Classic Hacks: How To Instantly Reduce Dark Rings Under Your Eyes

Classic Hacks: How To Instantly Reduce Dark Rings Under Your Eyes

They say that your eyes are a window of the soul — so it’s best not to frame them with the unsightly dark rings of a corpse. If you feel perennially exhausted and bleary-eyed, these tried-and-tested maintenance tips will help to keep your peepers looking fresh (even when you feel like death warmed up.)

We originally reported on this hack all the way back in 2009, which comes from DIY weblog WikiHow. Obviously, the best way to look bright-eyed and well rested is to eat healthily and get an adequate amount of sleep.

This is easier said than done for most full-time workers, though. Thankfully, there are a few simple tricks you can employ to get the “fresh eye” look without drastically changing your lifestyle.

To instantly reduce dark circles, freeze a wet cotton swab overnight and then gently wipe under the affected areas of the eye. Need an even quicker fix? Try taking a cold, damp washcloth and squeezing out the excess droplets over your closed eyes. (For best results, try not to flinch!)

If this doesn’t help, the culprit might be too much salt in your diet. As WikiHow explains:

Excess salt causes the body to retain water in unusual places, and this can result in puffiness under the eyes. Too much salt can also impair your circulation, and cause the blood vessels under the skin to appear bluer.

You can find additional suggestions on the original WikiHow article, including cosmetic solutions, nasal congestion removal and allergy prevention tips. Click here to learn more.

[Via WikiHow]

Lifehacker’s Classic Hacks is a regular segment where we dig up the most popular, useful and offbeat advice from our archives and update it for your modern lifestyle.


  • Anyone tried this? i have some major baggage under my eyes even though i eat healthy(ish) and get regular decent sleep and yet it still looks like i haven’t slept in a week.

    • I am the same. Doesn’t matter what I do. I just have them, i’ve just learnt to live with them haha

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