Are you tired of applying heavy foundation or concealer every day to hide those under eye dark circles?
The skin under your eye may be sagging and this contributes to those dark circles that we all loathe. If you’ve been stressing out lately or not getting enough sleep, it’s bound to happen. This might be a ‘wake-up call’ for some of us, insinuating that we need to pay more attention to our health by staying hydrated and sleeping more. Luckily, there are some simple home remedies you can try to keep your skin healthy. These DIY treatments could easily bring back the glow, and they can be easily found in your kitchen pantry.
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Let’s begin with the OG remedy. You’ve probably seen a lot of spa pictures with cucumber slices covering the eyes. We don’t realise how beneficial cucumbers can actually be until we try it for ourselves. Cucumbers have mild astringent properties that help tighten your skin and because they are skin-lighteners, they help reduce the darkness of those dark circles.
Simply cut pieces of cucumber and refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes. Place those slices on your skin for 10 minutes, and rinse off the area with water. Try this twice daily for a week to see results.
Tomato and lemon
A rare combination that can boast some very attractive results. Tomatoes actually have great bleaching properties whereas lemons are rich in Vitaminc C. Together, the duo works a real magic.
Take a teaspoon of tomato juice and half a teaspoon of lemon juice and mix it. Simply apply this your dark circles, let it sit for at least 10 minutes, and then rinse it off with water. Try this twice a day for a week to see results.
Who said tea bags were just made for hot water? They are a not-so-secret beauty ingredient, too. Teabags are infused with caffeine and antioxidants that help shrink blood vessels and decrease fluid retention which can reduce puffiness. Not to mention, the tannins in the tea can reduce discolouration, too.
Keep two soaked green or black tea bags in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Then, simply place one tea bag on each eyelid and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse afterward. Do this once or twice a day for a couple of weeks to see results.
There’s a reason we love herbs, and mint is just one of those that come with excellent health benefits. It might cause a tingling sensation when you apply it on your skin — but it’s a good kind of feeling. Why? That tingling actually causes the extra blood flow in the area to help dark circles fade away.
Crush up some mint leaves and mix with honey or olive oil to give it some weight for that paste texture. Then, apply them to the under-eye areas, leave it for 5 minutes, before rinsing off your eyes.
Crushed almond with milk
This highly nutritious nut is not only a source of antioxidants, but it also helps the skin. Almonds are infused with anti-inflammatory benefits that reduce puffiness, and they also lighten dark spots and moisturise skin.
First, soak the almonds in water overnight. Grind them into a paste and mix with a small amount of milk. Simply apply the mixture for around 10 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water. Try this for at least 3 times a week.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok.