How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Naturally at Home

How to get rid of dark circles under eyes has been one of the most asked questions by young adults leading a stressful and depressed life. If people have been commenting on your dull look, even though you feel perfectly healthy, you need look at yourself in the mirror, closely! Dark circles under eyes resemble your unhealthy and stressful lifestyle.

If you see dark circles beneath your eyes, then you should get rid of the dark circles immediately, not because the folks around you are finding it disgusting, but because it shows your lack of sleep or depression, which should be changed to the earliest.

Natural home remedies are the best solution to go about with it and that’s what we are going to talk about today. Read on to know about some basic DIYs to help you get of the dark circles.

I can’t wait to share the ideas to keep dark circles around eyes at bay with you guys, but let’s talk about why do these dark circles appear around the eyes. This will help us better deal with them and avoid them anytime in future.

Causes of Dark Circles

Dark circles happen to anyone irrespective of your age, sex, skin colour and following reasons are the root causes of it. Lets find out the causes of dark circles.

  • Depression/Stress

The single most popular culprit for dark circles is depression. You can notice the glam industry when the celebrities are without makeup, 67% of them do have dark circles, caused by depression.

A student studying continuously for hours without power naps and strain on eyes can see dark circles around his eyes quite often. Same with people who strain their eyes continuously watching computer or TV screens.

  • Sleep Deprivation

Depression and stress are quite related to this point. In this fast and lack of time era, the work stress and social enigma greatly impacts our sleep. This is the second biggest reason for getting dark circles around eyes. Lack of sleep not only causes dark circles but causes various other health issues.

  • Dehydration

Dehydration simply means you are not talking enough water into your body. It dries up your skin and causes weakness, which indirectly causes depression.

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  • Nutrition intake

Not having a proper, healthy diet can cause dark circles around the eyes and insufficient nutrition is a major cause for it. Deficiency of vitamins and nutrients like Iron and Vitamin E can further aggravate dark circles.

  • Anemia

Just as mentioned above, deficiency of iron leads to shortage of oxygenated blood which further adds to the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.

  • Hereditary

While all the above causes have solutions and ways to get rid of dark circles naturally, hereditary causes can be nothing to be deal about. If your parents have it, chances are you will have it too. Embrace it!

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Eyes

how to get rid of dark circles around eyes

Getting rid of dark circles under eyes should not be a tough task if following remedies are applied in your day to day life. Wouldn’t it be great if you can get rid of dark circles at home, by yourself? Majority of the “Do it yourself” tips I will tell you are available in your kitchen already!

So let me walk you through natural home remedies to help you get rid of dark circles under your eyes and also saggy bags at the same time.

  • Sleep, Sleep and Sleep

As we discussed earlier, sleep deprivation and stress is number 1 factor for dark circles under eyes. So the best remedy is to get yourself enough sleep. Sleeping at least 8 hours a day can rejuvenate your mind and makes you stress free.

  • Tomatoes

The magic fruit for many of the skin treatments! Tomatoes are highly effective for treating dark circles around your eyes. Add 1 tablespoon of fresh tomato juice, 1/2 Teaspoon of lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric. Mix it in a plastic bowl. Also add a pinch of Gram flour (Besan) to it.

Apply it gently under the eyes and leave it for ten minutes. Wash it off with cold water. Do this everyday until your dark circles are gone.

  • Cucumber and Potatoes

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Cucumbers and potatoes are the saviours for skin too. Slice the cucumbers and grate the potatoes. Place them on your eyes separately. Alternatively, you can take out the juice and dab it over your eyes.  The cooling effects of the cucumbers and potatoes are the secret ingredients of this method.

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If you are looking for answers on how to get rid of the dark circles overnight, then this is the remedy to try tonight! Just let the juice stay on your eyes overnight and you would wake up to improved eye contours and a lighter pigment.

  • Tea Bags

tea bag for dark eyesAnother method to reduce your dark circles is using tea bags. Refrigerate used tea bags for an hour. Once cold enough, place the tea bags on your eyes and relax. The best time to do this is while you are having your afternoon nap. Keep it for an hour and remove it.

Not only does it refresh you while you are having a good nap, but the continuous use of the tea bags on your eyes will also help you get rid of dark circles under eyes gradually.

Moreover, the smell of chilled tea bag will make an amazing aroma, ultimately calming your nerves and making you feel relaxed and stress free. As they say, two shots with a single arrow!

  • Almond Oil

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Almond oil is one of the age old solutions to remove dark circles, and also many other skin problems. Almond oil contains the necessary vitamins to make your skin healthy. If you use almond oil on a daily basis, look no further than this. Just massage the skin under your eyes with almond oil before you go to bed and leave it overnight. You can wash it off the next morning while you bath.

  • Crushed Mint

Crushed mint is proved to be very good at getting rid of the under eye dark circles. As mentioned earlier, dark circles occur due to constant strain on eyes. Mint paste lends a cooling effect and immediately soothes the eyes.

Place crushed mint leaves paste on your eyes and wipe of the residue with damp cotton after ten to fifteen minutes. Follow this daily until dark circles around eyes are gone.

  • Rose Water

rose water for eyesRose water contains all the necessary minerals to help protect your skin. Dip cotton balls in rose water and place them on your eyes. The fragrance will soothe your senses and the cooling effect of rose water will help you get rid of your dark circles.

The main thing we are looking for here is making your eyes calm and light, which will further help in removing dark circles under your eyes.

Use rose petals along with cold water for best effect. Doing this daily will help you relieve strain off your eyes as well.

  • Lemon Juice

The citric acid naturally present in lemon helps in cleansing of dark pigments around your eyes. Dip some cotton balls in fresh lemon juice and place it on your eyes. Leave it for around ten minutes and rinse off with plain water.

Continuing this practice for a couple of weeks will show you improved and positive results. However, if applying lemon juice causes a burning sensation, then just discontinue the remedy and try the other easy options from the list.

  • Orange Juice

Just like lemon juice, Orange juice too contains Vitamin C and citric acid. Grab a freshly made orange juice and add glycerin to it. Apart from being the best of the ingredient to keep your skin supple and smooth, glycerin also adds the requisite amount of consistency to the mix.

Applying this thick juice to the under eye area will help you get rid of the dark circles effectively. Wash off your face after keeping it for 2 hours daily.

orange juice for dark circles

  • Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil has been considered the best skin product since ancient times, just like almond oil. Not only does it enhance the longevity of younger looking skin, it also helps you rejuvenate the damages caused by a fast pace of your life and increasing stress and age.

Simply rub a small amount of coconut oil around your eyes for 10 to 12 minutes every night. Starting with clockwise movements, shift to anti clock wise movements and then repeat alternately. Apart from soothing your eyes, it also rejuvenates the skin because of its penetrating properties. Try this remedy for a week before you begin noticing the results.

  • The Magic paste


  1. Tomato – 1 piece
  2. Lemon juice – ½ tsp
  3. Turmeric – a pinch
  4. Gram flour – 2 tsp

Crush one tomato and extract the juice. Add ½ Tsp of lemon juice to it. After adding a pinch of turmeric, mix 2 Tsp of gram flour to it for thick consistency to retain the paste on your eyes. Mix all the ingredients well and make a paste. Apply this on the area beneath the eyes and see the magic happen. A week in to this remedy, and you would see clearly visible results.

  • Cold Water

This is probably the most simplest home remedy to get rid of dark circles around eyes, without needing any extra ingredients other than water, which is already available right now in your refrigerator.

Cold water releases the strain on blood vessels located under your eyes, which are the real culprit of dark circles. You can do this in several ways.

Dip a piece of cotton in cold water and place it on your eyes for an hour. Alternatively, you can also use cold milk instead of water if you wish to. Another way is to wrap a couple of ice cubes in a clothe or a handy handkerchief and keep it on your eyes while you sleep.

This cold water and ice cubes provide instant relief to your strained eyes and thus helps in removing dark circles.

  • Turmeric

Turmeric is also know as the Holy Powder, to whom all the skin and health conscious people worship, including me. Not only does it help in fighting health issues and diseases, it also helps in curing skin due to its antioxidant properties.

Add a few drops pineapple juice to 1 tsp turmeric powder and apply this paste on dark circles below eyes. Wash it off with cold water after 15 minutes of applying.

This paste will not only remove dark circles from below the eyes, it will also give you a smooth skin.

  • Creams for Dark Circles

Some of the best cream for dark circles are probably the naturally made paste of turmeric and the magic paste mentioned above. Using ready made creams may contain chemicals that may or may not be harmful to your skin.

These creams may give you quick results but not long lasting ones. The pastes which I have told you about are natural and gives a long lasting effect. Therefore, I would ask you to refrain from any such publicly available creams or the ones which are mentioned by others on the Internet.

So these were 15 best ways to get rid of dark circles under eyes which you need to follow regularly and as mentioned. All these were the natural home remedies to treat dark circles, but it will not stop you from getting it back again. If you want to stop getting dark circles again in future, you will need to change and improve your lifestyle.

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The only solution to getting rid of dark circles permanently is to lead a healthy, stress free lifestyle with proper sleep. A bonus for you here is, I will tell you some rock solid ways and tips to keep dark circles at bay in future:

  1. Get ample amount of sleep daily with at least 7-8 hours a day.
  2. Eat loads of fruits and green leafy vegetables and maintain a healthy diet.
  3. Drink at least 6 litres of water everyday and 8 litres during summer.
  4. Quit drinking and smoking. It is tough for a chain smoker, but at least reduce your intake gradually.
  5. Laugh more often, which will keep your mind away from stress.
  6. Vitamin C improves skin quality. Take fruits like Oranges and lemon juice more often.

All these practises will keep your skin healthy and remove dark circles under your eyes. I understand that some times it may not be possible to keep away from stressful environment at work or home. In such cases if you gain dark circles, this article has already shown you 15 effective ways to get rid of dark circles, do use them. Bookmark this article for future use.

Hope these home remedies for dark circles were helpful to you and if you have any questions regarding the same, do let us know in the comments below and share it with your friends and loved ones to reap the benefits.

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  1. Claudia Popovics October 12, 2015
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