The skin around the eyes is almost 40 percent thinner and delicate compared to the skin on other parts of the body. Hence, it quickly gets dehydrated causing dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles as well as other signs of aging. The under-eye area must be well hydrated. Dark circles have become a common issue. Those having dark circles, always try covering them with concealer and other beauty products. So, what’s the solution? There are some homemade under-eye masks, with simple kitchen ingredients to treat different issues that cause dark circles.
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What causes dark circles?
Dark circles may appear purple or bluish because the skin is so thin and translucent that one can easily see the underlying blood vessels. Stimulating collagen production in the under-eye area would help thicken the skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Several other factors can contribute to dark circles or puffy eyes:
Heredity – It runs in your family so you may have inherited it from your parents or grandparents.
Aging – The skin loses its elasticity and dark circles may appear
Lack of sleep or oversleeping
Fluid retention causes puffiness and dark circles
Working for long hours in front of a computer
Excessive exposure to mobile screen and TV screen
Consumption of excessive caffeine
Some factors such as aging and genetics can’t be avoided. But one can do something about all the others. Drinking plenty of fluids, wearing sunscreen and sunglasses, getting enough sleep, having regular eye tests, and figuring out if you have any allergies are a good starting point. Some eye masks may help you to get rid of dark circles. Under-eye skincare requires specific DIY remedies at home.
- Cucumber and Potato Eye mask
When it comes to eye products, the temperature is key. Cooling ingredients reduce puffiness and relax the eye. This pack is meant to be applied chilled. The hero of this mask is a potato that is known for brightening the under-eyes. Milk cream contains lactic acid, which is a mild chemical exfoliant that brightens and smoothens the skin. It also contains loads of moisturizing lipids to fortify and smoothen rough and dry under eyes. Since dark circles are often caused by dryness, this mask makes under-eye skin look nourished and silky. Cucumbers contain Vitamin K, which helps reduce the veiny-ness around the eyes by preventing blood from rogue capillaries pooling there. Cucumbers, due to their water content, stay cool for a long time once refrigerated, making eyes less puffy. Tea contains caffeine which is great at reducing fluid accumulation under the eyes and also reduces puffiness. This mask essentially treats every external issue that leads to under-eye circles, be it puffiness, dryness, dark circles, or dullness.
The cream of milk (malai)
Brew 1/4th cup of tea with a pinch of tea leaves, and set aside the tea, including the leaves.
Wash, peel, and grate half a potato.
Take a small portion of unpeeled and washed cucumber (about 1/10th of an entire, average-sized cucumber), and grate it.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl (including tea).
Use a hand mixer to puree.
Add a few drops of cold malai and puree it all again.
Keep the mixture into the fridge for half an hour.
Use the pulpy, main portion as a hydrating and cooling pack under the eyes till it dries.
Rinse it off with water after 30 minutes.
- Tomato and lemon Eye mask
Tomatoes have moisturizing and regenerating properties. Tomatoes can be found in beauty products for skin, hair, and lip care. Tomatoes contain vitamin A that regenerates, vitamin B which promotes cell renewal, minerals that stimulate cellular metabolism. Lemons are widely utilized in cosmetics products for beauty treatments. They are antiseptic and can prevent diseases as well as allergies. It can be used for oily or mixed types of skin that have enlarged pores. Lemons are useful for removing stains or freckles. Lemons are acidic. Hence, lemon-based masks should be done at night before bed. Lemons are packed with vitamins C, B, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, proteins, and carbohydrates. Lemons contain psoralen which makes the skin highly reactive to sunlight. If you use Lemon for a DIY mask in the morning please stay indoors for the rest of the day.
1 organic Tomato
1 organic Lemon
Squeeze the juice from the tomato and lemon into a bowl
Mix them well with a spoon
Dab this mixture carefully under your eyes
Leave it on for an hour
Rinse it off with water
- Egg white, Vitamin E and honey Eye mask
Egg white contains calories while also being rich in vitamins like riboflavin and selenium. It can help tighten your skin pores effectively if you add other natural ingredients. They also contain a lot of collagen, a sort of multivitamin placenta, which includes vitamin A. Vitamin E can help protect you from sun damage. It also helps with reducing redness, long-term UV damage, diminishing sunburn, decreasing swelling, curbing skin pigmentation, improving the vascular system, stabilizing blood pressure, and many other benefits that are essential for good health. It can be found in plenty of foods such as grains, nuts, seeds, whole grains, peanuts, avocado, vegetables, oils, and almonds. Honey nourishes, moisturizes, and is naturally antibacterial. It soothes and heals the skin.
1 Vitamin E tablet
1 Egg white
Grind the Vitamin E tablet in a bowl
Mix the ground Vitamin E with a honey
Add the egg white and mix it all into a paste
Apply it around your eyes and leave for 15 minutes
Rinse thoroughly with water to remove it.
- Almond Oil & Rosewater Eye Mask
Almond oil contains vitamin E as well as other essential minerals such as magnesium and calcium, and vitamin D. It also contains a high amount of fat. Rosewater has antioxidants properties and contains Vitamin C as well as A. It is utilized in cosmetic products and beauty treatments. Rosewater revives tired skin by making it radiant and glowing. It is known to be effective for irritation, redness, and inflammation of the eyes.
1 tbsp almond oil
1 tsp rose water
Mix almond oil and rose water
Apply it gently under your eyes using a cotton pad
Apply it every night before going to bed.