We’ve all heard the good news, you no longer need an excuse to ditch the booze and duck the clubs, because staying IN is the new OUT. HUZZAH!
But when Planet Earth is just too good and no one tells you it’s 3am until your Netflix account wonders “are you still watching this?” (YES I AM STILL WATCHING THIS NETFLIX, DON’T GIVE ME YOUR JUDGING EYES), then despite the luxurious night in, you still find yourself waking up to puffy eyes and dark circles in the morning. Ah mirror, my frenemy, you strike again.
But before you reach for your handy under-eye highlighter and slather on the concealer, we’ve tried and tested a few more natural options to give you that “yes boss I was in bed by nine and I’m feeling fine” morning glow…
Strawberry Jam (we’re not kidding)
Say bye bye to your jammy eye… Strawberries, which are rich in alpha hydroxyl acids (aka AHAs, good & natural acids that help exfoliate and brighten the skin), vitamin C, and antioxidants, quickly revive skin—even in jelly form, it seems.
Make your own: Whenever your tired eyes need a pick-me-up, apply a thick coat of chilled organic strawberry jam beneath the eyes with a Q-tip, being careful to keep the sweet stuff out of your eyes. (You can even spread the jam around the outside of your eyes and up around your brow bone for a total eye treatment.) Let it sit for 5 to 7 minutes and rinse with cool water.
Whether your tipple be green or black, tea contains natural tannins, which are biomolecules found in plants that reduce eye puffiness. This combined with its’ mild diuretic powers make teas of all kinds the long-used favourite of both grandmothers and runway models (for the two are best buddies and hold knowledge of many of nature’s greatest secrets). Soak two tea bags in warm water, and then chill the bags for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Place one tea bag on each eye for five minutes, and your eyes will feel funky fresh.
Try B&G’s blend your own boost bars (recipe here). Use these multitasking scrub + mask bars first thing in the morning to give you that extra zing. Caffeine is very high in antioxidants and is easily absorbed into the skin, so once those coffee granules are placed on the face, they shrink blood vessels and remove water content, both of which help to deflate eye puffiness.
If you don’t have time to whip up the bars, add a drop of B&G’s boost skin shot directly onto your skin as a serum or into your moisturiser and apply. Then give the mirror a smile from the new, fresher you.
A plain and boring salad filler you say? Nay! Cucumber’s dropping proteins, lipids, Vitamin C, and a variety of minerals all over the dance floor, and possesses moisturizing and emollient properties. BOOM. It also has an astringent effect, and can soothe and relieve puffy skin. *MIC DROP*.
Put sliced cucumber in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Take them out and place on your dark circles. Leave for 10 minutes prior to washing with cold water. BOOM check out those fresh eyes.
Quick Fix for Life
Whilst these 4 solutions give a powerful punch to puffiness, nothing soothes and brightens tired eyes like enough sleep, plenty of water (we like at least 2 litres a day), and avoiding foods that are high in salt.
So give your blinkers the love they deserve, and bat those bags away.