Dark circles, eye bags – they scare us! How do we get rid of them? Although reaching for the foundation or cover up is the fastest solution, do we really want to add more chemicals to our face?
Women already put 168 chemicals on their face, do we need to add any more? So, here are five quick tips that will help get rid of those eye bags.
1. Get some ZZZ
One of the biggest reasons we have eye bags is from lack of sleep. So, first things first, get your 8 hours of sleep in. Make it a restful 8 hours, too. The best way to get relaxed sleep is to leave the anxieties and worries outside the bedroom.
Take deep breaths before you go to bed; maybe even consider doing some simple yoga and meditation. For example, put your phone away, shut your eyes, take a deep inhale, hold, and slowly exhale. Doing this at least 4 or 5 times before you go to sleep, will put you in a relaxed state of mind.
Another thing that might help calm you before bedtime is drinking some warm tea like chamomile or lemon and ginger. Go to bed thinking you are amazing, and your life is amazing. And on their own, the eye bags will go – POOF!
We have all seen some time or another, a picture of cucumbers on someone’s eyes. But the question is, do we do it? Most likely not. But we should, because it works.
Cucumbers are known to reduce swelling and have a high water content, so they are hydrating. Cut up a few slices and put them over your eyes for 30 minutes. It will help reduce puffiness and eye bags. For best results, you should do it at least 2-3 times a week.
Surprising right? But it’s true. Similar to cucumber, tomatoes consist of a lot of water. This fruit or vegetable (however, you think of tomatoes) is known to possess powerful bleaching properties that can lighten skin very effectively.
Mix a spoon of tomato juice with a spoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture under your eyes, let it sit for 10 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. You should do this again 2-3 times a week for two weeks – the results are amazing.
4. Mint Leaves
If you haven’t noticed a pattern, all the DIY natural solutions are using ingredients that are cooling and have a lot of water. Mint, as you know if very cooling and refreshing. Because of these properties, mint leaves too can help with your stubborn under-eye bags.
Crush a few mint leaves with water to form a paste. Apply this paste under your eyes and let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wash off with cold water. You only need to do this once a day, but you should do it every day!
5. Rose water
This has become a trendy ingredient recently. Rose water has many special qualities, one of them being an antioxidant. Because of this, rose water truly helps to reduce darkness under the eyes.
Take a cotton ball and drench it with rose water. Apply this on your eyes and just fall asleep. You will wake up feeling refreshed and beautiful.
Bonus Tip #1
A fun way to see results is to mix or combine some of these steps; you might get an extra boost. For example, instead of using water to make the mint leaf paste, use rose water. Putting the two ingredients together could give you amazing results.
Bonus Tip #2
Make a refreshing virgin bloody mary! By drinking a mixture of fresh tomato juice, lemon, and mint leaves, your body can stay hydrated while keeping the eye bags away! Remember, your skin is an organ, so taking care of the inside will also help the outside!
Hopefully, these tips help. But remember, these are just ways to help hide the dark circles, not the answer to the problem. If you are not sleeping well, it is important to check in with yourself, to make sure you are okay.
Physical changes in our body are sometimes a way for us to stop and ask, “Am I doing okay?” It is important to do that so you can live a happy and healthy life, versus just always finding new band-aids to fix it.
About the Author:
Shubhangini Prakash, Founder & CEO of personal care company Feather & Bone. After having a bad reaction when she was 12, she has been on a mission to bring clean skincare to the market. Test out the Face Gems yourself and see what the buzz is about. Follow us on Instagram @feather.bone.