Simple Homemade Solutions For Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

dark circles remedies

While I do try to subscribe to the famous quote by Kahlil Gibran, “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart”, I’ll admit that there are times when vanity gets the best of me. For example, lately I have been really annoyed by the dark circles (well, technically they are more like SEMI-circles) I am noticing more and more under my eyes. I’ve never really had this problem before and, of course, I immediately assume it’s from lack of sleep because…well…I don’t get a whole lot.  But after looking into it, it seems there are many causes for these annoying “panda eyes”…and lack of sleep is only one of them!

Here are some other common causes:


I know, I know…I already fessed up to this one!

I’m trying!

Sun Exposure
My Southern California “fun in the sun” upbringing is coming back to haunt me in many ways!

I’m pretty sure this one doesn’t apply. I have never noticed that dark circles run in my family.

Hmmm…my EYES are the one part of my body that does NOT itch lately. So maybe it’s not that.

Food or Chemical Allergies
After reading this one…I’m more than a little suspicious that this could be one of my problems.

Iron Deficiency Anemia
Booooo!  I should have known this would be a factor.  But I’m taking my supplements…I promise!

Ugh! Why does it seem that every ailment in the universe leads back to this!? Guess I better re-read my post on 23 Tips For Drinking More Water Each Day.


Luckily, as annoying as these dark semi-circles are…there are some simple home remedies which may help reduce swelling and shrink blood vessels.  (Seek medical attention if your dark circles worsen.)


dark circles remedies

The cucumber slice treatment for dark circles remains a classic because cucumbers contain astringent properties which shrink blood vessels. They also soothe swollen skin. Slice a cucumber thinly, lie on your back and place a slice over each eye. Keep the cucumber compresses on for at least 15 minutes. Alternatively, grate the cucumber and put the pieces between glean gauze to form a compress.


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The starch in potatoes is said to have anti-inflammatory qualities that can help soothe skin and reduce irritation. Peel raw potatoes and then grate and pound into a poultice. Apply to the eyes and leave on for 15 minutes.


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Pillow Prop
If dark circles and “bags” seem to greet you every morning, you may be retaining fluid under your eyes during the night. Prevent the fluid from pooling by propping your head with extra pillows while you sleep.


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Nasal Spray
Some dark circles are actually “allergy shiners”—a condition resembling black eyes caused by nasal congestion. Use an over-the-counter saline nasal spray or making your own by mixing ¼ tsp table salt with two cups warm water. Put the liquid in a nasal spray bottle or neti pot.


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Tea Bags
The tannin in the tea reduces any swelling and the appearance of dark circles caused by lack of sleep, while the moisture from the bags is absorbed into the eyes, rehydrating and reviving them. Use green tea or black tea. Brew the tea bags as you would normally and allow the bags to cool or place them in the refrigerator. Lie down and place a tea bag over each eye and leave in place for about 15 minutes.


dark circles remedies

Cold Compress
An ice-cold compress placed over your eyes helps constrict the blood vessels which may be causing your dark circles. Good choices include a bag of frozen peas or two chilled teaspoons. Lay down with your head propped by pillows and place the compress or compresses over your eyes. Rest for at least 10 minutes and gently pat your eyes dry.


dark circles remedies

Milk has great lightening abilities for the skin and can be a very affordable option for dealing with dark circles under the eyes, which can have great results. Apply milk to a clean cotton ball and gently rub into the delicate skin around the eyes. Leave to dry for about 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water


dark circles remedies

Egg and Lemon
Egg is a wonderful natural ingredient that aids the skin to tighten helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Mix one egg white with 3-5 drops of lemon juice. Saturate two clean cotton balls in the mixture, squeeze excess liquid out before placing over the eyes for ten minutes. Wash off with warm water then rinse with cold.


dark circles remedies

Homemade Avocado Cream
Great at reducing the fine lines that can form in the soft skin under the eye. Mix five drops of almond oil with three slices of avocado. Dab it around your eyes and leave it on for at least five minutes then rinse off with warm water.


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Homemade Potato-Applesauce Cream
You will need to take a small raw potato and two tablespoons of applesauce that has not been sweetened. Add these two ingredients into a mixer and mix them up. When you have created the cream, dab it around your eyes with a warm washcloth. Leave it on your face for about five minutes, then wash it off.


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Homemade Almond Paste
Prepare by soaking a few almonds in water overnight and then grinding them in the morning to form a paste. Next, add some drops of milk in it and then apply the resultant paste on the affected area for ten minutes. Combination of nutmeg and milk also helps remove Dark Circles under eyes.


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Homemade Cottage Cheese Mask
Put a small amount of cottage cheese on 2 cotton pad and leave them on your eye area for 15 minutes before going to sleep. You’ll be amazed at the results you’ll get in the morning!


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Get Your Rest!
Lack of sleep can make your skin appear paler, which allows blood vessels to be more visible through the skin, giving the appearance of bluish or dark circles. So make sure that you are getting in at least 7-8 hours of undisturbed sleep!


dark circles remedies

Eat Healthy
At the end of the day, you are what you eat. The healthier you eat, the better your skin is going to look. For dark circles, you need a healthy dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K iron and folic acid. So gorge on citrus fruits, berries, green leafy veggies, nuts, whole grains, avocado, seafood, beef, cheese, green tea etc. and do away with processed and greasy foods.


Dark circles are a common problem, but as you can see, there are plenty of simple, natural solutions. My favorite kind. :-)


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  1. Sandra says

    Awesome! Thanks! I’ve had dark circles that are hereditary and show more because i have fair skin. Im not sure much helps in my case. Or maybe temporarily. So ill try.

    Btw tea bags are an age old remedy for everything. Lol. Well at least for the eyes. When we were kids, if we had a stye or pink eye my mom would hold a hot wet tea bag over our open eye to let the steam and amazing tea magic (ie all the good stuff that’s in tea) heal it. I hated it but it worked.

    Wanted to say re: dehydration, I have the same cup as you and find drinking w a straw makes me drink more. Adding fruit to water helps too. Besides lemons, I’ve done apple slices, lime, oranges, cucumbers, mint. Also if you don’t mind carbonation, flavored seltzer water makes me drink more water sometimes too. And it’s not artificial. To stretch your dollar, make a 50/50 blend of water and seltzer, add fruit to it, and viola! Fancy water you’ll love drinking!

    Be well! :)

  2. Karen Edge says

    I love your blog and get your daily email. Great information.
    My issue is not dark circles under my eyes, but bags. My father had these too and I need advice on how to dissolve them.
    Any info will be appreciated.

  3. Debbie J says

    I have always had dark circles under my eyes. I just had allergy tests, and am allergic to trees, grass, weeds, and molds. So, I am taking allergy shots. I’ll try to remember to let you know how it turns out. I will have to take the shots for about a year. Maybe more. Depending on how I react to the shots. Here’s hoping they work after the first year, and I don’t have to take them longer.

  4. Suzanne says

    The tea-bag remedy goes back many decades because I used it when I was a young woman. I did have some issues with them which made me decide that if I ever wrote a book, the name of it would be “Tea Stains on my Pillow.” Thanks for the reminder!

  5. KimH says

    Im really surprised to NOT see you mention that dark circles under the eyes are a symptom of liver issues.. Its the first thing I always think of when I see someone with under-eye circles.. and that explains the allergy issues described by others..

    It may be that your liver isnt functioning at its best.. Have you ever tried a liver/fat flush? ;) I havent, but I always wanted to. :D
    Next time you get a full check up, ask your doctor to do a liver check up.. they usually do anyways.

    Too, many times, dark circles are a symptom of being dehydrated.. not getting enough fluid in your system.. again, and your poor liver is working under less than idea conditions..

    Something to think about.. Cheers!

  6. Pat Philips says

    Just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying your blog. I just started following you and it never fails to amaze me who much information you relay and love your writing style! Thanks

  7. Kate says

    My grandmother always used Milk of Magnesia. She would douse a cotton ball an dab it under her eyes and let it dry. She would continue until it was almost like a mask. Sometimes she would do it all over her face. It must really work~ she past away looking quite young

  8. Melanie says

    Dark circles under the eyes are the first sign that my kids had something they are sensitive to! In fact, my son finds it amazing that I am right EVERY time. Even when they lied to cover it up. I am a fan of living a life without them all the time rather than covering them up or helping them go away temporarily. I feel better, too!

  9. Alexandra says

    For a number of these (e.g. cucumber, tea bags, potato) the effect is even better if you chill them first. They shouldn’t be frozen solid but the coolness helps boost the effects of what you’re using.

  10. says

    I found that dark circles under my eyes were from gluten-intolerance. Last year it got so bad that when I ate gluten for 3 days in a row, the dark grey crescent moon patches under my eyes would get darker and darker. It would take about a 1 1/2 week long for it all to subside. So NO MORE gluten for me!