Black bags or black circles under the eyes can be caused by various factors. Busy schedules, inconsistent sleep habits, stressful lifestyle, fatigue, anemia, illness, aging, allergies, wrinkles, high salt intake and staring at the computer or television all day long are a few to name. People often confuse bags under the eyes with puffy eyes. Black bags refer to dark rings or dark circles under eyes, while puffy eyes refer to swelling under the eyes, caused by accumulation of fat or water. Unlike popular belied, black bags not only affect people with good features and a fair complexion, but also those with a dark skin. In this article, we have listed home remedies to help you know how to get rid of black bags. Read on and help yourself!
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Home Remedies For Black Circles Under Eyes
- A good sleep, of 6 to 8 hours, is necessary, as lack of sleep can cause black bags to develop. Consult your doctor in case you find yourself restless at night or experience insomnia.
- Stress and tension worsen black bags. Instead of keeping all the tensions within you, talk to someone about the same. Take a walk, listen to music, read a magazine or do anything to relieve yourself from stress.
- Drink at least 15 glasses of water in a day. It will make your skin supple, soft and shiny, helping remove the black bags under your eyes.
- Soak two teabags in a cup of hot water, for 5 minutes. Remove them and place on a plate to cool down, say for 10 minutes. Place them on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat 2 to 3 times a week.
- Keep two metal tablespoons in the freezer in the night, before going to bed. Remove them in the morning and place the back of the spoons on your eyes for 5 minutes. Repeat on a daily basis.
- Cut slices from a cucumber and refrigerate for minimum 1 hour, to chill them well. Remove and keep them on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat 2 to 3 times a week.
- Mix equal parts of lemon and tomato juice and apply on the black bags, twice daily. Wash off after 15 minutes.
- Mix 1-teaspoon tomato juice, ½-teaspoon lemon juice, 1-teaspoon flour and a pinch of turmeric powder together. Apply the paste around the eyes and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse thereafter.
- Have lots of fruits and vegetables, like spinach, carrot, apples and bananas, to get lots of iron. Drink pomegranate juice 2 or 3 times a week to combat iron deficiency and increase blood circulation, thus getting rid of black under-eye bags.
- People who work relentlessly, especially in front of the computer, are also likely to get black bags, due to fatigue. Take enough rest by relaxing with both your eyes closed.
- A major role is played by deficiency of protein and hydrochloric acid in causing black bags under eyes. Include protein-enriched foods in your diet and take vitamin B6 capsules regularly, to combat the black bags.
- Splash your eyes with lots of clean icy water, several times in a day.
- Reduce your salt intake. Large quantity of salt can impair your circulation and make the blood vessels under the skin, especially the area around the eyes, appear bluer.