Sleep and relaxation are important components to overall health and well-being. From improved memory to optimized heart health to increased creativity, the benefits are absolutely endless. But it’s not always that easy to get the amount of sleep we need each night – and sometimes it can show on our faces in the form of under-eye circles and puffy eyes. While the best cure is of course to treat the root cause, here are some natural, topical fixes for sleepy eyes… for the nights when proper sleep doesn’t fit itself into the plan.
Potatoes contain a natural skin-lightening enzyme called catecholase, which can help diminish dark circles under your eyes. You can apply raw potatoes to your eye area by either cutting them into thin slices or by blending them up to create a paste. Apply for about 30 minutes and then remove, rinsing your eyes with cool water if necessary.
Applying mint leaves to the eye area causes a tingling sensation, which increases blood flow to the area and can help dark circles fade away. Simply crush up a few mint leaves and apply to your eyes for about 5 minutes. Then wash away with cool water. For more of a paste, you can mix crushed mint leaves with honey or olive oil before applying to the eye area.
The caffeine in caffeinated teas (like green tea) can temporarily tighten the skin around your eyes by constricting blood vessels and removing excess water, while herbal teas (like chamomile) soothe inflammation and discoloration with their anti-irritants. To apply, steep two tea bags and then allow to cool. Lay one bag over each closed eye for about 15 minutes while you lay down.
Rose water contains vitamins like A and C, and has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, as well as a balancing effect, making it an all-around excellent choice for skin. You can use rose water on the eye area by soaking a cotton ball and applying to the area for about 10 minutes. (P.S. Find out how to make rose water!)
Applying a cold cucumber slice to each eye may help to instantly calm tired, puffy eyes due to a cooling effect, and it may also help soften the skin around your eyes. Additionally, cucumber can work as a toner and brighten skin, helping to treat discoloration. Some may say that using cucumbers on the eye area is an old remedy that may just be all in your mind, but others seem to swear by it!
It’s important to note that while under-eye circles and puffiness can be due to lack of sleep, this is not always the case. Allergies, nasal congestion, and stress are common causes, as well. Identifying the cause will have you on your way to optimal health in no time.