Dark under eye circles is one of the most common beauty-related issues that both older men and women struggle with daily. Since the skin issue can signal a potential health issue like anemia, thyroid problems, or even nasal congestion, it’s best to dig into their causes further by checking with your healthcare provider.

Why are some people more prone to dark under eye circles than others? Over time, the skin naturally loses collagen and grows thinner, so regardless of what kind of skin you have or what good habits you maintain, veins will inevitably start to show through the thin skin around your eyes. Genetics is another cause of dark under eye circles. Folks who have inherited fair or thin skin tend to show the condition more easily than others because when blood pools in the capillaries under the eyes, it’s merely more obvious through lighter skin. Finally, there are those folks whose dark under eye circles are simply caused by allergies that inflame and swell blood vessels – including those under the eyes.

If you’ve received a clean bill of health from your physician but are still tormented by the condition, you might want to try fighting the natural way. Before you try, word to the wise, do not get these suggested under eye treatments inside your eyes. Keep in mind that no skincare routine can ever be complete without regularity and discipline.

  • Try blending a small amount of coconut and almond oil together. Gently massage the mixture under your eyes using light touches with your fourth or ring finger as it offers the lightest touch. Leave the oils on for at least an hour, then rinse with cool water. Repeat daily. Almond oil is especially rich in vitamin E which is nourishing for the skin. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and contains lactic acid that helps in lightening the skin like lemon juice.
  • Tomatoes are great for practically everything that ails you but as an eye toner, it can’t be beaten! Mix a teaspoon each of lemon juice and fresh tomato juice and gently massage the under eye area daily. Leave the tomato toner on for about 20 minutes, then rinse with coconut water. Repeat twice a day.
  • Raw potatoes can be used to lighten skin. They contain a bleaching property, an enzyme called catecholase. Try extracting the juice of cold fresh raw potatoes and apply it with a cotton ball under the eyes. The coldness of the potato helps to reduce the swelling and inflammation of vessels under the eyes to minimize the dark or tired appearance. Rinse after 30 minutes with cool water.
  • Chamomile tea bags can also help to brighten your dark under eye area. Place two bags of chamomile tea in boiling water. Take the tea bags out after they’ve cooled completely, then place them underneath your eyes for up to five minutes. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and natural cleansing properties and is known as a natural skin lightener.