From dark circles to puffiness to under-eye wrinkles, these home remedies will tackle it all!
Maybe on a good day, no one might notice your under-eye bags. However, on a lousy day—let’s say your eyes could rival a zombie’s. Imagine dark circles, puffy eye bags, dehydrated fine lines saying hello to you around the edges. Almost 85% of women worry about their eyes and look for the best eye treatment products tailored to address these stubborn issues. Even splurging a ton on the best eye creams, having an excellent 10-hour sleep and not spending half a night on ‘Friends’ reruns, the puffiness under your eyes never leaves your side—sorry they are like that! Thank god there are many ways to get rid of it, and the best way is at-home remedies.
But before, what is the cause of your dark circles, under-eye bags and puffiness?
The truth is, sometimes eye puffiness and dullness can be inherited. These inevitable problems can be caused due to lack of sleep, ageing, stress, using wrong skincare products and more. Skin around your eyes is thinner, vulnerable and more prone to allergic reactions which further leads to early signs of aging and dullness. This is why under eyes need an extra dose of pamper when it comes to skincare. Although there’s no easy, instant-result method to de-puff your under eyes, you have to do extra labour to brighten, smooth and tighten your skin.
Bookmark these 8 effective DIY home remedies that’ll help you control eye puffiness and dark under eyes.
1. Try the Cold Spoon Trick
A cold spoon is one of the prominent puffy eyes hack that instantly reduces your swelling. This kitchen tool soothes and calms the under-eye area and boosts blood circulation. Keep two clean spoons in your refrigerator and on the days of need, simply compress them against your eyes and let them rest. To avoid the wait, cut a cold cucumber into thin slices and place it around your lids, let it sit for a while and remove it. Use a moisturizer afterwards.
2. Stay Hydrated
When your skin is dehydrated, the area beneath your eyes begins to look dull and sunken. Water flushes out all the toxins from your system and reduces the salt concentration in and around the eyes. A perfectly hydrated skin enhances the blood circulation and gives you that brightness you desire. Make sure to drink at least 2-3 litres of water every day to avoid under-eyes puffiness.
3. Wear SPF Consistently
It’s a no-brainer that sunscreen is the utmost important part of your skincare routine. In the case of under eyes, it mainly protects your lids from harmful UV rays. Being the thinnest skin, eyes tend to be more sensitive to sun rays and need extra protection. So, when you lather on your sunscreen (at least SPF 30 at minimum), never neglect your eyes to avoid DNA damage and loss of collagen, which leads to signs of ageing, blue veins, discolouration and under-eye redness.
4. De-puff with a Facial Massage
Like facial care, regular eye massage promotes blood flow in the under-eye area and prevents it from clogging in the capillaries. Cool down your jade roller and gently massage it all over your eyes, this helps to reduce puffiness and calms down the aggressive nerves. Another way of brightening and soothing your eye bags is using almond oil. Rich in fatty acids and vitamins, almond oil hydrates, reduces inflammation and supports the skin barrier to heal your stressed eyes—making them brighter and radiant.
5. Give Natural DIYs a Try
Natural ingredients in your homemade DIY recipes transfers essential nutrients deep into the skin, giving it a healthy and fuller appearance. Use a vitamin C rich potato juice mask to lighten up your dark eye bags. Simply grate one potato, extract its fluid, soak the cotton pad in the juice, and place it around your eyes for 10 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. To reduce swollen under eye bags, mix one tablespoon of coffee powder with paraben-free coconut oil to brighten, and tighten the skin. Apply the mixture all over your eyes and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water.
6. Try Green Tea Bags
Don’t restrict tea bags to warm and cosy fall beverages. Use it for your dull eyes instead. Take a chilled green tea bag, keep it over your eyes, and listen to your audiobook you’ve been dying to finish. Or, soak a tea bag in almond milk or rose water and place them on your close lids. The healing properties of green tea, milk and rose water relieves signs of ageing and fatigue. Try out chamomile tea as well!
7. Get Enough Sleep
The most affordable way to get rid of those under-eye bags is to get on a regular sleep routine. Minimum seven to eight hours of soundless sleep lets your eyes heal through all the stress and strain they went through during the day. Try adding an extra pillow to help you elevate your head to ensure proper blood flow at night.
8. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Next time you buy groceries, think about your eyes. Most of the time deficiency of vitamins and nutrients lead to dark circles. Add essential foods rich in Vitamin C, E & K, iron, antioxidants and more, to reduce puffiness and dullness for the long term. Avoid eating salty products such as chips and salted dry fruits as excess consumption of salt leads to water retention, and aggravates the skin under your eyes—which further reveals bloated, puffed up eyes.