How to remove/reduce dark circles completely at home?

Are you tired of those dark patches around your eyes that are stealing away your beauty? Dark circles can be a real headache for anyone, because they come easily but take almost a century to be removed completely. To counter the problem of dark circles, a number of specialized products are available in the market, but anyone who has used them at least once in their lifetime will agree on the point that most of these products are not that much effective as they claim to be.

Spending incredible time on watching television screen, computer screen and your smart phone also causes dark circles. You need to focus on how to reduce your eye strain and avoid excessive use of smartphones and computer screens in order to avoid dark discoloration of skin under the eyes.

Apart from the products, there are also a number of specialized parlor treatments that claim to remove the dark shades under eyes, but believe us, when it comes to dark circles there is actually no single-day solution. A particular skin treatment can reduce the dark circles for a specific time, but for removing them completely you need to follow a regular treatment and nothing else than home remedies work better in this aspect.

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The homemade treatments for removing dark circles are actually effective and they can be the most pocket friendly option to get rid of the dark circles completely. These treatments are also free from side effects, and hence you will never have a negative effect on your skin for it even if you use them for long. The only point that you have to keep in mind while using home treatments for reducing and removing dark circles is that home remedies might not give you the best results very quickly.

You are sure to see some difference within first week of use, but you have to use the treatment regularly and religiously for over a prolonged span of time to get long term results.  Before we move on to how to reduce/remove dark rings completely at home. We will take a quick look at the common factors that causes dark circles and should be checked in order to cure the problem.

Health problems

If you are suffering from any health conditions that causes weakness, it might cause dark circles too, which can be cured completely only after the underlying health condition has been cured. So, if you have suddenly started to suffer from dark circles without any direct reasons, it is best to get a health checkup and to ensure that you are not suffering from any condition that might be the real cause behind the problem of dark circles.

Lack of rest

Not being able to rest properly is another common reason of dark circle formation around the eyes. If you are lacking on sleep it is sure to show on your face. Make it a point to get at least 8 hours of sound sleep during the night. It will also keep anxiety and stress at bay which can again work as the reason for dark circle formation. Sleeping adequately often reduces the dark circles on its own and following a home treatment for removing the dark circles can make it even more effective.

Straining of eyes

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Straining of the eyes can be a reason for dark circle formation. If you spend your whole day looking at the brightly illuminated computer or mobile screen, there is every chance of getting dark circles. So, if your eyes are over strained, try to relax them frequently by looking away from the screen after every 20 minutes and adjusting the illumination as well as the background of the screen suitably along with following a home remedy as mentioned below.


Sun exposure can also result into dark circle formation. If you spend hours under the sun without a proper sunscreen on your skin and the sunglasses that gives sufficient protection to the delicate skin of the eye area, it can be a reason of dark circle formation. So, in this case, to reduce and remove the dark circles, first start lathering a proper sunscreen and wear a well-covering sunglass.


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Apart from the above, genetics can also be a reason of dark circles around the eyes. In that case you might not be able to get rid of them completely but following a proper home treatment can give the best results. Here are some of the best home based treatments that can reduce and remove dark circles completely,

Potato for treating dark circles quickly

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Potato can be highly effective for removing dark circles and it is a kitchen ingredient that you are sure to always have in home. Potato has the ability to treat any kind of unnatural pigmentation on the skin and hence it is most effective on dark circles around the eyes.

To use potato juice effectively on dark circles, take a potato, wash it clean with water, grate it and squeeze out the juice. Now soak two cotton pads in this potato juice, squeeze out the extra juice lightly and place the cotton pads on your closed eyes. Take a nap for around 20-30 minutes and remove the cotton pads once they get dry. Repeat this treatment once daily and you can see results within a week.

Milk with cucumber & lemon juice for dark shade removal

This technique can be very effective to remove even deep set dark circles within 15 days. However, you should use it only once in a day.

Take 1 spoon of raw (not boiled) cow milk and add 1 spoon of cucumber juice, freshly prepared from grated cucumber, to it. Now add 2-3 drops of lemon in this mixture and let it cool in the fridge. After 10 minutes, soak a clean cotton ball in this mixture and dab the mixture around your eyes, including your eyelids and leave it on for 5-7 minutes. You should keep your eyes closed while applying the potion. After 5-7 minutes, wash off with cold water.

Green papaya to treat dark circles

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Green papaya is a natural bleaching agent which can help in erasing any type of discoloration on the skin. Using green papaya on the dark circles can be an effective way to get rid of them.

Collect a small fresh cube of green papaya and smash it with clean hands. Now apply this papaya paste on to the eye area and leave on for 10 minutes. Rub the skin with the papaya paste lightly and then remove the paste. Wash off with water. You should use this treatment daily to get the best results.

Coconut oil treatment for dark circles

Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E and anti-oxidants and due to the smaller molecular structure of the fats present in this oil it is able to penetrate into the skin easily. You should use this treatment thrice a day for at least 10-15 days to get visible improvements.

Take some coconut oil and massage it lightly onto the skin around the eyes. Massage for 5-8 minutes with light circular motion and leave on for another 1 hour before wiping off with a wet cotton ball. It is best to apply the oil every night before going to the bed. You can also use it during the day but do not use it before going out to the sun.

Turmeric with honey to remove dark rings

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Both turmeric and honey has skin lightening and skin rejuvenating properties. They can also soothe the skin and can be very effective to reduce the dark circles considerably. Use this pack twice a day and you can see improvements within 2 weeks.

Make a paste of fresh turmeric and mix 1 spoon of honey with it to make a sticky pack. Now apply this mixture around your eyes, including the eye lids. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and remove with a wet cotton ball. Finally wash off by splashing cold water and pat dry. Repeat daily for the best results.

Remove dark circles with milk and saffron

Milk and saffron have been in use for skin care in India since ancient times and you can get the best results of these two for removing any skin discoloration including the dark circles. This treatment is very mild and can be used more than once in a day.

Soak 3-4 strands of saffron in 2 spoons of cow milk for 20-30 minutes. Crush the saffron strands in the milk and then apply it onto the affected area of the skin with the help of a fresh cotton ball. Let it stand for 2-3 minutes and then repeat the application. Finally let it stand for 5 more minutes and then wash off with water. Use 2-3 times a day to get results within a week.

Banana peel to get rid of dark circles first

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The peel of banana can be most effective to reduce and remove dark circles. The peel comes with a number of minerals and vitamins that are believed to work effectively in promoting better blood circulation in the skin, which can be helpful to reduce the pigmentation of the area.

Take a banana and collect the peel. Scrape out the inner part of the peel, make a paste with it and apply onto the under eye area. Let it set for 15-20 minutes and the wash off with water. Repeat 1-2 times daily for at least a week to get any visible improvements.

Aloe vera for treating dark circles quickly

Aloe Vera is a herb with loads of medicinal benefits. It is a rich source of Vitamin E and a number of minerals that are highly nourishing and soothing for the skin. Pure Aloe Vera gel can be an effective remedy for dark circles around the eyes.

Collect a fresh Aloe Vera leaf slit it open and scrape out the pulp. Smash and grind it to make a paste. Apply this fresh Aloe Vera paste onto the affected area of the skin and let it stand for 20-30 minutes. Remove the excess Aloe Vera paste from the skin but do not wash off unless the skin of the area starts to feel stretchy or you are going out.

Almond oil for removing dark circles

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You can also use almond oil under the eyes to get rid of the dark circles. Almond oil has high Vitamin E content which nourishes and moisturizes the under eye skin from deep within helping the skin to rejuvenate.

To use almond oil for removing dark circles, it is best to use it over night. Wash your face clean before going to the bed and apply few drops of almond oil to the under eye area. Pat the oil into the skin, instead of messaging it. Wash off with normal water in the morning. If you take a nap during noon, follow the same before noon nap as well. You can see results within a week to 15 days.

Cold tea bags for dark circle removal

Tea has a number of anti-oxidants that can be really helpful to reinvigorate the natural repairing mechanism of the skin, helping the discoloration under the eyes fade away quickly. Here is how you should use the tea bags for lightening the shared skin under your eyes.

You can use green or normal tea bags to get the benefits. Prepare some tea with tea bags and after you have dipped the tea bag in the warm water a few times and the leaves have soaked well, place them in the fridge for 10 minutes, to cool them down. Now place the bags on your closed eyes, covering the under eye dark circle area and relax for 20-30 minutes. Remove the tea bags and simply wash off with normal water. It is best to take this cold tea bag treatment twice a day and you can expect to see improvements within a week or two.

Coconut eye pack for dark circle removal

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An eye pack made from fresh grounded coconut, lemon juice, cucumber juice and china clay is believed to work magically in removing dark circles from under the eyes. Here is how you should use this pack.

Take 2 spoons of freshly grounded coconut. Add 3-5 drops of lemon juice to it. Grate some cucumber, squeeze out the juice and add 3 spoons of this juice to the mixture. Now add 2 spoons china clay to the pack and mix well. Keep this mixture in the fridge for 20 minutes. Cover your eyes with a cotton gauge and apply the pack over the gauge. Take a nap of 30 minutes and then remove the gauge along with the pack. Wash off with plain water and pat dry. Repeat daily for quick results.

Get rid of dark circles with tomato and lemon juice

Tomato is rich in lycopene which makes it ideal for removing any unnatural skin pigmentation, starting from suntan to under eye dark circles. To get the best effects of tomato to remove the dark circles adding it with lemon juice is a great idea. Here is how you should use this treatment.

Take a ripe tomato, grate it and squeeze out the juice. Now add 4-5 drops of lemon juice to it and mix well. Apply the resulting mixture onto the affected under eye area and leave on for 10 minutes before washing off with water. Do not rub the skin with the treatment and you should repeat it at least twice a day for the best results.

Orange juice and glycerin for dark circle removal

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Orange juice has high vitamin C content, which can be helpful to remove the pigmentation from under the eyes and also to rejuvenate the natural repairing mechanism of the skin. Using orange juice along with glycerin can be effective to get rid of the dark circles quickly.

Take half of an orange and squeeze out the juice. Now add 6-7 drops of glycerin to it and mix well. Apply the resulting mixture onto the under eye area. Make sure that the juice does not drip into your eyes. Let it stand for 10 minutes and then wash off with water. Use this treatment twice a day to get quick results.

Reduce dark circles with nutmeg and cold milk

Nutmeg has natural skin lightening and toning properties. Raw cow milk is also known for its natural mild bleaching and nourishing effects on the skin. Using these two on the under eye area can effectively remove dark circles and will also help in getting rid of the fine lines of this area.

Keep some whole cow milk in the fridge for an hour so that it is sufficiently cold. Now add 1/2 spoon of nutmeg dust in 1 tablespoon of the cold milk and mix well. Apply this mixture onto the affected under eye area. You can also apply it over the eye lids, to lighten the skin tone of this area, but make sure that it does not drip into the eyes. Apply the treatment lavishly, in layers and wash off with water after 10 minutes.

Carrot and almond for dark circle removal

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Carrot is rich in carotene which is effective in rejuvenating the natural repairing mechanism of the skin, helping in reducing the dark circles naturally. Almonds on the other hand are store house of Vitamin E and can be highly nourishing for the under eye skin. Here is how to use this treatment.

Soak 3-4 almonds in milk overnight. In the morning crush the almonds to make a smooth paste. Grate some carrot and squeeze out the juice. Now mix 2 spoons of the carrot juice with the almond paste. Apply the resulting pack onto your eyes and under eye area. Let it set for 20 minutes and then wash off with plenty of water. Repeat twice a day for best results.

Rose water

This is one of the must-have for people suffering from eye irritation or dark circles. Take a few cotton balls and dip them in this heavenly concoction, apply it gently on your dark circles and leave it for sometime. Wash it using cold water after 15 minutes. Your eyes will feel rejuvenated and refreshing. It is extremely beneficial anti-oxidant agent.