Once you get older, your skin also becomes more delicate and thin, especially the one under your eyes. The blue veins become more obvious beneath that thin skin and the result is a shadowy, dark circle. Also, stress, lack of sleep and hours in front of the TV or computer can also cause some pretty nasty-looking dark circles.
The reason coconut oil has become so popular nowadays is because it’s a healthy alternative to commercial creams that can be both expensive and dangerous for the skin. Coconut oil can penetrate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin, making it more healthy looking. Plus, its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and swelling, repairing the damaged skin.
Here are 6 ways to efficiently use coconut oil:
- Coconut Oil Used As It Is
Just before going to bed, make sure that you apply some extra-virgin coconut oil and massage gently. In the morning, you will wash it off with lukewarm water and pat the skin dry. Repeat this treatment daily for at least a week.
- Coconut Oil, Cucumber, and Potato
Blend one cucumber and one potato until they become a smooth paste, and apply it on the skin under your eyes. Rinse it off after 20 minutes, then massage some coconut oil on the skin, leaving it overnight. Rinse in the morning and experience the benefits of the natural bleaching agents (potatoes) and the firm and smooth skin given by the cucumber.
- Almond Oil and Coconut Oil
Almond oil moisturizes and nourishes the skin, keeping it smooth and firm. Just mix equal amounts of both coconut oil and almond oil, massage them on the skin under your eyes and leave the solution there until it’s completely absorbed. Repeat this process daily and see the results.
- Turmeric and Coconut Oil
Moisturizing and soothing dry skin while stimulating the blood – this daily process can make your skin look much healthier. Just mix half a teaspoon of coconut oil with the same amount of turmeric powder, and apply it on your dark circles. Leave it on for about 15 minutes (or until it gets dry) and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Coconut Oil and Essential Oils
Mix a few drops of your preferred essential oils (like grapeseed, macadamia or sandalwood oil) in some coconut oil, and then massage it into your skin, leaving it until it’s absorbed.
- Lemon Juice, Honey, Chickpea Flour, and Coconut Oil
This is the ultimate combo to remove dark circles. Add in a blender one teaspoon each of coconut oil, milk, honey and lemon juice. After it’s mixed, add two more teaspoons of turmeric powder and 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour, blending it until it’s smooth. Apply it on your dark circles and leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
It is recommended that before you use any coconut oil treatments, you do a patch test to see if you are allergic. If the dark circles don’t go away, it is recommended that you consult your doctor to see if there are any underlying causes.