Does Coconut Oil Work For Eye Bags & Dark Circles?

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You’ve stayed up too late last night watching another episode of that addictive Netflix series you just can’t get enough of, or you’ve found yourself mindlessly scrolling through the world of social media and ended up 2 years deep on the profile of your partner’s best friend’s sister’s cousin. Sound familiar? Well, if it does, you will know the struggle of pulling yourself out of bed in the morning for that 9am start, ready for another day of an overload of screentime, zoom calls and face to face meetings. Yes, those times when you have the energy of a sloth and a pair of lovely dark circles to match.

When it comes to covering up our dark circles and eye bags (which are sadly not Prada), we have all tried turning to our concealer for help… but how about something more natural, and long-term?

There have been plenty of scientific studies that suggest coconut oil is able to reduce inflammation and lighten dark under eye circles, making it a perfect component in skincare.

So, what actually is coconut oil and what exactly does it do?

This highly saturated oil is extracted from the mature fruit of the coconut palm tree. It contains nourishing fatty acids with antibacterial properties that protect and hydrate the skin… and the best part of it, it’s totally natural.

Whatever your skin type, this magic little ingredient can do wonders for your skin. Not only is it good in retaining moisture and brightening your complexion, using coconut oil under eyes can also reduce stubborn dark circles by making the skin barrier stronger, as well as reduce puffiness with its anti-inflammatory goodness.

How does coconut oil help the appearance of skin around the eyes?

Have you struggled to find a solution for your skin woes? Coconut oil might just be the thing your skin is missing. We have listed just some of the benefits of this wonderful oil, which not only targets the eyes, but the whole of your skin…

Increases collagen production

It has been said that coconut oil can help boost the production of collagen, which is the main building block of your skin. Increased collagen not only helps the skin fight against the pesky dark circles that appear under your eyes, but it also helps all round to reduce skin hyperpigmentation and keep skin plump and youthful! This is also a key factor in preventing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Reduces inflammation

Coconut oil is high in medium chain fatty acids and contains anti-inflammatory properties that make it perfect for treating skin inflammation, such as your puffy or swollen under eyes.

Keeps skin hydrated

Making sure that your skin stays hydrated is one of the most important components of healthy skin. Coconut oil helps to bolster your skin’s existing barrier layer, retaining all the moisture goodness inside your skin.

Thickens skin

The skin around the eyes is very delicate, and when our skin becomes thinner (with increasing age) it can sadly make those dark circles look more prominent. Want to reduce your dark circles? Incorporate coconut oil into your skincare – using coconut oil for dark circles can actually increase cell turnover which in turn helps thicken the skin and reduce their appearance!

Prevents damage caused by free radicals

Free radicals have been said to be among the top causes of skin ageing. These little molecules attack the skin’s tissues and speed up the formation of wrinkles and appearance of dull skin, which can cause even bigger eye bags. We need to fight back by using skincare containing teams of antioxidants, like those found in coconut oil. This oil is the most stable and resistant to oxidation and the formation of free radicals – so it’s not just ideal for your skin but it’s the healthiest oil to use in cooking too!

Protects against skin cracking

This wonderful oil also protects against skin cracking, which can be especially useful for people suffering with dry and flaky skin. It prevents skin from cracking due to its high Vitamin E content, which not only improves moisture retention but also helps your skin glow.

Kills harmful microorganisms

The application of coconut oil as an ingredient of skincare can actually kill and prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms. This is due to its lauric acid content, which makes up nearly 50% of the fatty acids in the oil. What a beautiful gift from mother nature!

How to include coconut oil in your skincare routine…

Now you have learnt all the benefits that coconut oil can have on your skin, are you ready to start using it as part of your skincare routine?

Because we know how good it is for your skin, we have incorporated the oil into our Dilmaherbals Aahana Rich Moisturising Cream, Naira Under Eye Cream, Navya Anti-Ageing Night Cream and Ojas Anti-Blemish Night Cream. These creams have been specially formulated to be packed full of essential nutrients for the skin, with natural ingredients such as Amla oil, Aloe extract and Ashwagandha extract.

Want to see our coconut oil under eyes before and afters for the creams? Follow us on Instagram at @dilmaherbals, we’d love to see you there!

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Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta is a practising pharmacist and the founder of Dilmaherbals. His experiences from travelling coupled with his extensive knowledge of ingredients is what inspired the creation of Dilmaherbals and a range of products to enhance skin health.

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