Some days I wake up and it looks like I’ve aged a decade over night.
My eyes are puffy, bloodshot and masked with dark under eye circles.
Not exactly the look I strive for each morning.
The good news is, treating dark under eye circles can be a somewhat simple process when you know what you’re doing.
And after years of battling the eye bulge, I can assure you I do!
But what exactly causes under eye circles to begin with?
Dark circles can be caused by many different factors. For example, genetics, allergies, poor skin care habits or not getting enough sleep can influence your eye bags.
Characterized by puffy, purplish appearance directly below your eyes, dark eye circles can make your skin look dull and eyes darker even if you wake up feeling like a million bucks.
When it comes to aging your eyes rely on fatty tissue to keep your eye skin tight and hydrated for years. As we get older the muscles supporting our eye tissue degrades and fluids can begin to seep from your upper lids to your lower, causing that puffy, swollen appearance.
You can prevent these signs of aging by using a moisturizing eye cream daily and fueling your body with nourishing foods.
Allergies, on the other hand, are a little harder to avoid. Personally, it is seasonal allergies that wreak havoc on my under eyes. The irritation and itchiness experienced with allergies makes paw at my face much more than normal. This causes my blood vessels more apparent underneath the thin eye tissue and casts a dark shadow on my under eye.
When dark circles threaten to dull the brightness of my eyes I rely on this easy to make, homemade coffee mask. Whether you suffer from allergies or just a bad night’s sleep, each ingredient plays an important role in restoring your eye skin to its naturally glowing state.
2 tablespoons caffeinated coffee grounds
1/2 tablespoon local honey
1 teaspoon jojoba oil (or coconut oil if you prefer)
5 drops chamomile essential oil
In a small bowl, mix all of your ingredients together (except the witch hazel) and stir until nicely blended.
Before applying to your skin, clean your face to remove any dirt or makeup.
Using clean fingers, massage this coffee mask all over your face using gentle circular motions. Do this for 2 minutes so you can stimulate your blood flow to your puffy under eyes.
Let the mask soak in for 5 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm to cool water.
This step is optional, but totally recommended. Saturate a cotton pad in witch hazel and apply it all over your face. Don’t get it in your eye, but definitely sweep it under your eyes.
Give your skin a minute to absorb the witch hazel and feel dry before applying a nourishing uder eye cream or facial cream.
This coffee mask contains all natural ingredients that are easily found in your kitchen, and each one benefits your eyes when you are suffering from dark circles.
Caffeine is a stimulant and for the purpose of this eye mask, it helps promote circulation and blood flow to the affected area. This helps reduce redness and inflammation.
Local honey — local being the key word — is especially effective for those dealing with seasonal allergies. It has been found that local honey contains some of the pollen that may be causing your allergies, so applying it to your skin or ingesting it regularly helps improve your immunity against these allergens.
Honey also happens to contain humectant properties, which means it locks moisture in your skin for an all day hydrated look.
Jojoba oil (or coconut oil) is easily absorbed into the skin and gives your eyes a much needed deep hydration.
Chamomile doesn’t just make for a soothing tea. This essential oil also soothes your skin thanks to its natural anti inflammatory properties.
Last but not least, I like to finish this mask with witch hazel because it acts as an astringent to reduce the appearance of pores and heal damaged skin.
Gentle enough to use regularly, this coffee eye mask is my go-to remedy, but I’ve also learned several ways to prevent dark under eye circles.
Some of the best preventative strategies are the easiest, they just require a holistic approach to your health.
Avoiding excess alcohol intake, getting 7-9 hours of beauty rest each night, drinking lots of water each day and eating whole foods are a great place to start.
Lack of sleep leads to dilated blood vessels which is why you get that purple-blue-ish coloration underneath your eyes.
Alcohol dehydrates your entire body and can suck the moisture from your skin tissue making it more vulnerable to dark circles or other damage. The less alcohol you drink weekly, the better.
Unsurprising, eating unprocessed whole foods is good for your skin and eyes because they are full of essential vitamins and minerals that keep your mind, body and skin healthy and glowing.
Long story short, you don’t have to suffer from dark circles daily. By combining my preventative measures with the super simple coffee mask you will have bright eyes again in no time.
I’m dying to hear from you now. Do you suffer from dark circles? And if so, what do you do to treat or conceal them. Share your story in the comment section below!
Well, hello! I’m Sabrina — sucker for homemade skincare, lover of a dirty DIY face mask and obsessed with my puppy. It is my mission to connect with women around the globe and help them feel more confident with the skin they’re in at StrippedSkincare.com. Shoot me a message on Facebook, but be careful — I’m a chatter!