DOZ Issue 30 April 2018 - Page 29

in soothing irritations. The combination of caffeic acid, vitamin C, and the cucumber’s cooling effect reduces swelling. On top of that, cucumber’s astringent properties can give sagging skin a firmer, brighter look. You can just put cucumber slices on your eyes. But you’ll get rid of bags under the eyes much faster if you slice a cucumber and freeze the slices. Keep them on your eyes for 5 – 10 minutes every time you want to refresh the under eye skin and reduce the puffiness. If the frozen cucumber slices are too cold for you, next time cool down cucumber slices in the fridge instead of freezing them completely. Tea Compresses Black, green, and chamomile tea are great for reducing puffy eyes. Tea contains tannins, which have astringent properties. Tea is also a mild diuretic, which will help draw out the retained water. Black, green and chamomile tea are loaded with antioxidants and have a soothing effect on the skin. You can simply keep brewed tea bags on your eyes for 10 minutes. But even better – brew your tea and let it cool down. Soak cotton pads in the tea and freeze them. When you want to use them, just place two frozen tea compresses on your eyes and keep them like that for 10 minutes. Coffee Compresses There’s a reason why so many under-eye creams contain caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic. It reduces swelling and has anti- inflammatory properties. Plus, coffee tightens the skin and contains antioxidants which keep aging signs at bay. Just like with tea, wait for the coffee to cool down. Strain all the grounds, then dip cotton pads in the coffee. Use them right away or frozen. Aloe Vera Is there anything aloe vera can’t do? It sure can deal with puffy eyes. Aloe vera gel reduces accumulated fluids from under your eyes. It has soothing and healing qualities. This gel contains vitamin E and antioxidants that reduce fine lines and give you supple, smooth skin. It is an all-in-one natural remedy that gets you rid of dark circles, soothes the skin and fights aging signs. All you have to do is apply a small amount of aloe vera gel around your eyes every morning and/or night. You can use it instead of your eye cream or in combination. And if you keep your aloe vera gel in the fridge in between uses – even better! DOZ Magazine April 2018 29 «