Your day is tough enough as it is, you don’t need the sight of dark eyebags to make it even worse do you? Fortunately for you, there are plenty of ways for you to reduce or even entirely remove those dark circles simply using things around your house! With these easy and efficient tips, you’ll be looking fresh and energetic in no time.
1. Use cold spoons
All you need for this method are a few metal spoons, and your trusty refrigerator. Just put 6 – 8 spoons into the fridge to cool. Once you feel like you need a fix for those eyebags, take the spoons out and lie down on your sofa. Take 2 spoons and put 1 spoon each to place on your eyes, with the curved side facing down. Once the spoons become warm, just replace them with another pair of cold spoons. Once you’re done, you’ll find that your eyes have become a lot less puffy and tired, and look a lot more fresh!
2. Use chilled tea bags
This method makes use of not just the coldness of the teabags, but also the health benefits you can get from the caffeine and herbal substance within the tea! All you need to do is to dip two tea bags into ice-cold water, then squeeze them dry. Lie down and close your eyes before placing the tea bags on your eyes. The caffeine helps to reduce the swelling around your eyes, and anti-irritants in herbal teas help to reduce redness and inflammation. Talk about an all-natural remedy.
3. Use tomato juice
Tomato juice is a great way to reduce the dark circles around your eyes, as it’s able to naturally lighten the colour of your skin. All you need to do is mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with one teaspoon of lemon juice, and apply it below your eyes. Leave this mixture on for 10 minutes, and then wash it off with water. This remedy should be done at least twice a day, for best results.
4. Use rose water
You might have used rose water as an ingredient in your cooking or seen it on the ingredients list for your favourite perfume, but did you know you can use it to remove eyebags as well? There are two ways you can do this. Firstly, you can soak cotton pads in rose water, and place them on your eyes for around 15 minutes. Another way you can do it is to make a paste out of rose water and milk, and apply it under your eyes! Both ways are highly effective, as rose water is able to naturally lighten your skin as well as act as a soothing agent for your tired and puffy eyes.
5. Use cucumbers
Chilled cucumbers are really effective in reducing and removing dark circles! Just cut a few thick slices of cucumber and place them in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to chill. Once they’re cold, just lie down and place them on your eyes for at 10 minutes, or until they become warm. The enzymes and astringent properties within the cucumbers help to reduce inflammation and tighten the skin around your eyes.
6. Use potatoes
Potatoes are filled with starch, which has anti-inflammatory properties. This is just what you need to reduce the swelling and puffiness around your eyes! Just cut two thin slices from a potato, and place them on both your eyes. Leave them on for 15 – 20 minutes before washing it off with water. Alternatively, you could also grate and squeeze potatoes to get potato juice, which can soaked up by cotton pads to be placed on your eyes.
7. Use egg white
Swelling around your eyes results in the skin around your eyes becoming looser. This means that they will swell even more and look even bigger and more puffy! You can prevent this by tightening the skin around your eyes using egg white. All you need to do is separate the egg yolk from the egg white, then beat the egg white until it becomes stiff. Apply this egg white around your eyes, and leave it to dry for around 15 – 20 minutes, before washing it off with cold water. The results are instant!
8. Use a simple massage technique
Swelling and puffiness is caused by an excess of fluids that are trapped around your eyes, so a simple way you can reduce this is to massage around your eyes to remove the fluids from your eye area. However, you need to make sure that you massage your eyes the correct way for maximum effectiveness, so here’s how:
- Close your eyes and gently press a finger under each eye
- Slowly move your fingers in an arc shape, starting from the inside corner of the eye to the outside
- Make 10 – 15 rounds around each eye. Be sure to be gentle, because your eyes are very sensitive!
9. Drink more water
When your body lacks water, it resorts to swelling and accumulating water as a response. This results in the much maligned eyebags and puffiness which you want to get rid of! All you need to do is make sure that you drink more water, so that your body will release the water that is kept below your eyes, hence reducing the swelling! Drinking water doesn’t require any extra effort or thought, so this is one of the best ways you can reduce your eyebags.
10. Sleep more, sleep better
Ah, this might be a no-brainer, but how many of us actually do it? Lack of sleep is what results in eyebags, so why not just go straight to the cause of it all and sleep more, rather than rack your brain finding ways to solve the problem. You can also adjust your sleeping position to reduce your chance of getting eyebags. You should keep your head elevated when you sleep (use a pillow!) so fluids don’t accumulate under your eyes.