Under-eye dark circles also referred to as raccoon eye, are a common issue that both older men and women struggle with daily. Since these types of dark circles can signal a potential health issue like anemia, thyroid problems, or even nasal congestion, it’s best to dig into the cause further by checking with your healthcare provider.
If you’ve received a clean bill of health from your physician and are still tormented by your raccoon eye condition, you might want to try fighting the problem the natural way.
Before you try the home-based treatments for your dark circles, word to the wise, do not get the mixtures in 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, they can’t be beaten! Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice, 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 then lightly dabbing the liquid 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 a 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. Remove the tea bags after they’ve cooled down 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.