Did you ever stand in front of a mirror and wish the dark circles would just leave? No one ever liked dark circles, and they only make you look hopelessly tired and sleep-deprived. The natural causes of dark circles are insomnia, stress, and unrestricted screen time (1). Even though we know maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to driving the dark circles away, it is not always practical, especially when you have to work all night to complete the project and then log in by 9 for the next day. For those who are too busy to fight the under-eye circles the right way, here is the secret to an easy 30-second eye massage that will lighten the dark circles like no other! Read on to know how to do it correctly.
The 30 Second Eye Massage
This massage is based on the drainage of lymph under your eye bags (2). Here is how to do it effectively.
- Use gentle tapping motions with your index and middle finger and tap around your eyes, allowing blood to flow in.
- Go outwards till your eyebrow and then inwards along the top of your cheekbones. Include the bridge of your nose and circle your eyes three times.
- Use your middle finger to press firmly upwards at a pressure point under your brow bone and either side of your nose.
- Press inwards and above the bridge and end at your tear ducts.
The best part is that you can do it without messing up your makeup at any time of the day. Do not drag your fingers or rub harshly near the delicate skin around the eyes. For an extra relaxed experience, use a cold cream for the eye massage.
Now that you know how to give your under eyes a relaxing massage to keep them bright, here are some of the most popular under-eye pampering that you can try as a part of your skincare routine.
1. Cold Compress
Be it morning or evening, applying a cold compress for about 10 minutes can help remove your dark circles. You can keep a face mask in the fridge, clean it, and put it back in the evening. Make sure you wash it well each time you put it back in the fridge to maintain hygiene.
You must have noticed by now that under-eye pampering is incomplete without two slices of cucumbers placed over your eyes. But the question is, do they really work? Cucumbers have mild astringent properties that lighten the skin and eventually fix raccoon eyes (3).
3. Rose Water
Rosewater rejuvenates your skin and contains natural toning properties. Soaking cotton pads with rose water and applying it near your eyelids will help you get your fresh under-eye skin back!
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and are a boon for your vision, cardiovascular health, and skin (4). It can help you fight under-eye circles and maintain supple and soft skin. All you need to do is, mix a part of tomato juice with lemon juice and apply it under your eyes. Leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse it with warm water.
5. Cold Tea Bags
If you don’t have enough face masks, you can always work with old teabags. Green tea also gives you the added benefit of antioxidants to soothe the capillaries around your eyes (5). All you need to do is soak these tea bags in water and put them in the fridge. Make sure they don’t freeze but stay cold.
Potatoes are excellent sources of vitamin C and help in synthesizing collagen (6). It gives your skin elasticity and keeps the dark circles at bay. All you need to do is squeeze the juice and apply it to the areas surrounding your eyes with the help of a cotton pad.
7. Cold Milk
Dairy products are full of vitamin A and retinoids that keep your skin younger-looking and bright (7). All you need to do is take a cup of raw milk and soak it in a cotton ball. Dab it gently on your under-eye circles. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wash it away.
8. Orange Juice
Orange juice contains both vitamin C and vitamin A, and a few drops of it are good enough to take the dark circles away (8). You can add a few drops of glycerin to the orange juice and reap the benefits of the natural ingredients.
9. Vitamin E
Vitamin E fights free radicals that cause fine lines and wrinkles (9). Before going to bed, apply a drop of vitamin E oil on your dark circles and gently massage the skin. Let it soak overnight, and then wash it away with warm water in the morning.
10. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a powerful ingredient to lighten the under-eye circle. It has anti-inflammatory properties and keeps your skin supple and nourished.
Turmeric has excellent anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory properties that help minimize the formation of dark circles (10). Mixing turmeric with pineapple juice will help you maintain a radiant and even skin tone under your eyes.
Now that you know what you need to keep the nasty-looking dark circles at bay, flaunting your pretty eyes without adding layers of makeup won’t be a problem anymore. Always use natural ingredients to fight skin problems before experimenting with synthetic procedures. So, do you have any secrets to maintaining an even skin tone under your eyes? Let us know in the comments below!