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How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Fast

Dark discoloration of the skin under the eye is mainly referred to as dark circles. It is also known as dark rings or shadows.

Some of the main causes behind the formation of dark circles are heredity, aging, dry skin, prolonged crying, working for long hours in front of a computer, mental or physical stress, lack of sleep and an unhealthy diet. Both men and women of different age groups can have dark circles.

Dark circles are not a serious skin problem, but they make people look tired, exhausted, unhealthy and older. You can easily get rid of unsightly shadows under your eyes using some easy home remedies.


how to get rid of dark circles

Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of dark circles fast.

1. Almond Oil

Almond oil is a great natural ingredient that is very beneficial for the delicate skin around your eyes. Regular usage of almond oil will help fade your under eye circles. In addition to almond oil, you can use vitamin E oil to eliminate dark circles under the eyes.

almond oil remedy for dark circles
Get Rid of Dark Circles Using this Almond Oil Home Remedy
  1. Before going to bed, apply a little almond oil over the dark circles and gently massage it into the skin.
  2. Leave it on overnight.
  3. The next morning, wash it off with cold water.
  4. Follow this remedy daily until the dark circles disappear.

2. Cucumber

Cucumbers have skin-lightening and mild astringent properties that help fix those raccoon eyes naturally. Plus, they have a soothing and refreshing effect.

  • Cut a fresh cucumber into thick slices and chill them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Put the slices onto the affected skin area for about 10 minutes. Wash the area with water. Repeat twice daily for about a week or more.
  • Another option is to mix cucumber juice with lemon juice in equal amounts. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on the affected skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with water. Follow this remedy daily for at least one week.

3. Raw Potato

There are natural bleaching agents present in potato that can help lighten dark circles and get rid of puffiness around the eyes.

Potato home remedy for dark circles
Get Rid of Dark Circles Using this Potato Home Remedy
  • Grate one or two raw potatoes to extract the juice. Soak a cotton ball in the juice and place it over your closed eyes. Make sure the juice covers the dark circles under your eyes as well as the eyelids. Allow the juice to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your eyelids well with cool water. Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks.
  • Instead of potato juice, you can also use thick potato slices to remove dark circles.

4. Rose Water

Rose water has incredible ingredient for skin care. It rejuvenates the skin and has a soothing effect on tired eyes. Due to its mild astringent properties, it also works as a good skin toner.

  1. Soak cotton eye pads in pure rose water for a few minutes.
  2. Put the soaked pads on your closed eyelids.
  3. Leave them on for about 15 minutes.
  4. Follow this remedy twice daily for a few weeks.

5. Tomato

Tomatoes have bleaching properties that can lighten skin to a great extent.

  • Mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with one-half teaspoon of lemon juice. Gently apply this mixture on the dark circles and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with water. Follow this remedy twice a day for a few weeks. Simply using tomato juice will also work.
  • You can also drink a glass of tomato juice with some mint leaves, lemon juice and salt. For maximum results, be sure to drink this juice immediately after making it. Drink it once or twice a day for about a week.

6. Lemon Juice

The vitamin C present in lemon juice can also help remove dark circles under the eyes, thanks to its skin-lightening properties.

  • Use a cotton ball to apply fresh lemon juice around your eyes. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse it off. Do this once daily for a few weeks.
  • Another option is to make a thick paste by mixing one tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of tomato puree, a pinch of gram flour (besan) and turmeric powder. Apply this thick paste gently around your eyes. Rinse it off with clean water after 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat two or three times every week.

Note: If the lemon juice causes a burning sensation then discontinue its use.


7. Coconut Oil

coconut oil

Massaging with coconut oil is another effective natural remedy to lighten dark circles. Due to its moisturizing quality, coconut oil also promotes smooth skin and prevents wrinkles and fine lines under eyes.

  1. Simply massage some extra-virgin coconut oil on the under eye area.
  2. Leave it on for a few hours, and then wash it off.
  3. Repeat two to three times daily for a few months or until you are satisfied with the results.

8. Tea Bags

tea bags

The caffeine and antioxidants present in tea can be highly beneficial for getting rid of dark circles as well as puffiness under eyes by shrinking the blood vessels and reducing fluid retention. The tannins, in particular, help decrease swelling and discoloration.

  1. Chill two used green or black tea bags in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
  2. Place one tea bag over each eye and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and wash your face.
  4. Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks.

Note: Be careful not to get the tea in your eyes.

9. Cold Compress

cold compress

Cold compress can constrict the blood vessels under the eyes and help a lot in reducing eye puffiness and dark circles.

  • Soak a washcloth in cold water or cold milk. Put it over your closed eyelids for several minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can wrap a few ice cubes in a soft napkin and place it under your eyes for a few minutes. You can also use a bag of frozen peas, a chilled teabag or a cold spoon.

Follow these remedies a few times daily.

10. Turmeric


Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help minimize dark circles. It will also make the skin around your eyes smoother and softer.

  1. Mix two teaspoons each of turmeric powder with pineapple juice to make a thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before wiping it away with a soft, damp cloth.
  4. Do this daily until you get positive results.

Additional Tips

  • Get adequate sleep and rest.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes too much or too often as it causes the blood vessels to dilate, thus making the under eye circles appear darker.
  • Remove your make-up before going to sleep or else it may irritate your eyes.
  • Limit sun exposure.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to get rid of water retention that could be causing the problem.
  • To avoid eye bags caused by pooling of fluids in your lower eyelids, elevate your head by adding two or more pillows under your head before going to sleep.
  • Pay attention to your diet and eat foods rich in vitamins A, C and E.
  • Stop smoking and restrict alcohol and caffeine consumption; smoking damages skin cells, and alcohol and caffeine contribute to dehydration which in turn weakens the delicate skin around the eyes.

How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Fast was last modified: August 30th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies

323 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Fast”

  1. i am a tech. support member in IBM india and i have to work on computer for a long time.I have also dark circle can any one suggest me what shuld i do. As i have seen many guys are saying about almond oil and rose water…please advise which almond oil and rose water shuld i use… thanks in advance. 🙂

  2. Well i am using eyerid serum and its working amazing I’m using it for my bags under my eyes and around my mouth I have smile lines and it has brighten the lines which is really good and making the lines less deep.great product takes a while for results to show so be patient put it on twice a day.I put it on after I wash my face in the morning and at night when I wash my face again

  3. M using almond oil at the moment both n massage in my eyes n brows before I go to bed n wash off the very next morning with cold water. M also using lemon n cucumber juice in the daytime n wash off. Other time of the day I use boots essential cucumber eye gel n massage in n drink lots of water n it’s helping me a lot .

  4. Try going to an indian store or bazaar they have really good products that include (natural home remedies ) . they actually do work ! I’m indian and i suffer with dark circles .they really lightened a lot!

  5. the best way to reduce under eye cercles
    the ingrediants can find in your kitchen
    get 2slice of raw fish or red meat when you goin to sleep keep those on your eyes over night .you can see a mirracle in the morning
    good luck

  6. i think few remedies r good . but i should try it then i wll say my results . thank u friends . gud night . bye . take care . and good luck/

  7. My cause of circles is extra thin skin. Drinking FRESH lemon juice in my water did wonders! Lemon helps to build collagen. Try it! In 2 weeks till see improvement.

  8. guys.. I hv a gd solution.

    *simply try the paste of ” chandan ” .
    keep the paste on your eye ( overnight ) .

    it will work. the dark spot will gone permanently 🙂

  9. Thankyou for the great info. Will defo give it a go ! Good nite sleep tight to all of you with dark circles. And good luck. Now sleep!!!!!@@

  10. Those chilled cucumbers worked damn awesome:) my dark circles are all gone……
    i just love this site… thanks for the awesome tips:)

  11. can’t wait to try this. my dark circles are so huge that veins are coming out. i get bullied for my dark circles.

  12. I believe drinking about 8-9 glass water daily and just using a cold rose water is enough for saying by by to dark circles. Beside this washing your eyes with cold water thrice a day helps a lot.

  13. The potatoes work but it does take a little time. To speed up the process, I used a cheese shredder to shred the potato into a paste like consistency and put it directly over the dark circles.

  14. Try wet tea bags (Used) on the effected area for 10 minutes daily for 7 days & see the change. It really works ***********

  15. I have found that using vitamin E oil has worked very well I used it for a period of a month and mine were gone completely it was amazing I saw huge results and I loved

    1. That’s because watermelon contains of about 90% water so you’re actually drinking a lot of water simply just by eating it.

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