Stayed out too late? A busy week at work and too many early mornings at the office? I can guarantee the one place that will give away your tiredness will be your eyes! Whether your eyes are tired from too much time at the computer, lack of sleep, too much partying or a little bit of everything, here are some neat tricks to treat your tired eyes.
Soothing and Cooling – the mighty cucumber
We all know that applying slices of cucumber on your eyes is synonymous with relaxing. So why not create a soothing, cooling eye mask using cucumber juice? These eye masks fit much better over the eye than a cucumber slice but still contain all the hydrating and de-puffing properties. All you need are some cotton pads, a cucumber, fruit juice extractor and freezer bag.
Extract the juice from the cucumber, pour the juice out into a container to soak the cotton pads. Stick the soaked pads in a plastic bag and place in the freezer. Once you’re ready to use them, take the plastic bag out, thaw for 10 minutes and apply to your eyes for 10-15 minutes.
Time to get fruity
Cold fruits are always a delicious treat but they also make a pretty nice eye treatment! If you wake up with tired, puffy eyes, grab a couple of chilled fresh strawberries from the refrigerator and slice the tops off.
Next, slice them again about 1/8 of an inch thick. Then, lie back, close your eyes and apply them under your eyes and relax for a few minutes! The alpha hydroxy acids in strawberries can help smooth out the skin and reduce swelling!
Chamomile tea bags - 1, puffy eyes - 0
Another cheap and effective home remedy for tired eyes is to place chilled tea bags on your eyes. Chamomile is known to have anti-inflammatory properties so they’re great to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Grab a couple of tea bags and soak them in hot water. Next, rinse the tea bags with cold water until they’re cool and place over your eyes and unwind for about 20 minutes. You can also freeze the tea bags instead of rinsing in cool water to make the experience extra refreshing!
An apple a day keeps dark circles away
The next time you’re going to have an apple as a snack, cut up a few slices for your eyes, too. Using apple slices to de-stress tired eyes isn’t as common as using cucumber but it can be just as effective. Apples contain tannic acid or tannins that help reduce the appearance of dark circles and help nourish the delicate skin around your eyes. Stick an apple in the fridge, cut a few thin slices, place them over your closed eyes and kick back. Lovely!
DIY soothing milk pads
This eye treatment is an old home remedy that many people have used and it works! Milk contains naturally soothing ingredients such as protein, amino acids and lactic acid to calm and ease puffy, weary eyes. Simply dip some cotton balls in some cold milk (use any type except for skimmed) and place them over your eyes for about 10 minutes. Make sure to place a towel beneath your head in case of any milk dripping!