Even if the mother is getting enough sleep, since she is pregnant her body processes run on overdrive mode, thus causing exhaustion and possibly the deficiency in essential vitamins and minerals, iron and folic acid that help in regulating the growth and development of the little one. These same nutrients play a vital role in the skin cell repair and rejuvenation of the mother. If the mother is suffering from nutrient deficiency, the skin under or surrounding the eyes looks darker than the rest of the skin.
Home remedies or natural remedies are the best solutions for pregnant mothers because beauty products may harm the normal growth and development of the unborn baby.
To improve digestion and prevent pregnancy-related constipation, the mother should drink plenty of water. It helps the skin to remain hydrated throughout pregnancy and also supports normal blood and oxygen circulation.
Pregnancy can make the mother feel tired quite often. Getting a good and soothing foot massage will help relax her and sleep well too. Skin repair and rejuvenation processes happen during sleep. Sleep and lot of rest will facilitate this process making the skin radiant and glowing.
Here are some top home remedies for dark circles.
- Cucumbers – Cucumbers have cooling as well as astringent properties and is used to treat dark circles. Chilled slices or grated cucumber placed over the eyes for 10 to 15 minutes will help lighten the skin and also reduce puffiness under the eyes.
- Potatoes – Potatoes have natural bleaching properties that can also help lighten dark circles. After freezing the potatoes and grating them, the juice can be extracted. This juice can be applied under the eyes with a ball of cotton dipped into it and leaving it overnight. Wash it off in the morning with warm water. Raw or ripe papaya pulp also helps.
- Green tea bags – Rich in antioxidants, green tea bags can help lighten the skin under the eyes. You need to boil the teabags in half a cup of water for 10 minutes and leave them to cool in the refrigerator for half an hour. Putting the cold teabags over the eyes for around 10 minutes will help reduce puffiness and swelling of the eyes.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes are considered to be one of the most effective remedies for dark circles, as it contains lycopene which is a very good antioxidant. After blending a medium sized tomato into a paste add one-half teaspoon of lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder and two teaspoons of gram flour to make a paste. Apply the paste on the dark circles and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. This will help the dark circles to go away completely. Green apple or red apple pulp also helps.
- Milk – Milk contains lactic acid that helps soften and moisturize the skin under the eyes. It also has protein, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants that help treat dark circles and strengthen the skin and heal damaged skin. Dipping cotton balls in cold milk and placing them over the eyes will help reduce dark circles.
- Coconut oil or Almond oil– Coconut oil helps moisturize the delicate and thin skin under the eyes thus reducing dark circles. Dabbing a little coconut oil or almond oil on the skin near the eyes and gently massaging in a circular motion, first clockwise and then counter-clockwise will help reduce dark circles. Being rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals, almond oil helps replenish and rejuvenate the delicate skin.
- Fenugreek seeds – The high amount of vitamin C, potassium, and protein present in fenugreek seeds help lighten the dark circles. Soak a handful of fenugreek seeds overnight. Strain and leave aside the seeds. Dip cotton balls in this water and put it over the eyes for 10 minutes. Fenugreek seeds can also help balance the pH level of the skin, which is essential to maintain an even skin tone.
These are some of the effective home remedies plus regular physical activity during pregnancy will also ensure that essential nutrients are distributed all over the body.