10 Tips to Get Rid of Dark Circles

By Refadoc, Posted on : Monday, 14 July 2014 - 12:53 pm IST

Simply can’t get rid of dark circles under the eyes? Well, fret not;it is a common problem with simple solutions. Dark circles are basically discoloration or darkness of the skin around the eyes. Since the skin here is extremely delicate, any irritation or stress can make the blood vessels underneath it appear bluish. This darkish colour can make a person look tired, dull and unattractive. The main causes for the appearance of under-eye discoloration are an unhealthy diet, lack of sleep and overuse of eye makeup. Some people may also develop them due to some allergies or hereditary traits.Since dark circles are difficult to get rid of, you might find yourself buying different over-the-counter products like creams, serums and gels. You might also try to hide them with makeup. But there are some easy non-expensive ways to get rid of dark circles; and that too with things that are available at home!

Here are 10 easy tips to get rid of dark circles.

Cold compresses

Tired eyes tend to look puffy and are more prone to the appearance of dark circles. Applying cold compresses will 

reduce the puffiness 

and make your 

eyes look brighter. 

Once the area around the eyes is relaxed, you will notice the discoloration fading.


Yes, the plain old potato can help you get rid of unsightly dark circles. Potatoes have 

natural bleaching properties 

that can lighten, if not entirely remove the discoloration.

Grate a potato and squeeze out the juice. Soak two cotton balls in the juice and place it over the eyes. Leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash your eyes with clean water. Do this regularly to see visible results within a few days.


Tomatoes have certain 

skin lightening properties

 that lighten under eye discoloration. They are especially effective for those with tanned skin. 

Grind a tomato and soak 2 cotton balls in its juice. Apply the tomato juice soaked balls on the eyes every day for half an hour and wash off with cold water. You can even drink a glass of tomato juice every day to have glowing skin. 


Cucumbers have 

cooling properties

 that help to reduce the swelling that comes with dark circles. Applying cucumber juice over your eyes will soothe them and reduce the puffiness. To get bright and rejuvenated eyes instantly, apply chilled cucumber slices or cucumber juice over the eyes for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off with cold water. 


Water does wonders for your skin and body. It is one product that celebrities and even doctors recommend. Water 

flushesout toxins, 

and more importantly, it hydrates the body. Drinking a minimum of 6 to 8 glasses of water every day is highly recommended. Since one of the causes of under eye discoloration is dehydration, keeping the body hydrated will help you get rid of dark circles.


Lack of sleep is considered to be a major cause of under-eye bags and dark circles. Not getting a proper night’s sleep can cause fatigue, and that in turn will affect the skin around the eyes. Doctors recommend at least 7-8 hours of sleep for adults to stay healthy and fit. So don’t miss your beauty sleep! If you suffer from any sleep problems, please get in touch with a registered 

health care provider.


Applying cold tea bags (used) over your eyes will reduce swelling and lighten the darkish discolouration. The tannins present in tea helps 

remove dark circles


rejuvenate the eyes instantly.

For better results, chill the used tea bags in the refrigerator for some time before applying them over the affected area.

Fruits and Vegetables

Several servings of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis are very important in order to maintain a healthy body. They are a rich source of several vitamins that are essential for good eye health. Deficiencies of vitamins A, C or K are major causes of dark circles. Include fruits like oranges, mangoes, papaya, plums and grapes in your diet, as they are great sources of these vitamins. Also include vegetables like carrots, cabbage, cucumbers and pumpkins in your diet to keep under eye discoloration at bay.

Almond oil

Almond oil is rich in 

vitamin E.

Massaging a few drops of almond oil around the eyes every day before going to bed will lighten the darkish discolouration. It will also reduce wrinkles and crow’s feet. However, be sure to massage very gently. The under-eye skin is extremely delicate and any excess pressure can damage it.


Lemon is a well-known 

skin lightening agent.

It has natural bleaching properties. Applying a few drops of lemon juice diluted in some rose water or honey to the affected area will show visible results in just a few days.

These were 10 easy ways to get rid of dark circles. However, if you find that the discoloration is not improving, 

then you should see a doctor as there might be some underlying health problems.

Written and reviewed by a registered medical practioner.

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