Blame it on your genes, but dark circles are certainly not an inheritance you bargained for. These eye sores can also be a result of anemia, allergies, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, smoking or sleep deprivation.

Whatever the cause, treating under eye darkness is not just skin deep. So while makeup can save you now, try these home remedies for a more long-term fix:

DIY With Tomatoes
Make a paste of 1tsp of tomato juice, ½tsp of lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric and gram flour. Apply it under the eyes for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off. Use every day to see results.
Secret To The Solution: Tomatoes contain vital antioxidants—lycopene, vitamin C, retinol—that open up the blood vessels and improve cell growth. They help lighten skin tone and are perfect for a tan removal treatment too.

DIY With Almond Oil
Gently apply almond oil under your eyes, just before you hit the sack. Wash it off in the morning and you will notice an instant plumping effect. Do it every night and you won’t look back.
Secret To The Solution: This oil is rich in vitamin E, which improves and moisturize the thin skin under the eyes, and also reduces the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet.

DIY With Mint Leaves
Take seven to 10 mint leaves and blitz them into a paste. Apply to the under eye area, and then gently wipe it off after 10-15 minutes. Use it every day to soothe and rejuvenate the skin.
Secret To The Solution: These leaves have a cooling effect on the skin, and reduce inflammation and puffiness. They also refresh the blood vessels and ease circulation.

Other little things that will make a big difference include a regular exercise routine, removing your makeup and moisturizing before you sleep, and a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables to hydrate your skin.

Also, always remember to use only your fourth finger (from the thumb), when applying any solution to the eye area. The surrounding skin is thin and sensitive, and does not cope well under too much pressure.

With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.