The fight between wanting to do something and "actually" doing that thing is eternal.
Exercise sounds great and all, but the 5 minutes of morning sleep after hitting the snooze button extends to an hour before you know it.
Similarly, getting up to find that eye cream after you have tucked yourself comfortably into the blanket seems like a parade you don’t want to be part of.
This is true for all of us. We would rather make excuses than putting in the effort to take care of those under-eye bags. And babe, isn’t every one of us creative when it comes to making excuses?
But that doesn’t mean that we can’t form some habits that help us fight the signs of aging. For every night you have spent binging on Netflix, #thecoconutpeople offer some (easy-to-follow) tips and tricks that can help you deal with the dark circles and under-eye bags.
But I Live a Disciplined Life. Why Do I Have Dark Circles?
It is a fact that dark circles are prominent in people with irregular sleeping patterns and an unhealthy lifestyle. But it is not completely alien to people with a disciplined life and a diligent skincare routine either. Because sooner or later, we are all going to show the inevitable signs of aging, which include under-eye bags and dark circles.
With age, your skin starts losing collagen and as a result, it becomes thin and loses elasticity. So, veins will start to show through the thin skin around your eyes causing under-eye bags. Extended exposure to sun or other allergens like dust or mold can speed up the process.
Here are the 4 highly effective home remedies that can help you reduce even the oldest of dark circles and under-eye bags.
Coconut oil is gentle, anti-inflammatory and loaded with skin-strengthening qualities. Quite naturally, it is a powerful and effective method for getting rid of dark circles under the eyes.
It moisturizes the skin and helps in restoring collagen in it, eventually eliminating the fine lines and dark circles under the eyes. It is also rich in vitamin E, which is proven to be quite effective in removing dark circles.
If you are using coconut oil to treat under-eye circles, make sure that the oil you purchase is cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil. Virgin oil doesn’t contain any additives and hasn’t been modified by chemical preservation processes.
You can apply the oil at night before going to bed. Wash your face, pat dry and then apply the virgin coconut oil under your eyes. Gently massage it in the clockwise and anti-clockwise directions for 5 mins. Keep using it for a couple of weeks for visible results.
Raw potatoes are a rich source of vitamin C that works wonders for your skin. It promotes the synthesis of collagen and makes your skin look healthier and younger.
To use potatoes to treat under-eye bags, grate some potatoes and extract its juice. Soak a cotton ball or a makeup remover pad in the juice and apply it on your eyes. Leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse it.
You can also peel a potato, cut it into circular pieces, and place the pieces on your eyes. Remove after 15 mins and rinse the face with water. Either way, you will see quick results.
Cold Tea Bags
Cold tea bags make for an amazing substitute to cold compress masks. They are anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants and help in relaxing your under-eye area thereby reducing the dark circles.
However, Do NOT use the tea bags that you have used for your morning tea. Use a clean tea bag, soak it in normal water and then place it in the refrigerator for some time. Place the tea bag on your eyes for 10 minutes and then rinse the face with clean water.
Just like potatoes, orange juice is also high in vitamin C as well as vitamin A. Both these vitamins are effective in removing dark circles from under your eyes.
To use it, make a mixture of orange juice and glycerin and then apply it to your eyes using a cotton pad. Repeat twice daily for a few weeks. The orange juice will nourish the skin and glycerin will give a natural glow to your under-eye area making it look healthier and beautiful.
For best results, use this remedy consistently for a few weeks.
While all the remedies mentioned above are proven to work well, the results may vary based on your age, geographical location, lifestyle and other factors. Therefore, it is recommended to try 2 to 3 different remedies over a period to see what works best for your skin.
And if you want to get the best results with the above home remedies, consistency and perseverance are the keys.