Working Mum Special: Top 5 Indian home remedies to get rid of dark circles
All these home remedies can be made using routine products that you can easily find in your kitchens. Read on to know more
To my dismay, six months after my wedding, I started developing dark circles. While some of my friends joked that marriage had taken a toll on me, I knew this was unusual. Because nobody in my family has ever faced this issue.
So for the next four months, I scouted for and tried many home remedies, some desi some videshi. Out of the eight remedies and creams that I tried religiously, I found five desi ones that worked like magic.
I used these on alternate weeks and after just two months, I noticed a drastic change and the dark circles slowly vanished. If you are wondering what these 'magical' remedies, let me give you a disclaimer, these are perhaps the most routine products you will have stocked in your kitchen.
So what's the wait, lets get into it and take a look at my top five home remedies for dark circles.
5 best Indian home remedies to get rid of dark circles
#1 Almond oil
Properties: Extracted from edible almonds, this oil is quite beneficial for sensitive skin especially around the eye area. It basically works to lighten the skin and regulate blood circulation around the eye bag. It is also packed with antioxidants and is high in vitamins A, B, D and E, and contains protein, essential minerals and healthy fats, making for the perfect medical concoction.
How to use: Gently rub two drops of almond oil around the eyes and leave it overnight. Next morning, wash it with cold water. You will notice a difference in your dark circles within a week.
Properties: Another great product which is easily available in our homes is tumeric. I often use it as a face pack, but it can just as easily be used only for dark circles as well. Tumeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also makes the skin around the eyes more smooth and soft.
How to use: Prepare a mixture of half a teaspoon of tumeric, and 1 tsp each of rose water (or regular cold water), lemon and honey. You can also ad 1 tsp besan (chickpea flour). Gently rub this mixture around the eye area and leave it to dry for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. If you do this twice every week, you will notice a visible change in your dark circles.
Continue reading to see three more home remedies that you can easily prepare at home!
#3 Raw potato
Properties: This is perhaps an easily available product in all Indian homes. It has natural bleaching elements and is also able to bring down puffiness. That's because it is a rich source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorous, carbohydrates, potassium and manganese among others.
How to use: You can either place two thick potato slices over your eyes and let it rest for 15 minutes or make a juice. For the juice, grate a potato and squeeze its juice. Now take two cotton balls and dunk them in the juice. Place them over your eyes for 10-15 minutes. Repeat the process four times a week and you will notice a dramatic change in your dark circles.
Properties: This is another easily available food product. It contains major carotenoids such as alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. All of these collectively work to make tomato a great antioxidant fruit. This property helps to lighten the dark circles and make the skin supple.
How to use: Prepare a mixture of a few tablespoons of tomato juice and lemon juice. Dunk two cotton balls in the juice and place them on your eyes for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water and repeat the process two to three times a week till you notice a difference.
#5 Lemon juice
Properties: This citrus fruit is packed with vitamins A, B6, C and E, folate, riboflavin, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein. All of these make it a great product for the skin and ever for your hair.
How to use: You can use it directly and place the juice using cotton balls around your eyes. Or you can prepare a mixture of lemon juice, besan, tomato puree and rose water. Use the mixture three times a week.
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