Causes range from genetics to allergies. For most people, sleep deprivation is a major culprit. Plus, as you get older, discoloration is more likely.1

In stores, you can find countless eye creams made for dark circles. But why spend a fortune? Take the Ayurvedic route with these seven natural remedies.

1. VITAMIN C

Start from the inside out. Eat lots of vitamin C! This nutrient plays a role in collagen production.2 In turn, collagen will improve weak skin – a major cause of shadowing.3

Tasty sources include oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, tomato, broccoli, and spinach. Your skin – and immunity – will flourish.4

When applied on the skin, vitamin C treats discoloration.5 Why not make an eye mask? To be safe, use gentler foods like spinach. Mash it up with a moisturizer like a coconut, avocado, or olive oil. Carefully apply it on your dark circles. After 10 minutes, wash off and pat dry.

2. AVOCADO

Avocado has compounds that inhibit tyrosinase.6 Normally, this enzyme stops melanin production, leading to skin discoloration. But when tyrosinase is stopped? Skin lightens up.7

This is great news for dark circles. In fact, some eye creams focus on this exact mechanism. But why not use avocados? With some mashed avocado, you’ll have a homemade eye treatment.

3. CUCUMBERS

Puffiness draws attention to dark circles. Luckily, cucumber slices can save the day.

Cucumbers have a cooling effect. In fact, the inside flesh is 20 degrees lower than the outside air!8They get even cooler if you store them in the refrigerator.

To use this remedy, place one cucumber slice on each eye. This will reduce puffiness and make dark circles less obvious.