Remember these simple and natural tips to rid yourself of under-eye baggage.
If dog is man’s best friend, then I’m sorry to say that under-eye bags and dark circles are mine. As unfortunate as it is to admit, it’s true. They are with me, day in and day out, like two little purple reminders that I am my father’s daughter. Lack of sleep, sinus issues, dehydration, stress, nutrition and hereditary markers are some of the main causes of under-eye circles. While looking through old photo albums, I noticed that my dad’s entire side of the family is marked by these pesky under-eye bags. Huge, beaming toothy smiles, but eye bags nonetheless. Much like the natural color of your hair or the way your skin tans in the sun, so is the hereditary passings-on of the familial under-eye baggage.
But, before throwing your hands up in surrender and blaming your parents for yet another thing (why didn’t you teach me piano? You both play!), try a few simple and natural ways to help reduce the look of under-eye circles. Below are three super simple remedies that have worked for me; AND you probably have them in your house already.
Tea bags. Tea bags contain anti-inflammatory properties that provide relief from swollen eyes, and the presence of caffeine in black tea bags help shrink blood vessels and lighten the under-eye skin. Tea bags also contain antioxidants that fight free radicals, remove fine lines and dark circles.
Soak two tea bags in a cup of hot water, as if you were making a cup of tea. After steeping for a few minutes, remove tea bags and place on a plate and set in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to cool down. Once cooled, place the tea bags on your eyelids and under eye area for 10-20 minutes. Wash eyes with cool water after.
Whole milk. The lactic acid in milk helps reduce puffiness and darkness, while also moisturizing and softening the area. Milk also contains protein, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants that strengthen and heal the skin around the eye.
Place two cotton balls soaked in cold, organic whole milk under your eyes for ten minutes. Rinse your eyes with water after.
Raw potato slices. Potatoes contain an astringent that helps to remove the water from under your eyes. They also stay cooler longer than cucumbers, and can actually remove dark circles due to their natural bleaching abilities. Potatoes also contain Vitamin C and starch which help nourish the delicate skin around eyes.
Slice the potato and place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes or until cool. Rest two slices on your eyes for 15-20 minutes. Rinse eyes with cool water.
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