When you’re under quarantine, you can’t avoid binge-watching. With Netflix just a click away, you’re prone to finish entire seasons and don’t even realize it’s 4 a.m. already. Don’t worry, we’re not here to call you out because we totally get it.
A reasonable way to avoid cabin fever is to get lost in episodes and that’s why you have to take care of your eyes. But you might be carrying over 7kgs of baggage under your eyes by the time you come out of self-isolation and we don’t want to scare people, do we?
Here’s how to avoid that:
Facial roller or any kind of cold compress
You’ve seen those jade rollers and rose quartz facial massagers everywhere and for good reason. Aside from helping your skin absorb products, it also helps in soothing your skin and aiding in lymphatic drainage.
If you don’t own any, it’s okay! Honestly, any cold compress or object will do. You can even use a spoon! Grab one and with the curved side of the spoon, press gently on your eyelids. If you want, you can put the spoon in the freezer first before using it for an extra cooling effect.
Eye patches or eye masks aren’t anything new. They’re inexpensive as well! You can find any eye mask in your nearest drugstore and there are different varieties to choose from—collagen, aloe, hyaluronic, and gold are just a few.
And guess what? They’re easy to use too. Just stick them on under your eyes for 20 minutes and that’s it. You can even binge while sporting your eye masks. It’s self-care win-win.
If you’re not using eye creams yet, what are you doing? If you believe in moisturizers, you best believe in the power of eye creams too. Eye creams are essentially moisturizers formulated to be gentle but effective for the sensitive areas around your eyes.
But keep in mind that not all eye creams are made the same. Some contain retinol, and some contain brightening properties. Even if you are in your 20’s, it’s still best to use eye cream if you don’t want to age early.
More iron-rich food, less salt
Iron deficiency can cause anemia, which also causes dark circles. Iron-rich foods include red meat, pork, seafood, spinach, cereals, and pasta.
Meanwhile, too much salt retains water in your body which causes swelling and puffiness, including your eyes. We know chips and popcorn are a staple in binge-watching but your face will thank you later.
Tea bag therapy
No tea, no shade! Caffeine is packed with antioxidants and can improve blood flow to your skin. If you have green tea at home, you can make use of it.
Steep two bags for 3 minutes, then let them chill in your fridge for 30 minutes. Afterwards, take them out and squeeze leftover liquid. Put them over your eyes and leave it for 15 minutes. Et voila!