Dark circles come into the life of every one of us, sooner or later. You can recognize them by the blueish, grayish or brownish color, and slight puffiness. And if you don’t suffer from inflammation, itchiness or burning in the eye area, don’t worry: the dark circles are not a serious condition, which requires emergency. The only issue is that they lower our self-confidence and make us feel anxious, as they make us look tired, sad, or with a hangover.
Under-eye circles can be caused by tons of different factors. And according to a study conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc., the main reasons for under-eye circles are:
- Too much melanin stored in one area of skin. Caused by sun exposure, intake of medicines, use of cosmetic products, or skin abnormalities.
- Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation after allergies and contact dermatitis. Circles appear as an effect of rubbing or stretching the skin, as well as after the use of cosmetic products or medication.
- Blood vessels showing through the skin. In that case, the skin is translucent due to thin skin epidermis, and lack of subcutaneous fat.
- Shadowing due to skin loosening (also called laxity). This usually happens with aging.
There are different treatments for this skin condition, such as laser, chemical peeling, retinoid or vitamin C based eye creams, surgery, and others, which can be quite expensive and abrasive to the skin itself.
In this article, we will share with you the TESTED methods for fading under-eye circles at home, with accessible and budget-friendly ingredients! Those treatments have changed the game for me and have defeated my dark circles in a short time.
Let’s get started!
“Cold spoon method”
This method is excellent if your dark circles are caused by visible capillaries or blood vessels.
Take a silver or metal spoon and put it in the fridge overnight (not in the freezer, as if it’s too cold it will stick to your skin.) In the morning, place the cold spoon in the dark circle area and press it for 10-15 seconds. Release the pressure for 10 seconds and then repeat one more time.
Keep in mind that keeping the cold spoon on for too long can damage your skin tissue.
You will see that the dark circles and puffiness disappear after the second treatment! The cold spoon helps the dilated capillaries to shrink and, at the same time, stimulates the lymph to reduce the baggy appearance of the under-eye area.
Eye massage stimulates the lymphatic flow and blood circulation of the eye area. The proper massage reduces puffiness and pigmentation, as it spreads the stored melanin and body fluids. Besides, this treatment helps the skin to strengthen, become firmer, and less loose.
How to do the massage?
- Place your ring finger at the inner corner of your eyes. Move it outwards, sliding it under eye are surface, applying slight pressure. Repeat the same motion a few times without going the inwards (the opposite direction).
- Place your middle and ring fingers on your under-eye circles. Tap gently for about a minute, moving from left to right and vice versa.
- Place your index finger under your eyes in a horizontal position. Roll the fingers towards the upper eyelashes, massaging the skin very gently in an upward direction. Don’t pull the skin down in any case, as it will stretch.
Putting chilled teabags (or makeup tampons soaked in tea) is an effective method for fading under-eye circles. The tannin concentration in tea has an extremely beneficial effect on the skin, as it reduces hyperpigmentation, improves melanin synthesis, and acts as an antioxidant to strengthen the skin cells and enhance the protection from free radicals.
For the quickest effect, put the teabags or tampons in the fridge and chill them properly before putting them on your eyes. Repeat the treatment 2-3 times a day for 10 minutes, and then once a day to prevent the appearance of new dark circles.
Keep in mind that only tea made from real tea leaves is effective: black, green, white, oolong, etc. Herbal or fruit teas will not do the work as they have no tannic acid content.
Milk may seem like a pretty basic ingredient, but its lactic acid content is an amazing relief for dark circles. It gently exfoliates the skin on micro-level and stimulates the regeneration of the skin cells. As a result, this acid fades hyperpigmentation and helps the skin to become stronger and less translucent.
Cut one makeup tampon in half and soak the two pieces in cold milk. Place the semi-circles under your eyes and let them sit for 10 minutes. It is best to do this treatment once a day.
Deep sleep stimulates the production of Growth Hormone (also known as HGH) in the body. And this hormone does not make adults grow in size but boosts the regeneration of tissues, muscles, cells, and organs.
HDH helps us to get rid of dark circles without any effort! It firms the skin, and improves its flexibility, promotes effective blood circulation, stimulates lymphatic flow, and balances pigmentation.
Therefore, by getting some good night’s sleep, you will not only fade the annoying circles but also prevent their appearance.