Puffy bags under your eyes can leave even a young person looking old and the older you get; the worse it affects your appearance.
To prevent or reduce this problem that adds years to your appearance, you can eliminate the puffiness by creating your magical gel that can reduce puffiness and tighten the skin under the eyes.
What Are the Benefits of Each Ingredient?
Strong coffee contains lots of caffeine, which is often found in over the counter cosmetics that fight eye puffiness. Caffeine causes the tiny blood vessels under the eye to restrict, which also helps reduce the dark circles while removing the appearance of bags or puffy skin. It has one additional benefit; it can also block UVB rays and that helps prevent skin cancer and aging of the skin.
Black or Green Tea
both types of tea contain caffeine, but they also contain tannin, with black tea containing the most. Green tea, however, contains antioxidants that help protect the cells. Regardless of the type of tea you use, it acts as an astringent that tightens skins and shrinks blood vessels.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is a moisturizer for the skin. It also has healing properties. When used in this recipe, it acts as a binding gel to give the other ingredients the gel-like consistency that makes it easier to apply. Aloe Vera contains B1, B3, B6 and vitamin C as well as other skin nutrients and antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory benefits and also hydrates the skin as it reduces wrinkles. It is not as heavy as many creams, which may stretch the delicate eye tissue.
Witch Hazel contains tannins, catechins, flavonoids and gallic acid. It is used for centuries to help soothe skin irritations, lessen bags under the eyes, treats varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Before you balk at using something on your eyes that cures hemorrhoids, consider this, for many years stars of stage and screen used Preparation H for the same purpose and it worked well for them.
What You Need:
- strong brewed coffee (leftover)
- black tea or green tea (leftover)
- witch hazel (or you can use this DIY astringent as an alternative)
- aloe vera gel
You can use leftover coffee and green tea if you do not have black tea. The tea can be a loose leaf or made from bags. You will find aloe vera gel and witch hazel at almost any drugstore, and both are relatively inexpensive.
① To make the mixture mix one teaspoon of witch hazel with a quarter cup of aloe vera gel. Add a teaspoon of tea and one tsp of coffee.
② Mix the ingredients thoroughly for a thin gel. You can use it immediately, but if you keep it in a covered container in the refrigerator for a while.
③ Apply it with a Q-tip under the eye, the coolness will aid in tightening the puffy skin under your eye, too. The mixture will keep for 1 to 2 weeks in your refrigerator.