1. Cool Cucumber Slices
While my under eye circles are mostly caused by broken sleep, many people have them due to water retention or allergies — two factors that are completely unrelated to how rested you are. Cool cucumber slices are an old-school favorite for reinvigorating the eye area quickly, as they contain antioxidants and flavonoids that help with redness, swelling and irritation. Put a slice on each eye for 30 minutes, lay back, and let them do the work.
2. Raw Potato Slices
This one sounds a little weird, but raw potato slices actually work as well as cucumbers — plus, they stay cool for much longer, making them a great pick for anyone who lives in an extra warm climate. The raw potato contains a natural astringent that helps remove water from under the eyes, reducing puffiness and evening out skin tone.
3. Caffeinated Green or Black Tea Bags
Much like cucumber, green and black teas contain tannins that stimulate blood circulation in the eye area, tighten the skin, and help to decrease puffiness. (That’s why some eye creams contain caffeine!) Brew two tea bags, then set them aside to cool off completely, then lie down, close your eyes, and put one bag on each of your eyes for 15 to 30 minutes.
4. Regular or Soy Milk
Another great way to tighten the skin under your eyes? Dip two cotton balls in regular milk or soy milk, squeeze the excess liquid out, and place the cotton on your eyes for 15 minutes. Rinse and apply your moisturizer and sunscreen as usual.
5. Egg Whites
When blended raw, egg whites tighten and tone the delicate under eye area by stimulating circulation and reducing inflammation. Use your fingers or a brush to apply a thin coat under your eyes and let set for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse and apply your moisturizer and sunscreen as usual.