Being a mom can be one of the most most rewarding responsibilities to have, but it can also being one of the most exhausting. From nights spent staying up to calm down the child who believes there's a monster under the bed, to tending to the baby who won't stop crying at 3 a.m., mommies put their physical health on the line to make sure their children are taken care of properly regardless of what time it is. This dedication can be easily noticed with dark and swollen evidence around the eyes, along with triple shots of espresso and a water ordered to go. Here are some products and DIY remedies to help make your 24/7 mommy shifts less noticeable!
Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes: This gel contains an infusion of aloe vera and yeast extract to soothe, hydrate and reduce hyperpigmentation under the eyes. Apply directly and leave on for 10 minutes a day for best results. Check it out here.
Dr. Brandt® Dark Circles Away™: This serum was designed to eliminate crow’s feet and under-eye puffiness. Simply use the cold-ball applicator to rub around targeted areas under and around the eyes, and let the cocktail of ingredients work its hydrating and brightening magic to your skin. Click here to see more.
Tea bags: Take two used black or green teabags and place in the fridge for 30-40 minutes. Once cooled, take out and place the cold, damp teabags on your eyes (making sure that it covers the dark circles). Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and wash face with normal water. Repeat once or twice a day on a regular basis to minimize and diminish dark circles.
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Avocado: The wholesome and fatty acids, vitamin B, E and K in avocados empowers the blood course around the eyes to remove dark circles, minimize puffiness and bring back versatility. For this remedy, take two thick slices of avocado and place it on both eyes so that dark circles are properly covered. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and remove. Click here to read more about DIY Avocado masks!
Philosophy Miracle Worker Eye Repair Cream: This product is unique because it contains retinoid, a popular ingredient in face creams and serums. Although retinoid contains powerful anti-aging properties that are usually irritating for eye care products, the one used in this cream was designed to work on sensitive skin. For best results, use in the morning and at night. Click here to read more!
Olay® Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Eye Cream. This all-in-one moisturizer is fantastic! Use the gentle brush applicator directly on your skin to stroke on the tinted cream which evens out dark circles as it hydrates and reduces puffiness. Click here to check it out!
Boscia® Super-Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm. This nifty little tube of eye balm is small enough to carry around in your purse when you're on the go. It contains a mixture of ingredients that cool, sooth and instantly revive tired eyes. The best part about this product is that it can be applied over makeup! Click here to read more!
If you are not interested in purchasing specific products, check out these at-home treatments you can do yourself!
Tomatoes and lemons: Squeeze the juice from a tomato and a lemon into a bowl and mix well. Apply mixture carefully under your eyes before you wash your face. For best results, leave on for an hour and then rinse off.
Almond oil and lemon juice: For this recipe, you will need one tablespoon of almond oil and one teaspoon of lemon juice. For 10 minutes, alternatively apply hot and cold compresses under the eyes. Once finished, mix one tablespoon of almond oil with one teaspoon of lemon juice and apply directly under the eyes before bed.
Potato, honey and olive oil: Peel a small or medium-sized potato and finely grate it. Mix the grated potato with one tablespoon of honey and enough olive oil to keep the mixture looking like a paste. Apply this under your eyes and leave on for a half an hour. Wash with warm water and pat skin dry. This mask will fade dark circles and bags under the eyes and is recommended to be used about twice a week.
Cucumbers and lemon juice: Cucumbers to wonderful things for your skin such as clean complexion, reduce inflammation, relaxes swelling, closes pores and diminish dark circles. For this recipe, you’ll need half of a large cucumber and juice from half of a lemon. Grate the cucumber to get the juice out of it and refrigerate the liquid for an hour. Add the lemon juice (from half of a lemon) to the cooled cucumber juice. Soak two cotton pads un the mixture and apply them on your eyes. Leave on for 15 minutes and enjoy!
Want something fast, convenient and little to no prep work? Try out some of these remedies!
Mint leaves: Mint has a cooling effect on the skin, which naturally removes dark circles. For this remedy, take a few fresh mint leaves and crush them gently (but not to make it a paste). Take the crushed leaves and place around your closed eyes. Let them sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes and wipe it with a clean and cold washcloth. Do this as regularly as you want in order to reduce dark circles.