Here’s a quick tip to reduce puffy eyes and lighten dark circles. All you need is green tea and one small cucumber.
Brew two cups of green tea and allow it to come to room temperature. While the tea is cooling, thinly slice the cucumber. Put the cucumber slices in a glass dish, pour the tea over the slices, cover and refrigerate for a few hours. To use, gently blot excess tea from cucumber slices and place slices on puffy areas for about 10 minutes.
It’s amazing how this works. Cucumbers have astringent properties that cause blood vessels to constrict, plus their cooling affects helps ease painful inflammation.
It’s the tannin in tea that also works as an astringent. You could use black or oolong, but green tea contains considerably more tannin. The caffeine in tea also helps to constrict blood vessels, reduce swelling, and tighten the skin around the eyes.
Cucumber and green tea will help lighten dark circles. because of their ability to constrict the blood vessels and tiny capillaries under the eye.
To turn your next eye treatment into a spa experience, try adding a teaspoon of honey to the tea and mix well before adding the cucumber slices. The honey will help erase small wrinkles from around the eye.
Always be careful when putting anything on or around the eyes. I recommend that you first test this on your wrist to check for redness or irritation, if so, do not place on the eyes. Of course, if you are allergic to any of the ingredients you should not use this procedure.