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Q: Cucumber juice is essentially cooling and soothing, and it has mild bleaching properties. Apply it daily to your dark circles, and you will see a difference. However, this is not a permanent remedy. Read this article on Dark Circles for more information, click here.
Shilpa ()

A: Does applying cucumber juice in cotton help to get rid of dark circles?
Vidula Chopra

Q: When I get ready in the morning, I put in my colored contact lenses. My eyes in the morning are sparkling, not dark, and look great. But then after coming home from work after 7 hours, my eyelids are dark, puffy, and oily. Is there anything that is going wrong? Could it be that I am allergic to colored contacts? I want my eyelids too look fresh and sparkling throughout the day. Thanks.
Raju ()

A: You should ideally speak to an eye doctor to find out why your eyes react in this manner to contacts. It is however natural for eyelids to appear darker and oily by the end of the day - I don't know the extent of your problem. Consider simply washing your face during the day. Also, try applying cucumber slices on your lids after returning home from work everyday, to sooth your eyes. If you wear coloured contacts but don't have a number, I suggest you wear them only when going out at night, for a few hours.
Vidula Chopra Rastogi

Q: Are there any brands of eye cream that you can recommend, with so many to choose from how do you know which ones contain the right ingredient for dark circles under the eys. I am 26.
Sunny ()

A: Different brands suit different people. It also depends where you live, and which brands are available. Clinique is good. The best thing for you to do would be to request for samples and try them out. Try out those creams that are especially formulated to combat dark cirlces, instead of regular under-eye creams.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I am 32 years and have dark circles since I was 13 or 14. Kindly give a remedy for it's quick removal.
Shabnum (Mysore, India)

A: Apply cucumber juice to your dark cirlces. Also, read this article. Dark Circles
Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi, I m 16 years old, and I think I have dark circles. I use cucumber and tomato. I wanted to ask. Is it fine using soap after using tomato and cucumber juice on face?? plz.. do answer me.. thank u..
Tamanna (Chennai, India)

A: Yes, you can wash your face with soap after applying the tomatoes and cucumber. Also, try and get enough sleep and eat a wholesome diet.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I hav got dark circles do tel me how to apply cucumber juice in detail. I am using loreal under eye cream in morning. Do reply me in detail
Shikha (Mumbai, India)

A: Just mash a cucumber, with the skin still on it, and apply the juice to your face. Leave it on for at least fifteen minutes, and then wash off. Also, make sure you drink enough water, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi what is concealer and why it is used ??
Monica (Mumbai, India)

A: Concealor essentially covers any dark spots on your face and evens out your skin tone. It 'conceals' irregularities. It is most often used under the eyes, to conceal dark circles. It is first applied on the dark areas, and then foundation is applied all over the face to even it out.
Vidula Chopra

Q: Having read your advise to people with dark circles it's clear you highly recomend the use of cucumber juice - would putting some in the bath be effective or drinking cumcumber juice even?
Richard (LA, USA)

A: Cucumber juice in the bath would be far too diluted and wouldn't help as much. Similarly, drinking cucumber juice will certainly have its own health benefits. But if you are interested in using it to lighten dark patches, it is best if it is applied directly to the skin.
Vidula Chopra

Q: Pls. help.....I have dark circles and they are not going away. I usually get 7 hrs of sleep. I am currently using a very reputed eye cream...but the dark circles are'nt going away!
Mary (Mumbai, India)

A: Apply cucumber juice to the area under your eyes, to lighten them. What is causing the dark circles? Increase your intake of iron through foods. Eat a balanced diet, with plenty of spinach, and exercise regularly. Remember, dark circles are often caused by lifestyle faults. Take a bath with cold water daily to improve blood circulation. Also, drink at least ten glasses of water everyday.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I'm 22 years old and I have bad dark circles around my eyes. I've been sing "Clinelle Eye Bright Cream" for about 2 months plus now, but it seems useless. I heard people said that tea bags can help to lessen dark circles around eyes. Which one is more effective? Cucumber juice or tea bags? Thank you!
Winnie (Mumbia, India)

A: Cucumber juice lightens the area and soothes it, while tea bags soothe the area and reduce swelling. Both are helpful, and you could alternate between both methods if you have swelling as well.
Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi, I had written to you a couple of days back and still havent got a reply. can you please give a solution to my problem. I suffer from thyroid and due to which i have dark circles under my eyes. Is there a way to remove these. It tends to make me look ill and much older than my age. I am 23 years old.
Diva (Mumbai, India)

A: Read this article for information on removing dark circles. You will need to tackle the cause for a permanent solution. Take your thyriod medication regularly.
Vidula Chopra

Q: Dear sir, I am suffering from dark circles for the past 18 months my age is 27 my complexion is fair skin is dry I have tried everything now I am using almond oil which I apply at night for 20 minutes then wipe it. Is potato juice of any use kindly help
Pratibha (Mumbai, India)

A: Please refer to this article for tips and in-depth information on getting rid of dark circles: Dark Circles
Vidula Chopra

Q: HI I'm Jennifer, I'm 14 years old and I have bad dark circles around my eyes, I don't know what to do, and I think I sleep well and eat well so is not that I don't know what to do please help me.
Jennifer (LA, USA)

A: Please read this article for tips on getting rid of dark circles. Also, try applying cucumber juice to the area under your eyes. It should lighten the dark circles somewhat. Dark Circles Also, keep reading below for more tips.
Vidula Chopra

Q: Thank you for the good advice. One more question: If I only apply the cucumber juice to my eyes at night before going to bed, will that be a wasted effort? Is it best done in the morning / afternoon when starting off the day?
Chiman (Banglore, India)

A: No it will not be a wasted effort at all. But if you are in your late twenties or older, I suggest you apply an undereye cream at night instead of cucumber juice. Or one night you can apply cucumber juice and the next night, apply an undereye cream.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I am a 16 year old white female and I have awful dark circles, I wanted to know what I can do, if there are any vitamins I could take to make them go away. Any home remidies??
Amie (UK)

A: Apply cucumber juice to your dark circles. Make sure the juice is fresh. You will need to cut a couple of fine slices, and squeeze them to get the juice. Don't remove the skin. Wash off after around ten minutes. You can even leave it on overnight if you will not be applying any other undereye cream. Make sure you read answers to the queries below as well, to get more tips. You could take a multi-vitamin supplement. A B- vitamin deficiency can also cause dark circles. Try Source of Life vitamins.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I have really bad dark circles and i heard i should get cucumber juice but i dont know where to find it could u please help me
Kate (London, UK)

A: Don't try to find the juice packet! Simply buy a cucmber from the supermarket and cut a couple of slices. Smash them up to squash out the juice. You will get a teaspoonful or two of juice, which would be enough.
Vidula Chopra

Q: Straight to the point - I have dark circles (hereditary) 1. How long does it take to see the results from cucumber juice? Is it something you see straight away or does it take few weeks/months before you would see a difference?
2. If it is seen straight away, it probably only lasts for the duration of the day and you need to apply it every time your going out?
3. Hows it best to apply it? -Just using fingers and spreading it under the eyes? or soak cotton pads and put them on eyes? I find that it dries off quicker if you only use your finger to apply it.
4. When should it be applied - daily? once or twice a day? e.g. morning/night?
5. Once you start this routine, you have to keep doing it for life to maintain the results?

Chiman (Gujarat, India)

A: You start noticing the difference after a few days itself. If you have the time, you can apply it twice a day initially, and after around two weeks you can start applying it once a day. It can be applied at any time during the day, and with fingers or with cotton, as long as the cotton is properly soaked in the juice. The results are temporary so if you want to keep the circles light, you will need to continue use.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I have huge very black circles aorund my fingers where my rings are. I've wore them for 5 yrs and this is the first I've ever done this. what do I do and what could the cause be?
Natalie, Jason (USA)

A: The cause is probably lack of circulation if the rings are tight or, your skin may have had an allergic reaction to the metal on the rings. Stop wearing the rings for some time and your skin should return to normal. Also, when you remove the rings, clean them well and clean your fingers well too.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I have dark marks under my eyes they are not bags how do i get rid of them please help
Lyndonna (Italy)

A: Dark circles are often caused by lack of sleep, or even by low iron. Make sure you get enough sleep. Cut down tea, coffee, eat more fruit, and drink at least ten to twelve glasses of water in a day. Put cucumber juice on the area under your eyes. The area should lighten. Also read this article on Dark Circles.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I am 22 years old. I have very prominent dark circles since the age of 10 . My father and mother also have dark circles. Can my problem be then genetic ? Please suggest a remedy. I also apply concealer but my dark circles are still evident. Should i consult a skin specialist or a beauty centre could help ?I have applied 'No Marks' and tried potato and cucumber slices too. But there seems to be little effect. I am very concerned about my problem. Kindly reply swiftly so that i can do the needful as soon as possible. This is an earnest request. Thanks.
Roohi (Delhi, India)

A: Instead of cucumber slices, try applying cucumber juice on your dark circles. Also, make sure you get adequate sleep. Drink at least 10-12 glasses of water a day to detox your system. Take up yoga. The inverted poses help to pump up circulation, especially in the head and face. Go through our site for yoga asanas.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I am 22 years old with very prominent dark circles since 10 years. My mother also has dark circles. So can my problem be genetic? Is there a solution for it. I am underweight also and my appetite is quite low.Lately,my dark circles have extended to the left cheek. I want a permanent solution for this. I have tried 'no marks' but there has been no significant change. Is laser therapy safe? Or should i consult a skin specialist? Please suggest all possible solutions. Thanks Roohi
Roohi (Mumbai, India)

A: Apply cucumber juice to the area under your eyes. What is causing the dark circles? Make sure you get enough sleep, and increase your intake of iron. Eat a balanced diet, with plenty of spinach, and exercise regularly. Take a bath with cold water daily, to improve blood circulation. If your apetite is low, you could compromise by drinking more fruit juices. Also, drink at least ten glasses of water everyday. Laser therapy is completely safe, but make sure you go to a reputed clinic. Also, you could first try these options and if nothing works, you could then go in for laser, since it will be expensive.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I have dark circles under my eyes.I got it when I start to work as HR Executive and I use to sit a lot in front of PC rathen then TV. I have try a lot od ways but it doesn't work. Finally I went for eye treatment for 3 times which adviced by my beautician. After the eyes treatment, my beautician advice me to squeeze the juice form cucumber, dip a facial cotton pad and place it on my eyes for 15 min to 20 min every day. She also advice me to use cucumber juice for 1 week and tomato juice for 1 week. My problem is when I started to use cucumber juice I can see a good result to my eyes but I start to use tomato juice I don't see any result and I feel my eyes get back the dark circle a little bit. Should I stop using tomato juice for my eyes and continue using cucumber juice daily? Please advice
Difya (Mumbai, India)

A: Yes, sure, stick with the cucumber juice. If you like, you could apply tomato juice for around ten minutes a couple of times a week, separately, in addition to cucumber juice.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I am a 16 year old and i am spsanish so my skin is very dark and ,and I have dark circles under my eyes, it makes me look tiered all the time.Is there any way I can make my skin look lighter and make my eye circles less noticable? (Concelear and mak up don't work.)
Vikky (Spain)

A: Apply cucumber juice to your undereye area to lighten the dark circles. A mixture of cucumber juice and lemon applied to the rest of your face should help lighten it. Wash it off after ten minutes.
Vidula Chopra

Q: ow i can reduce my dark circles with some home made remedies
Geeta (Mumbai, India)

A: Read this article: Dark Circles
Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi, I am Jyothi.I have darkcircles around my eyes I dont know how to get rid of them.Is there any permanent treatment or any medicine. Please let me know about that.One more question I have a fair complexion during my pregnancy my neck & my underarms turned black(dark) what should i do to get rid of the darkness around my neck & underarms.please let me know.
Jyothi (Mumbai, India)

A: Due to surging hormones and changes in your body, skin changes during pregnancy are extremely common, especially amongst dark haired women. Don't venture out in the sun, wear sunscreen even when indoors, and cover up, or the darkened areas will get even darker. The darkness should gradually fade on its own. Read this article for tips on reducing dark cirlces.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I hope you can help me. I am 27 and I have a dark circle around one of my eyes. My right eye is a prosthetic and the skin around it is a tight as any teenagers. However my left eye has a dark circle and certainly shows its full 27 years. Please, is there anything you can suggest that would help me. Thank you so very much for your time.
Kate (Pune, India)

A: Read this article for a gamut of tips on combating dark circles. It should help you.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I am fed up with my dark circles. Is it because I wear glasses? Can contact lenses prove to be helpful?
Disha (Pune, India)

A: Dark circles are not caused by glasses. Apply cucumber/potato slices to the area under your eyes to relax them and increase circulation. Apply concealor under your eyes and then apply foundation to your entire face to conceal the dark circles.
Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi I have two problems please help me I have dark circles around my eyes please give me a home made tip for that the other problem is I want to reduce my breast size please suggest me some exercise. Thanks in advance.
Pearl (USA)

A: Read this article for combating dark circles.
It is not possible to lose weight only from your breasts. You will need to lose weight overall. Breasts is pure fat and no muscle, so when you lose fat from your body, you will also lose some fat from your breasts.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Do the cucumber slices have to be could before I apply them on my eyes and do I need to use my fingers to press them against my dark circle area? Thanks in advance!
Norman (USA)

A: Yes, the cucumber slices should preferably be cold. No, you don't have to keep them pressed with your fingers but even if you do so, it's fine.
Vidula Chopra

Q: I have dark circles under my eyes. i am 39 years old.i have tried many creams including 'NO MARKS'.tell me another way to get rid of them .i have tried potato treatment too. please help me?
Anand (Mumbai, India)

A: Are you getting enough sleep? Often dark circles result from a lack of sleep, excessive sun exposure, allergies or stress. Get an extra hour of sleep everyday, eat green veges, and make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water in a day. The easiest cure for dark circles is to simply camouflage them by applying concealor to your undereye area. For a more lasting treatment, start using an undereye moisturiser on a daily basis. If your dark circles are due to pigmentation, your best bet for a permanent cure would be to get a chemical peel or a laser treatment.
Vidula Chopra

Q: i am 22 years old. i have very prominent dark circles around my eyes. Is it safe to undergo a treatment at any of the beauty centres? If yes, can you suggest any?
Nobody ()

A: Before visiting a beauty centre, why don't you try using various dark circle lightening creams available in the market. See if they help.
Often, dark cirlces are caused due to lack of sleep, or disturbed sleep. Are you sleeping enough?
Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Avoid drinking too much tea and coffee.
Avoid stepping out in the sun.
Close your eyes and apply a cucumber slice on each lid. Remove after ten minutes. Do this everyday and you should see an improvement.



Q: I have dark circles under my eyes. How do I get rid of them.
Prakash (Mumbai)

A: Apply a slice of potato to each eye, and let it be for about 10 minutes. You could also apply slices of cucumber. They are very cooling and soothing. These days you get good creams in the market which help you get of dark circles. Try 'No Marks'.


Q: I have dark circles around my eyes and is gradually spreading towards the sides. I have tried antiblemish cremes but have found no results. Can you suggest me some solution to reduce these circles or how one can hide them.
Mahek (U.S.A)

A: Apply a concealer stick under your eyes, and then apply foundation evenly all over your face. Your dark circles will not be seen. To lighten dark circles, try applying slices of cucumber on them. You could also try using creams especially formulated for removing dark circles, instead of general anti-blemish creams.





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