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Forget those concealers. Get rid of dark circles using these simple home remedies.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2009 22:02 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo

Are dark circles under your eyes making you look 33 instead of 23-year-old? Do you dread waking up to dark eyes every morning? Don’t fret, as it will only further darken those gloomy blotches. You can get red of dark circles by following simple home remedies.

What causes them?
Shahnaz Hussain, chairperson and MD, Shahnaz Hussain Herbals, says, “Dark circles can be caused by hereditary factors, nutritional deficiencies, stress, inadequate sleep, sun-sensitivity, etc.” Kiran Bawa, cosmetologist and MD, Iosis Medispa, explains, “The condition is also called under-eye melanosis. It happens when there is hyperpigmentation around the eye, often extending like a ‘spill-over pattern’.” Say bye to dark circles Apart from taking a balanced diet, one should do meditation and yoga, suggests Kiran. Dr Rohini Wadhwani, cosmetologist, Skin Essentials, says, “For dark circles caused due to lack of sleep or stress, you can apply chilled potato slices or tea bags over the affected area.”

Here are a few other expert tips to get rid of dark circles:
For dry skin: Apply a paste of almond and milk regularly
For normal skin: Apply a honey, lemon and almond paste
Everyday, apply pure almond oil sparingly around the eyes. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe off gently with moist
cotton wool
Dark circles due to genetic factors are generally difficult to get rid of, but under-eye support creams can help slow down the darkening
Anti-wrinkle creams also help as they strengthen collagen hide the under-eye blood vessels