Dark circles under the eyes may be embarrassing and unsightly. A lot of beauty experts advise using natural and organic ingredients which are readily available in a health food store or the kitchen in order to reduce the appearance of these dark circles. However, there is not enough scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of these treatments on dark under eye circles. Before using any of the treatments, dab a small amount on your wrist to ensure that you are not allergic to the components.
Both heredity and aging can influence the appearance of these dark circles under the eyes, while allergies play a big role also, notes The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies. According to the website, Dark Circles Gone, which was established by the noted consultant for skin care Miranda Cohen and aesthetician Lissette Jenkins, dark circles may result from leaking and breakage of capillaries under your eyes. Although this leakage is not hazardous to health, pooling of blood may give way to a purple to brown discoloration. The fragile and sensitive skin under the eyes makes bruising and discoloration more visible. Too much sun exposure, which gives way to increased production of melanin, may also make dark circles more prominent and noticeable.
Green Tea Treatment
Used tea bags may be utilized to help in the reduction of raccoon eyes. Dark Circles Gone reports that tannins which are found in teas help in decreasing dark circles and puffiness. Put a refrigerated and used teabag on each of the eyes and let it stay for about 15 minutes. Green tea bags are recommended for use over oolong or black teas because it has undergone less processing so there are more healthy and beneficial polyphenols. Aside from that, green tea also has anti-inflammatory characteristics and has catechins which are essential antioxidants which help in scavenging free radicals which can destroy the cells in the body.
Apple and Cucumber Facials
Remedies which make use of fresh cucumber are accustomed ways in order to tone and moisturize the skin and lighten the dark areas. Cucumber has alpha hydroxy acids, noted to have exfoliative and astringent properties, assisting in sloughing off dead cells and revealing newer and fresher skin underneath, reports the Care2 website. According to the Spa Index, to prepare an apple-cucumber facial, begin with a peeled and fresh cucumber, ½ tsp lemon juice, egg whites, ½ tsp of lime juice, some mint leaves, and a thick slice of one apple. Mix these ingredients until they become smooth and add one drop of essential oil. Refrigerate the whole mixture for about 10 to 15 minutes. Apply it to the face and be careful about applying it under the eyes. Let it stay for about 20 to 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
A lot of people think that having dark circles is a sign of an unhealthy lifestyle and may be indicative of a disease or sickness. However, according to Dr. Merrill Knopf, a renowned ophthalmologist in California, dark under eye circles are not significant medically and are not signs of a poor health.