Refresh post-party eyes


The festive season often means…. party time! Late nights and indulging in a celebratory drink or two can leave our eyes feeling a little weary. Back to work and needing some help recovering from the silly season? Here are some tips to help refresh post-party eyes.

Increase your water intake and skip the salty snacks

Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limit your salt intake to combat puffiness and avoid fluid retention.

Keep cool

Chill some metal teaspoons or some used tea bags (chamomile or green tea works well) in the fridge. Place the cold teabags on closed eyes for 10-15 minutes, or use the back of the spoons to gently massage the skin around your eyes. The cooling effect causes the tightening of blood vessels, helping ease puffiness and dark circles, while light massaging triggers circulation helping to combat swelling due to the fluid trapped under the skin.

Raid your vegetable crisper

Yes, the trusty cucumber slices work! Cucumber has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that help ease under eye bags. But did you know potato can also be an effective anti-inflammatory? Use in the same way you would slices of cucumber - cool, slice, and leave on closed eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.

Get some caffeine

Use an eye cream that includes caffeine in its ingredient list. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and can help reduce dark shadows under the eyes. Store eye cream in the fridge for an extra soothing cooling effect!

Kari Shelton