We often hear that our eyes are the windows to our soul – and it could be argued that they’re windows to our health, too! Our eye area houses some of the most delicate skin on our bodies, and is often the first area to show visible signs of anxiety, illness, or sleeplessness. There are loads of eye creams on the market claiming to reduce puffiness, fine lines, and signs of fatigue - however, you may be able to achieve similar results with some of these powerful (and natural!) homemade remedies:
There’s a reason the facemask and cucumber slice combination is so ubiquitous on TV and in the movies! If you’re short on money or time, a simple application of very cold cucumbers (slice them and leave in the freezer for 10 minutes) will reduce inflammation and redness. The refreshing properties of the cucumber will make your eyes feel rejuvenated, and will also afford you a few precious minutes for meditation – or a nap!
If your eyes are looking puffy and you’re seeing bags start to form underneath them, you can make a homemade eye mask using egg whites. All you need to do is separate 2 eggs and whisk the whites up into a frothy consistency. Close your eyes and apply the whites with a soft brush, then leave on for 10 minutes before washing off. Your skin will instantly feel tighter, and, with regular use of this eye mask, it will appear visibly firmer too!
You’re probably tired of hearing about the miraculous benefits of water, but hydration is key to healthy skin and a healthy body. Aim for at least 8 ounces of water per day, and your eyes will look tighter and brighter – with or without eye masks.
Rosewater is a powerful way to achieve dewy skin, and is a particularly good home remedy for dry or irritated eyes. Rosewater eye drops can be purchased, but cleansing the area around your eyes with rosewater twice a day will yield similar results!
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and bioflavonoids, which reduce inflammation and help fight bacteria, meaning this remedy is especially effective if you have a slight infection or irritation. Simply leave a moist tea bag on each eye for 15 minutes, at least once a day.
Yes, you read that right! You can use slices of potato, as you would cucumber, and apply to the eyelids for 20 minutes at a time. If you suffer from dark circles under the eyes, you may benefit from leaving them on overnight!
A thin layer of honey, applied to the eyes overnight, will tighten the skin around the eyes and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. You can also use honey as a gentle cleanser, for its natural antibacterial properties!
And there you have it – rejuvenating eye treatments that have been under our nose all along. The next time your skin needs a quick boost, head to your kitchen and see what DIY treatments you can whip up! And, to learn more about Uma's powerful botanical skincare blends, head to our online shop.