Dark under-eye circles give an individual the appearance of always needing more sleep or of not feeling well. People suffering with dark under-eye circles could spend hundreds of dollars purchasing products from department stores claiming to resolve the issue. However, there are many tips and tricks people can try at home to fix this problem for little to no cost.

Evaluate Habits

Certain habits may affect how noticeable dark under-eye circles appear. For instance, many individuals exacerbate dark circles by not getting enough sleep. Finding ways to increase sleep time may offer relief to the condition. Additionally, controlling unhealthy habits, such as smoking or excessive alcohol intake, helps some sufferers. Developing positive habits, such as wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection both protect the delicate skin around the eye with the circles and benefits the health of the eye itself.

Dehydration can also cause dark under-eye circles, so you should always drink between six and 10 glasses of water daily.

Topical Treatments

According to health and lifestyle website Ayushveda, using certain foods topically on the eyes may help reduce dark circles. For instance, gently massaging almond oil for 15 minutes on the affected area may offer relief. Another remedy involves combining two tablespoons of tomato juice with two tablespoons of lemon juice for use on circles. Another option is to soak cotton balls in potato and cucumber juice and then use the cotton as compresses on the eyes to reduce dark circles. Other individuals use cold, wet tea bags as compresses to decrease under eye darkness. However, anyone attempting this might wish to proceed with caution, as the tea could stain the skin, temporarily complicating the issue.


Very fair-skinned people may find that dark circles appear more pronounced than they do on people with darker skin. Using methods to darken the rest of the facial skin may significantly reduce the appearance of dark circles. While the most natural way to bronze the skin involves sunning themselves, most dermatologists would discourage this activity. Using a bronzing facial powder provides the desired effect without the risk of skin cancer or aging the skin.