All is great about getting mature as you age until it starts showing on your face. The worst-hit part of the face is undoubtedly your under-eye area, which also happens to have the thinnest and the softest skin. Thus, this sensitive area needs extra care and attention.
“The skin around the eyes is very delicate and much thinner than most other areas of the face. It has no oil glands and has a fine texture. That is why it is one of the first areas to manifest the signs of ageing, like tiny lines and wrinkles,” says Shahnaz Husain, founder, chairperson & managing director of The Shahnaz Husain Group, India.
Not to mention, the stress and pollution only add to the adversity of the passage of time reflected on our dear under-eye area.
However, if you take good care of it, you can defo delay signs of ageing there. And nope, you don’t need to invest in expensive eye creams or salon treatments for it. These DIY masks recommended by Hussain are just about enough to address all your under-eye area problems, we promise:
1. Almond oil mask
This single-ingredient mask can help you a great deal in combatting all under-eye related problems.
All you need to do it to apply pure almond oil sparingly (very little quantity) around eyes and massage it lightly on the skin, using only the ring finger, for one minute under each eye.
Massage in one direction only. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wipe off gently with
moist cotton wool. Doing this before sleeping every night can work wonders for you.
2. Potato-cucumber pack
Mix equal parts of potato juice with cucumber juice. Apply around eyes and massage it gently with your ring finger into your skin. Wash it off with plain water after 15 minutes.
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While the spot-lightening properties of the potato juice will lighten your dark under-eyes, the cooling cucumber juice can revitalise the tired skin in the area.
3. Papaya-lemon mask
Take papaya pulp, add lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric. Use this to massage the skin around the eyes lightly.
Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with water. This remedy helps to brighten the skin around the eyes and keep it smooth.
4. Saffron-milk pack
Soak a few strands of saffron in milk for half an hour.
Soak cotton wool pads in the mixture and apply under eyes, or use as eye pads. This relieves dryness and tones the under-eye skin.
5. Almond-milk pack
Make a paste of almonds and milk. Apply the paste under the eyes and wash it off after 20 minutes for a soft, smooth, and nourished under-eye area.
6. Green tea pack
This one’s not really a pack. You just need to use your used green tea bags as eye pads to get rid of the fatigue and refresh your under eyes.
You can also use fresh green-tea bags by steeping them in hot water first and then allowing them to cool for safe use.
7. Egg pack
Mix a little honey with lemon juice and an egg white. Apply this mixture around your eyes and wash off after 20 minutes. This moisturizes and tightens the skin and reduces dark circles.
8. Rose water pack
Take cotton wool and make two thick square pads. Soak them in chilled rose water.
Lie down, close your eyes and put the soaked pads on them. Keep them
on for about 15 minutes. Rose water tones and tightens the skin and can help you feel very relaxed as well. What more do you want from life?