by Aarti Kapur Singh
Take a look at some of the most amazing DIY beauty recipes to treat post-party puffy eye look!
It is the season of parties and also of weddings and all that merry-making, unhealthy eating and lack of sleep can take a toll on your health and also show on your face. The first place where stress shows is the eyes. Puffy, swollen or red eyes are a bane of the party season. The skin under the eyes is quite delicate and any harm coming to the skin can result in puffiness. You can have a regular overnight routine to brighten up your eyes by ensuring you remove all traces of makeup before you go to bed and apply a soothing night cream, which may be kept in the fridge before application. You can also apply avocado or sweet almond oil under your eyes before bed as this will leave your eyes nourished and rejuvenated in the morning. Splashing cold water on face first thing in the morning can also reduce puffiness.
Here are a couple of homemade recipes to prettify your peepers the morning after if you have indulged a bit much.
1. Veggie packs: Fresh tomato juice, cucumber juice, potato slices are excellent to soothe the skin around the eyes. Simply wash a potato and cut it into slices, refrigerate for ten minutes and keep on your eyes for another 20 minutes. Potato starch acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to ease irritated eyes. If you choose to apply cucumber or tomato juice, grate these vegetables and squeeze the juice out. Soak a washcloth or cheesecloth in them and place on your eyes for some time.
2. Help from Herbs: Fresh mint or rosemary show instant results in not just cooling the eyes but also conditioning them. Boil a handful each of rosemary and mint leaves (you can use both or one) in a litre of water till the water reduces to half. Store in a clean glass bottle in the fridge for up to a month. Dip cotton in this mixture and cover your eyes with the wet cotton for ten minutes.
3. Spoon Compression: Take five to six metal spoons and place it in your refrigerator for five to ten minutes. Now take out the cold spoon and hold the rounded portion against your eye for a few minutes until the spoon becomes warm. As the spoon warms, replace it with a cold one from the refrigerator.
4. Voila with Vitamin E: Take chilled water in a bowl and add a few drops of vitamin E oil (simply break two Vitamin E capsules into it) and mix well. Dip cotton pads in this mixture and place on the eyes for 20 minutes, this well help in reducing the swelling around the eyes.
5. Beverage boons: Tea and coffee are not just instant pick-me ups for the body but also great beauty aids. Coffee is an excellent for eye-popping thing. The caffeine acts as a diuretic to reduce swelling and puffiness while coffee’s antioxidants fight the free radicals that age skin. Combine an egg white and two teaspoons of coffee in a small bowl. Beat mixture together with a fork until frothy, about 1 minute. With clean hands or a brush, apply the mask around and under the eyes. Avoid the eyelids because you don’t want to get it in your eyes. You can apply the mask to your entire face, if desired. Let the mask dry for 10 minutes. If it gets uncomfortable, go ahead and remove it before the 10 minutes are up. Use a soft, wet towel to gently clean off the mask. Finish with moisturizer. Tea lovers can steep 2 bags, of your choice of tea (green or black) in hot water for three to five minutes. Let cool until the bags are comfortably warm to the touch. Lie down, close your eyes, and place a tea bag over each eye; then cover with a soft cloth. Wait for 10-15 minutes then wash, dry, and moisturize your face as usual.
6. Rosewater rescue: Soak two round, flat cotton wool pads in the rosewater then wrap them in cling film and pop in the fridge. Once chilled, remove the cling film and place over closed eyes. The combination of coldness and soothing rosewater will help restrict capillaries and bring down any puffiness.
7. Milk magic: Dip cotton pads in chilled milk and place on your eyelids and relax for 20-30 minutes. This will help your eyes in water retention and it would also cool them off.
8. Apple Aid: The humble Granny Smith is a great solution for when your eyes are puffy, with dark circles. Keep one in the fridge and then simply cut two slices, lie down, close your eyes and place a slice over each closed eye. Leave on your eyes for ten minutes. The apple slice will not only be cooling on the eye, but the presence of tannin, which has anti-inflammatory properties, will help reduce puffiness.
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