By Argha Kashyap
Dark circles result when the blood vessels under the eyes are dilated. There can various reasons behind this, the most common being sleep deprivation, oversleeping (yes!), stress, exhaustion, exposure to sun and skin irritation due to bad makeup products. Here are some natural beauty hacks to counter them.
CUCUMBER: Chill cucumber slices for 30 minutes. Place them over your dark circles for 10 minutes and relax. Wash the area thoroughly with water. Repeat the process twice a day for one week and see results.
RAW POTATO: Potatoes contain vital natural bleaching agents and, when used raw, they help lighten dark circles and reduce excess puffiness around your eyes. Grate potato slices to extract the juice. Dip a soft cotton ball soaked in the juice and place over closed eyes to cover the dark circles completely. Rest for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water. Repeat twice a day for 2-3 weeks.
TOMATOES: Like potatoes, tomatoes contain natural bleaching agents that can lighten skin. Mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with one and a half spoon lemon juice. Apply it on your dark circles with a cotton ball and rest for 10 minutes. Repeat twice a day for 2-3 weeks.
ALOE VERA GEL: This smoothens skin and hydrates it. Its nourishing properties reduce pigmentation and make sensitive area of the skin healthier. Apply the gel under the eyes and gently massage for a few seconds. Leave it on for 10-12 minutes, then clean with cotton soaked in rose water. Do it twice daily for astounding results.
GREEN TEA BAGS: These reduce blood vessel and capillary dilation around the eyes as green tea contains tannin that has astringent properties. Dip green tea bags in water and refrigerate them. Place the cool tea bags over your eyes for 15 minutes and wash your face with cold water. Pat dry. Repeat till there is considerable improvement.
Photo Credit: Engin Akyurt / Pixabay. First published in the October 2017 issue of eShe magazine. Read it for free here.