If you often wake up with dark circles under your eyes, you know how frustrating it can be. You pack on concealer to try to hide it, but you still get the “You look tired today” comment from your co-workers all day long.

Dark circles are most commonly caused by fatigue. Making an effort to get more sleep might help them fade. But aging, allergies and even genetics can make dark circles more apparent. Instead of caking on your concealer, consider a natural remedy to help clear up your skin!

Here are seven home remedies to get rid of the dark circles under your eyes:

1. Sweet Almond Oil

Almond oil works as a natural moisturizer for your skin. It also tightens your skin and helps get rid of swelling, which lessens the appearance of dark circles To use almond oil on your skin:

  1. Apply 2-3 drops of almond oil to your under eyes.
  2. Lightly massage the area each night before bed.

sweet almond oil dark circles

2. Potato Juice

Potatoes are rich in Vitamin C, which helps give your skin a youthful glow. They also contain natural whitening components. To use potato juice as a dark circle remedy:

  1. Grate a raw potato and squeeze out the juice.
  2. Dip two cotton pads in the potato juice and place them under your eyes for about 10 minutes.
  3. Wash your face.

3. Cucumber Compress

There’s a reason why cucumbers are often used with facials. They are loaded with antioxidants that work wonders on your skin. To create a cucumber compress:

  1. Slice a cucumber and put the slices in the fridge for about 30 minutes to cool.
  2. Apply the slices to your eyes, making sure they cover all of the problem areas.
  3. Leave the cucumbers on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash your face with cool water.

cucumber slices dark circles

4. Tomato Juice

Tomatoes contain an antioxidant known as lycopene. Lycopene helps tone and tighten the skin to give you a healthy glow. For a tomato juice treatment:

  1. Apply tomato juice to the problem areas.
  2. Let the juice sit for about 10 minutes.
  3. Wash your face with cool water.

5. Tea Compress

Tea is full of antioxidants, caffeine and tannins, all which work together as a remedy for dark circles and puffy eyes. To create a tea compress:

  1. Make a cup of green or black tea then wait for it to cool.
  2. Soak cotton pads in the cup then apply to your under eyes. You can also use cooled tea bags.
  3. Let the treatment sit for about 10-15 minutes.

herbal ice dark circles

6. Herbal Ice Cubes

Ice has a tightening effect on the skin. It makes the skin more elastic while smoothing wrinkles and reducing swelling. Freeze an herbal brew into ice cubes to make this remedy super effective!

  1. Take 1 teaspoon of sage leaves, parsley, cornflowers and chamomile flowers for every 200ml of water.
  2. Pour boiling water over the herbs and let sit for about two hours.
  3. Let the mixture cool then pour into ice molds and store in the freezer.
  4. Each morning, rub the areas around your eyes with an ice cube for a bout 30 seconds.

7. Massage

Lightly massaging your under eyes then applying moisturizing eye cream can help stimulate blood flow, reduce dry skin and get rid of dark circles.

  1. Use your fingertips to lightly massage the area under your eyes for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Move from your temples to your nasal bride along your lower lid.
  3. Don’t massage your upper lid – it will put too much pressure on your eyes.
  4. Apply a natural moisturizing eye cream to make sure the massage doesn’t stretch your skin.

And for good measure, add this evening eye mist to your routine as a way to reduce puffiness, too!

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