We’ve all been there. You feel fine enough but then you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and you see a tired-looking, puffy-eyed stranger staring back at you. Dark under-eye circles are a widespread problem, especially in the Middle East where genetics (yeah, thanks for that, Mama) and hyper pigmentation due to sun exposure are common causes. It might be easy to just whip out the concealer and camouflage your shadows, but these five natural methods will help to lessen their appearance, if not eliminate them completely.
Elevate Your Head
Double up on your pillows. By keeping your head slightly elevated, you will reduce the amount of fluid that accumulates underneath your eyes, which will help to reduce not only dark circles but puffiness too.
As the skin is very thin under the eyes, any stagnant blood will show through as a dark halo. By increasing your heart rate, you improve your body’s circulation, which not only increases your energy level but also helps reduce the circles. So even if you’re strapped for time, try to do some quick jumping jacks or squats in the morning to help get your heart pumping.
Wrap an ice cube in a piece of muslin and move the ice in circular motions around the eye contour. The immediate blast of cold will reduce swelling and redness in the eyes as well as improve skin tone over time. I like to do this first thing in the morning; it’s like a mini refreshing shower.
Make an Egg White Mask
If puffiness is your primary concern, an egg white mask will help tighten the skin around your eyes. Use your finger to dab a thin layer of raw egg white on the skin around your eyes. Leave it to dry for around 15 minutes until and then rinse it off with warm water.
Use Tea Compresses
To rapidly treat a puffy eye emergency (or even stop an impending stye in its tracks as tea has antibacterial properties), steep two caffeinated tea bags in warm water squeezing out the excess liquid. Place them in the refrigerator for around 20 minutes to cool down. Once chilled, place one bag over each eye for up to fifteen minutes. The cool compress and caffeine will help reduce puffiness by constricting the capillaries in the area.
How do you deal with tired eyes?