Easy home remedies to lessen the appearance of those pesky dark under eye circles. And they work!

Updated: Aug 6


By ALEXIS ROCHESTER


I have been working on this post for a few years.


Easy home remedies for dark circles that actually work because they are based on science. Plus, I have tested so many tips and have narrowed down what truly works.

Dark circles are my number one skin issue.


Unfortunately, my dark circles are genetic, so there isn’t a magic solution that will cure them, but there are easy home remedies for dark circles that actually work to lighten, nourish and lessen their appearance.


If you haven’t already, come over to Instagram and check out my page and stories! We share many science-based skincare tips and videos every week.

COLLAGEN


I’m sure you are not surprised to read this on Chemistry Cachet because I am such a huge advocate for taking collagen.


Collagen can really help your skin around the eye area. One of the reasons my dark circles are so intense is due to under-eye hollows. These hollows give a shadow which makes the dark circles look darker.

Collagen plumps the skin which minimizes the under-eye hollow appearance. It also helps with fine lines and wrinkles.


Remember to read this post to learn how collagen works. Collagen must be taken with vitamin C to work properly. I recommend taking collagen in a drink like this or in this pink drink.

DRINK A LOT OF WATER


Hydration is so important for dark circles.


Dehydration will intensify the darkness under the eyes because it causes poor circulation. When I drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day, I notice a significant difference in my dark circles.


I had a facial recently, and she told me my skin was very hydrated and plump, so she could tell I was a water drinker. You might even have dark circles just from being dehydrated.

GRAPESEED OIL


Grapeseed oil can be beneficial for dark circles.


It has a high vitamin E content, a key ingredient to our DIY eye mask. It is also a great way to remove makeup.

CAFFEINE


Caffeine is a great topical treatment for dark circles.


Remember, this is topical. Drinking caffeine (although there are benefits) isn’t going to help dark circles, but applying it to the skin has numerous benefits!


If you pop over to this DIY caffeinated oil, you will learn how many neat things you can use it for. When you put caffeine on your face, it tightens and plumps skin.


Most store-bought dark circle treatments contain caffeine for this reason. You can use caffeine in this DIY oil, this homemade under eye mask, or any store-bought treatment you can find.


Check out our blog post to learn about hyaluronic acid and almond oil for dark circles too!

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.