Dark circles can be caused by sun exposure, stress, ageing, lack of sleep, heredity, hormone levels, allergies and spending long hours in front of the computer, and what’s more, they have the ability to make you look tired, stressed, and older.
Of course, there are many eye masks and creams on the market that you could buy and try, but why not give these homemade eye masks a whirl first? Chances are you’ll have the ingredients already in the house, so you can whip them in a flash and find yourself on your way to brighter looking eyes.
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As well as helping to ease and remove dark circles, under eye masks are really great at reducing puffiness to the eye area. Puffiness generally isn’t a result of lack of sleep, but more to do with daily habits and genetics.
Eye water retention is most likely the cause of puffiness, and it's quite easy to treat, the below eye masks will DIY homemade eye masks you’ll find your eyes look brighter, less puffy and in time you might see a reduction in fine lines.
Homemade eye masks
Nothing new here, but you'll always see cucumbers on the list because they work. The antioxidants and flavonoids work to reduce the swelling, irritation and redness of the eyes. Make sure you use it straight from the fridge so you get that instant cooling effect.
Putting potatoes on your eyes is one of the best DIY remedies to reduce eye bags and dark circles under eyes. Chop up a potato and keep it in the fridge or freezer so it’s nice and cool. Then apply to the eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Potatoes have a cooling effect and can actually lighten dark under-eye circles. This homemade remedy is useful for getting rid of eye bags and puffiness because potatoes have astringent properties that can help reduce water retention around eyes.
So there isn’t much we don’t use coconut oil for these days. So why not try it on your eyes as well. Massage a few drops of coconut oil around the eyes to get rid of dark circles and bags under eyes. Be sure to be really careful with the skin around your eyes, it’s much thinner than the other skin on your face, so no dragging our pulling. The hydrating benefits of the coconut oil will also boost hydration of the eye area, which in turn can help with fine lines.
Tea bags such as green tea and black tea, and herbal teas, such as chamomile are a great way to treat dark circles around your eyes and to reduce puffy eye bags.
What you can do is to put some used tea bags in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes. Then place the tea bag over your eyes for 10-15 minutes.
This is one of the best homemade remedies that will reduce the swelling under the baggy eyes and also restore dark discolouration under the eyes.
Teas with caffeine in them contain tannins which will help to boost your blood circulation. Chamomile might not have caffeine, but it's anti-inflammatory, so it'll help to ease tired and puffy eyes. Plus the anti-microbial properties can give relief if you have conjunctivitis and pink eye.
Witch Hazel is another great homemade eye mask because it's got plenty of antioxidant properties, which work to help to reduce the look of fine lines around the eyes.
Reduce under eye dark marks and puffy eye bags with a milk eye mask. Dip a cotton pad into cold milk and squeeze off the excess before you apply it to your eyes. Remember to pour the milk into a bowl, and not dip the cotton pad straight into the bottle, obviously.
We have to admit that this one is our favourite because it really feels like it's getting to work because the egg white dries and tightens the skin. This toning effect is great for stimulating circulation, as well as reducing inflammation.