2021 edit: i no longer subscribe to or support the “all-natural” label. more here.
welcome back again to SKIN WEEK – day 5!
i don’t know about you, but under-eye circles have a grip on me. i’m one of those lucky ladies that could sleep every day for a year and still have dark circles. it’s really quite unfortunate…
there are tons of under-eye creams out there for circles and bags, but as you know, we’re lookin for the crunchy things here at AE 🙂
the skin around the eyes is so delicate and sensitive! and it seems like everything we do still results in having circles or bags.
so what exactly causes dark circles under our eyes and bags?
- nutrient deficiency
- excessive use of drugs/medicines
- genetics. sadly.
with all of these triggering factors (and combinations) we can get desperate for a solution. let’s explore some natural remedies! i’m just going to list some options (it doesn’t mean you have to do all of them, haha).
- add a few drops of vitamin E oil to ice water, and mix the two well. dip cotton balls/pads in this mixture and place on the eyes for 20 minutes. this well help in reducing the swelling around the eyes.
- place 2 cotton pads/balls soaked in cold milk under your eyes for a few minutes. the lactic acid in the milk helps reduce puffiness and darkness.
- place two cotton pads/balls with plain organic yogurt on them (no added sugars or flavors) for 10 minutes. it will help as the milk does.
- beat a few egg whites until stiff and gently apply it around your eyes. leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse your face in cold water. it’ll make the area around and under the eye feel tighter and look less puffy.
- take 2 slices of fresh refrigerated cucumber and place it on your eyes for 25 minutes. the anti-inflammatory properties of the cool cucumber will naturally help reduce puffiness.
- place two thin lemon slices directly onto your bags or circles (do NOT get the juice in your eyes!!!!). don’t squeeze your eyes tightly but be careful not to open. leave on for 20 minutes, then carefully rinse off with cold water. this will help lighten the dark circles.
- slice a couple small slices from a potato. put each slice under your eyes and leave them under your eyes for 20 minutes. this will help tighten up the puffiness.
- wet two green or chamomile tea bags in cold water and refrigerate them for a while. place them over your eyes for 25-30 minutes. rinse with cool water. the tannin in tea will help reduce puffiness and darkness.
- freeze a couple of spoons over night, or place them in a glass of ice water. rest them on your eyes until they are not cold any longer. this will help reduce puffiness.
- soak two cucumbers in lemon juice for 3-5 minutes in the fridge. careful of the lemon juice, place cucumbers on your eyes for about 10-15 minutes. this will help with dark circles and puffiness.
other helpful tips –
- switch your sleep position. thanks to gravity, sleeping on your side or stomach can encourage fluids to collect under your eyes. and if you’re a side sleeper, you may notice a heavier bag on the side you sleep on. if you wake up with puffy eyes, sleep on your back with an extra pillow under your head.
- apply a moisturizer under your eyes nightly. this can be the same oil you use for the OCM, or straight vitamin E. i really love argan oil and coconut oil for under my eyes!
- make sure you’re getting enough iron & protein
- make sure you’re drinking enough water
- watch your salt intake
- watch your caffeine intake
- don’t sleep in your eye makeup
- don’t smoke
what are you going to try? what do you currently do??
(the dark circles under my eyes in the picture are photoshopped for that dramatic effect, haha)