How To Get Rid of Under Eye Circles

Written by Lisa DiMauro | April 27th, 2015

I have been suffering from undereye circles for well over a decade. If you suffer from this issue as well, you can usually blame 1) not clocking in enough ZZZ’s (thank you nocturnal toddler who might just never sleep straight through the night), 2) too much caffeine (to combat #1), and stress (a fun reaction to the combination of #1 and #2).

I have tried many an under eye creams in my day and while some of them are just fantastic, between pregnancy, breastfeeding and just having to re-prioritize where I spend my dollars (diapers vs. $100 eye creams), I have had to turn to more natural, at home remedies to combat this issue. Here are some tried and true at-home methods:


Potatoes have natural bleaching agents which lighten the dark circles and remove puffiness around the eye area. You can slice cold raw potatoes and hold them on your eyes for 15-20 minutes every day until you see a difference. Another method is to blend several pieces of potato to extract the juice. Then, dip several cotton balls in the juice and hold on your eyes for 15-20 minutes daily. Rinse area post application.


In addition to functioning as an effective astringent, cucumber, too, has skin lightening agents. Simply slice up a cucumber and throw it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Remove the slices and apply to the affected area for 10 minutes. Rinse area post application.


The vitamin C in lemon juice helps remove dark circles and just like a potato and cucumber, a lemon also holds bleaching properties. Place a cotton ball that has been dipped in lemon juice on the affected area for 15 minutes and wash off with water. Repeat until you see results.


Placing chilled tea bags on your under eye circles is a well-known method that has been around for thousands of years. Chamomile, in particular, has a soothing effect and is extra effective in removing under eye circle. Steep several chamomile bags in hot water for a few minutes and let cool. Place cold tea bags on eyes for 20 minutes and rinse area with water.

Until you are able to nip this problem in the bud, here are some quick pro beauty tips for concealing those pesky under eye bag (*Note* it is best to apply this and all makeup with clean warm fingers in order to help the formulas blend in and adhere to skin):

  • Dab a luminous primer along your orbital bone
  • Blend together a peachy toned concealer with one that has more of a yellow tone and lightly apply under each eye.
  • Using a white pencil, color in the very corners of each eye. This will not only make your eyes appear bigger, but it will also help you achieve the “I sleep 8 hours every night” look.

If all else fails, thank your lucky stars that you’re a spec wearing fashionista and just throw on your favorite frames to cover up those pesky undereye circles.


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