The skin around our eyes is not as thick and the skin on the rest of our face. It is softer, thinner and more delicate. It is also more susceptible to inflammation due to toxins, sleep deprivation, allergies and hormonal changes. There is a cheap, easy and accessible remedy right in your pantry...Tea bags. Yes, you read that right! Tea is good for more than just relaxing.
Several scientific studies on green, black, white and oolong tea shows that tea has healing properties and can reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions. But it isn’t just those 4 varieties of teas that are good for treating puffy eyes. Any herbal tea will do.
The benefits of using chilled tea bags as a cold compress for your eyes include:
- Get rid of the unnecessary luggage your toting around under your eyes - Placing a chilled tea bag on your eyes significantly reduces the appearance of puffiness and swelling under the eyes.
- Reduce the appearance of under eye circles - Holding a cold tea bag on your eyes will constrict the blood vessels that contribute to those pesky black circles.
- A easy way to treat pink eye - A chilled tea bag compress may help relieve some of the symptoms of pink eye such as dryness and inflammation.
WHY DOES THIS WORK?
The amount of antioxidants, caffeine, and tannins found in common teas like green tea, black tea, and chamomile tea can help reduce irritation and soothe tired skin. It is also anti-inflammatory and reduces redness. If that’s not enough - it also reduces fluid retention and increases the circulation around your eyes. This revives your eyes and leaves you with bright eyes and looking refreshed.
HOW TO USE CHILLED TEA BAGS
This is super easy. Brew tea like you normally would. Steep the bags for no more than 60 seconds. Remove the bags and chill them in the fridge. When you are ready to use them place one bag on each eyelid. Leave in place for 10 to 15 minutes.