Eye treatments made of food and more…

One morning at around 8am…

Mum: You slept late again last night? Look at your orh-ba-kak (dark circles in Hokkien)

Me: No, I slept at 11pm last night. (I looked at myself in the mirror and sigh for my perpetual dark circles problem.)

Here are some recommended tips on eye treatments using whatever you can find in your kitchen (even your spoon, yes I mean the metal spoon you use for drinking soup, read on!).  I hope for this pair of beautiful eyes.

Eyes 

1. Dark circles (Part I): Wrap some grated raw potato (either the yellow or white skin potatoes are fine) in a cotton cloth and hold against your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Potato contains an enzyme known as catecholase, which is often used in cosmetics as a skin lightener. 

Potato

2. Dark circles (Part II): If you find it too troublesome to grate the potato, you could slice the potato (at least 0.5cm thick) and keep them in the fridge. After at least 30 minutes, place two slices of potato on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes. My friend tried this for one month and she saw slight results. I have tried this too, but I did not have the patience to do it regularly, thus I did not see the results. I should do it again with more determination this time.

3. Puffy eyes (Part I): According to Letha Hadady, author of Healthy Beauty, drinking green tea and putting used green tea bags (after they have cooled) over your eyes will help reduce puffiness and inflammation.

Tea bags

4. Puffy eyes (Part II): If you do not wish to drink the tea, you could simply soak two chamomile tea bags in cold water and blot off excess water with a paper towel. Apply to your eyes for a few minutes. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and will help bring down the puffiness in your eyes by constricting the small blood vessels.

5. Sagging skin around eyes: Use a clean paintbrush to apply a thin layer of egg white around your eyes until the egg white dries up. Next, you rinse off the egg white with warm water. The albumin in the egg white will help pull the skin taut.

6. Quick fix for tired and puffy eyes: Keep a spoon in the freezer and put it against your eyelids for a few minutes to reduce redness. I picked up this tip from one of my favourite links, cozycot, the weblink to the tip is http://www.cozycot.com/node/24279 

7. Get rid of the root problem of dark circles: The remedy is not food or kitchen-related. It is important to note that dark circles are caused by poor blood circulation around the eyes. Thus, you could do simple eye exercises to stimulate blood flow and ease fluid. Do these simple steps: Keep your head straight and roll your eyes in a circle from left to right. Then circle in the opposite direction. Repeat ten times on each side. Next, still keeping your head still, look up and down for ten times as well.  Finish off by tapping gently on the skin around the eyes with your fingers.

8. Eye masks: If you do not have time for prepare anything of the treatments above, you could buy sheets of eye masks (or pads) and keep them in the fridge. The chilled masks give a nice cooling sensation when placed on your eyes.

As I am writing this entry, I recalled I have not been using my Purederm cucumber eye pads. It helps soothes tired eyes and reduce puffiness. It is retailing at Watsons for around $14. You can try it too.

Purederm Cucumber Pads

I am off for my beauty treats now. )

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12 Responses to Eye treatments made of food and more…

  1. bisyri says:

    This post is especially useful for me. My dark circles are like becoming permanent from the sleepless nights I spend doing school work…bleah

  2. bodytreats says:

    bisyri: Yes, I can understand how crazy school work can be. I hope the remedy works for you. Most importantly, try to get some sleep. 🙂
    Take care.

  3. haha well though i would suggest cucumber is also of another better alternative too 🙂

    oh talking about tea, oolong tea is by far the best type of tea to burn off fat. much better than those green tea or those fat burner tea you see around. its cheap and well, you have to tahan the pure taste when you drink it.

    works great but dun drink it with an empty tummy. some super light food ie. a slice of bread is more than enough to get it going.

  4. csp0 says:

    I really need that …… very bad “or bar kar”….. Hmmm… Now which one should I chose first?

    🙂

  5. bodytreats says:

    Brendan: thanks for sharing, you are surely know how to take care of your body!

    csp0: the potato method is simple (and cheap!). You may need some patience to see results. 🙂

  6. Hi ,
    The topic you have chosen Is really amazing and I am reading your posts since long …but this is really something exceptional . I like the way you are writing … Its really awesome ..I hope to see some new more and encouraging posts from you . I like the way you write ..Its really different and interesting … keep the momentum going ..I hope tis will really going to help me in future..

  7. cosmeticchemist says:

    I truely love this post! Have posted it to share with my viewers as well. have a great day.

  8. bodytreats says:

    exercise regimes: Thanks thanks!! Glad you like my posts. Will try my best to find more good tips!

    cosemticchemist: Happy that you like it. Thanks for sharing the tips around! 🙂

  9. Thank you so much for this informative article. I’m going to share it as well.

  10. bodytreats says:

    Concealed Jewel Inc: Thanks for dropping by. Glad you like the article.

  11. cheechan says:

    this is very useful XD I have serious dark circle problem @_@..
    I have tried putting potato slices today. And did the eye exercise ^.^
    Will try to do so for a while…^-^
    Thanks for the tips! XD

    • bodytreats says:

      Hey there! Did it work for you? I can never get myself down to do things right till they work.. i am too impatient and always have too many excuses to skip the routine! How is it going for you?

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