21 May 2014

How to Tighten Skin Under Eyes - Naturally!

I've been a little quiet on social media and my blog this week.  I'm a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout leader, and this was our bridging over and crossover week.  As much as I love those kids, I am happy to be done with both for the year.  My daughter is now a Brownie, and my son is a Bear.  I am a little sad that we only have three years of Cubs left, but that makes a total of 9 years as a leader!  

how to tighten skin under eyes naturally with baking soda, astringent
I've been so sleep deprived that my eyes are really showing it.  For me, bags under my eyes age me more than gray hair and fine lines.  I had to find out how to tighten skin under eyes naturally.  Here are several ways that will help.  Some will help right away, and others take a little longer. 



How to Tighten Skin Under Eyes




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What Causes Signs of Aging?


As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin.  This causes our skin to lose elasticity and firmness, resulting in sagging skin.  

The skin around your eyes is thin and more sensitive than your skin elsewhere on your body.  It's more prone to wrinkles, sagging, and fine lines.  

Sagging skin around your eyes is just a natural part of aging, unfortunately.  Your lifestyle choices can also affect this skin.  Not getting enough sleep, not drinking enough water, or even just rubbing your eyes a lot can cause the skin to sag.  

The best way to tighten the skin under your eyes naturally is to get enough sleep.  Secondly, drink enough water.  This will help plump your skin.

You should also be gentle with the skin around your eyes.  When you apply creams and lotions, dab them around your eyes so you don't pull on your skin.  I've seen some women pull their skin when applying eye makeup.  Be careful doing this because over time, it can cause your skin to get loose.  

Prevention is better than treatment in this case, so it's best to start a good skin care routine while you're young.  Always use a primer or foundation with SPF to protect your skin from sun damage.  You should also use a good eye cream to help keep the skin moisturized.  

Use an astringent under your eyes



For quick results, use an astringent on your under eye area daily.  Astringents are applied to the surface of your skin, and they naturally keep your skin tight.  They also tighten pores and control oil.  

For a natural astringent, use this parsley and peppermint astringent recipe or use lemon juice or witch hazel.  Lemon juice can lighten your skin, so use with caution.  


Cucumbers naturally tighten and firm under eye skin



Cucumbers naturally tighten and firm your skin.  The juice can also refresh your skin and tighten pores.  Use this on puffy under eyes and fine lines around your eyes or anywhere on your face.  




Wash, peel, and grind half of a cucumber.  Squeeze out the juice and apply to problem areas.  Let it dry before rinsing with plain water.  

You can also use this Cooling Cucumber Tonic Recipe daily or this Cucumber Moisturizing Mask once a week.  


Baking soda naturally tightens skin under eyes


Is there anything baking soda can't do?  Baking soda not only cleans your house, but it also improves your skin.  It naturally scrubs and tightens your skin by sloughing off dead skin cells.  

Make a paste with baking soda and water and spread on your under eye area or your entire face.  Let dry and rinse well.  


Egg whites can be used to firm skin under eyes



Another great natural product to tighten skin under eyes is egg whites.  Apply just the egg white to your puffy areas, or you can mix a few drops of lemon juice with the egg white.  Beat until frothy.  This is also a great for your neck and all over your face.  Let it dry for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.


Oils can prevent saggy skin under eyes



It's best to use these oils before you have saggy skin to prevent it.  I started using an intensive eye cream in my early 20s, and I am reaping the benefits now.  Even if your skin is great now, get in the habit of using an eye cream with these great ingredients.  Look for a cream with shea butter, vitamin E, grape seed oil, avocado oil, or jojoba oil.  All of these natural oils will help keep your skin looking great.  


Massaging the under eye area can reduce puffiness



Massaging helps increase circulation, which deceases puffiness and saggy skin.  Massage problem areas daily with aloe vera to moisturize and tighten your skin.  

Wear sunscreen daily to prevent under eye circles



The sun can cause premature aging and wrinkles, so use sunscreen every day.  Even in the winter or on cloudy days, the sun can cause serious damage, which causes your skin to sag and wrinkle.  Wear SPF 30 or higher every day.  



Apply creams cold


Store your eye cream in the fridge.  The cold will help reduce puffiness.  Some eye creams also have a metal applicator to reduce puffiness.


Drink water to reduce under eye circles



When you get dehydrated, your skin will not look as good as it should.  Try to drink 8 to 10 8-ounce glasses of water every day to stay hydrated.  Not only does water help keep your skin firm, but it also flushes toxins from your body.  


How to cover bags under your eyes


While you're waiting for these natural remedies for tightening the skin under eyes to work, you can cover up your eye area so the bags aren't as noticeable.

Before you start to conceal, use an eye cream.  If your skin is dry, the concealer will clump, making your eye area even worse.

If you have blue under eye circles, start with an orange or peach colored concealer to neutralize the blue tint.  

READ How to use Color Correcting Concealer

Then use a liquid concealer in a shade lighter than your skin tone.  Use a brush to apply concealer just below the bags in a triangle shape down towards your cheekbones.  

You want to tap the concealer so it doesn't crease.  Don't rub it or it will crease and make your eye area look worse.  

You can help draw the eye area from the area by using a pink highlighter to the inner and outer corners of your eyes.  

Now set the makeup with a loose powder.  I really like the ELF under eye concealer powder.  


What are the best eye creams?

Even when  you use these ways to tighten the skin under your eyes naturally, you should use an eye cream morning and night.  Depending on the cream or creams you like, you can use one in the morning and one at night.

It's tempting to use your moisturizer for your eye area, but it's really best to use a dedicated eye cream.  They can get pricey, but they are worth it.


Look for a cream with antioxidants in vitamins A, C, or E.  These antioxidants help fight future damage from free radicals.

If you have fine lines or wrinkles, try a product with retinol.  Retinol works well for me, but my skin is sensitive to it.  I have to use it just once a day or I get dry patches of skin.

If your under eye area is puffy, look for an eye cream with caffeine.  It naturally reduces inflammation in your under eye area.

My two favorite eye creams are Olay Ultimate Eyes and Derma E Age Defying Antioxidant Eye Cream.  Both of these are my go tos for eye creams, and both deliver noticeable results.  Derma E is natural, cruelty free, and  organic if that's important to you.

The Olay cream should be around $25, and Derma E is around $20.  Both will last for a few months when you use them morning and night, so neither one is very expensive.




Now you know how to tighten skin under eyes quickly and long term!


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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.