My dark circles have been my nemesis since I can remember. Growing up, I had panda eyes before I even turned two years old. Thanks to my genetics, there isn’t much I can do to remove them completely but there are several ways to prevent them from getting worse, lighten the area, and improve the overall elasticity of my eye area.
After doing some research and trying out a lot of good AND bad suggestions from the internet, I’ve put together a list of ways that I think are most effective:
Chamomile teabags: The caffeine and antioxidants present in tea can be highly beneficial for getting rid of dark circles as well as puffiness under eyes by shrinking the blood vessels and reducing fluid retention. The tannins, in particular, help decrease swelling and discoloration.
- Chill two used green or black tea bags in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
- Place one tea bag over each eye and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and wash your face.
- Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks.
Double up on pillows at night to stop blood from building up under your eyes.
Massage daily: Use your ring finger to gently massage your eye area by lightly tapping in circles around your eyes. I incorporate this into my morning and evening routine to promote blood circulation and reduce swelling and puffiness. This won’t work if you do it once or twice and get lazy afterwards. Trust me – consistency is key!
Almond Oil: Almond oil is naturally anti-inflammatory, so it reduces puffy bags under the eyes and dark circles. It’s a good source of vitamin K, which improves clotting, reducing discoloration under the eyes. It contains palmatic acid and retinol, which moisturize delicate under-eye skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
You can get almond oil from places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Here’s what I do with my almond oil:
- Apply a few drops of almond oil around the eyes night time before going to bed.
- Massage gently in circular motion for few minutes.
- Leave on overnight and rinse with cool water in the morning.
Eye Creams and Treatments: There are so many expensive eye products out there that don’t work. I’ve wasted enough money and I’m glad to say that I’ve finally identified a few products.
Stay tuned for my post on eye creams and treatments, coming within the next month!
Overall, I think it’s possible that dark circles lighten overtime. You just have to be patient and consistent with your routine and you’ll see results, I promise!