Don’t you just hate the appearance of shallow, dark circles under your eyes? Well, fret no more! Here is a detailed post about dark circles and what you can do to treat the same!

Dark Circles – An Overview

Dark circles may be hereditary, or part of the ageing process, or can even be caused by stress. Dark circles occur irrespective of your skin colour and type. They make you look much older than you actually are. The skin around your eyes is very thin and delicate which makes these dark circles even more prominent. As this region does not have oil glands, it needs special care and attention.

Dark circles are characterized by the blood vessels present underneath the skin’s surface around the eyes. The blood leaks out from the capillaries making the vessels visible through the skin. This discolouration of the skin is likely to affect everyone at some point of time but, for few, the darkness around the eyes is seemingly constant and just refuses to leave.

Dark circles can develop at any age but are mainly visible during adolescence, early 20’s and especially in the old age. You can minimize the appearance of dark circles and, in some cases, completely get rid of them. The most efficient way to prevent dark circles is by following a nutritious diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, yogurt, sprouts, dairy products, unprocessed milk, lentils and beans. Daily exercises along with deep breathing help blood circulation, oxygenation and controlling stress.


So without any further delay, go on and check out the 4 simple ways that can help you get rid of dark circles.

How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Fast:

remedies for dark circles


1. Home Remedies:

Some of the best remedies on how to get rid of dark circles lie in our kitchen. Here are some of the best home-made remedies to wash away dark circles:

  • Tomatoes are highly effective for treating dark circles. You can prepare a mixture using 1 teaspoon of fresh tomato juice, ½ teaspoon of lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric and gram flour (besan). Apply it gently under the eye and leave it for ten minutes and then rinse it off.
  • The cooling properties of cucumber and potatoes make them effective remedies of dark circles. You can apply any of these two on your eyes to diminish darkness and swelling. Slice or grate the two vegetables and place the slice over the eyes. You can also use the juice and dab some with a cotton ball. You can even leave the remedy over night for better results. However, it is advisable to apply juice on the affected area rather than placing slices over the eyes.

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  • Tea bags are also considered as a beneficial treatment for dark circles. Place one cold tea bag on each eye and let it rest for a while. Pat it dry and you will see your eyes rejuvenated.
  • Another effective and one of the most popular remedies to remove dark circles is almond oil. Apply almond oil around your eyes and leave it overnight. Wash if off gently after waking up in the morning.
  • Cold compress also helps treat dark circles. You may use an ice bag, cloth dipped in cold water, or a frozen spoon. Simply dab any one of these near the eyes. This will instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles.
  • Crushed mint is a good option for treating under eye dark circles. It gives a cooling effect and immediately soothes tired eyes, which help to reduce dark circles. Place crushed mint leaves around the eyes and leave it for a while. Wipe off the residue with damp cotton.
  • Water is the most essential component and the pillar of all remedies. It promotes proper blood circulation around the eyes and prevents blood accumulation. Drink around 8 to 10 glasses of water daily to flush off toxins and have a healthy skin.
  • You can also apply a mixture of pineapple juice and turmeric under your eyes.
  • Dip cotton balls in rose water and keep on the under eye area for 20 minutes. This will also help reduce dark circles.
  • Cut some fresh figs in half and keep them under the eyes. Keep it there for 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
  • Soak few saffron strands in milk overnight and prepare a paste. Apply it over the dark circles under the eyes and massage for a while before washing the eyes.
  • Apply cold milk or iced water compress over the eyes and leave for 15 – 20 min. This is also quite effective.

Eat fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and iron. Blend 2 fresh tomatoes, lemon juice and a pinch of salt and drink the juice daily or every alternate day for a healthy skin and refreshed eyes.

2. Exercise:

Daily exercises, along with deep breathing, improve blood circulation, oxygenation and control stress. Accompanied with adequate sleep and relaxation, a daily exercise regime leads to a healthier lifestyle resulting in reduced dark circles.

Gentle movements and a light touch are essential while removing makeup and applying creams. Avoid massaging the area as that might pull and drag the skin and stretching of the skin often leads to wrinkles. Massaging should be done by professionals so that correct techniques are employed.

A cleansing gel or a makeup remover should be used to remove every trace of makeup with a cotton wool. Gels and creams help to dissolve makeup and grime and thus facilitate their removal.

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3. Dark Circles Treatment:

dark circle treatment

a. Chemical Peeling:

Chemosurgery is commonly known as chemical peeling. It involves a number of chemical agents to treat various skin conditions like hyperpigmentation on the face or body, scars due to acne or wounds, and fine wrinkles. Chemical peeling is a non-invasive treatment for dark circles. A chemical peel is generally performed by a dermatologist and anesthetist. Chemical peels help to rejuvenate the skin around the eyes by exfoliating the damaged upper layer of the skin to reveal a new and healthier skin layer.

The latest and the most effective and soothing peel for dark circles is Argi peel which contains arginine, lactic acid, allantoin and aloe vera. Arginine is an amino acid derived from brown sugar which boosts collagen, increases elasticity and moisturises the skin. Lactic acid exfoliates and lightens the skin. Allantoin and aloe vera help to soothe and regenerate the skin. This is used in conjunction with vitamin C and matrixyl that provide firmness and resistance to the skin around the eye.

The skin on the eye lid is very thin, so medium or deep chemical peels are not advised as they have a potential to cause damage to the eye balls. Superficial peels like Glycolic or AHA peels are normally used in such cases, because they are the weakest variant of chemical peels and do not penetrate very deeply.

b. Intense Pulse Treatment:

Intense Pulse Treatment (IPL) reduces dark circle by destroying pigment cells that cause discolouration and smoothens the skin under the eye. IPL uses high energy light waves to penetrate the skin under the eye. The light waves constrict blood vessels which results in less prominent discolouration.  IPL treatment is one of the most effective dark circle treatments but it is too costly. A person will be required to sit for several sessions to achieve the desired results. The frequency of the treatment depends on the magnitude of the circles and overall health and lifestyle of the patient.

c. Laser Treatment:

Laser treatment is another effective treatment for dark circle removal. With laser treatment, the fat deposited under the eye is targeted. After the laser treatment, the skin under the eye becomes smooth and less discoloured.

In laser treatment, an ultraviolet light or infrared invisible light is used to create a wave length that releases energy as they move across the skin. The energy is absorbed through the skin layers and gives a soothing effect, while correcting the dark and irregular skin pigments that cause dark circles.

d. Surgery:

Eye surgery for dark circles is known as blepharoplasty which is performed by a plastic surgeon. The under eye fat deposits are removed resulting in less puffiness, less discolouration and more lively eyes. There are two types of under eye surgery. One is transcutaneous lower lid blepharoplasty where 1 or 2 incision below the lower lid eyelashes is made. It is the ideal solution for those who have more skin under the eye.

The second one is for dark circles under the eye. A local anaesthesia is given for general comfort and may even result in some bruising and swelling lasting for about a week. It’s better to weigh the pros and cons before going for the surgery.

4. Creams For Dark Circles:

creams for dark circles


Various topical creams, ointments and gels are available in the market to minimize the appearance of dark circles. You have to ensure that the creams contain active ingredients that can give optimum results. These active ingredients include vitamin K which helps to reduce dilated blood vessels; and vitamin C and alpha hydroxyl acids which aid in the stimulation of the collagen production of the skin. These nutrients also help lessen the appearance of dark circles caused by ageing and genetics. Some of the best under eye creams available in India are:

a. Aroma Magic Under Eye Gel:

This is one of the most affordable and effective under eye gels available in the Indian market. This under eye gel gives an immediate cooling effect and refreshes the eyes. It effectively combats dark circles and tired looking eyes with regular application. You will find visible improvement in about one month of usage, which leaves the skin fresh, healthy and nourished. It retails at Rs 129 and is easily available at leading online shopping sites.

b. Khadi Under Eye Gel:

Khadi Under Eye gel contains some natural ingredients like olive oil, almond oil, wheat germ oil, soy  protein and aloe vera which not only moisturises the under eye area, but also provides an instant cooling effect to the eyes. With gradual time, this eye gel reduces puffiness and fine lines around the eyes and refreshes exhausted eyes. Khadi under eye gel is available for Rs 221 and is available at all leading stores.

c. Wunder Eye Cream:

Wunder Eye Cream is available in 15 grams at Rs 500. Inspite of being a cream, this eye cream is extremely light in texture and gets absorbed in the skin within seconds. It keeps the under eye area moisturised for the whole day and reduces the eye puffiness, but works on dark circles only to an extent. It might not effectively remove extremely stubborn dark circles. You can find this cream at any drug store.

d. Oriflame Eye Cream, Seeing is Believing:

This is a light weight eye cream that helps reduce puffiness, brightens the eyes, reduces dark circles and smoothens the lines around the eyes. With regular usage, the shadow under the eye gets reduced and it reduces puffy eyes within 2 weeks. The cream retails at Rs 498 and is available only through Oriflame agents.

e. The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream:

The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye cream is a moisturising eye cream that protects the delicate skin around the eye and reduces the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, puffiness and wrinkles and keeps the skin soft and smooth. The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye cream is available at all The Body Shop outlets at Rs 1025 for 15 ML.

More than any eye cream or gel, our eyes need good care, rest, proper sleep and nutrients to keep us healthy from inside, not just externally.

Here is a bonus DIY recipe to get rid of under eye dark circles!

Dark Circle Removal – Easy DIY Recipe

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 For Under Eye Dark Circles Removal?

  • 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 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.

As You Know:

Natural Remedy = Patience
Do not expect instantaneous results but be assured that results will show up with regular usage.

Knowing how to treat a particular ailment is important. But what is more important is to know its causes. Here is a list of the different causes of dark circles.

Causes Of Dark Circles:

There are numerous causes of dark circles. Relevant information about the different causes of dark circles will help you choose a better treatment plan. Here are some of the most common causes:

1. Hereditary:

One of the major causes of dark circles is heredity. You are most likely to develop dark circles if your parents also suffer from the same. It happens because your family might have a tendency of having a thin skin layer around the eyes or having more blood vessels than the average lot. Or, both the cases can be present. This leads to awfully bad dark circles.

2. Broken Blood Vessels:

If the blood vessels which supply blood underneath the eyes ruptures, it leads to limited blood supply. When the haemoglobin (oxygen carrying molecule) level  within the blood is reduced, the result is skin darkening.

3. Anemia:

Iron deficiency often lead to shortage of oxygenated blood which further aggravates dark circles. Anemia results in improper blood supply.  Therefore, the capillaries under the eyes supply insufficient oxygen. Yet, dark circles alone do not signify that a person is suffering from anemia. There might be other reasons involved as well.

4. Hyperpigmentation:

Periorbital hyperpigmentation is a condition in which the production of melanin around the eyes is more active than average, thus resulting in dark circles.

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5. Nutritional Causes:

Not having a proper, balanced diet could be a major cause of dark circles. Deficiency in some nutrients like iron and Vitamin E can lead to dark circles. Moreover, the type of medications that dilate blood vessels and make them more apparent cause the emergence of dark circles.

6. Allergies:

Allergies such as hay fever, dust allergy and mild allergy not only cause itchy eyes, but can also cause skin discolouration that appears as dark circles under the eyes. Some allergies can be treated with medicines, but most drugs often cause dehydration which may cure the itching but may leave you with dark circles around the eyes.

7. Dehydration:

Dehydration also leads to the emergence of dark circles. Dehydration symptoms include a dry mouth, dry skin, fatigue, dark coloured urine and, of course, dark circles. In mild cases, drinking electrolyte-rich beverages and adequate consumption of sodium might solve the problem. But if the dehydration is more severe, you may need medical attention.

8. Smoking:

Smoking leads to vascular problems constricting the blood vessels. This leads to poor circulation of blood, which makes the under eye darkness more prominent.

9. Lack Of Sleep:

While it may not be the major cause of dark circles, lack of sleep can lead to stress and other health related problems, creating a paler, fatigued skin which creates hollows under the eyes and makes the dark circles more noticeable. A good 8 hours sleep will be more than sufficient and will help to ward off exhausted looking eyes.

Hope you now know how to remove dark circles completely. Do share your views in the comments section below. Stay fit, stay healthy!

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  • Deepakshi

    Thanks a lot. Pls keep doing such good informative article. and also cfm if such remedies will remove eye bags. If not then what is the home remedy for I bags.

  • Nimrata

    helpful article :) thanks arshi !!

  • KalpanaMalhotra

    Massage with almond oil under and around eyes at bed time daily for 2 weeks for removing dark patches under eyes naturally. i used it always.. nice article :)

    • anjali

      what kind of almond oil??? can we use almond hair oil

      • StyleCraze

        Hi Anjali, the almond oil used to apply on dark circles is organic or sweet almond oil and not the almond hair oil.

  • Rohini

    Dark circles can develop at an early age, like adolescence and early 20s, recently i have this problem too. Cucumber juice is a common remedy. so i used it.. now its ok :) nice article arshi :)

  • Divyasri

    Nice tips arshi thanks for sharing with us

  • Deepshika

    I think this is a very useful tip to reduce the dark circles which is a big problem in the youth nowadays.I work for a software company and it becomes really hard to avoid dark circles under my eyes which makes me look so dull and lose my self confidence.I think i’m definitely gonna try all these remedies now . Thank you

  • Kriti

    I have really stubborn dark circles. .. Have tried almond oil and body shop vitamin e cream for more than 2 months now. .. No results

    • soujanya rao

      these natural remedies do work it takes a long tme as you have tried it… But the dark away do not take much tme .. It shows effect from the day one…. try darkaway….

    • nadiya firdouse

      u should try ‘DarkAway’
      tremendous results from day 1 itself..

      • rishikas

        Yes, DarkAway really works…my dark circles are all gone..thanks a lot nadiya…..

  • Rukminder

    Pls suggest me best under eye cream

  • mari

    Plz give a medicine for under eye dark circles

    • Aleena

      For Medicine its better to use darkaway dark circles cream. i tried every thing else i found this one to be the best working for dark circles . it give u fast result.

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    • Richa

      Thanks and do try the remedies! :)

  • Amit Kumar

    I am getting marriage on 26 Feb…..give me some tips for glowing face, I am 25 years old man

  • Sipra Dash

    I have been using the Oriflame Essentials eye contour gel for the past week and i can already see some changes in the under eye region. I hope this solves my problem and get me ready for the vacation next month.

    Do not take it from me, make your own decision.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Shweta, proper sleep and nutrition are essential to get rid of dark circles. You can follow simple procedures of putting cucumber/fig slices over your eyes for 15-20 mins regularly or other methods as mentioned above in the article. For emergency attending a party or can invest on buying a good eye concealer to give an instant fresh look.

  • Treat My Dark Circle

    I tried many methods to treat my dark circles and finally found Rodal bee Venom Eye Cream to be effective.

  • patel priyank

    dark circle since last 4 years. i confused about the following comment. please give a best a comment. i tryed every thing all in home care. but no results… pllzzzzz plzzz helpppp!

    • StyleCraze

      Dear Priyank, you can try any of the remedies mentioned above in the article regularly to get rid of dark circles…also ensure that you stay away from stress, stay hydrated. Includes fresh fruits, coconut water and plain water in your diet. Good and undisturbed sleep of 7-8 hours is important too. Hope you find these tips to be useful.

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Nelly, if applying almond oil hasn’t worked for you then you can try other methods too such as dip cotton balls in rose water and keep on the under eye area for 20 minutes, everyday or apply cold milk or iced water compress over the eyes and leave for 15 – 20 min. This is also quite effective. If none of the remedies work for you, then consult a doctor to know the cause of your condition.

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Berok, proper sleep and nutrition are essential to get rid of dark circles. You can follow simple procedures of putting cucumber/fig slices over your eyes for 15-20 mins regularly. For emergency attending a party or can invest on buying a good eye concealer to give an instant fresh look. Olay Regenerist Eye Regenerating Cream, RoC’s Correxion Eye Cream and Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector are few names of the cream that you can try too.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Zaara, lack of sleep and taking stress often leads to dark circles. Some of the best remedies on how to get rid of dark circles lie in our kitchen.
    1. Cucumber and potatoes are the effective remedies for dark circle. You can apply any of these two on your eyes. Slice or grate the two vegetables and place the slice over the eyes. You can also use the juice and dab some with a cotton ball.
    2. Apply almond oil around your eyes and leave it overnight. Wash if off gently after waking up in the morning.
    Follow any of these remedies regularly for a couple of weeks. Sleep for at least 7-8 hours and keep your self hydrated.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Simran, proper sleep and nutrition are essential to get rid of dark circles. You can follow simple procedures of putting cucumber/fig slices over your eyes for 15-20 mins regularly or other methods as mentioned above in the article. For emergency attending a party or can invest on buying a good eye concealer to give an instant fresh look.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Simran, there are some of the good eye concealers available in the market that you can try are: Olay Regenerist Eye Regenerating Cream Touch of Concealer, Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer, Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes, Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencils, Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Multi-Tasking Concealer or Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer .