How to Get Rid of Under-Eye Circles Naturally

Relax and rid yourself of dark under-eye circles with cool teabags. Soak the bags in cold water and than place on eyes for 10 minutes.
Relax and rid yourself of dark under-eye circles with cool teabags. Soak the bags in cold water and than place on eyes for 10 minutes.

How to Prevent Dark Under-Eye Circles

  1. Drink more water
  2. Try to get more sleep
  3. Drink less alcohol
  4. Consume less sugar
  5. Avoid caffeine
  6. Don't allow stress to build
  7. Use moisturizers with avocado oil, sesame, Vitamin K and Vitamin E

Use a white or green tinted concealer to cover dark under-eye circles. Lightly apply normal make-up over the concealer.
Use a white or green tinted concealer to cover dark under-eye circles. Lightly apply normal make-up over the concealer.

Most of us at some point will have to deal with dark circles under our eyes. Whether it be due to stress, lack of sleep, a hang-over, or just from ageing. The good news is that there are a lot of simple at-home ways to treat them. There is no need for surgery or laser treatments, all you really need is a trip to the grocery store and a couple of minutes to relax.

Reasons for Under-eye Circles

There are several causes for the formation of dark circles under the eyes. The most common reason is due to genetics. Dark circles under the eyes are practically unavoidable if they run in your family, but that isn't to say that there aren't treatments out there for them (see below). But for those whose genetic background doesn't predispose them to dark circles the reasons can be numerous- dehydration, stress, lack of sleep, diet, or any combination.

Prevention of Under-eye Circles

It is said that the best medicine is always prevention. There are several ways to fully prevent or reduce the appearance of under-eye circles (even if you are genetically predisposed). Since dark circles can be caused by dehydration be sure to drink enough water (eight 8-oz glasses per day) and avoid things that cause dehydration, including alcohol, caffeine, and sugar. Diet and exercise can also lead to dark circles; these dark circles are actually an indication that you are not getting proper nutrients. Evaluating your diet to be sure you are getting enough to fill your daily needs is important. Stress and lack of sleep also lead to dark under-eye circles; if this is the case it is recommended getting an additional hour of sleep a night. All of this prevention is a lot easier said than done, most of us don't have time for extra 5 minutes of sleep, let alone an extra hour, and I highly doubt most of us can give up our morning coffee, fortunately there are quite a few at natural home remedies to combat dark under-eye circles (see below).

Natural Remedies

There are three keys to these home remedies: moisturizing the skin, cooling the skin, and stimulating the skin. Moisturizing helps eliminate dark circles by dehydrating the skin, cooling the skin helps by relieving the stress around the eyes, and stimulating the skin brings blood flow into the area causing it to look more alive. The following are a couple home remedies which complete one or a combination of these treatments. Remember that each person and skin type is different, so if one doesn't work for you, try another.

  • Cut an unwaxed cucumber into slices, cool in refrigerator and place on eyes for 10 minutes.
  • Massage with almond oil under and around eyes.
  • Massage with peanut oil under and around eyes.
  • Place two tea bags (preferably chamomile tea) in cold water for 5 minutes, than place on eyes for 10 minutes.
  • Apply a paste of turmeric powder with pineapple juice, rinse after 5 minutes (be sure not to get into eyes).
  • Grate an unwaxed cucumber or a small scrubbed (preferably red) potato. Put the gratings on two gauze pads, than place on eyes for 10 minutes.
  • Apply a mixture of lemon juice and tomato juice, let sit for 5 minutes, than rinse (be sure not to get into eyes).
  • Apply crushed mint leaves under the eyes for 20 minutes.
  • Dip cotton balls in rose water and apply to under eye for 10 minutes.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin E, vitamin C, and iron.


For those of us who have dark circles running in our family, prevention and home remedies can only due so much. There are many beauty products on the market and it can be confusing about which one is best for dark under-eye circles. I recommend a concealer with a white or green tone to contradict the dark color under the eye, however each skin tone is different so it is best to play around with a few shades to find the best (department stores are a great place to sample cosmetics, however be sure they are clean!). Look for a concealer which has chamomile; chamomile has long been known as a natural remedy for skin, and some concealers contain this ingredient which can help cure as it covers. Be sure to apply moisturizer with vitamin E before using the cosmetic. Cosmetics can often dry and damage the skin, which will only make the dark under-eye circles appear worse in the long run, applying moisturizer will help combat this problem.


ana 9 years ago

hey i hope these work

Himanshu  9 years ago

Thanks for sharing this very good informative article

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compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

Thanks for these tips...I hope this works too lol

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Guru-C 9 years ago

When I used to see my aunts' deep set eyes and dark circles, I thought they looked interesting and exotic. On me, not so much. Thank you for your advice.

saywhat 8 years ago

Do these really work, cause see I'm a sceptic and I'm not too quick to believe these things

shivani.s 8 years ago

I appriciate your remedies.

But i still cant get rid of dark circles.

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Cleanclover 8 years ago from Piece of land!

I have dark circles though I am handsome! thanx for the tips I prefer home remedies!

mona 8 years ago

thanx for the tip il try this out

Vanessa 8 years ago

Hi, thanks for this informative tips. I hope this works.

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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

How did you come across the tumeric/pineapple juice tip? Never heard of this one! Why is it supposed to work?

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Sandi Anders 8 years ago

Thanks for a great hub. I learned some valuable tips.

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quiet tracer 8 years ago from South-Asia

Your Hub is really admirable because most of us have this problem due to excessive use of computers. I really appreciate it. Thanx for useful tips :)

Minou 7 years ago

I didn't realise that those ugly circles could be genetice. Always thought that they were due to lack of sleep, illness.... Mine unfortunately seem to be running in the family. So does that mean all those simple-to-do homesolutions are a waste of my time and I have to spend a fortune on cosmetics for the rest of my life?!

Sarah 7 years ago

hey thanks for the tips, hopefully they work out.

monica 7 years ago

hey, thank you so much for the tips..i am 13 years old and i seem to be getting dark circles..i hope these tips work...but thank you sooo much i am so sick of getting picked on at school..its really sucks..but thanks once again...=]

liza 7 years ago

well. someone else said to use warm water. so i tried warm on one eye and cold on the other. the warm one worked for me. but im differnet with differnet skin typ. so yeah!

brooke 7 years ago

Thanx. i have dark circles that i really want to get rid of!!!

sneha 7 years ago

thanks for the tips. i hope they work

selenagomez  7 years ago

I hateee underye circles :)!

aman 7 years ago

it really works

ai 7 years ago

hope it works.. thnx for the tips... i really hate this eyebags and dark circles.... huhuhu

dils 7 years ago

i was really beautiful these darkcircles made ne worse i think this works

Danielle 7 years ago

Can't wait to see if it works!

Olivia 7 years ago

Thanks for the tips i had glasses and just recently changed to contacts and i really hope this works

Donna 7 years ago

I'm goin to try some of these. I hope they work!!!

jasmin 7 years ago

wait if dark circles are genetic is there still a way to rid of them or not?? oh and thanks for the tips i really hope they work :D

Michelle  6 years ago

I will try to do these tips, they sound easy enough. Just one tip for you though.. Correct your grammar. "Soak the bags in cold water and than/THEN place on eyes for 10 minutes."

"For those of us who have dark circles running in our family, prevention and home remedies can only due/DO so much."

nonetheless, thank you so much again.

Claire 6 years ago

Rubbish it dont work

vaishu 6 years ago

hope it works..:-)

peter 6 years ago

I don't understand the exercising part? how does excising give u dark circles?

nei 6 years ago

I hope it will work!=)

tin 6 years ago

@ peter: Exercise promotes good circulation of blood throughout the body. So if you lack exercise, blood circulation in the body is not good giving your eyes dark circles, thus you must consider that the skin under your eyes is very delicate.

Anony 6 years ago

@Peter, You can exercise as much as you want. Just have your diet good enough to feed your workout in calories and protein.Then your eyes aren't getting any nutrients due to lack of proper nutrients.

curly hair 6 years ago

ummmmm how long will it take using the tea bags?

Jess 6 years ago

Thanks, but also, glasses help hide them! they totally hide mine but for the summer i want to be without them and not have to worry about stupid silly things like dark eye circles.

neleh 6 years ago

thanks for the tips hope it will work coz i hav big eyebegs that makes me preeety

rashmi 6 years ago

thanks for the tips...hope so they will work

vidhi patel 6 years ago

thanks for the tips... i hope it would work for everyone.

maxine 6 years ago

what about if u have lines?

vasant 6 years ago

Thanks for the tips..........Hoping it works...

CHRISTINA 6 years ago

im going to try the tea bags. i hope it works

megan 6 years ago

i have these bad dark circles ihope this works cuz iv tried everything else

Shelby 6 years ago

I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING AND CANT GET RID OF THEM ITS RIDICULOUS, gunna try some of these remedies soo hopefully it works

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electricsky 6 years ago from North Georgia

I read somewhere dark circles were caused from ruptured small blood vessels pooling in the eye area.

Thanks for your tips.

moon 6 years ago

thanks for the informative tips

barjinder 6 years ago

i have dark circles around my eyes ....i have tried all ur techniques...but the results r unsatisfactory.....hope u provide some further tips to me

Lil Cici 6 years ago

I have found that putting two spoons in the freezer for an hour than leaving it on your eyes for as long as it takes for it to warm is very satisfactory!!

Ravan 6 years ago

This remedy is so kool I do it on evey friday


Amris 6 years ago

I am goin 2try it 8)

faiza 6 years ago

Hope its work

Prathana 6 years ago

I have a dark circles too but mine is genetic. I have applied some of these. I was wondering how many times do we have to apply this tips.

Thanx for the tips I will try the new one.

bipasha nath 6 years ago

thanks so much..lets hope that it works out for me..:)

Dark Circle Cream 6 years ago

Both my twin sister and myself have dark circles under our eyes. So, in my family it's definitely genetic. I'd love to get rid of them though. It can be embarrassing in business meetings and when seeing people I haven't seen in a long time. Thanks, David

Anish 6 years ago

Thanx for the help.i hope it works.

ali  6 years ago

thx man i will try it at home

Sara 6 years ago

Thanks...hope this works!

Rachel 6 years ago

A really neat idea is to use potatoes and tea. Potatoes apparently have some chemicals that help constrict the capillaries and a bleaching agent. Anyways, i saw all this here and have been using the mask since today.

SouthParkYaoiFanGirl13 6 years ago

Please, please work!!

rose 5 years ago

no matter what u do it will keep coming up.but the best thinhg to do is apply sliced potato underneath ur eyes and its a life-long process

deya 5 years ago

sorry to say but these r old one

anonymous 5 years ago

I am young and I am the only one facing dark, frustrating circles!!! I have tried a lot of stuff, so hopefully some of these natural remedies will get rid of my circles! I hate looking ugly with these things!

rach 5 years ago

I've had dark circles since I was a child I can remember my nan force feeding me vitamins to try and get rid of them! I'm now 22 and there still here. I know they don't run in the family on my dads side but not sure about my mums. Hopefully some of these tips might work!

Ayesha Ali 5 years ago

I hope this works I will definitely try this out thanks alot

jen 5 years ago

how long will it takes to see its effect?

can't cucumber harm the eyes??


victoria 5 years ago

im young and i have them ohh no ekkkkkk lolz

Nupur 5 years ago

M 25 n facing this prob coz of laptop n improper site I hope all the remidies above works well for me. I never had dark circles jut started 1 ur ago

Madhuri 5 years ago

Do you have use pineapple juice or can just water work also?

surya 5 years ago


thanx for the tips yaar..........

Sombody 5 years ago

I Hate This Under Eye Circles So Much,I Got Em in Such A Young Age,Wishin For A Solution For them.!! Pesky little Ugly Circles.!

Anonymous 5 years ago

I hope these work. :)

Reena 5 years ago

I always sleep late so that is why I always get ugly dark under eye circles! I have actually discovered that sunflower oil can help lighten dark circles. I have used it for two weeks now, and it has really helped me! I used it on my hair too, and it kept my hair shiny and manageable. :)

anon 5 years ago

i hope these work. i just pray

JoJO 5 years ago

People in my class in highschool call me a racoon because of this and i tried your remedies but they'r not working please someone help me ASAP

naz 5 years ago

i have dark eye circles since 3 years and they are not going plz help me!!!!!!!!!!

Kelly 5 years ago

Has anybody heard of using a hemmorid cream for dark cirlces I have really dark circles and a lady I work with told me to try this. just wondering if anybody else has heard or tried this.

archanakavi 5 years ago

thank u so much for this remedies

harmain 5 years ago

thanks for giving this precious information and i hope this will really works

5 years ago

smoking caused dark circles under my eyes. im not gonna waste my time with these remedies, they don't work. if it gets worse ill get surgery. 5 years ago

for all u women, just do a smoky eye.

priya tanwar 5 years ago

i hope these tip would work on me...........

nishikant 4 years ago

hope it will work

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tjml 4 years ago

Tips are very useful and I hope it will work.

Kim 4 years ago

Ahh, HAs Anyone Tried Any!!??


they dont ever go away, but hopefully i'll try a few of these remidies and it should help x

Kimmy :)) xx 4 years ago

this is just some basic information to those who really stress about their circles. :))

dark circles can be caused by many things i am sure you have heard of, the most common are smoking, lack of sleep, lack of iron and water !!! MAKE SURE YOU EAT THE RIGHT FOOD !!! low iron can effect ur health , and water can make you very drowsy and give headaches !!! there are many blackhead removals out there that i had purchased, however none of them satisfied me enough, but try to eat foods which are enriched in iron, and drink plenty of water!!! you should see a change in the nearest 1 week , or 2 if you eat well and drink lots of water. (this isn't a remedy, this is just common sense, so please make sure you do so :) ) xx

dv 4 years ago

i hope it works

honey 4 years ago

hope to get rid of these cicles

loveyuh112118 4 years ago

I hope this works I've been having dark circles for years....

Ma8303 4 years ago

Please, please do not use camomile tea for an eye mask if you have hay fever. I can assure you the results are not good.

Steph 4 years ago

really hope this works! i am only 13 but have had dark circles for about 2 years and im really sick of them.

sasa 4 years ago

hope it will work

anon 4 years ago

It works.....!

Thankz a lot honey.......

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raising humans 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great tips! Thanks!

jaey xxx 4 years ago

i hope this remedy works thanxs anyway

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sakshi 4 years ago

i tried it but yet nthng happnd................

Lucy 4 years ago

Iv tried this it doesn't work thanks a lot

Ahmed 4 years ago

its really work

Akhtuu 4 years ago

what about cosmetic surgery???

shafeena 4 years ago

i have dark circles and they make me look horrible thank you so much for the tips

Reena 4 years ago

Thanks for the tip, learned a lot. I have dark circles because I'm fond of staying up late especially in my field of work. I used to try different ways to get rid of it, but it didn't helped a lot.. I'll try to work on the TEA BAGS. thanks! keep on posting ^_^

O_o 4 years ago

Im gonna try this I reeeaallyyy hope it works :):):):):):)

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Parksie 4 years ago from St. Peters, Missouri

Voted up! Great hub!

Teeya 3 years ago

Good tips

sad with dark circles 2 years ago

I gonna try the rose water method. . Thanks for ur advise.

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