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At-Home Affordable Ways To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

All kinds of things cause those unflattering dark circles under our eyes. Yes, our eyes. The ones that make us look even more tired and haggard than we already are.

Lack of sleep, stress, age, even diet can contribute to dark circles; not to mention smoking, caffeine, dehydration, sun exposure, allergies and illness. Perhaps it would take less time to list what doesn’t cause dark circles….

Regardless of how they came to be, what do we do about them? More importantly, how do we do it without spending an arm and a leg?

  1. Our skin reflects our overall health, so drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of rest and eating foods with actual nutritional value can work wonders in preventing a host of skin problems. I know that this is an annoying answer, but, of course, the first thing we should do is work on our nasty little habits; habits like staying up too late, eating Cheetohs and choosing beer over water.
  2. Teabags are the most common do-it-yourself fix for dark circles,and the fix that seems to receive the most praise and testimony. If you’re like me, it wouldn’t matter if you slept 10 hours a night and ate only organic kale, you’d still have circles. Apparently, we need not lose hope. We need only gather our teabags. Although some folks say to put cool teabags on your eyes, others instruct us to use ones that are as hot as we can stand. Regardless, the consensus is that black tea works best (the tannin in black tea is naturally rejuvenating, reducing both puffiness and discoloration.) Keep the teabags over your eyes for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Cool cucumber slices over your eyes. Seriously. Put thick slices – about a quarter inch – over your eyes for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Old-fashioned, unflavored gelatin is actually rich in vitamin K and biotin, both of which are believed to help reduce dark circles. Add one teaspoon of gelatin, such as Knox, to one tablespoon of boiling water. Mix thoroughly for about a minute and, after making sure it’s not too hot, apply under eyes. Leave the mixture on for 30 minutes and rinse clean. You’ll notice a visible difference immediately, though your dark circles won’t disappear completely unless you repeat this daily for one week. Maintain your circle-free-face by repeating two to three times a week thereafter.
  5. Get yourself a little Vitamin E. I have often heard of the magical healing powers of vitamin E. Here again, E comes to the rescue. Applying vitamin E under your eyes can reduce discoloration. You can also help prevent future dark circles by ensuring there’s enough E in your diet.
  6. Create a homemade mask: a squeeze of fresh lemon, a splash of tomato juice, a dash of tumeric powder and a pinch of flour (B. Frankel, eHow.) Apply the mask under your eyes and leave it on for 15 minutes. This mask is touted as a “tried and true natural remedy” for rejuvenating skin and reducing dark circles.
  7. Slather on almond oil and honey. That’s right. Apply a mix of almond oil and honey under your eyes each night. It’s a less well-publicized method but visible results are expected in two to three weeks.
  8. Apply raw, grated potato under your eyes and allow it to work its magic for 15 minutes, then rinse. The theory is that potatoes contain an enzyme that lightens pigment.

Whatever method you try, you can be satisfied with your utilitarian ingenuity and your pocket book.

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