Dark eye circles can make you look older than you really are, and are not easy to get rid of. Provided your dark eye circles are not too severe, home remedies for dark eye circles can be a simple yet effective solution to refresh your eye area. Most people would try home remedies first as it doesn’t require drastic changes to your lifestyle, and at the same time may incorporate the use of some of the best eye creams for dark eye circles. Keep reading to find out more about some of the dark eye circle treatments that may be helpful to you.
#1: Get Enough Sleep
One of the very common causes of dark eye circles seen in our clinic is eye fatigue and eye strain caused by overwork and lack of sleep. This results in poor lymphatic drainage and blood circulation around the eye area. The skin becomes dull and pale, causing dark tissues and blood vessels underneath your skin to show. There may also be fluid buildup beneath your eye area, causing it to appear puffy. Getting 8 hours of sleep will help to avoid these symptoms. Therefore, modifying your lifestyle is a simple and low-cost way to make a difference in reducing your dark eye circles.
#2: Eye Creams for Dark Eye Circles
There are many eye creams in the market that serve the purpose of removing dark eye circles. There’s no harm in trying them out as long as you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Some common ingredients used in some of the best eye creams for dark eye circles include Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin K, PDRN (polydeoxyribonucleotide derived from salmon DNA), caffeine, arbutin, kojic acid, and niacinamide. If you would like more information about what brands will work for your skin type, do consult our doctors.
#3: Eye Mask
Some OTC eye masks contain ingredients that soothe the eye area and can improve the appearance of dark eye circles. Again, as long as you are not allergic to the ingredients, it’s fine to try out the eye masks. For those with sensitive skin, you may consider opting for fragrance-free eye masks to avoid irritation. Some eye masks can be helpful in hydrating and firming the eye area, with brightening effects.
#4: Cold Compress
Applying a cold compress can help to reduce swelling and shrink dilated eye vessels. As a result, your eyes look less puffy and dark eye circles are reduced. You can make a cold compress by wrapping ice cubes in a clean washcloth and applying it to your eyes for 20 mins. Dampening the washcloth with cold water will work as well.
#5: Cold Teabags Compress
Tea contains antioxidants and caffeine that helps stimulate blood circulation, shrinks blood vessels, and reduces liquid retention. You can soak 2 black or green tea bags in hot water for around 5 minutes, followed by some time in the fridge for 15 to 20 mins. Subsequently, apply the cold tea bags to your closed eyes for around 10 to 20 minutes. After removing them, wash your eyes with cool water. This routine will help to improve the appearance of your eyes.
Everyone gets dark eye circles occasionally due to eye strain or fatigue. Do try out these home remedies to manage and reverse the condition. If your dark eye circles are a source of stress for you, or they are interfering with your lifestyle, then it’s advisable to consult the doctor. We understand fully well that skin concerns can have an emotional and psychological impact on one’s life regardless of your age or profession. Our doctors daily consult and treat a wide range of patients from all walks of life who have previously suffered from various skin concerns. Contact our team at Eeva Medical Aesthetic Clinic to get help on removing your dark eye circles!
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