Panda eyes, while typically harmless, can give someone an exhausted appearance and make them look older than they actually are. Despite what some beauty spas and cosmetics companies might have you believe, ridding oneself of dark eye circles need not be an expensive endeavor. Here are some easy and affordable (as well as enjoyable!) home remedies that you can consider.
1. Cold tea bags
Tea has caffeine and anti-oxidants – the two ingredients that can help you say goodbye to your dark eye circles and puffiness. Using chilled tea bags can help to shrink your blood vessels as well as reduce discoloration, fluid retention, and swelling. Simply chill a few used tea bags in the refrigerator and leave it on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. Remember to wash your face afterwards! Use once or twice daily or maximum effect.
Cucumbers are perhaps the most common natural dark eye circle relieving remedy, thanks to their prevalence in many TV sitcoms/dramas. Interestingly, cucumbers do have skin-lightening capabilities. Plus, they simply feel refreshing on the skin! Try to avoid pre-cutting the cucumbers for added freshness and moisture. Cut a thin slice such that it can be easily moulded to cover your eyes perfectly. After all, we want the cucumber to come into full contact with our eyelids. If you have a minute to spare, cut a few more slices and pamper yourself with a moisturising and skin brightening facial. On hot days, you can also chill the cucumber slices in the refrigerator before using it.
If you are unable to cut a thin enough slice, fret not! You can mix equal parts of cucumber juice with lemon juice and apply as needed. Once again, do not forget to wash your face afterwards.
3. Cold compress
Don’t feel like sacrificing your precious tea bags and scrumptious cucumbers? Why not opt for cold compress instead? Soak a washcloth in cold water or milk before carefully laying it over your eyelids. If you’re short on time, wrap a couple of ice cubes in a towel and use it to massage the area around your eyes gently. Short on supplies? Simply throw a big metal spoon in the refrigerator or use a bag of frozen fruits as your cold compress!
4. Buttermilk paste
Mix two tablespoons of buttermilk and turmeric powder and apply the paste on your dark circles. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash your face afterwards, preferably with lukewarm water. The well-known anti-inflammatory has many beneficial properties, some of it dermatological. Just be careful not to apply it too close to your eyes as it might cause some irritation!
5. Seek a dermatologist
While not the cheapest option available, visiting a dermatologist might be a worthwhile investment if none of the home remedies work and your dark eye bags become too much to handle. If you have raccoon eyes due to thin skin, you may want to consider asking your dermatologist about retinoid, a chemical compound which can be used to stimulate collagen production. They rebuild your dermal collagen and help in vascular support to give your skin volume and firmness.
Remember that as with all natural remedies, don’t expect to see results overnight. Stick with it regularly for a couple of weeks before deciding whether or not it works for you. Needless to say, de-stressing and sleeping more will most definitely be the deciding factor in the long run. Just like how you can’t out-train a bad diet, you can’t out-remedy bad sleep habits!