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How to beat puffy eyes and dark circles before a party

Creating relaxed, vibrant eyes is simple & easy
Creating relaxed, vibrant eyes is simple & easy
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Let’s play out a typical scenario: you spent the whole night crying over a split between you and a loved one. You wake up to enlarged pores and your eyes are puffy and dark. Tonight you’re invited to a party that you’re close to cancelling, but you don’t. One look in the mirror and it seems hopeless.

Remember that puffy eyes are due to water retention. The best thing to do is drink a tall glass (or two) of water. If time permits, grate a cucumber and place it all over your face like a mask. Cucumbers are ninety-five percent water and a good source of vitamin B. If time is not on your side, just slice large cucumber pieces and place them on your eyes alone for 10 -15 minutes; its anti-inflammatory properties will reduce the puffiness.

If that doesn’t prove effective, take two tea bags and brew them in hot water like you would tea. Then take the tea bags and put them in the fridge. You can run errands or work out while the bags cool in the fridge. Once chilled, take the tea bags and place them under your eyes for 20 minutes. The caffeine from the tea will plump eyes and get rid of dark circles by constricting the underlying blood vessels.

The best affordable products for both puffy eyes and dark circles are from Garnier: Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller and the Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Eye Roller. These two products have been proven very effective at an affordable price. The tint of the Anti Dark Circle Eye Roller blends well with your natural skin color and is not shiny or greasy. The best part is, a little goes a long way. Pair it with Garnier’s SPF 15 BB Cream and you are ready for your party!