I have been obsessed with tomato masks, paper masks, and gel packs lately because frankly this Winter has been really trying me and I have at least 4 dark marks I am working on simultaneously! There is a full on rebellion going on my cheeks and frankly girl #Icant!
Confession! I am that blogger that will share a lot about makeup but will never wear any! I love a great glam on glam tutorial but where I really shine is with skin care especially in the DIY department.
In Jamaica they have a saying “Prevention betta dan cure” and that is pretty much my mantra with my skin, I figure if you invest in your skin when you are young then it will all pay off later. The truth is, just like with weight loss your skin can be a bit ungrateful and things happen! – Dark circles happen, large pores happen, acne happens so you just have to be ready.
I had a question the other day about what to use on dark circles around the eyes and I thought that it would probably be a great time to do a post on it since I am already in full on battle mode with my own skin. Here are 2 great DIY recipes you can try for dark circles and dark spots on your skin.
DIY Dark Circles Remedies
This tomato trick I learned from my mom years ago who is also skin obsessed! All you have to do is cut up some tomatoes and use them on your face every single night.
If you have dark circles, focus on those areas to reduce the puffiness and lighten those areas of your face. Personally, I like to use plain tomatoes but I did see a video where a lady put honey and sugar on her tomatoes to make sort of a scrub.
The benefits include:
Shrinking your pores
Eliminating dark circles
brightening your skin generally creating a natural glow
Tumeric and pineapple juice
Tumeric is amazing for many things but this simple recipe is particularly awesome for dark circles under the eye. All you have to do is get some organic pineapple juice and turmeric powder, mix one teaspoon of turmeric to two tablespoons of pineapple juice to create a thick paste.
Apply the mixture under your eyes and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Use a warm damp cloth to remove the paste from your face and you will notice a difference almost immediately especially if under your eyes are slightly puffy. You can do this once per day!
Now for those of you who prefer not to DIY, and who might be looking for an under eye product that you can purchase, here is a product I have heard great things about:
I have never tried this product myself, but it is supposed to banish dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. The product contains caffeine which helps to reduce blood vessels beneath the eyes and minimize the circles.
What I did love about it from just reading the description was the fact that it contains no parabens, sulfates or synthetic fragrances or dyes. This retails for about $26.00.
General face masks
If you need some options to treat your face in-between working on any puffiness or dark circles here are three great general masks:
Glam Glow Super Mud Clearing Treatment
Ok so this one is pricey, it retails at about $69.00 at Sephora but it is the absolute truth! If you do not mind spending a little change on your skincare routine every once in awhile this mask is the absolute plug! – I am so not kidding!
Absolutely amazing mask, great for hydration and one that I picked up randomly after hearing Jaclyn Hill rave about it on a video she did last year! This retails at about $24.00 at Sephora.
This brand is an oldie but goodie, it’s cheap and easy to find but really great for a quick scrub/mask. The Freeman brand has a variety of options, but the one pictured above is a fave!. These masks retail for about $4.00 so you can try one for just overall skin care when you get the chance.
Finally! If you have very sensitive skin always do a patch test first on every single thing you might be trying whether the product is expensive or cheap.
There is always this belief that because something is expensive it is automatically considered great quality or “good for you” which is beyond false! Always do a patch test and if you are under dermatologist care, always check with him or her first!
Comment below and let me know what your favorite masks are and what you use to treat your eyes!