Natural Remedies for Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes

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Dark circles around our eyes & puffiness are due generally to genetics. They are also attributed to age, dry skin, crying, spending long hours facing the computer screen, stress, lack of sleep and unhealthy diet. It’s a problem that affects both men and women. Though not a health risk, they create the look of being exhausted and tired.
Fortunately, there are a number of natural & handy home remedies without having to resort to drugs.

1. Turmeric 
Turmeric has both antioxidants and anti-inflammation properties and so can be used to freshen your skin and fix that tired look. Take the powder and mix it with pineapple water to create a thick mix. Smear the mix under your eyes, leave for 10 minutes and then wipe with a moist, soft cloth. Aside from removing the circles, it will soften your skin. Use daily until you see the desired effects.

2. Raw Potato
Potatoes have natural bleaching agents that can help you brighten up those circles. Take 1-2 cool potatoes and smash them until you can get the juice out. Now, dip a cotton ball in the potato juice and put on your (closed) eyes. Make sure the juice covers the black circles as well as the lids. Leave for 10-15 minutes and then rinse your eyelids well with cold water. If you don’t want to use the juice, you can also just slice it like the cucumber with the same process, but the juice will be more potent.

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3. Tomatoes
Yes, tomatoes too can help lighten the skin under your eyes. Take a spoon of tomato juice and mix with one spoon of lemon juice. Put the mix (using cotton balls again) gently on the eyes and leave for 10 minutes. Then, rinse with clean water. Do this twice a day to get rid of puffiness and dark skin.

4. Rose Water
A quick fix for those circles makes use of the great skin care benefits of rose water. Take cotton bandages and soak them in rose water for a few minutes. Then, place them on your closed eyelids for about 15 minutes. The rose water has a calming effect on the eyes and the skin around it. This solution can remove the dark circles completely if used twice a day for several weeks.
5. Almond Oil
Almond oil is another natural ingredient that benefits the delicate skin around our eyes. Regular use of almond oil can brighten the skin as well as nourish it. Take a little almond oil, place on the dark circles and gently massage it into the skin. Leave it overnight and wash with cold water in the morning.

Do this every day until the circles are completely gone. If you don’t have almond oil, you can also use a Vitamin E enriched oil.

6. Lemon Juice
The high vitamin C content in lemon juice can serve to remove the circles. Dip a cotton ball in fresh lemon juice and apply to the skin around your eyes for 10 minutes before washing it off.

Another option is to make a thick mix by mixing one table spoon of lemon juice with 2 table spoons of tomato paste, a smidgen of humus flour and turmeric powder. Smear the mix gently around the eyes and leave on for 10-15 minutes, then wash with clean water. Repeat this 2-3 times a week and the skin will soon become much lighter.
7. Cold Water
Cold water can narrow the blood vessels underneath the eyes and help reduce puffiness and dark circles. Dip a clean, soft cloth in cold water or milk and put directly on the eyelids for several minutes. Another option is to wrap a few ice cubes in a soft cloth and hold them under the eyes. A bag of frozen peas, of cold tea or even a cold spoon can also help. Repeat this 3-4 times a week for several weeks.

8. Apple
An apple too can provide a natural solution for removing those stubborn circles. Slice them up thickly and put under your eyes for 30 minutes before washing with cold water. Put some relaxing cream after this is done.Another course of action is to make a mash of green, cooked apples and put under the eyes for half an hour, then wash with lukewarm water.

9. Mint
Mint has a cooling effect on the skin that naturally removes the dark skin. Take a few fresh mint leaves and mash them gently. Smear the mix on your eyes and leave for 10-15 minutes. Gently rub away with a clean cloth. Another option is adding mint leaves to tomato juice and smear under the eyes, leaving it for several minutes and then washing with cold water.

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10. Cucumber
The cucumber is an age old solution for black circles. It is good at making your skin look lighter. For a quick fix for those circles, take a fresh cucumber and slice it into thick slices. Put them in the fridge for 30 minutes, then put the slices on the area of your eye for 10 minutes and rinse with water. This solution has a calming and refreshing effect. Another option is to mix cucumber juice with lemon juice in equal amounts, and use a cotton ball to apply to the skin underneath the eyes. Leave the cotton on for about 15 minutes and then rinse with water. Do this every day for a week and the puffiness, as well as the dark areas, will shy away.

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The effectiveness of each remedy may differ from individual to individual. Try them out in turn to see which remedy works best for you. No harm will be done, no side effects to worry about as they are all natural.

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PC/Monday, 16 September 2013

If you are feeling tired & weary eyed, closed your eyes & place two slices of cucumber on your closed eyes, one on each. In just five or ten minutes you’ll get refreshed, rejuvenated, cool & wide eyed.

What a gem of a vegetable! If you look further for its other valuable health benefits, you will look at cucumber differently from now on.

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1.

Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need

every day, just one cucumber contains

Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5,

Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron,

Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. 

2.

Feeling tired in the afternoon,

put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a

cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B

Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that

quick pick-me-up that can last for Hours. 

3.

Tired of your bathroom mirror

fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a

cucumber slice along the mirror, it will

eliminate the fog and provide a soothing,

spa-like fragrance.

4.

Are grubs and

slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few

slices in a small pie tin and your garden will

be free of pests all season long. The chemicals

in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give

off a scent undetectable to humans but drive

garden pests crazy and make them flee the area. 

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Looking for a fast  and easy way to remove

cellulite before going out or to the pool?

Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers

along your problem area for a few minutes,

the phytochemicals in the cucumber

cause the collagen in your skin to tighten,

firming up the outer layer and reducing

the visibility of cellulite. (Maybe a whole cucumber for me ! ! !)

Works great on wrinkles, too!

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Want to avoid a hangover or a terrible headache?

Eat a few cucumber slices

before going to bed and wake up

refreshed and headache free.

Cucumbers contain enough sugar,

B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential

nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in

equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover

and headache!!

7.

Looking to fight off that

afternoon or evening snacking binge?

Cucumbers have been used for centuries and

often used by European trappers,

traders and explores for

quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8.

Have an important meeting or job interview and

you realize that you don’t have enough time to

polish your shoes?

Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe,

its chemicals will provide a quick

and durable shine that not only looks

great but also repels water.

9.

Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?

Take a Cucumber slice and rub it along

the problematic hinge, and voila,

the squeak is gone! 

10.

Stressed out and don’t have time for

massage, facial or visit to the spa?

Cut up an entire Cucumber and

place it in a boiling pot of water,

The chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber

with react with the boiling water and be

released in the steam, creating a soothing,

relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce

stress in new mothers and college students

during final exams.

11.

Just finish a Business lunch and realize you

don’t have gum or mints?

Take a slice of cucumber and press it to

the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30

seconds to eliminate bad breath.

the Phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your

Mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12.

Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your

faucets, sinks or stainless steel?

Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the

surface you want to clean.

Not only will it remove years of tarnish

and bring back the Shine, but is won’t

leave streaks and won’t harm Your

fingers or fingernails while you Clean. 

13.

Using a Pen and made a mistake?

Take the outside of the Cucumber and

slowly use it to erase the pen Writing.

Also works great on crayons and markers That

the kids have used to decorate the Walls!!

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