Dark circles under my eyes have plagued me forever. Part of the reason is my horrible sleep habits, which often don’t include anywhere close to eight hours of sleep a night.
Some of the problem comes from eyestrain and forgetting to wear my glasses, as well as from genetics. I’m from a long line of “raccoons”—not really raccoons, but parents that have circles or puffiness under the eye.
I also know my family has thin skin beneath their eyes, which allows for blood vessels to show. Knowing these causes has never allowed me to come up with a solution.
I’ve patted coffee on the circles, which was easy since I normally have a cup close at hand, laid back for a few minutes with green tea bags on my eyes, which I have left over from tea I always have at night and created or purchased more elaborate eye masks.
I finally found one that works, but only if I do it diligently twice a day for several weeks. Believe me; this recipe work wonders for dark eye circles. Just make sure to stick to the regimen and soon you will see improvements.
All the ingredients listed are recommended to remove dark circles, but used together they become a super serum. The potato and cucumber juice have astringent qualities.
They tend to shrink the blood vessels under the eyes, which immediately reduces the darkness under the skin.
The potato and cucumber both have vitamin C, too. Both also act as a natural bleaching agent for the skin.
Rosewater has been used for years as a natural astringent, anti-inflammatory and a source of vitamin C for the skin. It rejuvenates the skin and softens it.
Tomatoes also have a natural bleaching property. The coldness of the mixture also shrinks the blood vessels, making them less noticeable.
This works like a miracle and doesn’t cost much. In fact, the only expense I had was for the rosewater, which I got from the beauty section at a local drug store for about six dollars and can make many batches of dark circle remover.
This combination requires approximately 1 tomato, about 1/2 small cucumber, with the skin left on it, a small potato, skin on and four tablespoons of rosewater.
You’ll also need to cut small rectangles—enough to cover the eyes and skin below it–of soft fabric, such as from old towels, wash cloths or sweatshirts that might be otherwise destined for the rag bag or trash. Make sure they’re clean!
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for a minute or two until well mix.
Pour some of the mixture on the cotton pads or (you can use rectangles of fabric) and put them in the freezer for ten to fifteen minutes.
Once they’re cold, take them out and place the pads on the area under your eyes, letting them work for ten to fifteen minutes as you take a break from the day.
I make about 10 to 16 pads at a time, place them in a ziploc and freeze them for future use. The number varies a bit by the size of the potato, tomato, and cucumber I use. I just keep making pads until I’ve used all the ingredients.
Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.
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