Beauty is in the eye
Pulled an all-nighter, or suffering from a bad night’s sleep? Try these tips and tricks for the quickest depuffing of swollen eyelids yet.
We’re not talking about our favourite MacDonald’s breakfast, but this remedy is equally great.
Egg whites have skin-tightening properties that can banish eyebags and make your undereyes look less puffy.
Beat a few egg whites until you get a stiff consistency. Apply it under your eyes and leave it to dry for 15-20 minutes before washing off.
NEXT: Used teabags →
The astringent tannins from tea are a tried-and-tested way of lending an instant lift to your lids. Simply recycle used tea bags by chucking them in an airtight container in the fridge, for easy retrieval whenever you need a quick fix.
For hygiene purposes, always wipe off the tea residue left around your eyes or on your face after use.
NEXT: Cold spoons →
Spoons make a great cold compress for your undereyes to relax the blood vessels around your eyes, tightening up the skin.
Leave metal spoons in the freezer until they get cold and place the back of the spoon under your eye (or on your eyelid to relieve tired eyes), applying light pressure.
NEXT: Change your sleeping position →
Getting a full eight hours of sleep every night, but still waking up to puffy eyes?
Try adding an extra pillow under your head to keep your head more elevated, stopping fluids from collecting around your eyes due to gravity.
Avoid sleeping on your stomach to prevent excess fluids from pooling in your sinuses, keeping those pesky eyebags away.
NEXT: Coffee (but not to drink!) →
Keep an eye out for caffeine in the labels of your depuffing eye creams – “topical coffee” is a superb stimulant for soothing saggy skin under your eyes and indeed, just about anywhere on your face and body.
Pro tip: More isn’t more. If you pile on the product, the excess will only inch itself into your eyes and irritate them into watery redness. To save yourself from tears, wait two minutes, then blot off any residual cream that hasn’t been absorbed.
NEXT: DIY eye massages →
Try this neat little eye-xercise after applying your eye cream. Using your ring finger and starting from the inner corners, press gently for about five seconds, inching outwards at five-second intervals. Fanning outwards aids in funnelling accumulated fluid into lymphatic channels for drainage.
NEXT: And if all else fails… →
Time to brandish the big guns – consider plumping up your under-eye region with hyaluronic acid fillers.
Here’s a quick test to see if you’re a good candidate: Simply peer down into a mirror placed flat on a table. If you spy shadowy hollows under your eye, a filler injected in that area can replace lost volume and make you appear like you’ve had a solid eight hours of sleep daily.
NEXT: Egg white delight →
By Eugene Quek, HerWorldPlus, July 2016
Additional reporting by Pinky Chng
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