Ayurvedic Remedy for Dark Circles
Dark circles are one of the most prevalent skin problems that occur among all age groups. These are characterized by dark skin colour under the eyelids, which often extends up to the cheek bones. The appearance of dark circles is largely dependent on our lifestyle, but they may be triggered by poor nutrition as well.
Common causes include:
- Lack of sleep, tiredness, and fatigue
- Mental stress
- Malnutrition, improper diet
- Advancing age
In rare cases, dark circles may appear as a symptom of an underlying disease such as kidney disease. Also, some people may experience these while they are on medication.
As per Ayurveda, the common causes of dark circles point to the dominance of Vata and Pitta factors – the fire and air elements of our body. Therefore, remedies are targeted towards rehydrating the skin and protecting it against heat. Illustrated below are some of the most popular Ayurvedic remedies that heal and prevent dark circles:
The cucumber-potato potion
Cut half a cucumber and one potato to pieces that can be mashed up in a grinder/juicer. Strain the juice through a fine sieve and store it in the refrigerator. To use this juice, dip two cotton balls in it and place them on your eyes for 10-15 minutes, twice every day. Your eyes will feel fresh and rejuvenated instantly, and you will begin to see visible results within two short weeks
Rose petal extract, commonly known as Rose water or Gulab Jal, is a very potent remedy for dark circles. It is most commonly used for improving skin complexion. Using rose-water to wipe your face every day will keep it glowing and free from blemishes. Drench two cotton balls in it and place them on your eyes.
Instead of an expensive under-eye cream, you can simply apply a paste of nutmeg under your eyes. Alternatively, you can also use a paste made from a tomato, half a lemon, a pinch of turmeric, and 2 grams of gram flour. Wash of the paste after 10-15 minutes and apply almond oil before you hit the bed!
Don’t forget to keep yourself cool. Take frequent and short breaks in the office to relax your eyes from continuous strain. And do get sufficient sleep every night. It also helps immensely to cut down on caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
Always remember that Ayurveda is a holistic and herbal way to healthy, glowing skin. Therefore, recovering skin from damage and nurturing it requires time and patience. Unlike commercially available techniques that give you instant results, Ayurvedic methods may not work over-night. Do stick to your chosen remedy for at least 2-3 weeks.