Nobody likes the look of swollen, puffy eyes. It makes you look sickly, worn out and even if you’re having a good hair day, your overall appearance takes a proverbial nosedive.
Good news though; there are several homemade eye masks that can help reduce under eye puffiness and not drain your bank account.
Knowledge is prevention, so let me share a few facts with you before dishing out the goods.
Your eyes are surrounded by a thin layer of skin that is very sensitive and rich with blood vessels. It’s no wonder that this area can be so easily affected by conditional changes. Many things can cause your under eye area to puff up, and with time the swelling will generally come down.
If you’re anything like me and patience isn’t one of the virtues you possess, stay tuned for my amazing DIY puff-reducing masks!
What Causes Under Eye Puffiness?
Several things can influence your eyes and cause them to swell up. Some of these things include allergies, fluid retention, changes in your hormones, stress and most commonly, when we cry.
When your body responds to one of these changes, an influx of blood flows to the eyes and causes them to swell. On the other hand, crying strains your eyes which is why inflammation occurs.
Obviously, things like allergies, hormonal changes and stress aren’t as easy to control as some other factors that play a leading role in eye swelling. Lack of sleep, excessive partying and sodium-rich diets are all precursors to puffy eyes by causing fluid retention within the body.
Sometimes we can’t help ourselves and we stay up a little too late and drink just a little too much wine. If you wake up in the morning and those puffy eyes cannot be avoided, here are three of my favourite homemade eye masks that can help to reduce that annoying under eye puffiness.
Homemade Eye Mask Recipes
Editor’s note: All three recipes contain ingredients that are totally safe to use AROUND your eyes. Just be super careful not to get them IN your eyes. If that does happen, flush your eyes immediately with plenty of cool water.
Spuds and Sauce
Who said de-puffing the puff had to be tedious or time consuming? With this simple treatment, all you need is:
- 1 small raw potato
- 2 tablespoons organic applesauce
Once you have your two ingredients rounded up the process is easy:
- Step 1: Cut your potato into small chunks and then pulverize it in a food processor.
- Step 2: Add in your applesauce and blend together until chunk-free and smooth.
- Step 3: Gently rub your mask around your eyes then cover with a clean cloth that has been dipped in warm water.
- Step 4: Lie back and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Step 5: Wash off and enjoy fresh, clear eyes.
Who knew these two apples of the earth could be so beneficial to your eyes. Potatoes contain a natural astringent that naturally reduces water retention while the applesauce helps soothe and reduce swelling. And the best part? It costs pennies per treatment!
Oils for Your Eyes
If the chopping and prepping just isn’t for you, reach into your cabinet and pull out your oils. You will need:
- 2 drops rosemary essential oil
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Once you have both oils, simply follow these steps:
- Step 1: In a small bowl, mix together your two oils.
- Step 2: Gently rub a small amount of your mixture around your eyes. Allow it to soak in.
This eye mask is great because you can leave it on all day long and no one will be the wiser.
The rosemary essential oil is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps constrict the blood vessels around your eye to make you look more awake instantaneously. Best of all, the ceffeic acids will work all day long to keep your eyes looking fresh.
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If, however, rubbing oils into your skin just feels…well…oily, go for the exact opposite.
A Quick Caffeinated Clay
This treatment is great if you don’t have a food processor handy or you just aren’t keen on rubbing oils into your skin. All of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store or health food store. All you will need is:
- 2 tablespoons ground caffeinated coffee
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil
- ¼ teaspoon aloe vera
- 3 tablespoons clay powder
When you have all of your ingredients rounded up, simply follow along:
- Step 1: In a small bowl, mix together all of your ingredients. Stir until they form a thick, muddy texture.*
- Step 2: Carefully apply your mask around your eyes. Be careful not to drip any mud into your actual eye though. Apply a slightly thicker layer on the skin below your eye.
- Step 3: Let sit for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry.
*Tip: If the mask seems too runny, mix in a little more clay powder until the desired thickness is achieved.
This caffeinated clay will help brighten, firm and tone your under-eye area while soothing and relieving inflammation thanks to the honey, aloe vera and vitamin E oil. If you have a few wrinkles below your eyes, the coffee and clay should help reduce their appearance as well! It’s a win-win!
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And there you have it; 3 simple and cheap eye masks to help to de-puff that puff and make you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed no matter what the occasion, or how little sleep you’ve gotten!
This is a guest post by Vanessa, a lifestyle blogger whose work can be found all around cyberland – from product reviews to quick and dirty DIY tricks such as how to get younger looking eyes she aims to help her readers look and feel their very best, for less!
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