Natural Remedies for Dark Under Eye Circles

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Simple Natural Remedies for Dark Under Eye Circles and How to Treat the Cause

natural remedies for dark under eye circles

The skin below your eyes is one of the most delicate areas. It is extremely thin and sensitive and can be easily affected by many factors.

Dark under eye circles are very common, however, the cause may be different.

There are two primary types of dark under eye circles. One is a darkening of the pigmentation and the second has dark pigmentation with blood vessels showing through.

Misconception that it’s Caused by Lack of Sleep

Many believe that dark under eye circles are just a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep. Yet, for most, this is not the cause.

I remember in elementary school, kids would comment that I always looked tired because of my under eye circles, yet that had nothing to do with the cause. Today, many adults still believe this misconception to be true.

There are many different factors that can result in dark circles. In order to eliminate dark under eye circles, it is best to try to determine the cause. However, there are also some great natural remedies for dark under eye circles that can help minimize the appearance.

Treat the Cause

Dark under eye circles can be caused by a variety of factors. In order to improve the appearance of your skin, trying to treat the cause would be most effective, rather than just trying to cover up the problem.

The most common causes of dark under eye circles:

1.  Allergies- Allergies and nasal congestion are the most common cause of dark under eye circles. The congestion, even when minor, causes the veins which drain from the eyes into the nose, to increase in size and become darker. This can include food allergies and/or environmental allergens.

2. Vitamin Deficiency- Any vitamin or nutrient deficiencies can result in dark circles. The skin is the largest organ of the body and when  deficiencies are present, it can significantly affect the health of skin. Vitamin deficiencies that have been associated with dark circles include vitamin B12, E, K, and D.

3. Heredity- Dark under eye circles may be due to genetic factors; such as, having a genetic trait of very thin lower eyelid skin which causes the veins to show through the skin resulting in a darker tone. This may cause the appearance of dark circles to be more apparent.

4.  Sluggish Liver– When your liver is not carrying out it’s functions optimally, it is unable to break down and eliminate toxins from the body. Many have noted to see improvement from liver cleanses and detoxification.

Sometimes it is hard to determine the exact cause of dark under eye circles, thus these natural remedies can be very helpful to minimize the appearance.

Natural Remedies for Dark Under Eye Circles to Minimize the Appearance

1. Vitamin E Topically– According to a recent study, applying a cream rick in vitamin E, can moderately reduce the appearance of dark circles. Vitamin E aids in the bodies use of vitamin K.

2. MintThe application of crushed mint leaves to your under eye area has been effective at reducing the dark coloration for many.

3. Vitamin A, C, E and K TopicallyCreams consisting of Vitamins A, C, E, and K were shown to effectively reduce the appearance of dark circles when applied twice per day. Pumpkin can also be used as it contains vitamins A, C, and K.

4. Potatoes– Applying slices of potato or potato juice has been noted to help dark circles and reduce swelling.

5. Tea BagsCold tea bags can aid in visibly reducing under eye circles immediately. After steeping tea bags, place them in the in the refrigerator and allow them to cool. Next, place the tea bags on the eye area for 15 to 20 minutes.

6. Get More Sleep– Although, not typically the cause of dark circles, a lack of sleep may make them appear worse due to a decrease in moisture and skin elasticity. Find out  how many hours of sleep you really need.

7. DehydrationA lack of enough water can cause dark circles to become more apparent. When your body is dehydrated, the lack of moisture can significantly affect the sensitive under eye area.

8. Reduce Excess Salt Intake– Salt and all electrolytes are necessary for bodily functions. However, if your diet consists of an excess amount of salt, it can cause water retention. When salt is used, make sure to use sea salt or Himalayan salt.


Have you tried any of these natural remedies for dark under eye circles?


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  1. LEAH says

    I heard a holistic practitioner talking about sleep: he said it’s not only the amount of sleep you get, but the actual time of night that you’re asleep that can affect a lot of things, from fatigue to mood to metabolism. He said adults endocrine systems all replenish during the hours of 11pm-1am. If you’re not asleep during that time, you’re out of luck. Your hormones need rebalancing during the night and if you miss that critical window, it can mess up all kinds of things. He said if you’re a good sleeper, that means you need to be in bed by 10:30, because you need to be in deep sleep by 11pm to get the full benefit. Since then I’ve made a point to be in bed by 10:30 almost every night, and among other things, I’ve noticed my dark circles went away!.

    • Amanda says

      OK so question. I work nights, and when I’m on schedule (admittedly rarely) I sleep from 9am til 5pm. If I consistently sleep at the same time (11am-1pm?) is that the same or is it something deeper in the DNA making that the sweet spot of sleep?
      Even if I know the answer to this, I probably will never have adequate sleep as long as I’m on night shift because I wake up with daytime noises, and I MISS daytime activities if I don’t play on the weekends! Hiking doesn’t work so well after 5pm! Thanks

    • greta says

      I have heard about this.
      Also in Japan there’s a practice, that you should be in hed asleep between similar hours, like plants, to always look fresh and rested. But it is not always possible, am I right?

  2. Meera N says

    I have recently come to know that darkcircles under the eye is due to a personality trait, can you please explain…

  3. amcken3 says

    The is ANOTHER cause….the eye sockets hollowing. I wish there was more discussion on what to do for dark circles caused by THIS too. I guess I’ll try taking kosher gelatin.

  4. says

    Great article. I do have dark circles, I think it is because of allergies and hereditary as well I’m going to try some of these remedies and the one about the time of night to be in bed, that’s interesting. Thanks for the help. :)


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