Are you looking for some tips and tricks to treat your tired eyes after a long day or night? We all have those unavoidable instances where we stay out too late or have to wake up too early and it shows. Whether your eyes are tired from lack of sleep, too much time at the computer or a little bit of everything, I’m going to show you some neat tricks to treat your tired eyes!
1 DIY Eye Mask
One of the tricks to treat your tired eyes after a long, hectic day is to chill out with an eye mask. No need to run and get one, you can make one at home! This project isn’t something you can do on a whim, it’ll take some shopping and time, but it’s worth it to make your very own eye mask filled with scented rice that can be worn warmed or chilled! This is a great way to repurpose an old shirt that you love!
Items Needed: Mixing bowl 2 cups rice 1 tablespoon fresh herbs 10 to 20 drops essential oil Sheet pan Parchment paper White sheet of paper Pencil Cotton fabric Scissors Thread Needle Funnel Elastic headband
Directions: Gather all the materials needed for making the soothing eye mask. Repurposing an old stained tee or button-down shirt with a funky pattern works wonderfully for this project. And you can personalize the eye mask with your favorite scents.
Measure and add the rice to a mixing bowl along with the fresh herbs. Rosemary, mint, lavender, or even fresh basil are all relaxing and rejuvenating scents. Amp up the soothing scent by sprinkling with your favorite scent of essential oil, and then stir the rice to coat.
Spread the rice on a parchment-covered sheet pan, pop into a 350˚F oven, and bake for 15 minutes. This infuses the great scents into the rice, which will keep it smelling heavenly use after use.
While the rice is baking, create the template for making the eye mask. Using your favorite oversize framed sunglasses works wonderfully. Place your shades on a white sheet of paper, and trace around them with a pencil.
Cut out the template, leaving one half-inch around the pencil line. Cut a square from the article of clothing and fold in half, with the patterned sides facing each other, and position the template over the fabric.
Now cut the fabric, creating the two sides of the eye mask. Thread a needle, and start sewing small stitches one quarter of an inch from the edges of the fabric. Don't have a needle and thread handy? Dig out a travel sewing kit, which has everything you need.
Remove the rice, and let it cool. Continue sewing around the edge of the eye mask until there is around a two-inch opening remaining. Flip the fabric inside out so the pattern side is on the outside. Use a funnel to fill the mask, saving any remaining rice in a zip-top plastic bag for future eye mask making.
Use a small length of thread to stitch the mask closed. Cut an elastic headband in half, and then attach one end to the eye mask with a few stitches, securing with a knot. Do the same for the other side of the eye mask.
You're all set for hours of soothing relaxation. You can pop the eye mask in the microwave for a few seconds to add a bit of heat or keep in the freezer so it is wonderfully fresh and cool. Or simply use at room temperature to help ease your troubled mind. For pictures, go to savvysugar.com.
2 Chilled Strawberries
Cold fruits are always a delicious treat but they also make a pretty nice eye treatment! If you wake up with tired, puffy eyes, grab a couple of chilled fresh strawberries from the refrigerator and slice the tops off. Next, slice them again about 1/8 of an inch thick. Then, lie back, close your eyes and apply them under your eyes and relax for a few minutes! The alpha hydroxy acids in strawberries can help smooth out the skin and reduce swelling!
3 DIY Cucumber Eye Mask
Applying slices of cucumber on your eyes is synonymous with relaxing, right? So why not create a soothing, cooling eye mask using cucumber juice?! These eye masks fit much better over the eye than a cucumber slice but still contain all the hydrating and de-puffing properties. All you need are some cotton pads, a cucumber, fruit juice extractor and Ziploc bag. Extract the juice from the cucumber, pour the juice out into a container to soak the cotton pads. Stick the soaked pads in a plastic bag and place in the freezer. Once you’re ready to use them, take the plastic bag out, thaw for 10 minutes and apply to your eyes for 10-15 minutes!
4 DIY Soothing Milk Pads
This eye treatment is an old home remedy that many people have used and it works! Milk contains naturally soothing ingredients such as protein, amino acids and lactic acid to calm and ease puffy, weary eyes. Simply dip some cotton balls in some cold milk (use any type except for skim) and place them over your eyes for about 10 minutes. Make sure to place a towel beneath your head in case of any milk dripping!
5 Chamomile Tea Bags
Another cheap and effective home remedy for tired eyes is to place chilled tea bags on your eyes. Chamomile is known to have anti-inflammatory properties so they’re great to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Grab a couple of tea bags and soak them in hot water. Next, rinse the tea bags with cold water until they’re cool and place over your eyes and unwind for about 20 minutes. You can also freeze the tea bags instead of rinsing in cool water.
6 Apple Slices
The next time you’re going to have an apple as a snack, cut up a few slices for your eyes, too! Using apple slices to de-stress tired eyes isn’t as common as using cucumber but it can be just as effective! Apples contain tannic acid or tannins that help reduce the appearance of dark circles and help nourish the delicate skin around your eyes. Stick an apple in the fridge, cut a few thin slices, place them over your closed eyes and kick back!
7 Buy a Pre-made Treatment
If you’d like to use a more “sophisticated” eye treatment with more energizing, de-puffing and dark circle removing properties, you have lots of options! Many cosmetics companies have cooling and calming eye gels, creams and treatments that will help refresh and re-energize your eyes! Bliss makes a Triple Oxygen Instant Emerging Mask, Clinique has their All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage and Origins’ No Puffery Cooling Roll-On.
I hope you try out some of these tricks on de-puffing and de-stressing tired eyes. We put our eyes through a lot from staring at our phones, tablets and computer screens for hours, allergies and lack of sleep. Have you ever tried a home remedy for your tired, puffy eyes?