Eyes are hailed as the windows to the soul and are often the foremost thing we notice in someone. Isn’t it natural that the skin around the eyes can reveal a lot about our age and skin care routine? The skin around the eyes is extremely thin and delicate due to less amount of collagen and elastin. This makes it more prone to dehydration and wrinkles.
Rather than resorting to fancy under-eye creams that are loaded with chemicals, find out how you can use natural remedies to remove under eye wrinkles.
1. Coffee Bean
Who doesn’t love the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans? Coffee is not only an amazing stimulant but also has excellent skin-enhancing properties. The fruits of the coffee plant (Coffea arabica) has a powerful antioxidant activity which can reduce the damage caused by free-radicals to your skin. This means it can improve fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and overall appearance of the skin. 1
2. Coconut Oil
Applying coconut oil on to wrinkles will give your skin that much-needed moisture boost. Being packed with vitamin E and essential antioxidants, coconut oil works wonders with skin rehydration and rejuvenation. A good way to allow coconut oil to seep into your skin pores is by massaging it gently onto your face. Leaving it overnight on your skin will reduce fine lines and wrinkles while keeping it hydrated too. 2
3. Olive Oil
While olive oil adds great flavor to your cooking, it’s also a wonderful remedy for eye bags and wrinkles. Its high vitamin E and K content along with protective antioxidants delays premature aging of your skin.3 The skin around the eyes can lose moisture soon. Olive oil, when applied around the eyes locks moisture within and keeps your skin supple. To revive your skin’s youthful glow, mix a few drops of lemon in it while massaging the face.
The milky goodness of yogurt has made it an important part of our diet in the form of desserts, smoothies, and salads. But yogurt is also a rich source of lactic acid and alpha hydroxy acid.4 This helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and delay fine lines and wrinkles under the eye too. Make it a part of your regular skin care routine and you will find out why it is one of the best natural home remedies for wrinkles under the eyes.
DIY Yogurt Face Pack
- 1 tbsp yogurt
- 1 tsp honey
- A few drops of rose water
Make a paste of the ingredients and leave it on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse off to unravel clear and radiant skin.
Seedless or not, a small bunch of grapes, definitely packs a punch, nutrition-wise. Resveratrol, a unique antioxidant in the grape skin is known to have amazing benefits in delaying eye wrinkles.5
DIY Grape Face Mask
- Mash 5 grapes
- 1 tsp of honey or yogurt
Mash the grapes while mixing in a bowl and apply it on the face. Wash it away with lukewarm water to reveal a refreshed face.
Now you know, grapes don’t just belong to wines or desserts but can be even used as a remedy for removing wrinkles under eyes.6
6. Aloe Vera
The gentle and effective skin repair properties of aloe vera gel make it one of the best natural home remedies for under eye wrinkles. Being rich in vitamin C, E and beta-carotene, it nourishes and soothes sensitive skin while keeping it supple and young. 7It can be applied directly on the skin or mixed with turmeric or honey for added benefits. Its excellent hydration properties along with its ability to revive elasticity of the skin help improve under eye bags and wrinkles.
7. Milk Powder
Milk powder is filled with lactic acid, which is a natural AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid). AHAs are the best at exfoliating dead skin cells and enhancing your skin’s collagen levels.8This means milk is not just good for your bones but also for your skin.
DIY Milk Powder Face Pack
- 1 tbsp milk powder
- 1 tsp honey/rose water
Mix them in a bowl and apply onto the face. Rinse with lukewarm water after 20 minutes
Your eyes love the coolness of a cucumber. Thanks to its high antioxidants content, cucumber hydrates the skin, boosts collagen, and increases elastin – features that are great for combating wrinkles. Apply cucumber puree with a little yogurt (for smoother application) on your eyes. Let it rest for 20 minutes. Wash off with cool water. Repeat this once or twice a week for results.
9. Pineapple Juice
Pineapples contain a compound known as bromelain which helps to fight and prevent wrinkles. Bromelain is also a natural AHA that helps to remove dead cells. Massage pineapple juice on your eyes and wash it off after 15 minutes. You could do this several times a week.
10. Cleaning With Cool Water
Cool water has a milder effect on the skin. Washing your eyes and face with cool water slows down aging and improves blood circulation. Keep in mind the water just needs to be cool and not very cold, otherwise, it could hurt the capillaries in your skin. Also, your skin loves to be hydrated from within as well, so drink up those 8 glasses of water daily!
11. Papaya And Honey
Using papaya and honey for the eyes and face is an age-old remedy to improve skin texture and health. Simply mash up papaya with honey and apply it on your eyes and all over your face. Wash it off after 20 minutes.
Fenugreek is another ancient remedy to treat any skin related issues, especially fine lines around the eyes. Make a paste of mashed fenugreek leaves and water. Apply the paste on and around your eyes. Rinse it off after 10 minutes.
Ginger has a truckload of benefits for the skin. It slows down aging, promotes an even skin tone, and increases radiance. Try to eat a piece of ginger with a tablespoon of honey daily to reap its skin benefits.
Bananas are loaded with vitamins A, E and C. This makes everybody’s favorite fruit beneficial for the skin in terms of improving skin texture and slowing down aging. Mash up a banana and rub it gently onto your eyes. Wash it off after 15 minutes.
Most of us grew up listening to our grandparents saying carrots are great for the skin. And it’s true! Carrots are high in nutrients (especially vitamin A) and antioxidants that can reduce wrinkles and smoothen out the skin. To make it easier to apply carrot on the skin, boil a few pieces to make it soft and mix it with honey. Apply the mixture on your eyes and wash off after 10 minutes.
Almonds are extremely rich in vitamin E. This makes it useful to protect the skin from damage and prevent early signs of aging. Almonds make a perfect snack between meals, so make sure to munch up! Almond oil is also a great option to apply directly on the skin.9
17. Castor Oil
Castor oil has been found to increase collagen and elastin production. It moisturizes the skin and improves blood circulation. Dip a cotton ball in castor oil and massage it gently around your eyes. Let it rest overnight. You could wash it off when you wake up.
Rosemary is very skin friendly. The compounds present in rosemary stimulates blood circulation, increases elasticity, and decreases fine lines. It can also reduce puffy eyes and redness. Make sure to add rosemary to your dishes. Another option is to apply rosemary oil (with a carrier oil of your choice) on your face.
Avocados are rich in vitamins (especially A and E) that boost skin health. It moisturizes and protects the skin, as well as increases collagen production. For reducing wrinkles, mash up an avocado and apply it on your face. Wash it off after 20 minutes with cool water.
Include these natural home remedies in your skin care routine as early as possible to get rid of wrinkles under the eyes and reveal skin that’s youthful.
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