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6 home ingredients that will get rid of dark circles

Posted November 2

Here is the secret to getting rid of annoying puffiness and those pesky dark circles! (Deseret Photo)

Do your under eye circles seem to be getting bigger and bigger lately? Other than throwing on some concealer, there is nothing you can do about them, right?

Wrong!

The truth is, many remedies that remove eye puffiness can be made with items you have in your kitchen.

But first off, here are two important things that greatly contribute to the dark circles in the first place:

For one, sleep is the biggest priority for any person when it comes to health and beauty. Your body takes time to rejuvenate your skin, hair, nails and other health priorities when you are asleep. Most average adults need eight hours of sleep every night, and it is crucial that you try to get an ample amount of sleep.

Also, taking multi-vitamins will replenish your body's needs. Personally I take vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant for your body. Vitamin E contributes to protecting sensitive skin cells from harmful radicals and rebuilds lost energy.

Regardless of those two options, here are six easy ingredients that might help you remove all your under eye baggage:

1. Ice

You read correctly. Ice is water and seeing that your body is made up of mostly water, frozen water can help especially with those bags and any puffiness. Holding ice under your eyes for three to five minutes every night will help bring down swelling. Make sure you apply the ice with no makeup on and let the area cool on its own after.

2. Cucumbers

Most women have heard of this trick and I have been using it for years now so I can testify about its miracles! Cut a slice from a cucumber and just cut that piece in half and place it under your eyes for 20 minutes. Cucumbers can be an extra treat to your skin even after taking your vitamins and getting enough sleep. I normally pair the cucumbers with a facemask just to give my skin some extra pampering.

3. Aloe vera

My mother taught me this trick. You cut a stem of the plant (being careful with the thorns along the sides) and cut the stem in half so the inside can be mashed together into a sticky consistency. After blending, apply the clear remedy under your eyes and go to sleep for the night. Your skin will absorb all of the antioxidants the plant offers.

4. Almond oil

You can easily buy this oil online or in your local drugstore. Applying almond oil every night will alleviate dark circles and also help your overall skin health. Almonds are rich in vitamin E and contain proteins that are essential to promoting the skin.

5. Raw potato

I know this one sounds strange but apart from that, it truly makes a difference! Potatoes work as a natural bleacher against your skin and will reduce the appearance of those dark circles. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce bags under your eyes. Leave it on your eyes for 10 minutes every night to allow your skin to absorb its properties.

6. Tea bags

Green or black tea bags work best for this method. Refrigerate your tea bags over night and place them on your under eye area for 15 minutes the following morning. The contents in the bags have substances that work to reduce swelling and any inflammation. Of all the ingredients mentioned, I find this one to be the quickest and most potent. Don't leave the tea bags on your eyes longer than 15 minutes because it could easily dry out your skin.

People have been trying to make those puffy under bags disappear for years! Keeping yourself healthy is the one sure way to keep yourself looking great, and being committed to the methods mentioned above will aid in that process.

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