Sunday, May 19, 2013

DIY Beauty: Soothing Remedies for Your Eyes

The more that I review and write about the massive amounts of products on the market, the more I want to turn to at-home, DIY beauty treatments. That’s not to say that there aren’t many, many amazing products available, it’s simply a personal project to get back to the basics. Whether you’re on a mission to save money, desire fresh products or like me, simply want to explore … here are a few tried and true DIY eye soothers!

Anti-Inflammatory: Chamomile, Green, or Black Tea - Steep two chamomile, green, or black tea bags in hot water for three minutes. Remove them from the water and place in the refrigerator until cooled. Place one bag over each eye and relax for 15 minutes

Decrease Redness and Swelling: Spoons - This is a great one for after you’ve been crying. Place four metal spoons in a glass of ice water. When chilled, place one spoon on each eye, following the contour of your eye socket. As the spoons begin to warm, switch them with the spoons chilling in the glass of ice water. Continue this process until swelling subsides.

For Dry and Irritated Skin: Milk - Pour ice-cold whole milk or cream into a small bowl; soak two cotton balls in the liquid. Then squeeze out the cotton balls slightly and put one over each eye. Once the cotton balls warm up, soak two more and repeat for up to 15 minutes.

The Classic Cucumber Slices - This remedy for swollen, irritated eyes is an absolute classic and has been around for so long that it’s often shrugged off as “Mom’s old-school beauty”. Rest two 1/2-inch-thick cucumber slices on a bed of ice to chill. Once cool, place one slice over each eye, lean your head back, and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the slices and rinse your face with cool water.

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