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.
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.