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10 Ways to Get Rid of Under Eye Circles

9. Coconut Oil Coconuts grow in various tropical regions and are used to manufacture coconut oil and coconut milk. Most people think coconut oil is only… Denis Courtney - July 24, 2016

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9. Coconut Oil

Coconuts grow in various tropical regions and are used to manufacture coconut oil and coconut milk. Most people think coconut oil is only used for cooking, but it can also benefit your skin, making you look younger. Coconut oil is conveniently available in any food store and it also happens to be affordable; hence it is an easy alternative for use. Coconut oil contains many minerals, like magnesium, copper and potassium.

When coconut oil is manufactured, it is light and therefore not heavy and greasy, like other oils. This makes it low in calories, because it is mostly water.

Coconut oil contains powerful antioxidants that protect your skin from the damage of free radicals in the environment. Massaging coconut oil on your under-eye circles is another great remedy for lightening them. This is because coconut oil has the moisturizing properties to give you smoother skin while preventing wrinkles and fine lines under your eyes.

Simply massage some extra virgin coconut oil under the affected eyes gently and leave it to penetrate your skin for a few hours. After that, gently wash your face with clear, clean water before wiping your face gently with a clean towel. Just remember to continue with this remedy for a few months until you see the desired results.

You can also consume coconut juice, as it contains cytokinins, which protect your body. Research has proven cytokinins can slow down the aging process, as well as the growth of cancer cells.

The minerals in coconut oil ensures adequate blood circulation; hence, it prevents inflammation. Better circulation keeps you blood capillaries under the eyes from swelling, reducing eye circles. Start by using a small amount, just in case you have allergies to coconut. In case of any irritation, it is advisable to seek the help of a medical practitioner.

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10. Turmeric

Turmeric is a common cooking spice you can find in most home kitchens, due to its many uses. You can purchase turmeric in most food stores and grocery markets in either powdered or in fresh form. A type of ginger, turmeric has been used for many years and in many different ways. Turmeric contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory qualities that make it suitable for use in healing swollen and puffy eyes.

Turmeric contains curcumin compounds, which gives it a yellow hue and helps in reducing eye puffiness and dark shadows. To many, it might sound funny that this spice can be a remedy eye bags and circles, but it works.

Thanks to its potassium content, this spice can relieve puffy eyes and give you naturally glowing skin. The antioxidant and the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can minimize dark circles. Dark circles are formed when blood vessels swell and create blood pools. These blood pools bring about swelling of the blood capillaries, hindering blood circulation.

The thin skin under the eyes often makes swollen blood capillaries more obvious, creating a puffy eye effect, as well as dark shadows under the eyes. Using turmeric can help make the skin around your eyes appear softer and smoother.

Just follow these tips to make a turmeric-pineapple paste:

  • Mix two teaspoons of turmeric powder with a tablespoon of fresh pineapple juice. You can use honey instead of the pineapple juice.
  • Mix gently until you achieve an even, smooth paste.
  • Apply the paste under your eyes carefully, making sure not to get it in your eyes, which could cause stinging.
  • Leave it to sit for about 10 minutes then wipe it with a soft damp cloth.
  • Wash the paste off with clean, lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Do this twice every day to achieve better results.
  • Repeat this routine daily until the circles are gone.

Warning: Some people may experience allergic reactions when applying turmeric under the eyes, so be sure to proceed with caution when using it for the first time. Try doing a skin test on your wrist first. Apply a small amount, and then wait at least 12 hours to see if there is a reaction. Always keep turmeric out of your eyes to avoid irritation.

Preventive Tips

To prevent the occurrence of dark circles, here are some additional tips:

Get plenty of sleep and rest. Adequate sleep ensures proper blood circulation in your body. Your body heals itself as you sleep, helping you wake up feeling refreshed and alert. Inadequate sleep is what brings about eye puffiness leading to formation of black circles under the eyes.

Avoid rubbing your eyes too much or too hard. This causes the blood vessels to dilate, making the circles look darker. Rubbing your eyes can also add dirt, bacteria and pollen to your eyes, which can cause allergies and irritation, leading to red, swollen eyes.

Limit your exposure to the sun. The sun’s rays can dehydrate and burn your skin. The sun contains many harmful rays.  Dehydration causes inflammation, which leads to dark shadows under your eyes. If you have to go outdoors, go out in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is weaker. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and apply a sunscreen regularly.

Lead a healthier lifestyle. If you like to indulge yourself in a drink or two, try to limit alcohol consumption or even stop it entirely. Alcohol hinders your body’s metabolic rate, thereby leading to poor health. In addition, stop smoking and drinking caffeinated drinks. Smoking damages skin cells, while alcohol and caffeine can lead to dehydration, which weakens the delicate skin around the eyes.

Dark circles may not be painful or fatal, but they will leave you looking tired and older than your normal age. If you adhere to the remedies recommended, you can limit the occurrence of dark circles and puffy eye bags. Using natural remedies is the safest way to deal with them, and they could also bring you better overall health, too.

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