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Surprising, Money-Saving Ways To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

Surprising, Money-Saving Ways To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

Lately you have been noticing that you are looking more tired and perhaps a bit older than you should. You have seen yourself in the mirror and spotted dark circles under your eyes. You consider using creams but many of the products available are expensive and you are not even sure if they will work. Don’t worry, there are inexpensive alternatives that will make those unwanted dark circles disappear or diminish.  Here are 10 natural remedies that will have you looking younger and spritelier in no time.

What causes dark circles under the eyes?

There are three main causes of dark circles under the eyes. The first is genetics. If you have inherited fair or thin skin under the eyes it is easy to see if blood pools there. The reason blood pull is because fragile capillaries stretch or leak and this can happen when circulation is slow or from lack of sleep. The second cause of dark circles is age. With time skin loses collagen and becomes thinner. This means that veins are more apparent and show through the skin. Finally, seasonal allergies can result in dark circles. “They trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn inflame blood vessels and cause swelling,” says Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist in Boston.

Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of dark circles fast:

1.   Cold compress

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    When blood vessels near the eyes dilate, the result can be dark circles. You can shrink your blood vessels with the help of a cold compress. You can use a cold compress as follows:

    • Soak a cloth in the cold water or milk.
    • Lie down and close your eyes.
    • Place the cold washed cloth over your eyes.
    • Leave the cloth on your eyes until it is no longer cold.
    • Once the cloth has lost its coldness soak it again and place over the eyes.
    • Repeat this process for approximately 10-15 minutes.
    • Do this 3-4 times a day.

    2.   Almond Oil

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    almond-oil

      Almond oil is all natural and is very beneficial for the delicate skin that surrounds the eyes. Lack of Vitamin K and some other antioxidants can also be a cause of dark circles. Almond oil contains vitamin K. This vitamin can help contract the dilate blood vessels. You can use almond oil as follows:

      • When getting ready for bed, apply a little bit of almond oil over the dark circles.
      • Gently massage the almond oil into the skin.
      • Leave overnight.
      • In the morning wash the almond oil off with cold water.
      • Repeat this remedy daily.

      3.   Cucumber

      Cucumber

        Cucumbers have the ability to lighten skin and have mild astringent properties. This helps to sooth the skin around your eyes. Cucumber contains various antioxidants, for example vitexin, cucurbitacins, orientin and isoscoparin. They also contain vitamin K and vitamin C.  These antioxidants and vitamins help reduce discolouration under eyes. You can use cucumbers as follows:

        • Cut a fresh cucumber into thick slices.
        • Refrigerate the slices for 30 minutes.
        • Place the cucumber slices on your eyes for approximately 10 minutes.
        • Wash the area with water.
        • Repeat twice a day for about a week.

        4.   Raw Potato

        Grated-Potatoes

          Potatoes can stay cold for a long time and are rich in various antioxidants and vitamin C. Potatoes also contain starch. All these things can help nourish the thin skin around your eyes. Potatoes are also natural bleaching agents and as such can lighten dark circles. You can use raw potatoes as follows:

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          • Grate one or two raw potatoes to release the juice.
          • Soak a cotton ball in the juice and place over your closed eyes.
          • Allow the juice to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
          • Rinse well with cool water.
          • Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks.

          5.   Rose Water

          Rosewater

            The anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties of rose water provides protection against dust, contaminations, itchiness, redness, and inflammation of the eyes and helps reduce the dark circles. You can use rose water as follows:

            • Soak cotton wool in pure rose water for a couple of minutes.
            • Put the cotton wool over your closed eyelids.
            • Leave there for approximately 15 minutes.
            • Repeat this remedy twice daily for a few weeks.

            6.   Tomato-Tumaric-Lemon Eye Pack

            tomatoes

              Tomatoes have various nutrients, including vitamin A, C and B, sulfur, iron, phosphorus, potassium and calcium. These nutrients along with the bleaching properties of tomato make it an effective remedy for dark circles. Lemon juice has bleaching properties and tumaric has anti-inflammatory properties. You can use a Tomato-tumaric-lemon eye pack as follows:

              • Mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with one-half teaspoon of lemon juice.  Add a liberal amount of turmeric powder and two table spoons of gram flour.
              • Mix well to get a paste.
              • Apply the past around your eyes covering the dark circles.
              • Leave for 15-20 minutes.
              • Wash off with cool water.

              7.   Chamomile Tea

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              tea-bags-on-eyes

                Chamomile tea has antioxidant, cleansing and saturating properties. It also has some bleaching properties which helps to lighten the skin around the eyes. You can use chamomile tea as follows:

                • Take two tea bags and 1-2 cups of hot water
                • Place the tea bags in a cup and spill the hot water overthem.
                • Let them soak for 5-10 minutes.
                • Take out the tea bags and let them cool down. You can place them in the fridge.
                • When the tea bags are cold lie down and place them over your eyes.
                • Leave them there for 15-20 minutes.
                • Repeat daily.

                8.   Avocado

                avocado

                  Avocado has wholesome fatty acids that can get rid of dark circles. They contain vitamins B, E and K. Avocados can bring dampness and versatility back to your skin and promote blood flow around the eyes. You can use avocados as follows:

                  •  Cut two slices of avocado and place them on your eyes for 15-20 minutes.
                  •  You can also use avocado oil on your dark circles.

                  9.   Jasmine

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                    Jasmine has anti-inflammatory, ophthalmic and astringent properties. Jasmine is very gentle and good for sensitive skin. You can use jasmine essential oil as follows:

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                    Use 2 drops of jasmine essential oil and mix it together with 2 tablespoons of almond oil, olive oil or vegetable oil.

                    • Apply this mixture to the dark circles.
                    • Rub gently for a few minutes
                    • Leave for 20-30 minutes
                    • Wash off.

                    10.  Castor Oil

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                      Castor oil contains fatty acids; these acids help to rejuvenate skin. The most beneficial acid found in castor oil is ricinoleic. Ricinoleic has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a good remedy for dark circles and puffiness of the eyes.

                      •  Take 1 teaspoon of cater oil and 1 tespoon of fresh cream.
                      •  Mix the oil with the cream.
                      • Apply the mixture all around your eyes.
                      • Leave for 15-20 minutes.
                        Wash off with water.

                       Maintain a healthy lifestyle

                      Lack of sleep, alcohol, smoothing and an unbalanced diet are also responsible for dark circles and puffiness. Make sure you:

                      • Get enough Iron
                      • Stay Hydrated
                      • Avoid Caffeine
                      • Cut the Salt
                      • Drink a lot of fluids

                       Try face yoga

                      To help prevent wrinkles forming around the eyes and to ward of dark circles you can practice face yoga. Place both your middle fingers together between your eyebrows and apply pressure to the outer corner of your eyes with your index fingers. Look up. Make a strong squint by moving your lower eyelids upwards. Relax and repeat six times. When you finish squeeze your eyes shut for 10 second,  and then relax.

                      Try one or a few of these remedies and you will be surprised by the positive results.

                      Featured photo credit: Health Cure Tips via healthcuretips.com

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                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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