We all suffer from eye puffiness or dark bags under our eyes from time to time, the causes of these symptoms range from water retention to sleep deprivation, they can even be affected from allergies we develop to makeup substances we use on a daily basis. Luckily there are a few cost effective methods of treating your eyes and restoring your skin’s youthfulness.  These are the top five we have tried and tested. 

We recommend a good pamper session at least once a month for ultimate effectiveness. The more you treat yourself to these time out sessions the faster you will see and feel results. Give them all a go and comment on which ones work for you. If you have any home remedies please share your knowledge.

Tea bags Tried and tested by the worlds leading beauty experts.   Method:  Steep two tea bags  in hot water for 3-5 min.  Cool them in a fridge for 20 min. Squeeze out excess liquid until the bags are damp. Lie down and put the tea bags over your eyes.  Leave them on for 15-30 min.  Remove and carefully rinse off with water.  Why does this work?  How does this work? Many eye and skin treatments contain caffeine. This is because caffeine is known to shrink blood vessels reducing puffiness and dark circles. The tea bags used in this DIY eye treatment not only contain caffeine and beneficial antioxidants, but they a key ingredient known as tannins.  Tannins are responsible for the tea's colour and flavour; most importantly, tannins also stimulates blood circulation and help tighten and soothe skin.  Cucumber   Works wonders for tired eyes.  Top Three Methods:  	1.	Use freshly cut cucumber slices. 	2.	Soak two cotton balls in the cucumber juice. 	3.	Grate cucumbers make a sap.  Recommended for fifteen min once a month.   Why does this work?  The ascorbic and caffeic acids found in cucumbers decrease water retention on the skin around the eyes. This will reduce the swelling and puffiness and also revitalise the skin. These plants also have a mild skin bleaching reducing the effect of dark circles.  3.  Cold water Refresh your face with an ice-cold water wash as soon as you wake up. This is also great if you hit the snooze button one too many times.   If your eyes feel extra puffy, dip a washcloth in cold water, squeeze out excess and lay over eyes.   Why Does This Work? The cold water works as a vain constrictor which slows blood flow to the area, this in turn reduces redness and inflammation.  4. Chilled spoons If you’re not a fan of cold water, try putting spoons in the refrigerator overnight and placing over eyes in the morning.   Why does this work?  It has the same effect as cold water.   5. Egg whites Beat up an egg white and apply it with a brush or your fingers under the eyes. As it dries, it will tighten and tone the skin. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes then gently rinse. It can also stimulate circulation and reduce inflammation.  Three top recipes:  1.  Mix two egg whites gently and simply apply a layer under your eyes and let it dry - 15 min then wash. 2. Mix egg whites with potato juice and whisk. Apply this mixture under your eyes and let it dry  - 15 min then wash. 3. Gently mix egg whites with the juice of half a lemon. Soak in a thick tissue or paper towel and place it under your eyes.   - 30 min then wash.  Why does this work?  Egg whites contain a high level of proteins and vitamin E that help tighten skin.  This reduces the appearance of eye bags. Eggs (like cucumbers) also have skin lightening properties.  Regular application reduces the build up of dark pigmentation  which also lessen the appearance of wrinkles.

By Tash Casey