culprits.
If you are looking for a quick solution and have a lot of money to spare, hyaluronic acid fillers will work well. They hydrate the skin and rejuvenate it, and the effect remains for a couple of years at most. There are plenty of under eye dark circle removal creams in India to buy online. But, believe it or not, your pantry has some natural, inexpensive remedies such as potatoes, tomatoes, and lemons, which are not only effective but also give long-term results.
Given below are the top 5 natural remedies that will help you get rid of dark circles.
Potatoes – This root vegetable is a rich source of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that provides relief from cold. But, potatoes have another property – they help decrease melanin production, which, in turn, reduces dark spots. Peel, thinly slice, and apply over your eyes to get rid of dark circles.
Some people swear by the benefits of potato juice for dark circles. Just grate a raw potato, squeeze the juice, soak a ball of cotton in the juice and place it over the eyes for about 15 mins. Make sure that the cotton ball is well-soaked and big enough to cover the dark circles.
Cucumbers – If you don’t have potatoes, then use chilled cucumber slices. They not only make a delicious snack but also help erase dark circles, redness, and puffiness from the eyes. Cucumbers contain Vitamin K, which improves blood circulation.
Tomatoes – Tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene and lycopene, 2 phytochemicals that repair the skin tissues and help reduce redness. Blend a tomato, along with lemon juice, and apply it on the dark circles. Lemon juice stings, so make sure that you don’t apply it over closed eyes. You have to use it only around the eyes over the dark circles. Wash it off after 20 mins.
Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe Vera gel has so many properties – it treats your body inside out. You can eat the gel – you can’t chew it, it just slides down your throat – and you can apply it on your skin. This miracle water-filled gel is a source of bioactive compounds, antioxidants, and amino acids. It contains aloesin that inhibits the activity of tyrosinase, which prevents pigmentation. [READ: 16 Awesome Benefits Of Aloe Vera Gel For Health, Skin And Hair]
Coconut Oil – Massaging the under eye area with coconut oil before bedtime lets it work on the skin at night. While there are no overnight miracles, long-term use does work wonders.
Ice packs – Finally, you can always turn to ice packs for quick but temporary relief. Ice packs lighten dark circles, reduce redness and puffiness. It is a quick pick-me-up that always works. A word of warning here – beware of ice burns. Don’t apply the pack directly on the skin. Use a towel as a barrier.
All these are natural remedies that need time to work their magic. But they are not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. In the long run, you need to give your body the sleep it needs and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Reduce salt intake.
Consistent use of a 5% caffeine solution will reduce puffiness and under eye pigmentation.
And, on a lighter note, ditch that significant other who makes you cry. Excessive crying and rubbing your eyes will only worsen the dark circles and puffiness. And in a pinch, you can always hide those Panda eyes with oversized sunglasses.