How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Hello gals, it has been some time since I posted anything on my blog. My schedule has been running quite hectic these days, anyways he...

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Hello gals, it has been some time since I posted anything on my blog. My schedule has been running quite hectic these days, anyways here is a post featuring home remedies to cure the dark circles problem. This post has been divided into different sections, you can read the complete article or jump to the desired section by clicking the topics below:

What are Dark Circles

Sleep deprivation is not the only reason for dark circles; many issues can cause this problem.  Usually, the dark coloration of skin under eyes happens because of fatigue but other causes include stress, overworking, aging, unhealthy diet, skin allergies and heredity. Dark circles is not a skin disease but a thorough reflection of your lifestyle, and numerous home remedies can help you get rid of dark circles over night, but it totally depends on the real cause of it. Let us first examine the causes behind this problem.

Causes of Dark Circles


One of the common reasons for dark circles, fatigue, does not only result in black circles under eyes, but it can be catastrophic to the overall health of the body. Give your body adequate rest and amount of sleep to stay healthy.


Stress suppresses the body’s ability to cope up with biological changes, results in drastic reduction of hormonal production. Stress impacts the body’s immune system and results in poor health and conditions like dark circles.


The aging process gradually results in the loss of fat and collagen which dramatically reduces the tightness and thickness of the skin. Thinning of skin especially under eyes exposes the blood vessels which results in the dark coloration.

Unhealthy diet

Diet is crucial for the overall health of body; an unhealthy diet can cause a deficiency of certain minerals our body need.  In most cases, the lack of Vitamin K, Vitamin B12, and anti-oxidants can cause black circles under the eyes.

Skin Allergies

Skin allergy is also attributed to dark circles; any chemical, food, workplace conditions can result in allergic reactions. Gluten intolerance can also result in allergies associated with the black circles and puffiness under eyes.


A condition that causes redness, dryness and itchiness of skin can also be the culprit behind black circles.  If the dark circles and swelling keep getting worse, then you should immediately consult the dermatologist about it.

Exposure to Sun

Sun exposure can increase the production of melanin that is responsible for the coloration of the skin. The more melanin body produces, the darker the coloration gets. Continuous exposure to sunlight may cause irritation and redness in eyes and dark circles.


Dark circles also run as an inheritance in families, the biological cause of such problem is still not available. It is not a medical problem, and it can still be treated with home remedies, let’s look at these remedies now:

Home Remedies for Dark Circles

Dark circles under eyes can still be treated with organic homemade remedies; the only caution advised here is the patience. Normally these remedies take time to show promising results.

1- Cucumbers

Placing Cucumber Slices in your eyes

Cucumbers are one of the best remedies for eyes, it not only soothes them but also help you in lightening the dark color of skin under your eyes.  Cut slices of cucumber and place them on your eyes for 15 minutes and wash it off with fresh water. You can do this twice a day but always choose day time for the application because a cold slice of cucumber may cause flue if you are continuously applying it at the night time before sleep. Another method is using the mixture of cucumber juice with chamomile tea and lemon juice in equal amount. Apply this mixture on the dark areas of skin with a cotton ball for 15 minutes and wash it off with fresh water. You can try this mixture for two weeks, and you would be amazed at its promising skin lightening results.

2- Potatoes

Placing Potato Slices in your eyes

Raw potatoes are known for their natural bleaching properties, and it can help you get rid of puffy dark circles. Cut some slices of potatoes and place them on your eyes for 15 minutes; you can do it twice a day. After a week’s application, you would feel the difference in the coloration under your eyes. You can also make a mixture of potatoes and chamomile tea and use it the same way I have mentioned about the cucumbers.  Chamomile tea is also good for skin lightening and with the combination of potato juice it can do wonders.

3- Lemon Juice

Applying lemon juice under eyes for dark circles

Lemons are the rich sources of Vitamin-C that is known for its skin lightening properties. Apply the lemon juice with a cotton ball on your eyes; be careful during this application because a little drop of juice can cause severe burning sensation on your eyes. You can also try lemon juice mask: one tablespoon lemon juice with a tablespoon of turmeric powder, gram flour and two tablespoons of tomato juice. Make a thick paste of the ingredients and apply under your eyes for 20 minutes daily. Wash it off with fresh water.

4- Almond Oil

Applying Almond Oil and Vitamin E on dark circles

Almond oil and vitamin-E can help you get rid of dark circles within a week or two. Try finding Vitamin E liquid capsules from the drugstore. Mix one tablespoon almond oil with vitamin E liquid (from one capsule) and apply it on the dark skin under your eyes before going to bed. Leave the mixture to your eyes and wash it off in the morning. This remedy has worked a great deal on folks with dark circle issues; you can try it easily at home.

You can also try Almond, Milk and the nutmeg paste, grind some almonds and make a thick paste of these ingredients. Apply this thick paste every morning for 20 minutes and feel the difference in some days.

5- Tomatoes

Applying tomato and lemon juice paste on black circles

One medium Tomato comprises of over 20% Vitamin A and over 25% of Vitamin C, which can help you put the dark circles off from your skin. Tomatoes have skin lightening properties and the Vitamin A factors that contribute to tightening the facial skin as well. Vitamin A can help a great deal in getting rid of skin wrinkles and other skin issues and in combination with Vitamin C they make tomatoes an ideal remedy for skin problems. Make a thick paste of one teaspoon tomato juice and a half teaspoon of lemon juice and apply it for 30 minutes. Wash it off with fresh water, try this remedy for one month and see the amazing anti-aging effects along with the disposal of dark spots under your eyes.

6- Avocados

Applying Avocado and Yogurt Mask on dark circles

Avocado is a superb home remedy for various skin problems that contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin C. Avocadoes can help you get rid of skin blemishes, acne, dark spots easily at home, you can try different avocado face masks at home to treat skin problems.For dark circles treatment: grind 2 to 3 medium slices of avocado and mix it with five drops of Almond oil and one teaspoon yogurt. Apply this paste under your eyes for 10 minutes and rinse it off with fresh water. You can try this paste twice to thrice a day for a month, and it will help you get rid of fine lines and dark circles under eyes.

7- Cottage Cheese Mask

Applying Cottage Cheese under eyes

Cottage cheese can help in replenishing skin smoothness, facial skin tightness and removal of dark spots. Apply a small amount of cottage cheese under your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes with the help of cotton ball before going to sleep. Wash it off with fresh water.

8- Tea Bags

Applying Cold Tea Bags under eyes for dark spots

You can use green tea or spearmint tea bags for this purpose. After brewing the tea put the tea bags in refrigerator for half an hour. Now put the cold tea bags on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes. The cooling would reduce the swelling of skin and the tea would reduce the dark spots. You can also use normal tea bags for this purpose but I have found spearmint tea bags efficient than the others.

9- The Rose Water

Applying Rose water on black circles

Rose water offers plentiful benefits for skin; it helps in reduction of dark spots, skin scarring and many skin irregularities. Use cotton ball to apply rose water on the dark areas of skin and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with fresh water. You can apply rose water twice to thrice a day; this remedy will not only reduce dark spots but also enhance the overall texture of skin.

10- Coconut Oil

Applying coconut oil under eyes

Coconut oil is also quite effective in the treatment of dark circles; massage some coconut oil on the dark areas of skin before going to bed. Leave the oil till morning. Wash it off with a good quality face wash.

11- Turmeric and Pineapple Mask

Pineapple, Turmeric and Nutmeg Mask under eyes

Mix two teaspoon of turmeric and half teaspoon of powdered nutmeg with pineapple juice to create a thick paste. Apply this paste on the dark areas of skin and wash it off with fresh water. The anti-oxidant properties of turmeric with bleaching properties of pineapple mask can help you get rid of the dark circles within some days.

12- Aloe Vera and Honey Mask

Aloe Vera and Honey Mask for black skin under eyes

Aloe Vera is a known remedy for healing wounds and treatment of several skin diseases. The Aloe Vera gel has anti-aging skin soothing properties and it is effective in various skin conditions. Add two teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel with half teaspoon of honey and apply the paste on dark circles for 20 minutes. Rinse the paste off with fresh water. You can try this mask daily on dark spots usually before the bed time.

How to Avoid Dark Circles

There are several ways that can help you avoid the dark circles under your eyes.

1- Get Adequate Sleep

Rule # 1 for a healthy life is to give your body adequate rest so that it can get ready to face some new challenges of tomorrow. Remember a healthy lifestyle is highly based on the ample amount of sleep your body gets. It can also enhance hormonal production and the recovery of muscles. Sleep deprivation can result in intense swelling under your eyes which cause the skin to stretch producing dark patches that is why a minimum of 8 hours of sleep is a must to minimize this effect.

2- Drink Plenty of Water

Water owes a great deal of importance to the human body to function appropriately. Dehydration can result in an utter disaster; you might even lose consciousness due to deprivation of liquid. Dark circles are also attributed to the lack of fluids in human body, so drink a lot of water for healthy life.

3- Using Extra Pillows while sleeping

Dark circles can also appear as a result of fluid flow towards the lower eyelids during sleep that can cause puffiness and dark coloration under eyes. Using two or more pillows can help you avoid this situation. Another way is to sleep on the right side of your body that can reduce the chances of gastrointestinal gasses and chemicals clouding the brain. These gasses and chemicals can cause a severe headache that may result in erratic sleep patterns.

4- Wear a sunscreen

Continuous exposure to sun rays can cause dark circles because the skin beneath our eyes is prone to hyper pigmentation (excessive production of melanin that can result in dark coloration of skin). Wearing a sunscreen is always helpful in avoiding the dark circles; make sure to buy the sunscreen that matches your skin type.

5- Choosing the right facial cleanser

Find a good quality facial cleanser, most of the times it is the makeup remover that causes inflammation and dryness of facial skin. When you rub the makeup off especially under the eyes, it can cause capillary damage that may result in dark circles. So choose your makeup remover wisely.

6- Wash your face with cold & fresh water

A few splashes of fresh and cold water on face can help you avoid dark circles problem.

7- Using a good quality Retinoid

The anti aging compounds like retinoid are rich of Vitamin A and other chemicals that contribute to removal of wrinkles and dark spots from the skin. Use a good quality retinoid that is especially formulated to increase collagen production and decrease the pigmentation of skin.    

8- A Healthy Diet

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables; the cleaner you eat, the better you will feel. Keeping a proper balance of protein and fiber intake is the key to a healthier body. Keep up your vitamins and mineral intake to the optimum by taking good quality supplements. Detoxify your body at least once in 3 months; I will also publish a complete guide on Detox Diet later.


  • Sleep deprivation is not the only reason of Dark Circles.
  • Placing Cucumbers or Raw potato slices or tea bags on eyes can help in reduction of dark circles.
  • Lemon and Tomato juice can cure the dark coloration of skin under your eyes
  • Rose water or Coconut oil or Almond oil is greatly helpful in the reduction of dark circles.
  • Pineapple and turmeric mask, avocado and yogurt mask, Aloe Vera and Honey Mask can also help in lightening the skin color under yes.
  • A healthy diet, plentiful water and good sleep can help a great deal in reduction of dark circles.

I hope you would like all the home remedies and tips here, stay connected to FS Fashionista :) and do not forget to share your thoughts on this post.

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