Other than for brushing our teeth, toothpaste has been used in homes for various DIYs. Another one we have discovered is using toothpaste for dark under-eye circles & wrinkles.
But will it work and should you really be using it?
Can You Apply Toothpaste Under The Eyes
Yes, you can apply toothpaste under the eyes, but you should make sure to stay away from your lower lash line and eyelids.
Remember that toothpaste is most often flavored and very minty because of the menthol and mint in most of them. The fragrance and flavor can be very irritating, especially if it gets into your eyes.
Your under-eye skin is also very thin and sensitive.
Always patch-test your skin first and make sure to apply only a small amount at a time, avoiding your eyes.
Some natural ways that can help lighten your under-eyes are:
Will Toothpaste Work For Under-Eye Bags, Dark Circles & Wrinkles
Toothpaste will gradually help to improve the appearance of under-eye bags, dark circles & wrinkles.
However, this is not a miracle ingredient and cannot be used as a permanent or long-term treatment.
Colgate has fluoride in it which can help to provide the skin’s barrier with moisture. Since dry skin is a contributing factor to dark circles, wrinkles, and even saggy skin (bags), this can be helpful. Moisturized skin will heal and resurface better and produce more collagen to tighten itself.
Toothpaste also contains menthol which boosts blood flow to the skin, making it generally healthier.
Glycerin is also a component of toothpaste which is a good skin moisturizer when used in skincare.
Other effective ways to lighten your under eyes and get rid of wrinkles are:
How To Use Toothpaste For Under-Eye Dark Circles & Wrinkles
If your skin can tolerate it, you can use toothpaste on your under-eyes daily for a few minutes.
The skin under your eyes is very sensitive and so are your eyes. Therefore:
- You should use a small, thin amount of toothpaste on skin that is damp and clean.
- Do not exfoliate or scrub your under eyes beforehand. Instead, cleanse the skin gently.
- Apply a thin layer of the toothpaste, making sure to stay at least 5mm away from your lower lash line and lower lid if necessary.
- To avoid dryness or irritation, you can also mix your toothpaste with a little oil or rose water and apply it. This is optional.
- You may also mix other ingredients with it like lemon juice or turmeric. This is also optional.
- Do not apply any to your upper eyelids.
- Lets the toothpaste sit on the skin and dry a little for about 5-10 minutes.
- Gently wash off the toothpaste and moisturize your skin.
To explore your options to lighten dark circles check out my article on The 10 Medical & Home Remedies For Under Eye Dark Circles
Video Of How to Use Toothpaste to Remove Dark Circles & Wrinkles
How Often Can You Use Toothpaste Under The Eyes
I recommend limiting the use of toothpaste under the eyes to a maximum of once daily.
Even though toothpaste can help to lock in moisture, using it too much and for too long may dry out the skin or irritate it. This will only make your dark under-eyes and wrinkles worse.
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How Long Should You Leave Toothpaste On Your Under-Eyes
Let the toothpaste sit on your under eyes for about 5-10 minutes and then wash it off.
By this time, depending on the environment and your skin, the toothpaste should dry a little. All the moisture and some of the toothpaste would have absorbed into your pores and you can now wash the rest off.
Risks Of Using Toothpaste Under Your Eyes
Toothpaste was not created to be used as an under-eye treatment. So, like all topical DIYs, there are some risks associated with applying toothpaste to your skin, especially your under eyes.
- Irritation of the skin
- Getting into your eyes can cause eye irritation
- Allergic Reaction
If you notice your skin getting swollen, red, itchy, or uncomfortable wash the toothpaste off immediately.
If your skin starts to burn without easing, wash off the toothpaste immediately.
If you get it in your eye, wash your eyes with clean, room-temperature water right away.
Always remember to test-patch anything that you want to use on your skin before going ahead and applying it all over.