Dark circles under eyes
Dark circles under the lower eyelids are common amongst men and women. These dark circles make you look older and are difficult to get rid of.
While fatigue is the most common explanation for this condition, there are a number of factors responsible for dark circles. Dark circles are usually caused by an accumulation of toxins, stress, allergies, sleeplessness, fatigue, increased screen time and sun exposure which can cause blood capillaries around the eyes to stretch and leak, leaving dark blemishes around the eyes.
The skin around our eyes is thinner as compared to other parts of the body. The veins are much closer to the skin’s surface. Anything which causes swelling of the blood vessels under the eye’s sensitive skin result in dark circles.
Know your Ingredients:
This DIY Under Eye mask recipe will help you get rid of dark circles naturally.
Frankincense Essential Oil: The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of frankincense oil are believed to be useful in fading under eye dark circles. It also helps in calming dry and itchy skin. It promotes even skin tone and helps to fight wrinkles and aging.
Lemon Essential Oil contains lightening, moisturizing, and astringent properties which makes it very beneficial for dark circles. It is packed with essential nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Magnesium and Phosphorous which helps to lighten and renew cells around the eyes, reduces discoloration and nourishes the skin around the eyes.
Vitamin E helps rejuvenate skin by neutralizing free radicals which damage cells. It helps to keep skin looking young and supple. It is very effective in reducing dark circles and wrinkles.
Rosehip Seed Oil is loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids like vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and also B-carotene which are perfect for reducing dark circles. It helps increase cell metabolism as it works deep on the skin tissues contains.
Aloe Vera Gel helps to fade dark circles by stimulating blood circulation which aids in reducing dark puffiness. In addition to this, it is highly nourishing, soothing and moisturizing in nature which makes it ideal for reducing wrinkles.
DIY UNDER EYE DARK CIRCLE MASK RECIPE
DIY Under Eye Dark Circle Mask
- Apply a thick layer of under eye mask and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Gently massage inflamed or pigmented areas.
- Wipe with a damp cloth or cotton pad. Do not wash face after applying
RISK & SIDE EFFECTS
- Essential oils are only for external use and should never be ingested
- Store essential oils out of reach of children and store them apart from other products. Some essential oils can be fatal to pets and therefore always research before using them
- Essential oils must ALWAYS be diluted before applying on skin as they are highly concentrated as can cause irritation. You can dilute them in carrier oil of your choice and the max concentration of essential oils should be 3-4%
- Always do a patch test before applying on larger areas of skin
- Do not apply Lemon Oil during the day if you are going out in the skin as it can cause skin sensitivity and irritation.
- It is unclear what effects essential oils have on pregnant and breastfeeding women. While some consider them safe, many doctors advice pregnant women to avoid use of essential oils
- Always buy pure essential oils and stay away from fake counterparts as they wont contain same therapeutic benefits
Dark circles can affect anyone and at any age. Genetics, lifestyle and aging are all factors which play a part in development of dark circles. Although dark circles under the eyes is not a health concern, no one likes them because of cosmetic reasons. With few lifestyle changes coupled with an extra kick of natural remedies can help you eliminate under eye dark circles. Switch to good habits by including greens in your diet, keep yourself hydrated and get enough sleep. Also try not to stare at computer screen for too long.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional nor chemical formulator or pharmacist. This is the DIY recipe I use personally to reduce dark circles. Please use at your own risk.