Posted by: citrusemma | May 3, 2008

Getting Rid of Dark Circles

This time of year means lots of exams for me- I’m just finishing up before I leave my university for good! It’s a stressful period of time, and for me that means not getting enough sleep.

Not getting enough sleep leaves my skin feeling tired and dry, but the most noticeable symptom of lack of sleep is the bags under my eyes.

Dark circles, or puffiness could have other symptoms- Lack of sleep, allergies, genes, over-exposure to the sun … etc.

You can try prevent or lessen puffy eyes by sleeping well, drinking 1.5-2 litres of water a day, eating plenty of health foods, and by covering up in the sun. But c’mon, lets be practical. Sometimes it’s not as easy as it sounds to stay healthy- and so here are a few natural remedies for the bags under your eyes.

Cold Milk

Fill a small bowl with fresh, cold milk and dip cotton buds in it. Then close your eyes and place the balls of milk-soaked cotton on your eyes. After 10-15 minutes, wash your face and follow your usual moisturizing routine.


This is one of the best-known remedies for puffy eyes, and is very effective. It works because cucumbers contain a lot of water. They’ll sooth your eyes and lesson the darkness. Slice an ice-cold cucumber thickly, and relax somewhere for 10-15 minutes, eyes closed, with a cucumber slice over each eye. Rinse with water afterwards.


Put 2 clean teabags in the fridge. When they’re cold, lay back and leave them on your eyes for 10-15 minutes. This will refresh the eyes and bags. Using a natural remedy such as chamomile tea will also lessen swelling.

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  1. i’ve tried tea bags before, sometimes carrots. I also use a dab of cold milk on my pimples sometimes too

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