Dark Circles Darkening Your Mood During Pregnancy? Here’s Some Home Remedies To Solve That!

A lot of women eagerly anticipate the whole pregnancy glow, where your skin is smooth as a baby’s bottom and shines, your hair is bouncy and lustrous and you overall are chirpy. But, the one thing that bothers expectant mother’s is the dark circles that form due to lack of proper/disturbed sleep during pregnancy.

So, why do dark circles occur?

The skin under the eyes are very sensitive and lack of sleep makes them appear pale causing dark blood vessels and tissues to be seen clearly.

Another reason that dark circles are formed is due to puffiness seen around the eyes (caused by tiredness) that causes the eyelids to cast a shadow.

Causes of dark circles during pregnancy include:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stress
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Fluid retention in the body
  • Nasal allergies
  • Sun exposure
  • Irritation of skin by makeup, itching/rubbing
  • Less exercise
  • Hereditary trait that gets more pronounced during pregnancy

So, what are the home remedies that you can use to prevent dark circles during pregnancy?

In order to prevent dark circles the skin under the eyes should be nourished and hydrated. This is done by adequate rest, fluid intake and proper nutrition. Apart from that, the home remedies to prevent dark circles during pregnancy include:

  • Aloe vera gel: The king of home remedies products, Aloe Vera gel, is in the first choice to soothe your eyes.  Apart from hydrating the skin below and around your eyes, the nourishing properties of aloe vera help in reducing the pigmentation under the eye. It would be best to use aloe vera gel (organic without chemicals) twice, the first time during the day and second time before going to bed to be effective.

Directions to use:

  1. Apply the aloe gel under the eyes and gently massage for a few seconds.
  2. Leave it on for about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Clean with a moist cotton pad.
  • Almond oil:  Almond oil is highly suggested to treat dark circles and to make your skin supple. Combine almond oil along with vitamin E oil and those dark circles will be history. Best results will be seen for over 2-3 months when used every night.

Directions to use:

  1. Apply the almond oil under the eyes during night time and gently massage for a few seconds.
  2. Leave it overnight.
  3. Clean with a moist cotton pad the next morning or cleanse your face.
  • Cucumber: This versatile vegetable is easily accessible.  Along with skin-lightening, it has mild astringent properties. Not to mention when chilled and left on the eyes for 15 to 30 minutes, it offers relief and relaxation to tired eyes.

Directions to use:

  1. Cut slices of cucumber. For the best effect, using a cool/refrigerated cucumber.
  2. Apply the slices on the eyes.
  3. Leave it on for about 15 -30 minutes.
  4. Clean with a moist cotton pad.
  • Rose water: Rose water helps in rejuvenating the skin due to its mild astringent properties (used as a toner) along with soothing tired eyes. It also helps in reducing dark circles. Rose water can be used on your face and eyes 2-3 times a day. Keeping it in the refrigerator makes it even better.

Directions to use:

  1. Take two cotton pads and soak it with chilled/regular rose water
  2. Apply the cotton pads on the eyes.
  3. Leave it on for about 15 -30 minutes.
  4. Clean with a moist cotton pad.
  • Potato slices/juice: Apart from having mild bleaching properties, potatoes help in reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. You can safely use this method once or twice a day for a few months to see results.

Directions to use:

  1. Take two cotton pads and soak it potato juice or use two slices of potato.
  2. Apply the cotton pads/potato slices on the eyes.
  3. Leave it on for about 15 -30 minutes.
  4. Clean with a moist cotton pad.
  • Tomato slices/juice: Like potatoes,  tomatoes apart from having mild bleaching properties, help in reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. You can safely use this method once or twice a day for a few months to see results.

Directions to use:

  1. Take two cotton pads and soak it tomato juice or use two slices of tomato.
  2. Apply the cotton pads/tomato slices on the eyes.
  3. Leave it on for about 15 -30 minutes.
  4. Clean with a moist cotton pad.
  • Green tea/tea bags: Green tea/ tea bags which are dipped in warm water and not milk, can be stored in the refrigerator and can be reused to soothe your tired eyes along with reducing the dark circles. The tannins & caffeine present in the tea bags are mildly diuretic and help to reduce the puffiness and tighten the skin of the eyes.

Directions to use:

  1. Take two used tea bags and place them on a plate/container in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Apply the chilled tea bags on the eyes.
  3. Leave it on for about 15 -30 minutes.
  4. Clean with a moist cotton pad.

Use any of the above methods to soothe your eyes and reduce your dark circles. And as any home remedy, for you to see the results you need to wait for a couple of weeks to months and consistently follow a regimen.

 

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