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Use cucumber, not tomato slices to get rid of dark circles. Here’s why

Updated on:29 September 2021, 11:07am IST
Many people apply tomato slices to their eyes in order to treat dark circles but it can actually do more harm than good. Here’s why you must drop the idea.
Grace Bains
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Tomato slices for treating dark circles is a bad idea! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

So many of us deal with the bane of dark circles, and while they are a common issue, it is still frustrating to constantly come across as fatigued and aged. Dark circles are the discoloration under the eye and can make you look tired all the time.

It is caused due to dehydration, lack of sleep, loss of fat or collagen under the eye, hyperpigmentation, and increased time spent looking at devices and screens. A wide variety of home remedies are available at our disposal, and experts often take to their social media handles, to share insights and tips on treating dark circles.

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Dark circles can be fixed but not with tomato slices! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Yasmin Karachiwala tackles treatment of dark circles

Celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala is an acclaimed fitness and wellness professional who has trained the likes of Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt. Her social media feed is full of videos and tutorials on fitness, nutrition, and well-being.

In her latest Instagram reel, she is seen conversing playfully with Dr Jaishree Sharad, a leading celebrity cosmetic dermatologist. Yasmin and Dr Jaishree discuss the common mistakes to avoid when treating dark circles, one of them being using tomatoes!

In her caption, Yasmin wrote, “Dark circles are nothing but darkness caused under your eyes due to lack of sleep or poor lifestyle choices. Today we are in conversation with Dr Jaishree Sharad, who is going to help us understand some common mistakes we make to treat our dark circles and also help us rectify those mistakes.”

Check out her post here

Using tomatoes for treating dark circles

There are various home remedies available to treat dark circles, and one of them is to use tomatoes under the eye. In her reel, Yasmin is seen lying down with raw tomatoes placed under her eyes, to which Dr Sharad objects and clarifies that tomatoes are acidic in nature.

While we are aware that tomatoes contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which could provide a moisturising effect, it also contains citric acid, malic acid and trace amounts of oxalic acid. The acidic properties of tomatoes can further irritate the skin, leading you to itch the under-eye area, and thereby increasing the severity of dark circles.

Tomatoes can make your eyes irritated, especially the under-eye skin due to the thin texture. Instead of tomatoes, Dr Sharad recommended the use of cucumber. It has a soothing effect and contains antioxidants that help reduce dark circles, added Dr Sharad.

Packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, cucumber is a great ingredient to manage and treat dark circles. It comprises 96 percent water, and therefore, will help hydrate your under-eye skin. It will also help reduce the appearance of dark circles as it has astringent properties, acting as a natural toner.

So, ladies, check out Yasmin’s post, and switch to cucumbers for treating dark circles instead of tomatoes!

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