16 Home Remedies for Dark Circles

16 Home Remedies for Dark Circles

home remedies for dark circles

There are hundreds of home remedies for dark circles under eyes and each one has it’s own unique benefits. Some of these remedies have natural bleaching agents that will help to lighten the skin around the eyes. Some of them contain vitamins that are required for healthy skin like Vitamin C or vitamin K.

One reason to try a home remedy is price. It’s a lot cheaper to use any of these natural remedies than it is to purchase an expensive skin cream. Here is the list of the most popular home remedies for dark circles:

Almond Oil

almond-oilAlmond Oil is one of the best natural remedies for dark circles. It’s easy to use and is definitely worth trying. Almond oil is packed with Vitamin K, a vitamin that is highly effective at restoring blood circulation and reducing inflammation around the eyes. Keep the oil on your face overnight for the best results. Almond oil can be purchased online or you can make your own.

Raw Potato

potatoePotatoes contain the same natural bleaching agents found in some over the counter skin lightening creams (and they cost a lot less). Potatoes also contain vitamins known to help reduce dark circles like Vitamin C. The easiest way to apply potatoes under the eyes is by pureing the potatoes with water and using cotton balls to apply the pure under the eyes.


tomatoLike potatoes, tomatoes have natural bleaching properties that will lighten dark areas under the eyes. For best results mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with one teaspoon of lemon juice. Be careful not to get the mixture in your eyes!


lemonsLemon juice is packed with vitamins that have been shown to reduce dark circles like Vitamin C and it has natural bleaching properties. Lemon juice can be mixed with other ingredients like tomato juice. Use cotton balls to dab lemon juice on the skin under the eyes.

Green Apples

appleGreen apples contain Vitamin C and acid that acts as a skin bleaching agent. The easiest way to apply apple under the eye is by turning it into a paste, but you could also put apple slices directly on the affected area.


tumericThe nickname for turmeric is “Holy Powder” because of it’s well known anti-inflammatory properties. It’s packed with antioxidants and will help reduce eye puffiness as well as clear up dark circles. The best way to apply turmeric to dark circles is to mix it with a few drops of pineapple juice and apply for at least 10 minutes.


teaTea is well known for it’s antioxidants and healing properties, but did you know it can also help with your dark circles? The caffeine and tannins in the tea reduce swelling and constrict capillaries to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Only use black, green, or oolong tea for this because herbal tea does not contain the same ingredients.


cucumberI’m sure you’ve seen pictures of woman with cucumbers over their eyes, but can cucumbers really reduce dark circles? Cucumbers contain vitamin C and Vitamin K, both shown to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Chill the cucumbers first for best results and leave on for at least 15 minutes.

Mint Leaves

mintApplying mint leaves under your eyes will give a cool sensation and increase blood flow in the area. Just crush the leaves and apply for 5-10 minutes for best results. Mint leaves can also be mixed with other ingredients like olive oil that is rich in antioxidants or a natural bleaching agent like lemon juice.

Olive Oil

olive oilOlive oil is packed with antioxidants and Vitamin E. Olive oil also exfoliates the skin and helps it look smooth. Massage the olive oil under the eyes for best results or mix it with other ingredients.


rose-waterRosewater is blended from the petals and sepals of roses and has been used as a natural remedy for a very long time. Dip two cotton balls in the rosewater and leave them on the eye for up to 10 minutes.

Aloe Vera

alAloe contains vitamins that helps the area around the eye look more youthful like vitamins A, C, B12 and vitamin E. It also helps moisturuzie the skin and stimulates the production of collagen.

Parijat (Night Jasmine)

jasmineParijat flowers are commonly used in Malaysia and Indonesia for it’s medical properties. It is known to help reduce inflammation and is a known antioxidant.  Crush the parijat into a paste and place it over your dark circles for 10 minutes.


avocadoAvocado is packed with vitamin K, E, and vitamin B. These vitamins are crucial for good eye health and the dampness from the avocado will help moisturize the skin. Just cut two slices of avocado and place them over the eyes or turn it into a paste.

Witch Hazel

witch hazelWitch Hazel is a powerful astringent that the Native Americans used to treat wounds and swelling. It contains tannin, flavonoids and essential oils that sooth the skin around the eyes and reduce puffiness. Dip two cotton balls in witch hazel and place them on your dark circles for 5-10 minutes.


arnicaArnica is an herb that is well known for alleviating trapped fluids. It works by activating white blood cells to
reduce trapped liquids like those that cause eye bags. When the eye bags disappear then the blood cells under the eyes causing the darkness disappear too. Arnica is found in many eye creams.

When starting a new treatment be patient. It can take up to 2 weeks to start seeing real results from any of these home remedies (although many times it’s much faster).


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