How to treat dark circles with olive oil

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How to treat dark circles with olive oil
Olive oil is used to reduce dark circles under the eye. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Dark circles under the eyes are common in both men and women. They are a natural part of the aging process. Dark circles can be made worse by both genetic issues and lifestyle. Fortunately, they can be treated quickly and effectively by using olive oil. Applying olive oil to the skin beneath the eye on a daily basis may significantly reduce dark circles.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Olive oil
  • Castor oil
  • Cotton wool
  • A small plastic bottle with a lid

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Instructions

    Getting rid of dark circles below the eyes

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    Dark circles under the eyes typically become noticeable when people reach their thirties and forties. There are a number of reasons why people develop dark circles. One side-effect of the aging process is that the skin below the eyes starts to thin. The result is that both collagen and fat are lost. This combined loss can make the dark blood vessels in the skin below the eyes stand out. Within Asian and African people, pigmentation disorders can cause dark circles around the eyes. Excessive levels of alcohol can dehydrate the skin, as can too much salt. Dehydration can cause, or worsen, dark circles.

    How to treat dark circles with olive oil
    Age, dehydration and pigmentation. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)
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    Olive oil comes from the olive fruit, which is native to various parts of Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean. It is recognised for its health-related benefits. Introducing olive oil into a diet can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels, blood-pressure, and blood-sugar levels. Olive oil can also help lessen the effects of dark circles under eyes. Its monounsaturated fats and antioxidants moisturise the skin, help to rejuvenate it, and make skin-tissue smooth. Regular applications of olive oil to the skin below the eye can provoke significant and welcome results.

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    There are a number of important steps to follow when applying olive oil to the eyes. Make sure the area of the dark circle is free of make-up. Wash the skin with soap and water and pat it dry. Take a small plastic bottle and fill it with approximately 80 percent olive oil and 20 percent castor oil. Affix the lid tightly and shake the bottle until the contents are mixed. Pour a small amount of the mixture onto a cotton wool ball. Carefully and gently dab the dark circles with the cotton wool, allowing the oil to soak into the skin. Let the oil remain on the skin overnight. The following morning, rinse it off with soap and water, and then apply a moisturiser. Repeat the process on a nightly basis.

    How to treat dark circles with olive oil
    The process of applying olive oil. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Increase your intake of olive oil in food. Decrease the levels of alcohol and salt in your diet.
  • Avoid getting olive oil in the eye itself, as this can cause redness and irritation.

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