For some reason, I’ve always found undereye circles to be decidedly sexy. I’m not quite sure what it is, exactly, but from James Dean to Scarlett Johansson, dark circles are a look that I love. What can I say? I am a craggy girl with strictly craggy interests. I am not the only person who feels this way, for the record–both a Buzzfeed list on “People Who Prove Dark Circles Can Be Sexy As F*ck” and Pinterest board on “beautiful dark circles or bags under eyes” exist on the Internet, so I am not crazy. (Or, at least, I’m not alone.) Because of this, getting rid of dark undereye circles is not something that I have ever really concerned myself with–until now, that is.
You see, too much of a good thing is a bad thing, and recently, my dark circle situation has gotten to be… a lot. I woke up one day looking like I’d enthusiastically rubbed a kohl stick under my eyes. You’d agree that this was not the best of looks, even if you share my passion for undereye circles. I tried to cover it up with concealer, which was not the best move, strategically speaking, since all it did was make it look like I had flesh-colored paint over the black kohl stick. No, to truly hide dark undereye circles, you have to go straight to the source and get rid of them all together. Wondering how to do that? Wonder no more, because I went deep to find out–check out these easy ways to get rid of undereye circles without concealer:
Cold Tea CompressAfter you've had a cup of tea--any kind will do, really--you can use the bags to rid yourself of dark circles. Stick two pre-moistened teabags into the freezer for about three minutes, then apply them as a compress to your eyes for ten-to-fifteen minutes. Rinse off afterwards. Image source:iStock
Cold SpoonPut a spoon in your fridge or freezer for about five minutes, then gently rub it under your eyes. The cool silver will help reduce swelling and help get rid of the dark circles. Image source:iStock
Raw PotatoesThis sounds weird, but it works--potatoes contain natural bleaching elements, so they can lighten your dark circles without irritation. Grate one or two raw potatoes to get their juice, then soak a cotton ball in it. Place it over your (closed, natch) eyes and let it sit for about ten minutes. Rinse and repeat once daily for a few weeks. Image source:iStock
Lemon JuiceLike potatoes, lemons also contain natural lightening properties. The Vitamin C in lemons can also help reduce inflammation. To take advantage of this, just dip a cotton ball in some fresh lemon juice, leave it on the affected area for about fifteen minutes, and rinse it off with plain water. Image source:iStock
Almond OilAlmond oil can help moisturize the sensitive area around your eyes and get rid of dark circles. Massage some around your eyes at night before you go to bed, leave it on overnight, and rinse it off with cold water in the morning. Image source:iStock
CucumbersIt seems like every cliche image of a salon or spa has a woman with some cucumber slices over her eyes, but as it turns out, there's a reason for that. Cucumber is an excellent natural astringent, so all you need to do is cut a cucumber into thick slices, stick it in your fridge for half an hour, and then place it on your eyes for at least ten minutes. Image source:iStock
SunscreenThe thin skin under your eyes is incredibly sensitive to hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure, so it's important to make sure that your sunscreen gets under your eyes, too. Just make sure it's a non-runny, non-comodegenic type so it doesn't irritate your skin, either. Image source:iStock
Visit An AllergistIf you've got dark circles that won't go away no matter what you do, here's a long-con--often, puffy eyes and dark circles can be caused by allergies to anything from dairy to wheat to seasonal-based ones. Plus, this will just make you happier in the long run--no need to keep dealing with allergies that you don't need in your life. Image source:iStock
What do you think about dark circles? Are you going to try any of these remedies? Let us know in the comments!