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Dark circles under your eyes can be expected after a particularly raucous night out, exhausting shift or general busy week, but despite them being a normal occurrence, they can be unpleasant to look at and be worsened by other life factors.
So, what’s causing our under-eye shadows and how can we prevent these bags under our eyes from appearing in the first place…?
A number of things can cause gray, dark circles to appear under your eyes.
Your body is a temple, as they say, so if it’s not being treated with the respect and rest it deserves, then it can’t be expected to look and feel it’s best either. If you’re wanting to fast-track the banishment of your under-eye bags, there are some simple, achievable lifestyle changes you can implement immediately that may help:
We see that age-old photo a lot – a lady in a spa with cucumbers over her eyes… But, does it work?
Well, cucumbers are actually touted as having skin-lightening properties and are considered as a mild astringent (skin tightener), so they may well do! Simply cut two thick slices of fresh, refrigerated cucumber and leave the slices on your closed eyes for 10 minutes. Rinse the area with lukewarm water after use.
You can also squeeze equal part lemon juice and cucumber juice together, and use a cotton pad to sweep the mixture directly to the under eye area (being sure to avoid the actual eye). After 15 minutes, simply rinse off with lukewarm water. Loaded with Vitamin C, lemon is also known as a skin lightener and brightener in the beauty world so combining these two juices could really help!
And yes, you can also use cold tea bags! Many herbal teas like green tea, are packed with antioxidants which can help soothe any strained capillaries in the eye area that may be causing the dark circles lurking there. Simply soak your tea bags in clean water, and then pop in the refrigerator for half an hour. Next, place them both over closed eyes and leave for 10 minutes up to twice a day. Rinse with lukewarm water after each eye soak!
Coconut oil is a gentle anti-inflammatory and thought to help lighten dark eye circles. As well as being a natural moisturizer, it can also help prevent the signs of ageing. Simply smear onto your under-eye area, leave on over night and cleanse as usual in the AM!
As for Vitamin E Oil, using Vitamin E topically can help fight the signs of ageing and aid the appearance of under-eye bags. As with coconut oil, apply on your dark under-eye circles before bed, sleep in the oil overnight and in the morning, cleanse as usual!
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