Have a green attitude toward cosmetics (and the desire to save some money)? Here are some great household ingredient recipes to boost the beauty of your eyes!
For Puffy Eyes
Potatoes are wonderful for reducing edema (swelling) under the eyes and helping to decrease the look of bags. They also have astringent properties. Placing raw potato on your closed eyes for approximately 15 minutes in the morning can make a big difference in the way you look throughout the day.
Recipe: Potato Puffiness Reducer
- one medium white (not baking) or red potato
- two bowls
- round cotton pads
- Peel the potato and discard the skin. Grate the potato finely over the bowl.
- Allow the grated potato to sit in the bowl undisturbed for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, strain the grated potato through the strainer into the other bowl. There should be plenty of liquid. Discard the grated pieces.
- Dip two cotton pads into the remaining liquid in the second bowl until soaked. Place the soaked pads over your closed eyes for 10-15 minutes.
- Discard the pads and gently pat the eyes dry.
Cucumbers have anti-puffiness plus astringent properties. It soothes the eyes themselves, plus the entire periocular (around the eye) area.
Recipe: Cucumber Eye Soother
- cucumber slices
- knife or vegetable peeler
- You do not have to peel the skin from the cucumber first for this method.
- Cut the cucumber into 1/8” thick slices.
- Place over closed eyes and lie back for approximately 15 minutes. If your eyes are red or irritated, extend this time to 20-25 minutes.
- Discard the cucumber slices after use.
Tea Bags (Chamomile or Black Tea)
Like cucumber, unflavored tea not only reduces bags, it has astringent/healing properties. It also produces a wonderful cooling effect.
Recipe: Morning Tea for Your Eyes
- chamomile OR black tea bags (2)
- pot or teapot
- Bring 1/2 c. water to a boil.
- Remove from heat and place the tea bags into the water. Steep for 20 minutes.
- Remove the bags from the water; squeeze out excess water (be careful – they’ll be hot). Place aside on a plate to cool COMPLETELY.
- Once the tea bags have completely cooled, place them on your closed eyes for up to 30 minutes.
- Discard the tea bags after you’re done.
For Dark Circles
Under eye circles appear as the result of blood-engorged vessels and capillaries. Because the skin under the eyes is extremely thin, these show up easily, particularly when the area is engorged or when you haven’t gotten enough sleep.
Asian pear is high in vitamin C, which is known to reduce darkness in general in the skin. It is also high in antioxidants, which help heal the eye area.
Recipe: Asian Pear Dark Circle Minimizer
- one small Asian pear
- circular cosmetic eye pads or eye compresses
- warm, wet washcloth
- vegetable peeler
- small bowl
- Peel the pear, then grate into the bowl. Make sure you grate on a very fine setting.
- Soak the eye pads in the juice in the bowl.
- Put about 1 tsp. of the grated pieces onto each of the eye pads. Leaning forward so the grated bits don’t fall off, place the eye pads over your eyes.
- Holding the eye pads in place, lean your head back. Place the washcloth over the pads and over your eyes.
- Remain lying back for 30 minutes.
- When finished, discard the peelings. You can keep the juice in your refrigerator for up to 24 hours to reuse in the next morning if you wish; simply warm the liquid in your microwave for 15 seconds ONLY, check to see that it’s not too hot, then soak two cosmetic pads in the liquid and place over your eyes for 20-30 minutes.
Interestingly, milk seems to reduce the look of darkness around the eyes, perhaps because of the natural sugar lactose. It is also very soothing to the eye area.
Recipe: Peaches and “Cream” For Eye Circles
- ½ c. full-fat milk or 2% milk
- one small peach
- vegetable peeler
- fork or vegetable masher
- two small bowls
- cotton balls
- Peel the peach and remove the pit. Mash the fruit well with your fork or vegetable masher.
- In the second bowl, pour the milk. Make sure it’s cold.
- Soak 4-6 cotton balls in the milk for 5 minutes.
- Lean back and gently place 1-2 tsps. of the grated peach each of your closed eyes. Make sure you get the entire eye area covered.
- Place the soaked cotton bowls over the mashed peach. Relax for 30-45 minutes.
- Discard the milk and the mashed peach after use. You may reserve the remaining mashed peach if you’d like for re-use within 24 hours. Keep the peach refrigerated during this time.
To Reduce the Look of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Because of the thin, delicate nature of the eyes around the skin, wrinkles tend to show up here first. Here’s how to combat them naturally.
Ah, wonderful avocado. It is rich in vitamins which “plump out” the skin, making lines appear less noticeable. It also tightens the skin gently, without over-pulling or discomfort.
To tighten loose skin and bags under the eyes – hence, flattening out wrinkles – try egg.
Recipe: Avocado and Egg Wrinkle Reducer
- one-half medium, very ripe avocado
- one large pasteurized egg at room temperature (do NOT heat up)
- two bowls
- circular cosmetic eye pads
- Scoop the avocado out into one bowl. Mash well with a fork.
- Crack the egg into the other bowl. Beat well until frothy.
- Soak the eye pads in the egg mixture for approximately 5 minutes.
- Scoop a little of the mashed avocado onto two eye pads. Place over closed eyes.
- Place the egg-soaked cotton pads over the mashed avocado on your eyes.
- Relax for 10 minutes.
- Remove the eye pads and avocado and rinse your eyes and eye area gently with warm water only (do not use facial wash or soap).
- After use, discard the egg. DO NOT re-use the egg that is left over in the bowl. You may re-use the avocado later; keep refrigerated and covered for up to 48 hours.
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