Have you been thinking of trying almond oil to cure your dark circles? Do you find the circles around your eyes affecting your self-esteem badly? If yes, you’ve come to the right place.
Almond oils can work for dark circles but its effectiveness is limited to certain conditions only. There are so many different causes of dark circles for which different cures and remedies are required. Almond oil is just one remedy that works to a reasonable extent on certain people. It may work for you or may not work at all. However since it is a simple cost-effective home remedy, it’s better to give it a try and see if it works for you.
Causes of Dark Circles
Before we talk in detail about Almond oil being used as an effective remedy for dark circles, we’d like to discuss with you about the actual cause of dark circles.
You see… there are so many causes of dark circles such as stress, fatigue, heredity, etc. But all of it leads to one thing – hyperpigmentation i.e. increased production of the pigment melanin in the body. When melanin is produced in excess quantities, you suffer from conditions such as dark spots, age spots, sun spots, etc.
Hyperpigmentation can either be epidermal hyperpigmentation or a genetic hyperpigmentation. Genetic hyper pigmentation is a condition where the individual’s cell structure is genetically programmed to produce increased melanin. This cannot be changed no matter what you.
Epidermal hyper pigmentation on the other hand pertains to the top most layer of your skin that is subject to increased pigment production. Most women suffer from epidermal hyper pigmentation. The chances of you suffering from epidermal hyper pigmentation are also quite high as opposed to genetic hyper pigmentation. The only solution to such a form of hyper pigmentation is the application of a topical substance.
Any substance that has the ability to balance the pigment production levels and/or improve the skin’s health is good enough to prevent hyper pigmentation and promote skin health. Almond oil is one such substance that is known to rejuvenate your skin and improve your skin’s health. However, it does nothing to balance the pigment production levels. Therefore, results are going to take quite a long time.
On the other hand, there are also creams that are specifically devoted towards inhibiting the activity of pigment producing enzymes such as tyronsinase thereby ensuring a faster recovery from conditions such as dark circles.
How To Use Almond Oil For Dark Circles
With that said, here’s how to use Almond oil to cure dark circles:
- Every night before you go to bed, wash your face and dry it with a towel
- Apply the almond oil and massage the area under your eyes in a gentle manner
- You can also mix the almond oil with one-two spoons of honey and apply that mixture under your eyes
- Sleep after application
- Wake up in the morning and rinse it away
Keep at it for at least a couple of weeks (1-3 weeks). If you don’t notice any significant improvement after 3 weeks, it means almond oil isn’t enough on its own. You need an effective alternative that can actually inhibit the melanin production.
One such topical substance is Hydroquinone and it used to be found in various skin care products back in the day. Hydroquinone has been and is (even today) the most powerful substance for dealing with hyper pigmentation. It kills off all the pigment producing cells in your body in an extremely quick manner and makes your dark circles vanish in a jiffy.
However, there is ONE huge problem with the substance. Creams containing Hydroquinone have been classified as drugs after the FDA discovered it to be a possible cancer causing substance after a series of tests were conducted on rats.
Since then… the sales of creams containing Hydroquinone has dropped and people have been looking for alternatives. There is no other alternative that is as effective as hydroquinone containing creams. But there are other ingredients though which have been discovered to be somewhat effective.
One such skin lightening product that contains substances that are somewhat effective in comparison to hydroquinone is Meladerm. It is a skin lightening product that contains ingredients such as Alpha Arbutin, Giga White, Tego Cosmo C, Kojic Acid, etc which have been clinically proven to be effective when it comes to treating conditions associated with epidermal hyperpigmentation.
The best part is… the cream is completely side effect free. Unlike hydroquinone which provided a bad report during tests when it comes to side effects, ingredients used in the formulation of Meladerm have been tested to be completely safe. With a cream containing hydroquinone, you could notice improvement in your dark circles in a week or less. With Meladerm on the other hand, it will take you at least 2 – 3 weeks before you see noticeable improvement.
Ingredients used in Meladerm are completely different from Hydroquinone. Unlike hydroquinone that kills off pigment producing cells, ingredients such as Alpha Arbutin and Kojic acid which are used in Meladerm actually reduce the pigment of production by inhibiting these cells. They do not kill. That’s why they are a little bit less effective. But at the same time, a lot safer.