Dark circles also known as “racoon eyes” and are one of the most common skin problems amongst all age groups. In present day, lifestyle for the adults, youngster and teens has become quite stressful. Hectic work, school and college schedule, inadequate sleep, lack of nutritional diet, excessive smoking and drinking alcohol are the major factors of dark circles.  Some of them also inherit the problem of dark circles. Whatever the reason may be, dark circles make you look tired, aged and sick. They also hide away the beautiful eyes making them look dull.

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Nowadays there are various creams and gels available in the market which helps in reducing the puffiness and dark patches under your eyes.  Many clinical procedures also claim to reduce the dark patches instantly, but many skin experts have always recommended home remedies for dark circles.

Home Remedies For Dark Circles

Read further to know 11 tips on how to remove dark circles naturally and reduce the puffiness under eyes.

1. Cucumber:

Cucumber is an ancient and widely known home remedy for dark circles. Even the professional clinics and spa use cucumber to provide an instant cooling effect. It works as an astringent and lighten the dark areas under the eyes. It also increases the blood flow and reduces the puffiness.

  • Grate a small sized cucumber and extract the juice.
  • Dip cotton balls into the juice and apply it under the eyes.
  • Do not rinse it off as the juice would be absorbed by the skin after some time.
  • You can also keep thin slices of cucumber over your eyes.

2. Raw potato:

Potato is known to reduce dark spots, blemishes, tan and pigmentation. It also reduces the puffiness under the eyes.

  • Grate and extract the juice of a raw potato.

Raw potato

  • Soak the cotton balls into it and apply it under your eyes.
  • You can also keep thin slices of potato over your eyes.

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3. Potato and Cucumber:

Here is something that you can try by mixing the goodness of both potatos and cucumbers.

What you will need for this:

  1. One Potato
  2. One Cucumber
  3. Little Coconut Oil/Almond Oil

How to Prepare:

  • Peel the potato and cucumber and grate them separately.
  • Take equal quantities of both and mix well.

How to use this?

  • Apply on the area around the eyes and leave on for 20-25 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water.
  • Take a little coconut oil on the tips of your fingers and massage on the dark circles in circular motion, first clockwise and then anticlockwise.
  • Leave this on overnight.

Benefits of this DIY recipe:

  • Potato, a good bleaching agent is useful for skin that has turned dark or pigmented.
  • Cucumber is a cooling agent and improves the appearance of the under-eye area.
  • Coconut oil keeps the delicate area around the eyes naturally moisturized and eliminates dark circles, wrinkles and blemishes.

Frequency of Application:

Do this every day for a minimum of 2 weeks to start noticing a difference. Once you achieve the desired results, you can apply this every alternate day.

[ Read: Causes of Dark Circles Under Eyes ]

4. Tomato:

Tomatoes contain “lycopene” which is an anti oxidant and hence help for skin lightening. It also keeps wrinkles away.

  • Make a paste of a small tomato.

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  • To this add ½ teaspoon of lemon juice and mix well.

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  • Apply this under your eyes and keep for 15 minutes.

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5. Rose water:

Rose water is an important ingredient in most of the face packs. It has anti inflammatory properties which help in reducing the puffiness under the eyes.

  • Dip cotton balls in pure rose water.

Rose water

  • Apply it under your eyes for a cooling and refreshing effect. It immediately reduces the puffiness under the eyes.

6. Fenugreek seeds:

It contains high amount of vitamin C, potassium and protein which help in lightening the dark patches under the eyes.

  • Soak 2 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds (methi seeds) in water and keep it for 3 hours.

Fenugreek seeds

  • Grind the seeds to form a smooth paste.

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  • To this add a pinch of turmeric.
  • Then add 1 teaspoon of raw milk and mix well.

Fenugreek seeds 2

  • Apply this under your eyes and keep for 15 minutes.

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  • Rinse off with cold water.

7. Orange lentils ( masoor):

  • Soak 3 teaspoon of masoor dal overnight.
  • Make a smooth paste of it the next day.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of tomato paste and lemon juice.

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  • Then add a pinch of turmeric and mix well.

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  • Apply this under your eye and let it dry.

home remedies to remove dark circles

  • Wash it off with cool water.

8. Ice pack:

This is an instant eye pack for reducing the puffiness and provides a relaxing effect.

  • Take 2-3 ice cubes and wrap in into a soft cloth.

Ice pack

  • Keep it over your eyes till the ice melts off completely.

Ice pack 1

[ Read: Blackheads Home Remedies ]

9. Mint Leaves:

  • Crush a few mint leaves in a pestle and mortar.
  • Apply these leaves under your eyes and keep for 20 minutes.

10. Green tea bags:

Green tea is rich in anti oxidants and tannins. It also helps in skin lightening and reducing wrinkles.

  • Boil the tea bags in half a cup of water.
  • Then keep these tea bags over your eyes for about 15 minutes to get instant relief.
  • You can also dip cotton balls in boiled tea leaves and apply under your eyes.

11. Healthy routine:

  • Drink at least 10 glasses of water daily.
  • Include green leafy vegetables especially which contains vitamin K like Sprouts, broccoli, cabbage etc.
  • Most importantly sleep for at least 8 hours a day.

As you know:

Natural Remedy = Patience Do not expect instantaneous results but be assured that results will show up with regular usage. These healthy and effective tips will surely keep the dark circles away. So which one of these dark circles home remedy are you trying? Till then take care and keep it stylish!!!!!

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/manjarisingh/ Manjari Singh

    awesome tips… great work!!!

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Thank you manjari.. happy that you liked it.. :) :)

      • Tamizh

        Really it is helpful tips dude,,thank u sooooooooooo much

    • aneesha m nair

      really..manjari tips are good

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/laasya/ Laasya

    great tips ankita :) like it :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      thank you laasya!!!!!! happy that you liked it.. :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/gargisinha/ GARGI SINHA

    really helpful article.good job

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Thank you gargi!!! happy that you found it helpful!!! :) :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

    Very nice Ankita! :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Thank you oindrila!!!!!!! :)

  • venu

    wow cool thanx for the info

  • Santhoshi

    Nice..:) Thank you…

  • aneesha m nair

    home remedies work nice

  • Maisha

    Thank you for the post. It is very useful for almost all soft ware professionals and especially for a person like me who spend so much time in front of a computer almost 10 to 15 hours in a day. What about people who are working in night shifts ?? Can you please give some advise for them also ?

  • Candi Flores

    I hate it when I wake up with bags under my eyes. I used to use real cucumbers (which helps, but gets messy). My doctor recommended the Made from Earth Cucumber Cool Gel – and it works even better than real cucumbers. I have tried every eye product out there and this is simple the best and its simple.

  • ishu

    Good! I liked it I was suffering from dark circles but not now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • huma

      how?? which one u tried??

    • cccell

      which one did you use!! please tell us!

  • mark

    Great tips ur awesome they work!!!

  • Anonymous

    Excellent homemade remedies

  • Anonymous

    Skin is like a flower. At first it blooms then it gets dead

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Priteeka, thank you for your appreciation !! and yes, eye exercises are beneficial to relax your eye muscles, improve blood circulation around eyes and all combat dark circles. Some of the eye exercises are:
    1. Sit down and relax. Breathe normally, and look at a spot between your eyes, above the bridge of your nose. Keep looking at this spot for a count of five, and then relax the eyes. Next look at the tip of your nose, also to the count of five and relax. This exercise will ease the stress and tension and will relax your eyes.
    2. Sit down and relax and look straight in front of you. Inhale and look right as far as possible, without turning your head. Slowly come to the original position and exhale. Repeat the same method for the left side. Do this exercise three times.
    3. Sit up straight and look down. Slowly inhale and start rolling your eyes to the right and then to the top, in a circular movement. When your eyes have reached the top, looking towards your eyebrows, start exhaling while moving your eyes left and downwards in a circular movement. Repeat three times.
    Hope you find these tips to be useful.