Eyes are a woman’s asset. Many a poet has written wonderful lines complementing the beauty of a lady’s eyes. But are you trying to hide those same eyes or are they making you feel bad about yourself? The first signs of ageing appear with the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Puffy eyes and dark circles are a nightmare of all women. The fat content in our body keeps the skin firm and taut, along with muscles and ligaments. Adipose tissue concentration is much less around the eyes. With age, the collagen loses its elasticity and the skin starts sagging, and it is much worse around the eyes. Possible Causes of Dark Circles Some of the common causes of dark circles and puffy eyes are: · Lack of sleep · Stress · Sinus infection · Allergy · Crying · Ageing · Eating salty food, alcohol consumption, and smoking · Heredity · Fluid retention · Constant rubbing around the eyes · Sun exposure There are a number of cosmetic creams available in the market, each claiming to be better than the other, but it will end up burning a big hole in your pocket. So instead of spending a fortune of creams whose miracle properties are questionable, you can try some natural hacks for hot to get rid of dark circles. 1. Tea Caffeine present in tea bags has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It assists in reducing fluid retention and makes the blood vessels shrink, thereby reducing puffiness of the eyes. This is one of the best dark circles remedy. Dip 2 tea bags in warm water for 5 minutes, and then put the soaked tea bags in the refrigerator. After 15 minutes, take it out and place it on your eyes for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and repeat it everyday of the week and watch your skin glow. 2. Cucumber slice Remember the time you went to a spa and had slices of cucumber on your eyes, it wasn’t just for aesthetic purpose. Cucumber is a natural astringent and is an antioxidant which leads to contraction of the skin around the eyes. Take a cold cucumber and cut 2 slices of it and put it on your eyes. Relax for 20 minutes, and watch the difference. 3. Potato It has natural bleaching properties, and a rich source of vitamins and it helps in not only reducing the puffiness but also the dark circles around your eyes. You can either put 2 chilled slices of potato on your eyes. Or else you can grate the potato, squeeze out its juice and cool it in the refrigerator. Dip cotton pads in the juice and place it on your eyes. This is an effective dark circle treatment. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash it off with normal water. 4. Tomato Tomatoes naturally help in lightening the dark circles under the eyes. Either apply raw tomatoes or make a paste of tomato juice, one teaspoon of lemon juice and gram flour. Apply the paste under your eye. Be careful that it shouldn’t go into your eye. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with a soft cloth. 5. Rosewater It has anti-inflammatory properties and assists in not only soothing any skin irritation but also cooling the area. Dip cotton pads in rose water and put in on your eyes and let it rest for 15 minutes before going to bed every night. 6. Aloe Vera gel Aloe vera gel has essential vitamins and is an excellent anti-aging property. Take some fresh aloe vera gel and apply it under your eyes. Leave it on for 15 minutes before wiping with a cold towel. 7. Cold spoons Place a couple of stainless steel spoons in cold water or in the refrigerator. Place the spoon under your eyes and watch an instant improvement. 8. Egg whites It is an unusual but excellent remedy. Beat an egg white until its stiff. Apply it around your eyes with a soft brush. The skin around your eyes will feel tight, wash it off after letting it rest for 20 minutes. 9. Baking Soda Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with just enough water to make a paste, apply it for 10-15 under your eyes. Wipe it off with a cold towel. Apply it every alternate day see a marked difference. 10. Almond Oil It has anti-inflammatory properties and a good source of vitamin k, which is an anticoagulant, which helps in reducing dark circles and bags under the eyes. Lightly massage almond oil (helps in blood circulation) under your eyes before going to sleep and wash your face with cold water in the morning. It also keeps the area moisturised. If you don’t have almond oil, coconut oil can also be used. 11. Sleep Eight hours of sleep is extremely essential not only for your health but also for your vanity as it helps in reducing stress and makes you feel relaxed, Sleep with your head slightly elevated as it prevents extra fluid and mucus to drain away from your face, and prevents water retention under the eyes leading to a puffy appearance in the morning. Beauty experts suggest lying on your back instead of on the stomach, as it allows gravity to work its miracle. Remember to remove your make-up before heading to bed. 12. Hydration Water plays an important role in maintaining keeping you healthy and making your skin glow. Dehydration leads to under-eye bags. Drinking 8 glasses of water help in providing proper hydration. In the same context, you should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, as it leads to dehydration and hence after a night of partying, you end up looking haggard! 13. Healthy diet Have a healthy diet rich in vitamin C and iron. Vitamin C assists in the creation of collagen, which leads to healthy and glowing skin. Orange, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and Kale are a rich source of vitamin C. Iron deficiency leads to extreme fatigue which is reflected on your skin in the form of dark circles and puffy eyes. Have a diet rich in sea-food, beans, dried fruits, and green leafy vegetables. You should also avoid excess salt intake, as it leads to water retention. If you are a smoker, you should quit pronto as it leads to wrinkles, discoloration, and bags under the eyes. 14. Allergies Allergies like hay fever, are a primary reason behind puffy eyes and dark circles. Sinuses also contribute to the same. Antihistamine medicines not only give relief from the allergic reaction but also help in restoring your appearance. 15. Sunscreen The UV rays can lead to premature aging and results in puffiness and dark circles. Use sunscreen every time you step out and use a water-resistant with high SPF content. in our hectic lifestyle, we are always extremely stressed and often have to compromise on sleep to meet deadlines, whose after-effects makes us conscious of our appearance, thus, further agonising us. Dark circles and bags under your eyes can steal away your freshness and youth much ahead of time. With certain lifestyle changes and by trying the above mentioned natural remedies, you will notice an immediate change. The compliments will be pouring in very soon!