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Can You Use Raw Potatoes for Dark Circles Around the Eyes?

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Can You Use Raw Potatoes for Dark Circles Around the Eyes?
Use potatoes from your kitchen for a homemade spa treatment. Photo Credit: Elen11/iStock/Getty Images

You're probably accustomed to having your potatoes mashed, baked or fried, but putting them on your face is a completely different story. Potatoes have an uncanny ability to stay cold for long periods; they also transfer antioxidants, such as vitamin C, and other nutrients to your skin. These features make potatoes as good as cucumbers when it comes to reducing dark circles under the eyes. Potatoes contain enzymes, vitamin C and starch that nourish the thin skin around the eyes. The coldness of the potato also helps to reduce swelling and inflammation of the vessels underneath the eye to minimize a dark, tired appearance.

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Lie down and place chilled potato slices over your eyes for 10 minutes or longer to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Grated frozen potatoes also work well as an eye pack or poultice. Potato slices won't replace a good night's sleep and proper nutrition or trump a genetic predisposition to dark circles -- so don't rely on them to completely erase all signs of fatigue.

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