Ask any woman – the hardest part of her makeup routine is generally the eye area; mascara and eyeliner are just the tip of the iceberg! First, the skin must be hydrated to eliminate the visibility of wrinkles, a base coat of foundation is generally added to even the tone and texture, concealer blended to hide blemishes and setting powder for the rest of the makeup. And even from beneath all this, dark eye circles will show through.
Reddish eyes, puffy lids, and dark circles can be indicators of dehydration, mineral or nutrient deficiencies in diet, and a lack of sleep. Fatigue, allergies, sun exposure, skin conditions like eczema, and genetics all have a role to play in the visibility of dark eye circles. Bags and dark circles are a complex thing, and they depend on heredity, hormones, diet, water retention, and fat in your eye sockets. To avoid them in the first place, try getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night, drink as much water as possible, and be sure to take breaks from looking at your computer screen all day to avoid excessive eye strain and squinting. If your job requires you to be in front of a computer all day, try turning the brightness down and be sure to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every twenty minutes, look at objects that are twenty feet away for at least twenty seconds.
The key to getting rid of them, according to Real Simple beauty magazine, is to first identify the type; for example, are the circles under your eyes blue or brown? Brown circles are often due to pigmentation meaning that solutions would include astringents with lightening properties like lemon juice or milk.
Blue circles result from oxygenated blood pooled beneath the under-eye skin. Skin here is very thin and almost transparent, so blood shows through. After hours of lying down, its common for blood to pool there making dark circles much more noticeable in the early mornings. Cold compresses made of frozen veggie bags, exercise (a little more than running to the bathroom), and caffeine are a couple of options for dealing with this, but if you have an afternoon to yourself, why not indulge in some at-home, DIY spa remedies to brighten your eyes?
Most of the ingredients needed to freshen up your face and de-puff your lids can be found in your kitchen; for example, raw egg whites contain high concentrations of protein and albumin which acts as an astringent on skin to reduce the size of pores, bringing blackheads to the surface, and reducing the amount of sebum (oil) secreted. Not only are egg whites a common base in most at-home face masks, it’s great for conditioning hair and getting it to really shine.
Check out favorite five ways to get rid of under-eye circles naturally:
1. Avocado – Almond Mask
Take three slices of ripe avocado and mash it with 5 drops of almond oil. Apply to the eyes and surrounding areas and let sit for 5-10 minutes. If you don’t have almond oil at home, unpressed raw coconut oil is a great substitute and can actually be applied nightly as a creamy conditioner for avoiding crows feet like wrinkles and dryness.
2. Green Tea-Infused Cucumber Slices
Brew green tea and let the bags steep in the water. Slice about half a cucumber and let them soak in tea bowl. Place in the refrigerator and let the tea chill for at least half an hour. Place cucumber slices over the eyes for 10 minutes and pat dry with a damp towel afterwards.
3. Peeled Potato Cream
Cure puffiness and dryness with this potato mask. Wash and finely grate half a raw potato; add 2 teaspoons of shavings to one tablespoon of urea-free moisturizer. Apply liberally around the eyes, cover with damp cotton pads or gauze, and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
4. Rose Water
Rose water rejuvenates skin and reduces dark circles but also has a soothing effect on tired eyes. Due to its mild astringent properties, it also works well as a skin toner. Soak a few cotton balls in a small bowl of rose water and places on the eyes for 15 minutes daily.
5. Sour Cream PillowPuffs
While it sounds delicious, these cheese cloth wrapped delights are meant to de-puff your lids and increase circulation in the skin causing the darkness to be replaced with a rosier undertone. Make a mixture of 2 teaspoons of sour cream, 1 teaspoon of freshly ground parsley, a squirt of fresh lemon juice. Place on the eyes for about ten minutes and follow up with some vitamin E oil for an extra conditioning.
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