Although you might blame sleepless nights, your kids or work stress for your under-eye circles, according to the Mayo Clinic there are many reasons for the unwanted puffiness and black rings. Skip the expensive store-bought products and create homemade eye masks that help to lessen the appearance of your dark under-eye circles.
Causes of Under-Eye Circles
While fatigue and stress are two common causes of dark under-eye circles, according to the Mayo Clinic there are many more. For example, overexposure to the sun causes the body to produce extra melanin, leading to dark under-eye circles. Eczema, seasonal allergies and nasal congestion are other common reasons for unwanted under-eye puffiness and circles. In addition, experts at the Mayo Clinic claim that you should take a look at your parents and siblings, because under-eye circles are also hereditary.
Potato and Avocado
A mixture of potatoes and avocados can be used as an effective under-eye mask. Peel and slice one small potato of any variety and add it to a blender or food processor with the flesh of one small or medium avocado. Blend the ingredients until they're well mixed and apply to the under-eye area. Leave the mixture on for 10 to 15 minutes. The potato acts as a natural bleaching agent while the avocado helps to reduce puffiness. If you prefer, substitute avocado oil for the fresh avocado, which you can find online or at health food stores.
Cucumber and Apple
Combine one peeled and sliced cucumber and the flesh of one peeled red apple in a food processor or blender to create a quick, homemade under-eye mask. The cucumber naturally reduces under-eye puffiness and apples are an excellent source of alpha-hydroxy acid, which works as a natural skin lightener. In addition, alpha-hydroxy acids also treat under-eye wrinkles. Boost the effectiveness of the homemade mask by placing it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before application. The cold mask helps to reduce the under-eye circles caused by exhaustion or stress.
As we age we lose collagen. This loss thins the skin surrounding the eyes, making blood vessels more noticeable, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you are seeing more blood vessels under your eyes, create a natural under-eye mask featuring vitamin C. According to Boston-based dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, vitamin C helps to improve skin tone and is believed to increase collagen production. Several natural sources of vitamin C exist, including red peppers, guava, kiwi and strawberries. For instance, create a mask by mashing one to two large strawberries with ½ a cup of plain yogurt. Apply the mask and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it away with cool water.