Whether they’re genetic or the unfortunate byproduct of stress and late nights, under-eye bags are a real nuisance. Layering on the concealer can only make the issue more obvious, which is why we often turn to expensive creams for help in addressing it. We’ve got something even better: These five weird tricks make use of things already in your home, or at your local supermarket, for super effective under-eye treatments that won’t break the bank.
Cut a chilled raw potato into thin slices and leave them on the eye area for around ten minutes. Potatoes are able to stay cool for long periods, and the application to the skin allows them to transfer antioxidants and nutrients that nourish the thin skin around your eyes while the coldness reduces swelling and inflammation.
We’re going to go ahead and make an umbrella statement here: If you’re prone to under eye puffiness, two metal spoons should be regular residents of your freezer. They’re the perfect size and shape for fitting right beneath your eyes and massaging the area while the icy temperature cools to constrict the blood vessels and reduce swelling. It’s a temporary solution, to be sure, but if you need to get de-puffed in a hurry, a frozen spoon will certainly do the trick.
Steep two black or green tea bags in hot water. Place them in the freezer until cool, then lay down and place them over your eyes, letting them rest on your face for at least five minutes. This method is so effective because it utilizes caffeine, which helps to shrink the blood vessels around the eyes to reduce darkness and puffiness.
If you haven’t noticed, a lot of the swelling and dark circles we experience in the eye area is related to the state of our blood vessels. It sounds totally gross, but hemorrhoid creams like Preparation H contain vasoconstrictors, which work to shrink said vessels. Using these creams too frequently can cause damage to the super-sensitive area beneath the eyes, but it’ll get the job done every once in a while in a pinch.
This classic trick is one of the oldest in the book, and for good reason. Applying cold cucumber slices to your eye area isn’t only effective in reducing puffiness, but it also moisturizes, thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects of the vegetable’s high water content.
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