Oh why dost thou PLAGUE us, under eye bags + dark circles?! We’ve all had those moments where we look in the mirror and shriek from horror at the puffy-darkness that has made a home under our eyes.
Under-Eye Bags and Dark Circles are most often a result of several factors:
- Lack of Sleep
- High Sodium Diet
- Lack of Exercise
- Fluid Retention
- Poor Circulation
- Lack of Essential Vitamins
Like most beauty dilemmas, you do not need to spend hundreds of dollars to fix the problem. In fact, most of these natural cures can be done right in your kitchen:
1. Tea Bags: Simply wet two used or unused, caffeinated tea bags with cold water and place over eyes for about 10-15 minutes (cat nap, anyone?). The tea bags help to reduce under-eye baggage through the caffeine and tannins. The caffeine works to draw away any retained water, while the tannins work to tighten the skin molecules under the eye. The coolness from the tea bag helps to reduce swelling. Our favorite teas include Green Tea and Black Tea.
2. Cucumbers: Cut 1 slice of cucumber in half. Apply one half slice under each eye for 15-20 minutes. The coolness and anti-inflamatory properties from the cucumber helps reduce swelling while providing essential antioxidants to the under-eye. An added bonus? Cucumber is full of Vitamin K. Vitamin K has been proven to be effective in reducing under eye circles by strengthening blood vessel walls, improving circulation and fading hyper-pigmentation.
3. Potatoes: Cut 1 slice of potato in half. Apply one half slice under each eye for about 20-30 minutes. The potatoes work wonders for dark circles because of the enzyme catecholase in the potato. This enzyme can actually lighten the skin under the eyes. For an added benefit, refrigerate your potato slices to help reduce puffiness under the eye.
4. Ice/Frozen Spoons: One of the oldest tricks in the book, ice or frozen spoons (or frozen anything) can provide almost immediate relief. If you suffer from under-eye bags, place the frozen spoons or ice under your eyes for a few minutes at a time. The ice helps to reduce inflammation by constricting the blood vessels under the eye.
5. Dried Basil: Boil 1 tsp of dried basil in 1 cup of water. After 2-3 minutes, remove the mixture from heat and allow to chill in the refrigerator for an hour or so. Once chilled, soak 2 cotton pads (cut in half for easier application) with the basil and water mixture. Apply 1 cotton pad under each eye and leave on for about 10 minutes. 1 tbsp of dried basil contains about 64% of our recommended daily value of Vitamin K. As we learned from #2, Vitamin K is an important factor in reducing under-eye circles.
6. Milk: Cut 1 cotton pad in half and soak in milk. Allow to sit under eyes for 3-5 minutes. The cold milk reduces swelling while the proteins, vitamins and lactic acid in the milk help to lighten the dark circles.
7. Witch Hazel: Cut 1 cotton pad in half and soak in witch hazel. Allow the pads to sit under eyes for 10-15 minutes. The witch hazel does wonders for removing puffiness and dark circles. Much like tea, the tannins in witch hazel helps to tighten the skin molecules under the eye.
8. Limit Sodium Intake: A high salt diet means water retention. Water retention means under-eye puffiness. If you suffer from puffiness, chances are you may have a high-salt diet. Try limiting the amount of salt you consume by only consuming fresh fruits and vegetables and homemade meals. Processed foods and take-out tends to have ridiculously high levels of sodium.
9. No Rubbing: As hard as it is to resist during allergy season, avoid rubbing your eyeballs. The constant rubbing can actually break the blood vessels under your eyes which can result in dark circles. If your eyes are giving you a hard time, try rinsing with cool water.
10. Sleep: Yes, it’s not easy. In fact, this might be one of the more difficult remedies for dark circles. After all, how do we simply get more sleep? A lack of sleep can cause the blood vessels under your eye to dilate, AKA “say hello dark circles”. Try going to bed an hour earlier. Instead of 11PM, make it 10PM. The smallest difference will have the biggest effect. Struggle to fall asleep? Read this post for some fab tips to help you fall asleep quickly!
What is your favorite DIY treatment for under eye bags and dark circles? We’d love to hear them? The crazier the better!