It’s fair to say that we’re all in a state of perpetual tiredness – whether it is from burning to midnight oil to meet work deadlines or staying up late to binge-watch shows. But one of the worse problems because of this tiredness is constant dark circles. This pigmentation under your eyes just seems to never go away, no matter what you do.

If you’re looking for a way to combat this, read on how to get rid of dark circles permanently!


Causes of Dark Circles

Causes of Dark Circles

One massive misconception about dark circles is that they are only caused due to a lack of sleep – this is not true. In fact, there are many other reasons why we find ourselves with those racoon eyes in the morning.

  • Sun damage - High exposure to the sun can promote melanin production, a darkening skin pigment.
  • Allergies and other conditions - Certain allergies cause your blood vessels to widen. When this occurs underneath the eyes, it can have a darkening effect on the skin, making your under-eye circles more pronounced.
  • Iron deficiency - A lack of iron in the blood makes the skin under the eyes look darkened or discoloured. One can be short of iron for a variety of reasons including pregnancy, menstruation or an iron-deficient diet.
  • Ageing - Unfortunately, this is inevitable. When we age, the collagen loss in our skin makes it less taut. This thinning effect can also increase the translucency of the skin, making it easier for the blood underneath the eyes to be visible.


Now onto the bit that you’ve been waiting for! Here are our best tips to get rid of those dark circles once and for all.

First and foremost, it is important to rest well and get a good night’s sleep. This is the most sustainable way to combat under-eye discolouration, however, because we know that this isn’t always possible, we’ve also listed a few of our favourite home remedies below.

Home remedies for dark circles


1. Coconut oil

Coconut oil

High in vitamin E and antioxidants that efficiently repair damaged skin cells, coconut oil is also anti-inflammatory, further working to get rid of those bags by reducing any swelling underneath the eyes.

If home remedies aren’t for you and would prefer to use a product instead, we’ve got just the right one for you. The Pond’s Gold Radiance Youthful Glow Day Cream contains collagen, a fibre that works to maintain skin elasticity. The Alpha Hydroxy Acids also work to remove dull skin cells, making your skin look fresher!

If you’re in a hurry and have 10 minutes before you need to rush out the door, and need to cover up those dark circles, this hack will definitely save you.

  • After you’ve blended in your foundation, take a coral or orange lipstick and use an eyeshadow brush to apply it to your entire under-eye region – this works as a colour corrector.
  • Apply until the darkness under your eyes is completely hidden.
  • Once you’re satisfied, take your concealer and apply it over the lipstick. We recommend that you opt for a shade that is one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to really brighten up the under-eye area.
  • Use a sponge or your fingers to blend in the concealer and make sure that any hint of coral is covered completely.
  • With the concealer fully blended in, all you need to do is use a finishing powder for a flawless finish.

2. Potato


The good old potato is full of nutrients and bleaching properties. It nourishes under-eye area and lightens dark circles in no time. Cut thin slices of potato and keep it on your eyes for 15 minutes or grate half a potato and squeeze juice out of it. Dip cotton pads the juice and keep that on your eyes twice a day for 15 minutes.


3. Tomato juice and lemon

Tomato juice and lemon

Lemon and tomato both are rich sources of Vitamin C and possess brightening and tightening properties. Applying a mixture of tomato juice and lemon juice not only helps get rid of dark circles but also puffiness, saggy skin and fine lines. Add juice of half lemon in one cup of tomato juice and leave it on your eye area for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.


4. Sweet almond oil

Sweet almond oil

Almond oil is an age-old remedy to remove dark circles and get even-toned and glowing complexion. Packed with vitamin E, vitamin K and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it helps sooth skin around eyes and fades away the pigmentation. Massage almond oil around eyes gently every night to get rid of dark circles and puffiness.    


5. Rose water

Rose water

Rose water is a huge source of phenolic compounds that help to deliver antioxidants to your skin and prevent oxidative stress. Additionally, the skin hydrating properties of rose water, help to reduce the dry and damaged skin, thereby making it an effective remedy for dark circles. To use rose water to reduce dark circles, place cotton pads soaked in rose water over your eyes every night.


6. Raw milk

Raw milk

Raw milk is another great natural remedy to reduce dark circles. Lactic acid present in raw milk helps to gently exfoliate your skin while the moisturizing properties help to effectively hydrate it. This reduces the effects of fatigue around the eyes, and helps to brighten up the area effectively. Simply dip two cotton pads in cold raw milk and place it on your eyes for about 10 minutes a couple of times a week to see the results.


7. Green tea

Green tea

Green tea is a really effective remedy against dark circles. This is because the main cause of dark circles is excess fluid in the tissues around the eye area. The caffeine in green tea helps to drain this fluid and effectively helps to reduce the shadows and also reduces swelling. Simply place a chilled green tea bags over your eyes for 15 minutes and you will be able to see visible results in just one use.


FAQs on How to get rid of dark circles:

FAQs on How to get rid of dark circles

01. What is the best treatment for dark circles under the eyes?

A. The best and most effective treatments for under-eye circles is to use a brightening treatment such as vitamin C or licorice root extract. These ingredients penetrate deep within your skin and help in lightening the deposits of pigment under your eyes, thereby effectively reducing the appearance of dark circles.

02. What should we eat to remove dark circles?

A. If you want to get rid of dark circles, it is very important to include vitamin K-rich foods in your diet. This vitamin is very easily found in foods such as broccoli, green leafy vegetables, sprouts, etc.

03. Will drinking water help to reduce dark circles?

A. Yes, drinking plenty of water really works well to reduce dark circles over time. When you drink an optimal amount of water, your body starts to function properly, flushes out toxins effectively, and thereby helps to reduce dark circles and under eye puffiness over time.

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