I grew up obsessing with DIY beauty stuff. My friend and I would try all the recipes we could get our hands on. But one thing I quickly learned was that compared to formulated, store-bought products, DIYs just aren’t as effective (at least in my experience). Recently, I questioned my previous DIY experience when I came across a “hack” for getting rid of dark circles under the eyes with almond oil.
The post in question had gone semi-viral on Facebook and so I did what all good investigative journalists do, I started reading the comment section. Comment after comment, people were saying that the almond oil hack worked amazingly well. My curiosity was peaked.
Why Would Almond Oil Work?
The first question I had was-what is the science behind almond oil that it would eliminate dark circles from under the eyes? What I found is that almond oil is full of fatty acids, it’s an anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, and a good source of vitamin E &K… all essential things for good skin. Probably why you’ll find almond oil in so many DIY skin care products.
The special trait of almond oil though, is that it is a natural bleaching agent. In other words, almond oil theoretically works to reduce the appearance of dark circles by gently lightening the skin under your eyes. This should make your under eye area look brighter reducing the dark circles.
Note: I actually looked up if the “bleaching” is considered safe and it is.
Does It Actually Work?
I tried using almond oil for about four months and never saw the improvement of dark circles I was looking for. Unfortunately I was doing it for myself and not for a blog article so I didn’t take pictures, but if anything, my dark circles got worse (thanks stress). What I did notice was soft skin. So Almond oil definitely works for that!
How were there so many good reviews if it just doesn’t work?
Well, it might actually work. Just not for people who have dark circles due to collagen loss.
You see, dark circles are caused by two things.
The loss of collagen as you age, or dark skin under the eye (due to allergies or some other factors).
I could imagine if you are of the group who suffers from dark skin, but not loss of actual collagen, the almond oil very well could work for you since it lightens the skin. So if you feel like you fall into that group, I would definitely give it a try. After all, the worst thing that could happen is that you’ll end up with softer skin!
How to Use Almond Oil?
The easiest way is just to dab some on your under eye area and leave it overnight. Contrary to popular belief, oil is actually really good for your skin. So even if you don’t see instant dark baggy circle relief, you’re still doing a good thing for your skin.
If you want to get “fancy” there are a variety of DIY under eye recipes that you can try. I like to keep it simple, so I’ve only included three recipes that I’ve tried. But there are plenty of other recipes you can check out across the web as well.
Almond Oil & Honey
1 tsp Almond Oil
1 tsp Organic Raw Honey (Manuka is the best, but local honey is a good second).
Mix it together and apply to your under eye are.
A lot of people recommend leaving this combo on overnight- But I’m a stomach sleeper and I personally don’t want sticky sheets and pillows.
So instead I leave it on during my “me” time. AKA: the hour that I sit in the bath and pretend that I’m not an adult.
One misconception about using honey on your face is that it’s a sticky mess. I’ve used honey plenty of times and while the mixing and application process can be sticky. It washes off with warm water beautifully and doesn’t leave your skin sticky at all. So don’t worry too much about that.
Who is honey best for?
ACNE: Honey is a great option for people with acne because it is antibacterial and opens the pores to allow for clarifying.
WRINKLES: Honey is also a great choice for people with wrinkled skin or skin that needs brightened. This is due to its antioxidant, moisturizing and smoothing properties.
Almond Oil & Rose Water
1 tsp Almond Oil
1 tsp Rose Water
Mx together and gently massage underneath your eyes. Leave on overnight.
Out of all the beauty items that I frequently splurge on, rose water is one of my favorites. I literally spray it anytime I need a pick-me-up. I love it SOOOO much.
Who is rose water best for?
The Stressed Out: The aroma of rose water is a mood booster that is great for anytime you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. Maybe that’s why I’m semi addicted…
WRINKLES/COMPLEXION ISSUES: Rose water is filled with antioxidants and has astringent properties which means it tightens the skin and acts as a toner while repairing the skin.
Almond Oil & Aloe
1 tsp Almond Oil
1 tsp Aloe Vera Gel
Mix together and apply. Leave for a couple of hours before rinsing.
I’ve never been a huge fan of the smell of Aloe, but I appreciate everything aloe is equipped to do for the skin. Aloe is such a versatile item that you need it in your cupboard even if you don’t intend on using it for this recipe.
Who Is Aloe Best For?
Damaged Skin: Aloe is a superstar when it comes to repairing damaged skin and using it under your eyes is no different.
So that’s pretty much it! You know now the scoop on using almond oil for dark circles.
Key Takeaway: Almond oil might work if you experience discoloring, but if you have a loss of collagen causing a sunken and dark appearance you may need to look into alternative treatments such as temporary plumper, or injections. Either way though, it doesn’t hurt to try almond oil and see how it works for you.