Nothing screams back to school and early mornings more than unsightly dark circles under your eyes. While getting adequate amounts of sleep, eating a balanced diet full of a variety of fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water can prevent and diminish the appearance of dark under-eye circles over time, sometimes you need a quick fix to get you out the door and looking your best. Fortunately, there are a number of fast remedies that take less than 15 minutes to prepare and apply.
You have probably heard your mother talk about using cucumber slices as a remedy for eye puffiness, but they are also an excellent way to revitalize tired eyes and reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. Cucumbers are mild, soothing and contain a large amount of water. When placed on the eyes, they help hydrate and cool the skin which decreases the swollen appearance of many dark under-eye circles. Hydrated skin promotes an increase in blood flow to the area, causing the eyes to look less sunken.
To use cucumbers on your eyes, slice the cucumber into 1/4-inch slices and cool in the refrigerator for five minutes. Lie down and place one slice on each closed eye. Leave them in place for 10 minutes. For an even more dramatic effect, grate a chilled, peeled cucumber, place a portion of the cucumber shreds on two square gauze pads and apply these to your eyes for 10 minutes.
Like cucumbers, tea has naturally soothing properties and can provide much needed hydration to dehydrated skin. You can use either black tea or herbal tea bags to treat under-eye circles. Put two of the tea bags in cold water and allow them to soak undisturbed for five minutes. Shake the excess water off the bags–but do not wring or squeeze all the moisture from them–and place them on your eyes for 10 minutes.
Massaging the under-eye areas with a small amount of almond oil is another way to diminish quickly the appearance of dark circles. Almond oil has been used in many Eastern cultures, particularly in India, as an all-purpose treatment for improved skin health. It is thought to soothe inflammation, to make the skin soft and moisturized and to lighten the dark circles beneath the eyes visibly. To use almond oil, place a few drops on your fingers and gently massage the oil into the under-eye area. Be careful not to rub too vigorously or to use too much oil.
Sometimes, your best bet is simply to cover the dark circles up with concealer. If under-eye circles are a recurring problem for you, keep a concealer in a shade slightly lighter than your skin tone on hand. To use the concealer, first moisturize the area with eye cream, then apply your normal makeup. Using a soft makeup brush, gently apply the concealer to the under-eye area, being careful not to use too much.