10 Tips to Remove Dark Circles Under Eyes Permanently and Easily

Updated on December 9, 2014

Causes and Remedies: Dark Circles Under Eyes

Dark circles under the eyes (periorbital dark circles or periorbital puffiness) can be a big worry for the beauty-conscious as well as for normal people. These circles or bags take away the freshness of the face and leave the person looking pale, ill, even old.

Dark-colored semicircles under the eyes, or shadowed grooves called “tear tracks,” may give the impression of age or ill health. But this impression may be incorrect; appearance is not necessarily reality.

Usually, dark circles are more a cosmetic issue than a real health concern. A person with dark circles under his or her eyes may not be old or unwell, but just have unusually thin skin, unusually highly colored blood vessels, puffy skin, sagging skin, or hyperpigmented skin under the eyes, either for genetic reasons, or because of some temporary condition.

In many cases, there are things you can do to reduce or prevent dark circles. In all cases, makeup can do wonders to change the way they look (see the video below).

Causes of Dark Circles

Let’s discuss the ultimate causes of dark circles. There are many causes, so there are many actions you can take to address them.

  1. Thin skin under the eyes. Skin under the eyes is thinner than skin elsewhere (half a millimeter or less, as opposed to about two millimeters), and so is more transparent; it shows the blood vessels underneath more clearly than other skin does. Skin under the eyes may be even more transparent if it is pale due to anemia or pregnancy. The blood beneath it appears bluish rather than reddish because skin transmits blue light better than other colors. Thus skin around the eyes may appear bluish, brownish, or even greenish, depending on a person's basic skin color.
  2. Extra melanin (dark pigment) in the skin around the eyes. This hyperpigmentation is common among people of South Asian or Mediterranean descent. It is genetic and has nothing to do with age or illness. A dermatologist may treat this pigmentation pattern with a cream including hydroquinone (bleach).
  3. Shadows from sagging skin under the eyes. Skin may sag into a pouchy, hammock-like shape because age and sun have destroyed much of the collagen and elastin, the stretchy proteins that make young skin look smooth and taut. The sagging skin is thinner in places, and so looks darker, and the “tear trough” area under the hammock looks dark because it is in shadow.
  4. Shadows from puffiness or edema. Fluid retention can cause the skin to dome up around the eyes, leaving a shadow below. Allergies, crying, temporary illness, excessive salt consumption, or stress (which releases cortisol and increases blood volume) can cause puffiness.

A faint purplish arc beneath the eye
A faint purplish arc beneath the eye | Source

Home Remedies for Dark Circles

There are many things you can do to eliminate dark circles under your eyes and keep them from coming back.

  • To reduce puffiness, a temporary cause of dark circles, change your sleeping habits. Sleep on your back, elevating your head with one or more pillows. Gravity lets fluid buildup drain away.
  • Sleep well (doctors advise at least eight hours sleep daily) to have a fresh and circle-free face. Lots of sleep means less stress and thus less puffiness.
  • Control allergies and the puffiness they cause. Take proper medication for allergies to airborne materials like flour or smoke. If you have dust allergies, make your bedroom as dust-free as possible: use bare floors, put dust covers on mattress and pillows, and remove or cover upholstered furniture, clothes, books, and papers.
  • Remove all eye make-up, like eyeliner and mascara, before going to sleep. Anything that irritates eyes can leave them watery and puffy.
  • Use a Neti-Pot to rinse the nasal passages, to relieve sinus infections and hay fever that cause puffiness under the eyes.
  • Daily exercise circulates blood throughout the body and the face, reducing puffiness. Concentrate on yoga too, which stimulates your breathing, leaving fresh skin.
  • To eradicate morning puffiness and bluish color, apply something that cools the skin and the capillaries beneath it, reducing swelling and making the blood vessels less visible. Apply cucumber or potato slices, chilled spoons, or bags of ice water to the area around the eye for up to an hour and a half.
  • Include plenty of green vegetables, fruits, and vitamins in your diet. Eat seasonal fruit like bananas, mangoes, and oranges, along with vegetables like spinach, greens, carrots, and brinjals (eggplant).
  • Include plenty of iron in your diet, from whole grains, legumes, eggs, or iron supplements.
  • Reduce salt in your diet to reduce puffiness.
  • Arrange your life to reduce stress. Stress releases cortisol, which causes increased blood volume and puffiness, and has other undesired effects.
  • Stay hydrated; dehydration causes thin and sagging skin. Use moisturizer. Limit cigarettes and alcohol.
  • To keep looking young years longer, protect your face and eyes from the sun. Ultraviolet light from the sun destroys protein in the skin. Use sunscreen and a hat when you go out.

Using Makeup to Hide Dark Circles

Makeup is very effective at concealing dark circles, whether they are caused by hyperpigmentation or something else. Use cream makeup in shades a little lighter than your skin tone to bring sunken areas "up." Use shades a little yellower, even orange or peach in tone, to neutralize the blue tone of thin under-eye skin.

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        Nancy 

        6 months ago

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        EmilyDivers 

        10 months ago

        I had deep purple, sagging rings under my eyes that were growing increasingly worse. Dermalmd under eye serum eliminated them within 2 weeks. I couldn't be happier.

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        Niharika Afroja 

        13 months ago

        Hi guys. I have dark circles. I have used many home remedies it didn't work. Give me some new advice

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        Adamberg 

        15 months ago

        Guys, if you've tried all the methods of removing dark eye circles that were mentioned in this article and nothing helps, don't worry, because there are some more advanced ways of doing it. This includes alginate masks, masks with the medicinal leech extract, mesotherapy, lymphatic drainage, blepharoplasty. Most of these procedures are performed at beauty salons or medical centers. In addition to that, not a long ago, plastic surgeons have developed special dark eye circle remover which seems to be extremely effective and innovative. If you're interested, you can learn more about these methods here: http://samplelover.club/periorbital-dark-circles/

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        RICHARD J COLBY 

        16 months ago

        don't stare at computer for long period of time , that will cause dark circles,i only spend 1 hr ago , thenleave for awhile do something else

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        azahath.cr7@gmail.com 

        17 months ago

        Take cotton and soak it with honey turmeric and milk put on eyes for an hour it will remove dark circles permanent

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        Kukku 

        18 months ago

        Sweet i like it

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        Garcia Nancy 

        22 months ago

        When I became pregnant with my daughter, I developed a dark spot under my one eye. It has remained a year later. 2 weeks ago I started using Dermalmd Skin Lighter serum. The directions say to use it twice a day, however I have been forgetting to use it most evenings, and my dark spot is almost completely gone. I am beyond impressed. I have very sensitive skin, and I have had no negative reactions whatsoever. This formula has been very gentle on my skin while also getting the job done. I couldn't be happier!

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        ANU 

        2 years ago

        I used Almond Oil ,But it dint work.can u plz suggest me someother home remedies.??? PLEASE..

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        ifyokoye 

        2 years ago

        have any body tried bio balance eye dark circle treatment? want to know pls

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        Arohi 

        2 years ago

        I have dark circles from 4 years Nd home remedies does not works even homiyopathic medical does not work pls give me some tips what should i do

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        FrancyzaLima 

        2 years ago

        I bought DermalMD Under Eye Treatment Serum for my husband and he is now on his second bottle of this because it has improved his problem so much. He genetically has very dark circle under his eyes. It gets so bad that sometimes he can almost look like he has a black eye. Admittedly, he wasn't as disciplined about using this at first and the product did help somewhat. BUT in the last three weeks he has used it religiously every morning and evening and holy cow what a difference! He noticed it and so did I! We are very pleased with this product and if you suffer from dark circles I would definitely give this a try.

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        Tyana 

        2 years ago

        Yeah, I've lived with under eye circles my entire life. But nothing works with them, It isn't from allergies, lack of sleep or from any congestion. It is simply from genetics...what should I do?

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        Hindustani 

        2 years ago

        Fair and Lovely cream can quickly hide dark circles.

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        Elena 

        2 years ago from London, UK

        Thanks for sharing the tips.

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        Diana Abrahamson 

        2 years ago

        I know a few people who could be interested in this article..thanks!

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        Mindy Bowes 

        2 years ago

        I bought DermalMD Under Eye Treatment Serum for my husband, who has trouble with purple circles and puffiness, and have noticed a pretty big difference in his under eye area since he started using. After a late night recently, I woke up with extremely puffy eyes so I decided to try it myself. Within minutes of applying, my eyes looked completely normal! I was really surprised by how quickly it worked, and how gentle and soothing it feels.

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        DREAM ON 

        2 years ago

        I also have dark bags do from lack of sleep. I will try your remedies. Thanks for sharing.

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        black 

        2 years ago

        I sleep almost 10 hours a day... my age is 14 and I have dark circles which look like someone has painted semi-circles under my eyes with black paint... plz help me.. these methods do not really work.. give me a better advice...

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        aryaarooz 

        2 years ago

        nice tipzzz.... i will try it

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 

        2 years ago from Beautiful South

        I gave up wheat and the bags went away, but the genetic circles remain. They aren't dark anymore, but I have high cheekbones and the eye circles remain above them.

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        sana khan 

        2 years ago

        Let see.... it's works or not.......

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        Akshay verma 

        2 years ago

        I have dark circle in 2 year, how can i get reduce of it tell me plzzz

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        Nathya 

        2 years ago

        I hv dark circle frm my childhood,how cn i get rid of it.pls tl me

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        Shanaya Agarwal 

        3 years ago

        You can treat your dark circles very easily now.. just follow the link

        http://www.treatmydarkcircle.com/product/best-vita...

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        Isabela Stumpf 

        3 years ago

        After used DermalMD Serum Really feels great going on, smooth and silky. See the puffiness decrease in just days, and the dark circles improve. Does not make my eye makeup smudge like other eye creams I have used.

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        saba 

        3 years ago

        Saba i have dark circle16 years what can i do

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        fathima 

        3 years ago

        nice tips

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        honey 

        3 years ago

        use eyemax cream suggested by doctor

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        selvi 

        3 years ago

        Plz tell how can i remove my dark circle

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        AntonioAdzaga 

        3 years ago

        I have been using DermalMD Under Eye Treatment Serum for several years now. I was very pleased to find it on google site at a lower price. It not only helps to lighten my dark circles, but is a good moisturizer under the eye.

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        FuckerJoker 

        3 years ago

        Try charcoal its effective

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        anju bairagi 

        3 years ago

        How can remove dark circuls

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        korean girl the enlighten beauty 

        3 years ago

        I think it is easy to use removable medicines came from beauty

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        bella the younger one 

        3 years ago

        i use pipino or potato ,i think this can be effective..

        Easy

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        JASMINE 

        3 years ago

        Plzzzzzz tel me how to remove dark circles around eyes some give me tips

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        barsha 

        3 years ago

        Plz help me to remove dark circles around my eyes

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        saba 

        3 years ago

        U can use lemon juice and tomato juice and keep using that until they finish

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        sana 

        3 years ago

        Its difficult to remove d dark circle ...but ,my mom told one tips..take a slice of cut pieces of potato &keep u r eye in 30 mints...daily following people's only try tis..got a best results frds..:)

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        Narendra 

        3 years ago

        Give me home solution

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        skd 

        3 years ago

        Hw can reduce my eye black spot.

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        madhu 

        3 years ago

        Hii guys my name is madhu.i have black circles.so please tel me a solutions.ad fast to cure it

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        Cecilia Gensel 

        3 years ago

        I love DermalMD Under Eye treatment serum, tightens up the lines makes me feel a decade younger and all without surgery.I recomend this amazing cream to any one over age 40.the circles are magically gone without using makeup!

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        Anushka Gautam 

        3 years ago

        plz... plz give me some natural tips to reduce dark circles......

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        Dr dipak 

        3 years ago

        solution dark circle 1tea spoon tomato juce 1/2spoon lemon juice one pinch haldi and besan 10 minute any advise mo no 9726095013

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        Chandra 

        3 years ago

        I’ve been using Darkaway for about three weeks and I can already see a reduction in the dark circles under my eyes. I also feel like the skin is more supple around my eyes.

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        umer shazu 

        3 years ago

        plse give us suggestion about dark circlus.any medicans

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        suresh 

        3 years ago

        Pls help me how to remove the black circle

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        Masibanda 

        3 years ago

        Add Your Comment what do i do to get rid of dark marks

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        ashlesha Kushwaha 

        3 years ago

        Potatoes doesn't work fast suggest something dat works fast

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        3 years ago

        Try potato

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        aromamagic 

        3 years ago

        I used to feel shy for going out because of wrinkles under my eyes. I tried cucumber, almond oil, rose water etc but it did not work. Finally I came to your page. I followed up your tips and it worked out. Thank you for sharing it.

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        REZA 

        3 years ago

        pleas don't worry aboute it . you coould remedy every thing if you are calm in your life .and with attention to your values. you are the best human in this world . take every thing easy . i hope every one have a nice and enjoyable life. thank you for reading

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        shubham 

        3 years ago

        tell me something that eally works

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        shalini 

        3 years ago

        How to remove dark circles

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        Janver Ignacio 

        3 years ago

        DermalMD Serum is Great for under eye, and daytime wear. If you are looking for a heavier concealer this one doesn't quite do the trick.

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        Nusrat 

        3 years ago

        Useless. It doesn't work.

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        simran 

        3 years ago

        using milk for the rid of dark circle is the best way or not

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        pinky 

        3 years ago

        Plz help me to reduce my dark cercle.

        Due to darkcercle l can't makeup my eyes.

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        Kritika 

        3 years ago

        Melaglow is the best cream to reduce dark circles but it works after 1month. Use twice daily.

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        is radio therapy really works on darkcircles 

        3 years ago

        Is radio therapy really works on dark circles

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        usha 

        3 years ago

        Pls I used various cream bt no result pls give some idea

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        Fahim 

        3 years ago

        which cream is better to remove block circles under eyes...

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        usha 

        3 years ago

        no working man

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        Ruqiafun 

        3 years ago

        There may be lot of reasons in getting dark circles but the appearance makes our face look unfair. I have tried various types of under eye creams but I did not find any change on my face. I am using Dark away from two weeks and I have seen a great change in the under eye area of my eyes and am looking fair now. Try it, its a perfect one in clearing dark circles.

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        kanna 

        3 years ago

        please tel me how to remove my dark cirle

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        mily 

        3 years ago

        Pls tell me about cream for dark circle.....

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        sayed abdou 

        3 years ago

        please tell me how to get ride of these dark circles,i have them for about 12years now and im really looking older dan my age

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        Michelle Gore 

        3 years ago

        DermalMD Under Eye Treatment serum worked great on my dark circles. I have been using this daily and i see a good improvement in the appearance of my under eye area. All natural and organic ingredients are good for the skin under the eyes. My dark circles improved and i am glad that i received this product as a part of testing and reviewing for an honest opinion

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        swetharaj 

        3 years ago

        Need a perfect tip to reduce dark circles

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        pooja 

        3 years ago

        Old remedies!Give something new plzz!

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        akhil katal 

        3 years ago

        Plz tell me the easy tips its does not work

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        sutapa 

        3 years ago

        Pls.. pls.. pls.. tell me how to remove my under eye dark cercle???

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        arsh 

        3 years ago

        can u please give the list of products in written form which are using in the video ..it's a humble request please mention the product name with detail .

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        Michelle Gore 

        3 years ago

        Okay jigu you can use eyerid serum which is really help you to remove your dark circle.

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        jigu 

        3 years ago

        Plz tell me the treatment of remove dark circle...its hereditary so i m very worry about it....plzzz give me suggestion....

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        Michelle Gore 

        3 years ago

        Well I use eyerid serum on my face and neck before moisturizing. I have sensitive skin and it does not irritate me at all. I like that it's lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. My skin is looking healthier and brighter since I started using eyerid serum and my age spots are starting to fade. Will reorder this serum!

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        fathima 

        3 years ago

        How can i remove my dark circle quickly

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        anjali 

        3 years ago

        How can remove. The dark circle plzz give me a solution guys as wellas best clinic address for dark circle

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        purvi 

        3 years ago

        How can i remove my dark circle quickly

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        sneha 

        3 years ago

        How can i remove my dark circle fast

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        Sushmitha 

        3 years ago

        I have the habit of sleeping late in the night, because of lack of sleep I got dark circles under the eyes. I used a lot of products to remove it but of no use. After using all these, I have chosen one product randomly that is DarkAway and within few days my dark circles gone. It is one of the best cream for dark circles.

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        kaveri 

        3 years ago

        hw cn i remove my dark circle?

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        Fareen 

        3 years ago

        Try DarkAway..It is one of the best dark circles correcting cream....I got a fine result....it cleared my dark circles and made me look better....

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        j.p 

        3 years ago

        Very funny

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        kavi 

        3 years ago

        avoid stress ad completely rest ....

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        ruchi 

        3 years ago

        How to remove dark circles plzzz

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        sanju 

        3 years ago

        thank u

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        sufiya 

        3 years ago

        Cucumber really works...n d potato slice also do work..best results may come out

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        bhanu 

        3 years ago

        How to remove darkcircle plzzzzzz

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        padu 

        3 years ago

        Go to beauty parlor and ask them for dark circles treatment, eye massaging with Vitamin E and Vitamin K under eye cream will really help in reducing the dark circles quickly. Do this monthly and also drink lots of water, stress free and additionally adequate sleep will work out well.

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        Maani 

        3 years ago

        How i can remove dark circle i am from pakistant tell me any trick or cream which is effective

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        prachi 

        3 years ago

        Plz give me only one solution remove my eyes dark circle I m already try any cosmetics cream medicine but no fair result

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        pratik 

        3 years ago

        I will try.

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        kiera 

        3 years ago

        Thank you so much,

        to giving this article.

        It is helpful for me.

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        emaan 

        3 years ago

        Plz tell some solid solutions!

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        Ashwini 

        3 years ago

        Pls give me best tips for remove dark cercils under eye urgently

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        sreedevi 

        3 years ago

        Iam suffering my dark circles in my face

        please help me

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        sara 

        3 years ago

        i don't understand.............????????

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        reva 

        3 years ago

        plzzzz hlp me to rwmve dark cricles

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