Bye-Bye Bags! How to Get Rid of those Dreadful Under Eye Circles
Eye-bags visit and sometimes stay for a myriad of reasons. Not getting enough sleep, too much computer screen time, smoking, excess salt or too much alcohol can cause water retention in the sensitive tissues there. Eye bags can also simply be something you’re genetically prone to, and some people are more prone to bags no matter how much rest they get.
If you're cursed with these beauty woes, take heart my friend! Many natural methods minimize or disguise these eye problems, and here are a few of our favorites:
Honey as a Face Mask
Apply a small amount lightly with a fingertip to the eye areas before bedtime and let soak in while sleeping. In the morning, shadows and swelling should be lessened.
Cucumber are used on your eyes in spas for a reason. Cucumbers have skin-lightening properties as well as astringent and anti-inflammatory effects. They’ve been used for decades to reduce puffiness and to lighten skin discoloration. I usually lay a few thick slices of cold cucumbers over my eyes(closed) for 10 to 15 minutes at least three times per day.
Lemon juice is as popular for its skin lightening qualities as it is for its under eye care.
Make sure your diet contains enough iron, fresh vegetables, and fruit
Black Tea Bags
Drink black tea? If so, you're in luck! Cool used black tea bags in the fridge, and then apply one bag to each eye for 15 minutes to reduce shadows and swelling.
The Cold Spoon Method
It's like having a mini ice pack. Simple place two tablespoons in the refrigerator to cool, and then place the back of the spoon on the eye area and let rest until the spoon reaches room temperature.
If all else fails, try an over-the-counter eye cream for reducing swelling and dark circles. My favorite is the organic eye-balm from Hush and Dotti. It's a bit pricey at $36, but works wonders on tired eyes, and its super lightweight so makeup glides effortlessly on top. If you're looking to spend a bit more, for a lot more quality, another favorite is the Organic Eye Creme from Dr. Alkaitis. This is a more luxurious brand, so the eye creme costs about $65, but totally worth it. If you have sensitive skin, Dr. Alkaitis might be a kinder option.