Having tired, puffy eyes is just a fact of life when you’re a mother. If your baby is sleeping through the night, you’re bound to find some other reason to sport dark circles that come with exhaustion- be it shuttling the kids to activities, school or just worrying about their future. Instead of making those tired eyes part of your mom uniform, we’ve rounded up some great ways to give them some much needed refreshment and get you looking great again.
1. Coffee Eye Mask
Don’t toss those coffee grounds in the trash! Just like your reheated morning coffee, they can be used again (and again, and again) by making a coffee eye mask. Coffee is known for it’s inflammatory properties to reduce inflammation, is packed with antioxidants and also is a diuretic which will help relieve the puffiness below your eyes. Follow the steps to create this mask and you’ll have not only an improved appearance but you’ll probably smell great too!
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2. Make Green Tea Ice Cubes
Green tea has long been hailed as a wonderful beauty product because it’s full of antioxidants, as well as caffeine. Both of these ingredients can be soothing to your tired eyes and they will work to reduce puffiness. All you need to do is make a very strong cup of green tea and then pour the steeped mixture into empty ice cube trays. Freeze and then pull out a cube and rub under your eyes. The cubes work not only because of their healing ingredients, but the cold temperatures will additionally constrict blood vessels to reduce even more puffiness.
3. Use Essential Oils
Essential oils have tons of amazing properties that can help revive and refresh your tired eyes. Make sure you find a high quality oil (I don’t endorse any one brand but will say that you don’t HAVE to buy a MLM brand, so long as you’ve done a little research) when applying to your eye area- it’s a sensitive area! I recommend using a roller ball and mixing your essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut, jojoba or almond oil. Some great essential oils to use are Frankincense, Cypress, Chamomile, Rose and Lavender. Mix about 25 drops in a 15ml roller ball with your carrier oil and carefully apply to your under eye area.
4. Cucumber Eye Gel
We’ve probably all tried the “cucumber on the eyes” trick to relieve puffiness, but that’s because it works! Cucumbers have natural antioxidants which reduce swelling so it makes sense that they’re perfect for your sensitive eye areas. To make this recipe, combine the juice of half a cucumber with about 3 oz of aloe vera gel. Chill, apply to your puffy eyes and keep in the fridge!
You can get more info on this recipe from MonicaPotterHome.com.
5. DIY Frozen Eye Masks
There are a number of pre-made (and expensive) eyes makes you can find in retail stores that treat puffy eyes. But if you’d rather save a penny and make your own, this recipe is for you. Using regular makeup remover pads, you simply soak them in a mixture of moisture and antioxidant-rich products like honey, green tea, cucumbers, coconut oil and aloe. Let them soak in all the goodness, remove and then freeze. When you’re feeling particularly puffy and tired, take out of the freezer and have a good lie down with these refreshing eye pads.
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6. DIY Caffeine Eye Serum
This last remedy does take some time for preparation but it’s worth it in the end. Infuse coffee grounds with almond oil by combining them and letting them sit for several days. Once done, you’ll be straining the liquid with a cheesecloth and adding the remaining ingredient of avocado oil and then simply adding to a dropper bottle! We’ve already talked about the benefits of coffee and caffein when it comes to dark circles and puffy eyes. You can bet this is a great way to refresh those tired eyes!