What Causes Dark Circles?
Dark under-eye circles can occur to anyone. The most common cause of dark circles is lack of sleep. Being sleep deprivation is associated with loss of moisture, which contributes to the drying and thinning of the already sensitive under eye skin. Allergies, stress, and other illness can also cause dark circles. Puffiness around the eye area is usually involved, making your eyes look older than they really are.
Sometimes dark circles are natural, due to genetics. In this case, some people have naturally thin under-eye circles which make the underlying blood vessels more obvious. While it’s totally fine to have dark circles, the issue is that thin skin can easily lose moisture, and over time becomes susceptible to wrinkles.
Regardless of the reason, it is possible to lighten and overall improve the health of the skin around eyes with the help of essential oils for dark circles.
How Essential Oils Can Help
Essential oils are highly concentrated oils with a variety of benefits. Many of them are ingredients in skin and cosmetic products. They have helped in other skin areas in terms of hydration and lightening properties. The idea is that if essential oils can treat conditions like hyper-pigmentation and dry skin, they can improve the health of dark under-eye circles and get rid of eye bags. There are so many essential oils out there, many with similar or overlapping qualities. Here’s a list of some of the most helpful.
Essential Oils for Dark Circles
- Lavender essential oil
- Frankincense essential oil
- Clove essential oil
- Chamomile essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Lavender is known for its soothing quality. It's moisturizing, hydrating the under-eye skin, and reduces puffiness as well. It improves blood circulation, allowing for more youthful under-eye skin.
Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense oil is commonly used in facial toners. For under the eyes, frankincense oil can heals the dry, dull skin, and tighten it up, giving the eye area a youthful boost. It reduces the discoloration of dark circles, as will as protects from sun damage.
Clove essential oil
Clove oil rejuvenates the under eye circles with its antioxidant properties and ability to improve blood circulation. Because it is also anti-inflammatory, it protects the skin under the eyes from long-term effects of free-radicals.
Chamomile essential oil
Just like chamomile tea, this oil soothes the skin under the eyes. With its anti-inflammatory properties, it improves the health. Chamomile is also a lightening agent, which is perfect for dark circles.
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus oil can wake up your eyes by reducing puffiness, allowing tired eyes to look more awake and alert. Because this oil can be very strong, use only a drop in the carrier oil the first time it's used to get a sense of your sensitivity.
How to Use Essential Oils for Dark Circles
Most of the essential oils listed are best used with a carrier oil. Because essential oils are very strong, they should not be applied topically straight under the eyes. Good choices for carrier oils include coconut oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, and rose-hip oil. Simply mix 1-3 drops with a carrier oil and gently dab the oil mixture on dark circles, taking care not to get close to the actual eye.