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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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                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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