Saturday, 21 March 2009

Reduce Under Eye Circles without Chemicals

By Marilyn Etzel

Do you ever wake up in the morning looking like you went a few rounds with a prize fighter? No one wants to show their face to the world bearing dark under eye circles. Before reaching for the newest beauty treatment on the market, try to resolve the dilemma of the under eye circles with a natural remedy.

Why do we get those circles? There are a variety of causes. For one, stress and sleeplessness can produce the dark circles. Restorative sleep allows the body to repair itself at night. Without it, you could end up with those nasty circles.

Crying can also lead to problems in the under eye area. The tissue can stay plump with the tears (if you were crying in bed) and you wake up not only with dark circle but puffiness as well.

Here are a few ways to reduce that look without chemicals.

1. Cucumbers. Waste not, want not is the adage when it comes to natural beauty. Thin slices of cold cucumbers can be placed on the eyes for at least 10 minutes. The juice works as an astringent, removing excess fluid and lightening the area under the eyes. Don't throw them away afterwards, though. Pop them in your mouth for a healthy snack.

2. Potato slices are good for under eye circles as well. Who ever heard of using potatoes? In old fashioned remedies, potatoes were used to draw out impurities. Here, use thin raw potato slices (washed first). Apply them to your eyes for about 20 minutes. The circles will get lighter.

3. Bananas. They are great to eat and now they can work wonders for the outside as well as the inside. Create a puree using bananas. When you are ready for bed, apply some of the puree under your eyes like you would a cream. The potassium in the banana helps balance the amount of water in your skin. You'll see those dark circles disappear or at the least, they will be lightened significantly.

4. Chamomile tea bags. Use chamomile tea to calm your spirit and your skin. Cold or warm tea bags will do the trick. Cool them in the fridge for 20 minutes or so or just let them warm on a plate. Lay back and hold the tea bags on your eyes for about 10 minutes.

5. Water. Drinking water will never go out of style. Your body is 90 percent water. Dark circles can evolve from a poorly watered body. The usual daily dose is at least eight glasses. Drinking your water (flavored or plain) can stop dark circles in their tracks.

6. You are what you eat. Your diet has a lot to do with how your body behaves. Not getting enough vitamins and nutrients on a daily basis affects how we look and feel. As far as looks, you could develop dark circles under the eyes from the deficiency of one or more necessary nutrients.

7. Dark circles and lack of moisture. Keep skin hydrated from the outside as well. Using a daily moisturizer with Vitamin E (avocado and nut ingredients) keeps skin supple. For a more natural application, use avocado puree or almond oil.

Dark circles are no fun for anyone. Use natural treatments in lieu of chemical products.

About the Author:

Choose natural skincare instead. Marilyn Etzel, President of ME Naturally, LLC is dedicated to providing you with the tips you need to bring out your natural beauty at her Beauty Talk website.


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