This is part of the relaxing home spa kit I made for my mom for Mother’s Day this year. Go check out the rest of the kit!
I don’t usually have problems sleeping (no restless nights, etc. JM says I sleep like a dead brick…) but I do find it hard to get enough sleep. I wake up still feeling pretty tired, and if I’ve been up really late the night before it shows on my face. My skin is dull and my eyes are puffy, and sometimes those nasty black circles under my eyes make an appearance. I’m not normally too fussed about my appearance (I don’t do anything to my hair except comb it with my fingers after my shower, and it’s a friggin’ miracle if I get just a bit of eyeliner on in the morning before leaving the house) but I HATE puffy eyes and dark circles.
But I’ve recently found the greatest cure…it’s green tea bags! Yes, tea. As in, the kind you drink. Green tea is the most commonly used, but you can use black, green, or white tea bags and they all work!
These teas have two different ingredients that help: caffeine and tannins.
- Caffeine shrinks the blood vessels just under your skin. This reduces swelling and puffiness under the eyes, and the constricted blood vessels also help to eliminate the dark circles.
- Tannins are responsible for the color and astringent flavor of the tea. The astringency also helps to constrict capillaries and blood vessels, with the same effects as the caffeine.
Black tea has the highest level of caffeine and tannins, then green tea, and white tea has the least of the three, but any of these will help with puffiness or dark circles. You can choose based on just how late of a night it was. 😉
All you need for this recipe is two bags of tea, so pick the strength you want and let’s get started!
First you need to brew some tea with your tea bags; they don’t work when they’re dry. It’s fairly simple, just boil some water, pour it into a mug over your tea bags, and let it steep for about a minute for green tea, 2 minutes for white tea, and 3 minutes for black tea. (I took out about three paragraphs right here that went into more details about water temperature, brewing time, etc. cuz I’m a crazy tea person. You’re welcome! Maybe I’ll just write a whole post on making tea one of these days…)
Once your tea has steeped for the right amount of time, remove the bags and squeeze out any extra water. Let the bags cool on a plate or something. You can pop them in the refrigerator for about ten minutes if you’d like, but don’t leave them too long before using them or they will dry out.
When you’re ready to use them the bags should still be slightly damp and room temperature or cooler. If they dried out in the fridge just run them under tap water for a few minutes. Then just place one tea bag over each eye, lay back, and leave them there for 10 minutes. The tannins and caffeine will get to work, and ten minutes later you’ll look and feel refreshed. Amazing!
Do you have any other beauty tips involving tea? I know green tea can be used as a toner for your face (bonus points if you add apple cider vinegar). Anything else I should know about?