Alison is a freelance writer on health, nutrition, skincare, and pets, especially cats and dogs.
Are You Seeing Tired Under Eye Dark Circles In The Mirror?
Have you ever considered using almond oil on your skin? If you are suffering from those dark circles under your eyes that can make us look much older than we really feel, maybe you should as it has some amazing benefits.
How many of us can afford to splash the cash on surgical procedures, expensive cosmetic treatments to cure the problem of raccoon eyes? The good news is that if you are looking for a really low-cost treatment method for under eye bags and dark circles, you could not do better than to buy almond oil.
Whilst there are many causes of these under eye problems in people who are otherwise pretty healthy, it can be a bit depressing to see a rather tired and weary looking version of yourself looking back at you from the mirror. You could be suffering from a problem of not getting enough sleep or your genetic inheritance may make you more prone to these problems than others of your age.
It is a fact that even when cash is tight, there are those who will spend more than they can afford on the latest must-have product in the hope that it will somehow work a miracle but it may come as a bit of a surprise to find that almond oil, even though it is not very expensive (especially when compared with some of the top brand name products) it is actually amongst the best home remedies for dark circles and it is pretty effective when it comes to improving the smoothness and texture of the skin in this delicate area.
Almond Oil for Skin is a Natural Treatment
I definitely recommend using an organic, cold pressed almond oil. The one I use here in the UK is from Fushi if you are in the US, you can buy Fushi Sweet Golden Almond Organic Oil. This is my personal preference as it is not really much more expensive and you have the reassurance of knowing that there is nothing but the natural product in the bottle.
Used in aromatherapy treatments to deliver more expensive essential oils (these are mixed into the almond oil which acts as a carrier), this wonderfully light and delicate oil is amazing as a moisturizer under the eyes where the skin is so delicate. It can also be lightly applied all over the face at night if you have dry skin and is very economical as you only need a tiny drop.
It makes skin very noticeably smoother and softer and because it is such a brilliant source of vitamin E your skin will also look healthier and more youthful. You don't have to stop at the area around your eyes either, because the oil is so inexpensive, you can be generous with it too and use if to massage any dry skin anywhere on your body, try it on elbows and knees and give your feet and hands a treat with an almond oil massage too.
The video below shows some other applications for sweet almond oil. This features another trusted brand, Aura Cacia.
Don't Just Use Almond Oil on Your Under Eye Area!
Almond oil is a totally natural product that you can use with complete confidence. As I mentioned earlier, you can use it anywhere on your body and it is very soothing and smoothing as well as helping to clear blemishes. For the reason that the under eye skin is thinner than in many other regions of the body and gets even thinner as we grow older (the only bit of me that has!), and because the skin in this area of our face is so mobile as we laugh and cry and express ourselves, using this natural oil to moisturize the skin helps to avoid the lines and wrinkles that start to develop first in this region of our face.
How To Use Almond Oil for Under Eye Circles
It is easy to apply as a treatment for those dark circles and eye bags.
- Just add a few drops onto your fingertips and then instead of smoothing it onto the skin, gently massage in very small circles - that's it!
- Using this method of application helps to boost circulation and to drain the fluid that can accentuate eye bags. It also helps the oil to get absorbed into your skin.
- What surprised me about using almond oil is that I was expecting it to feel greasy and sticky but it is so well absorbed that all you need to do is just blot your skin with a facial tissue when you have finished to leave a silky smooth skin that is ready for the application of your eye makeup.
Of course, it's not just girls and women who can benefit from this wonderful product, it makes a really good product that men can use for treatment of dark circles under their eyes and general skincare too.
The best bonus for me is, that because it is so inexpensive, I can use it as often as I like!
Home Made Remedy, Honey and Almond Oil Face Mask
Another way to use almond oil if you have time for a pampering session is to make it into a face mask. This is a home remedy skin care trick that is very easy to do if you whiz up a little bit of raw potato (peeled) or some cucumber (skin left on) in your food processor or blender. mix in a little almond oil and use this as a mask all over your face (it is great under the eyes).
As an alternative but just as easy homemade skin treatment, mix some honey into your almond oil and apply this to your face - although this is a little messy, it is wonderfully soothing and healing. You just need to leave either mask in place for about thirty minutes before rinsing off and patting your skin dry.
It is true to say that having eye bags or dark circles (or even both) are not the worst problems we could have as we grow older, they have the effect of making our reflection in the mirror seem older than we actually feel. I feel it is better to try to use natural prodcuts such as almond oil wherever possible so if you haven't tried it before, I can definitely recommend you buy almond oil, even if you only get the tiniest bottle to start with and just use it on your under eye area.
© 2011 Alison Graham
Alison Graham (author) from UK on February 16, 2016:
Thanks Lady_E, good to get your feedback. Almond oil is exceptionally good for the problems of eye bags and dark circles.
Elena from London, UK on February 15, 2016:
Thanks. The best remedy I have read so far.
Randomovic from Egypt on August 15, 2013:
great. i'll try this one. thanks
Alison Graham (author) from UK on July 12, 2013:
I agree Audrey, almonds are very beneficial and almond milk is great in smoothies and shakes and has lots of calcium and vitamin D for bone health. I hope you find the almond oil helpful for under eye puffiness. In addition, you could try the eye massage techniques as described in the videos posted in my hub https://hubpages.com/health/Eye-Massager-Benefits-... as massage not only relieves eye strain, it can also help with lymphatic drainage around the eye area which will help with any puffiness.
Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 11, 2013:
Hi Alison - I will definitely give this a try. My undereye area is puffy, and I use eye cream to help. It makes the area shine and disguises the dark puffiness. I have heard great things about almond oil. Anything with almonds are a help to the body. Eating almonds is good for the heart and the body in general. Thanks for sharing the tips in this hub. Hugs. Audrey
Ms. Immortal from NJ on January 04, 2013:
I love this information, thanks!
Voted up and tweeted:o)
Alison Graham (author) from UK on December 22, 2012:
Thanks for dropping by @apates - home made beauty products are often better than store bought in my opinion and the evidence for the effectiveness of almond oil is compelling!
Rie-Rie from Somewhere in MO. on December 21, 2012:
Thanks for the tip. Loving it! xoxo
Well written. I also, love natural products. I'm constantly making homemade organic beauty products for myself.
actionbronson on December 06, 2012:
Almonds and almond oil have tons of benefits! I try to eat almonds everyday. 5$ a pound. I'd have to spend about 20$ usd a month which is worth it. They are loaded with healthy fat. Omega 3 is very important. The brain is 66.67% fat. So eating food rich in "healthy" fat content replenishes your neurons and brain cells.
Alison Graham (author) from UK on November 15, 2012:
Thanks for the share, beingwell, I appreciate it, hope you find the almond oil helpful too.
beingwell from Bangkok on November 15, 2012:
Wow! Imagine that! I didn't know that almond oil helps eye bags. We always have almonds whole nuts at home, for healthy snacking. Now, I'mma gonna' get almond oil, too... Hopefully, it works with my eye bags. Yikes! Shared this one!
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 27, 2012:
I have dark circles under my eyes, so I am thankful to read your very informative hub. I have to try this. Thanks for sharing.
HealthyHanna from Utah on April 17, 2012:
I am going to try it!! I have been embarrassed by photographs of myself. I look so tired.
Crystal Tatum from Georgia on April 03, 2012:
I have had dark circles under my eyes since I was a teenager. They get darker when I am sick or tired, but they are always purple even when I am well-rested. I have never heard of almond oil as a treatment, so thank you for this informative hub!
almond-oil from India on March 30, 2012:
I do not have idea about the skin care by almond oil. I am using Dabur Almond Hair oil from last 6 month, it's help to reduce the hair fall and dandruff. it's non sticky and light hair oil.
Alison Graham (author) from UK on December 13, 2011:
Thanks Rachelle, it is marvellous stuff - try it!
Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on December 13, 2011:
I learn something new everyday...I had never even heard of almond oil until today.
Thanks for sharing
Alison Graham (author) from UK on September 10, 2011:
Hi dipsmi, you and me both! Here is a link to an article with other home remedies for dark circles that you might find helpful on my site - http://under-eyecircles.com/home-remedies-for-dark...
dipsmi from Plymouth, Minnisota on September 09, 2011:
i suffer from dark circles...i didn't know that almond oil can be helpful.Thank you so much!
Alison Graham (author) from UK on September 09, 2011:
Thanks so much for your comment @femmeflashpoint I have become very interested in skin care through researching for my web sites and have quite a lot of home remedy ideas on my other two sites too (http://howtogetridofblackheadstips.com) and (http://pimpletreatmenttips.com) - I have also been reviewing lots of skin care products and found that it is definitely NOT the case the the more expensive a product is, the better it is! Enjoy your almond oil and do try the honey massage which is even better if you mix a little oatmeal into it!
femmeflashpoint on September 08, 2011:
Loved this hub! Thank you for the information and I can't wait to try this!
Alison Graham (author) from UK on September 07, 2011:
thankyou @howcurecancer, I am glad you found the information useful.
Elena@LessIsHealthy on September 07, 2011:
Thank, I learnt something new and very useful.
CJamesIII from Minneapolis, MN on September 01, 2011:
Alison Graham (author) from UK on August 31, 2011:
Hi Sinea Pies - thanks for your comment. It is true that people did use Preparation H under their eyes as one of the ingredients shrank the tiny capillaries under the surface of the skin - however the makers of preparation H have taken that ingredient out now so it will no longer work for that purpose!
Alison Graham (author) from UK on August 31, 2011:
Thanks Trinity, almond oil really is a lovely product to use on your skin - I use the Weleda product myself and the bottle lasts ages!
Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on August 31, 2011:
Great information. Sounds silly but I had heard that fashion models use Preparation H under their eyes for bagginess. Sounded dangerous to me. This is a great solution!
Trinity M on August 31, 2011:
Lovely article Alison, thanx for the useful information. I love natural products so I'll definitely give this a try. :)
Alison Graham (author) from UK on August 31, 2011:
I didn't know that Trsmd - thanks for your comment.
Trsmd from India on August 31, 2011:
A handful of almonds has more calcium that 8 oz of cow milk