Dark or dry skin around the eyes is a common concern for adults. Dark skin--often accompanied by puffiness--is typically only a cosmetic problem. Dry skin is usually a cosmetic problem as well, but it can also be a sign of a more severe skin condition, such as eczema. Over-the-counter products are available to treat both of these conditions, but they can be pricey. Fortunately there are several natural remedies available as well.
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Remedies for Dark Skin
There are many simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. The first is to eliminate or cut back on smoke, alcohol and caffeine. Another simple lifestyle change is to wear sunscreen on your face. Too much melanin causes dark circles to form.
Natural Eye Care recommends a simple technique to boost circulation around the eyes and reduce dark skin called acupressure. To perform this exercise, close the eyes and gently make small circles from the inner to the outer corner of each eye with the ring finger.
Applying a cold compress to the eyes reduces discolored blood vessels. Leave the compress on for at least 15 minutes once a day. Chilled tea bags or bags of frozen vegetables work just as well.
Remedies for Dry Skin
Certain cosmetics and skin care products can dry out the skin. People with dry skin should switch to mineral makeup or avoid wearing eye makeup all together. Consult a dermatologist about skin care products that aren’t too harsh on sensitive skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends washing the face no more than twice a day with warm water and a gentle cleanser. Do not use wash cloths or sponges, as they can be too harsh and drying on the skin.
The skin around the eyes can be moisturized with a few products found in most kitchens. Simply mix an egg yolk, a small drop of honey and milk powder to the desired consistency. The solution works well for the sensitive skin around the eyes, but it can be applied anywhere.
Allergies can take a major toll on the eyes. They often cause dark spots and puffiness. Once the itchiness sets in, it’s tempting to scratch or rub the skin around the eyes, which then leads to dryness. Unlike other causes of dark and dry skin, allergies do not discriminate with age. If outdoor allergies are the main problem, try to stay indoors during the morning hours when pollen counts tend to be higher. If indoor allergies are the problem, be sure to dust and vacuum frequently to eliminate potential triggers. If these methods don’t work, an over-the-counter or prescription allergy medication might provide additional relief.