Cold cucumber slices
Cucumbers contain antioxidants that can reduce puffiness around the eyes. As a natural astringent and a coolant, cucumber causes the skin tissues to contract. This makes ender-eye circles less prominent. Place finely cut cucumber slices on each eyelid. Leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse.
Cold tea bags
The caffeine present in tea bags shrinks blood vessels and reduces fluid retention in tissues. This makes the skin around your eyes look vibrant and glowing. Cold tea bags cause skin tissues to shrink, leaving your eyes looking less puffy. Take two already soaked tea bags and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Remove and place them on each eye for 5 -10 minutes. Rinse with cold water and repeat 1-3 times a day to see effective results.
Mint leaves contain menthol that improves blood circulation and soothes and rejuvenates skin. It is natural astringent and contracts the blood vessels around the eyes, reducing the blue tint. The vitamin C in mint makes the skin around the eyes appear brighter. Make your own mask at home by blending mint leaves and applying them on the affected area. Leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Milk contains vitamins A and B6, which help build new skin cells. The vitamin B12 in milk naturally lightens dark skin. The selenium in milk protects skin from harmful free radicals and sun damage. Just soak two cotton pads in cold milk and squeeze out excess. Place the cotton pads on the eyes covering the dark circles. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water. Repeat thrice a week.
Aloe vera is an effective moisturiser and has anti-inflammatory properties. Clean the under eye area with moist cotton and apply massage aloe vera pulp under the eyes for 10 minutes. You don’t need to rinse unless you find it sticky.
Rose water and whole milk
Rose water is great for those with sensitive skin. Take two teaspoons of milk and mix it 1 teaspoon of whole milk. Soak two cotton pads in the mixture and cover your eye area with it for 20 minutes. Wash with normal water.
Potato contains natural bleaching property that can help to lighten your skin under your eyes as well as prevent puffiness around your eyes. Take chilled potatoes and grate them. Extract the juice in a bowl and soak cotton pads for a minute. Place them on your eyes for 20 minutes and wash off with normal water.
Turmeric and mint leaves
Turmeric is known to rejuvenate tired and sagging skin. In a blender, puree mint leaves and strain to extract the juice. Add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric to the juice. Apply the mixture to the affected area and leave it on for 20 minutes. Allow it to dry and wash with cold water.
Coconut oil is extremely moisturising and contains vitamin E and antioxidants that help repair damaged skin cells and dryness. It also is rich in lactic acid that tightens skin. Before going to bed, apply extra virgin oil on clean under-eye skin. Massage gently in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction for a few minutes. Leave it overnight.
Almond oil and lemon juice
Mix one teaspoon of almond oil with a few drops of lemon juice. Massage the mixture around your eyes for 2 minutes. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse.
The vitamin E and tocopherols in argan oil replenish moisture in skin cells and reduce wrinkles by repairing the skin’s hydro-lipid layer. It also reduces fine lines and reduces the damage caused by sun. Gently massage a few drops under eyes for a few minutes before sleeping. Leave it overnight and rinse in the morning.
Tomatoes are natural bleaching agents. They contain antioxidants that reduce discolouration around the eyes. Try this potent home remedy to banish dark circles: Extract tomato juice and mix ½ tsp of lemon juice and 2 tsp of gram flour to it. Apply the paste under the eyes and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.
under eye cream
Many times, what may look like dark patch around the eyes, in reality, is just dry skin. Moisturising it twice daily will restore your skin and hydrate it, giving your eyes a fuller look. Use a good quality moisturiser that suits your skin type. You can even try massaging your skin with almond oil.
All about under-eye creams
If you expect your under eye cream to get rid of your wrinkles and fine lines completely or even shadows around your eyes for that matter, then you are obviously under the wrong impression.
Dr Jaishree Sharad, dermatologist, says, “An under-eye cream can never be a quick-fix, nor can you see results within a few days of applying the cream. Under eye creams can certainly help to hydrate the skin and prevent lines and wrinkles. The skin around the eyes has very few oil glands and is almost 10 times thinner than that of the face. Facial expressions such as squinting, blinking, smiling will cause the thin muscles to exercise more. This and other factors such as lack of moisture, sun exposure, rubbing of eyes, smoking, stress can lead to wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes. They can also occur due to lack of sleep, allergies, low haemoglobin or if the person has sunken eyes. It is extremely important to apply an eye cream every single night in order to moisturise the thin skin under the eyes. This will prevent the early breakdown of collagen and elastin fibres and keep the skin soft and supple. Thus reducing the chances of you developing fine lines and wrinkles.”
How to pick under-eye cream
Use under eye creams containing barrier-repairing oils like jojoba oil or sunflower oil. These prevent trans-epidermal water loss and help to repair the skin. Look for a cream containing vitamin C and vitamin K if you have dark circles. Make sure you have used the cream for at least 6 months before you begin to see the results. Another advantage, the creams prevent them from getting worse. So, use them. Avoid the use of heavy creams under the eyes as these may cause puffiness . And during the day, do not forget a sunscreen under your eyes too.