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As we get older, our skin starts to lose some of its elasticity, which means that certain parts may start to wrinkle or sag a little bit. Moreover, a lack of good sleep, too much sunlight, and improper nutrition may all cause those dark circles around the eyes, as well as puffy skin. It’s not an attractive look, but you are not alone, because this happens to the best of us.
You can try getting more sleep or eating better, which may or may not help. You can also try purchasing an expensive designer face mask that makes grandiose claims of taking 20 years off of your appearance.
Some of these expensive face masks for dark circles and puffy eyes may work to a certain degree, but they are often more expensive than any of us are willing to accept. Moreover, many of these store-bought face masks are also loaded with chemicals which may do more harm than good.
That said, it is possible to make your own face mask at home. There are many different options too, each of which can be made with just a few inexpensive ingredients.
You can make your own face masks that actually work, that you know exactly what is inside of them, and that won’t cost you a fortune. Let’s take a look at this selection of 9 DIY face masks for dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
Easy DIY Face Masks for Dark Circles and Puffiness
Here is a selection of easy to make DIY face masks that you can easily make at home with just a few ingredients. All of 9 the face masks below are in one way or another designed to reduced dark circles and puffiness around the eyes; it all comes down to the ingredients which they contain.
1. Milk and Baking Soda
One of the simplest DIY face masks you can make at home is made of milk and baking soda. It sounds like quite the weird combination, but it is a fan favorite among DIYers with proven benefits for dark circles and puffy eyes.
The baking soda can make the skin around the eyes look smoother, healthier, and more taut, while the milk can help soothe and rejuvenate tired skin.
All you have to do to make this milk and baking soda face mask is to mix two tablespoons of baking soda with four tablespoons of milk, and then stir well until it forms a homogenous mixture.
For added benefits, refrigerate this mixture for a couple of hours. It will be cool when you go to apply it to your eye area, thus soothing the skin even more. Let the milk and baking soda face mask do its work for roughly 20 to 30 minutes, and then rinse it off with cold water.
2. Turmeric and Buttermilk
Turmeric is a very popular spice to cook with and to consume, and in fact, it does have numerous proven health benefits when consumed. However, turmeric also has many benefits when it is applied to the skin.
One of the main active compounds in this spice is curcumin, a compound that can brighten pigmentation, clear acne breakouts, and minimize UV damage.
This is then combined with buttermilk, which contains lactic acid, a known exfoliant to help remove dead skin and rejuvenate new skin to bring you back to your former glory.
To prepare the turmeric and buttermilk face mask, simply mix equal parts turmeric and buttermilk, about 1.5 tablespoons of each should do. Blend them together until they form a homogenous mixture.
You can then use a makeup brush or just your fingers to apply this DIY mask to the skin around your eyes. Allow the face mask to do its job for 15 to 20 minutes, and then wipe it off with a warm cloth. Be sure to not get any of it in your eyes, as the turmeric will burn. On a side note, you may notice that the turmeric has turned your skin yellowish. This will go away with a bit of gentle rinsing.
3. Rose and Cucumber
The DIY rose and cucumber face mask is one of the most popular, not to mention one of the most effective for puffy eyes and dark circles.
First off, rosewater is well known for its skin benefits, mainly its anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce irritation, reduce acne, and reduce swelling. Rose water can help in removing excess oils and dirt accumulated in the pores of the skin.
Next you have the cucumber, which contains many antioxidants which can help improve the overall tautness, appearance, and immunity of the skin. Rosewater and cucumber is a time-tested favorite that works wonders.
To make this DIY rose water and cucumber face mask at home, you will need a blender to blend the ingredients together. Take an ounce of rosewater and half a large cucumber, and then blend them together until they form a smooth mixture.
Some people choose to then apply this mixture directly to the area around the eyes, while some soak cotton rounds with the mixture, and then place those over the eyes. Anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes should do, and then rinse it off with cool water.
4. Tea Bags
Alright, this is not really as much as DIY face mask as it is just an easy solution which can help tighten your skin, reduce swelling and inflammation, and create healthier skin in general. Tea bags, if you get the right ones, contain caffeine, which is known for helping to tighten and rejuvenate skin.
Tea also contains antioxidants, which can help reduce swelling and irritation, thus making tea bags perfect for reducing dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
Simply steep 2 tea bags for 5 to 10 minutes, and then refrigerate them, just for long enough so they won’t burn your skin when you go to apply them.
Leave the tea bags on your eyes for about 10 minutes, take them off, and then rinse the area. You can repeat this twice per day if needed. Even better is that you can drink the tea before you use the tea bags, something else that should help you relax and feel better.
5. Pineapple and Turmeric
Here we are coming back to turmeric because it’s not only a miracle food to eat, but also a miracle spice for the skin. As we discussed above, turmeric can brighten pigmentation, clear acne breakouts, and minimize UV damage.
Now we are going to add some pineapple juice to the mix. Pineapple is another great addition for any DIY face mask because it contains bromelain, a compound that can break down and remove dead skin cells, thus revealing the newer and healthier skin below.
To make the pineapple juice and turmeric face mask, combine equal parts of each and mix together to create a fairly thin paste, about 1.5 tablespoons of each — just enough to cover the area around your eyes. Apply the mixture with a small brush, or you can use your fingers.
Allow it to work for about half an hour and then gently remove it with a warm cloth. You may want to rinse the area afterwards to remove any of the yellowish pigmentation caused by the turmeric. For the best results, it is recommended to apply this mask daily for at least 2 weeks.
6. Avocado and Aloe Vera
Avocado is not only delicious to eat, but also something that contains many beneficial ingredients which can go a long way in making skin look and feel healthier.
First off, avocado contains plenty of vitamins, such as E and C, plus antioxidants, all of which can create tighter and healthier skin, to reduce inflammation, and to reduce fine lines. Moreover, the natural oils contained in avocado are great for moisturizing the skin, which will make it feel smoother.
Next you have aloe vera, one of the best natural skin hydrators in the world. These benefits all come together to create one heck of a face mask that can reduce puffiness and dark circles in a matter of days.
To make the avocado and aloe vera face mask, simply mix together 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel and one teaspoon of mashed avocado. You may also use premade avocado oil, although fresh avocado is much better. Mix it together to form a thick paste free of chunks, and then use a brush or your fingers to apply it. Let it do its job for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with some cool water.
7. Aloe Vera, Carrot, and Egg
Yes, this definitely sounds like quite an interesting mix; it wouldn’t taste good, but it’s not meant for eating. Of course, as discussed above, aloe vera is one of the best natural moisturizers and healing agents for the skin. What about eggs and carrots?
Well, for one, both eggs and carrots contain lots of vitamin A, which is well known for its skin rejuvenation properties. The really important element here is the beta carotene contained in carrots, which helps to reduce skin inflammation — plus carrots also contain vitamin C, yet another vitamin ideal for maintaining good skin health.
To make this mix, you will first need to shred a carrot. Mix one tablespoon of finely shredded carrot with one egg white and one teaspoon of aloe vera. Try to get this mixture as homogenous as can be, as the smoother it is, the better it will work. You can try pulsing it in the blender for the best results; just don’t blend it for too long or else the egg whites will start to fluff up.
Use a brush to apply the aloe vera, carrot, and egg facemask to the area around your eyes, or even your whole face; leave it for 20 to 30 minutes, and then rinse it off with cool water. You may want to rinse with a hydrating and gentle soap afterwards, as raw eggs don’t exactly smell the best.
8. Coffee and Honey
Another great DIY face mask for puffy skin and dark circles features a combination of finely ground coffee and honey. Honey is actually a real life saver when it comes to making your skin look and feel better.
For one, honey contains antioxidants which help to reduce inflammation. Honey also helps boost the natural production of collagen by the skin, thus helping the skin become tighter and more elastic. Coffee also has a major role to play, particularly the caffeine which it contains. That caffeine can quickly tighten up the skin and give it a quick boost.
To make the coffee and honey DIY face mask, just mix 1.5 teaspoons of liquid honey with 1.5 teaspoons of very finely ground coffee powder. Apply the mixture to the area around the eyes, let it sit there for about 20 minutes, and then rinse it off.
9. Parsley and Almond Oil
This almost sounds like something you might eat or add to one of your favorite dishes, and while it sounds delicious, it can work some wonders for the skin too.
Parsley is loaded with zinc and various vitamins, which come together to allow for faster skin healing, removing old skin cells, and they can help increase skin tautness. Moreover, almond oil is a great skin hydrator for smoother and more supple skin.
You may want to use some a blender to get a smooth consistency, although if you have good knife skills, you can also chop the parsley very finely. About 1 tablespoon of each ingredient should do fine. Apply the mixture with a brush, allow it to work for about 20 minutes, and then rinse it off.
Any and all of these 9 DIY face masks can help reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, each in their own ways. If you really want to take things to the next level, you can always try combining any one of these masks with another for added skin health benefits.
Remember, making your own face mask can be done in an easy and inexpensive way, and with all-natural ingredients.