There’s more to dark circles remedies than just cucumber slices.
Those without dark circles are probably the luckiest. Perhaps they follow a balanced lifestyle, lead a stress-free work-life, or no one in the family had it right from the beginning. We always seem to ask them, “what’s your secret?” But for those of us who have it, they’re nothing but signals that we need to take care of ourselves a little bit more.
Dark circles could be a symptom of a particular sickness, but it’s not substantial enough to diagnose it. The most common reasons behind dark circles are excessive sun exposure, stress, fatigue, lack of sleep (almost 90% of the time), aging, eye strain, dehydration or genetics. Sometimes, it could be a combination of many of the causes mentioned above.
What does one need to do to get rid of them? That depends on the approach you want to follow. If you’re tired of covering those “panda eyes” with layers of concealer and foundation, these natural remedies can help you get rid of them:
This natural remedy is quite popular. Two chilled cucumber slices placed over your eyes for at least 10 minutes can help you feel relaxed and reduce those dark circles. Repeat this process twice a day for a week for noticeable results. There’s a reason why people in the spa’s use them; now you know.
Massaging a little almond oil around your eyes can help lighten those dark circles. You can combine it with Vitamin E oil for quicker results. Apply it around the area before you sleep and keep it overnight till the dark circles go away completely.
A naturally occurring bleaching agent, potatoes help reduce dark circles. A slice, or juice extracted from the pulp applied to the area, twice daily, will have those dark circles gone in 2-3 weeks.
It’s natural ability to remove dark circles also has a soothing effect on your eyes. Placing rose water-soaked cotton pads over your eyes for 15 minutes and at least twice a day reduces those dark circles in 2-3 weeks.
Applying chilled soaked tea bags over your eyes reduces dark circles, too. They contain caffeine and antioxidants that help in stimulating blood circulation, shrinking your blood vessels, and reducing liquid retention beneath your skin. Keep them on for about 15-20 minutes and continue to do so till those dark circles go away completely.
Natural remedies may take 3-4 weeks minimum to show any results. If you don’t want to wait that long to get rid of your dark circles, here are some dermatological/clinical procedures that provide instant results.
The Fractional CO2 laser is commonly used laser treatment for dark circles. Usually, the area around the eyes is thin and loose. The CO2 laser will improve dark circles by stimulating collagen and making the skin tight and less thin. The number of sessions for this treatment depends on the severity of the dark circles.
Apart from being an effective remedy for removing tan (hyperlink tanning solutions) and dark spots, it also helps with dark circles. It is considered to be a go-to treatment because it is known to be the only hyperpigmentation treatment that works on the upper and lower eyelid. The concentration and frequency of chemical peels will depend on the intensity of your dark circles.
These injections can last long enough depending on the type of filler that is being used. The common reasons to administer fillers for dark circles are due to aging or excessive weight loss. Sometimes, they lead to hollow pockets and enhancing those dark shadows. With fillers, those hollows are corrected to contribute to a youthful radiance.
Aging causes the eyelids to stretch and become loose. This process leads to excess fat getting stored in the upper or lower eyelid.
Fat on the lower eyelid can make dark circles more prominent. The most definitive way to correct the under eyes bags caused by drooping lower eyelids is through blepharoplasty. This procedure is sometimes the last alternative to reducing dark circle as there are possible risks accompanied with effective results of this procedure.
It should be noted that the clinical treatments mentioned above should be done under the supervision of a highly-qualified doctor. It would be best to visit a dermatologist in a clinic that has the facilities for all the possible treatments. In this way, you wouldn’t need to stick to one solution and not receive the expected results.
Consult other doctors, if you must, for a second or third opinion. Rest assured, those dark circles need tending to, and you only deserve the best treatments.