Bobby Low and Kristin research on people who have been battling under-eye circles and bags due to late nights and early mornings with my 8-month-old kid.
While a decent concealer (and my methods for rapidly making eyes look more awake) can help hide the bags, I prefer to go natural because it saves time in my routine and lasts longer than makeup.
Here are five non-invasive techniques I've recently tried to help tone them down while also refreshing my eye area — and they just involve things you probably already have in your kitchen!
1. Use cool cucumber slices.
While my under eye circles are mostly caused by a lack of sleep, many individuals experience them as a result of water retention or allergies – two causes that have nothing to do with how well you sleep. Cucumber slices, which include antioxidants and flavonoids that aid with redness, swelling, and irritation, are an old-school favorite for instantly reviving the eye area. Apply a slice to each eye for 30 minutes, then relax and let them work their magic.
2. Slices of raw potato
This one may sound strange, but raw potato slices work just as well as cucumbers, and they stay cool for much longer, making them an excellent choice for anyone who lives in a particularly hot region. The natural astringent in raw potatoes helps to drain water from under the eyes, decreasing puffiness and levelling out face tone.
3. Caffeinated Green or Black Tea Bags
Green and black teas, like cucumber, contain tannins that assist to promote blood circulation in the eye area, tighten the skin, and reduce puffiness. (It's for this reason why some eye treatments contain caffeine!) Allow two tea bags to cool completely before lying down, closing your eyes, and placing one bag on each of your eyes for 15 to 30 minutes.
4. Milk (regular or soy)
Another excellent method for tightening the skin around your eyes? Place two cotton balls on your eyes for 15 minutes after dipping them in regular or soy milk, squeezing away the excess liquid. Apply your moisturizer and sunscreen as usual after rinsing.
5. Whites of eggs
By boosting circulation and minimizing inflammation, raw egg whites tighten and tone the sensitive under eye area. Apply a thin coat under your eyes with your fingers or a brush and set for 10 to 15 minutes. Apply your moisturizer and sunscreen as usual after rinsing.
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