the point when a joke about bags under my eyes being Chanel is no longer funny, or sounds like a joke at all. So I need a little help.
Yes, I've heard of potato mask, cold spoons, tea bags and cucumber slices - and I am pretty sure you did, too. So today we are not talking about them, but another natural solution to a problem that, apparently, affects about 78% of women and is a big deal otherwise Sephora would not be selling 277 products dedicated to it.
All you do is put 1tsp of dry organic sage in a cup, add 125ml boiling water, cover and leave to cool down to room temperature (you can even refrigerate it for 20-30 minutes before using)
Then pour some in a shallow dish. Soak two organic cotton wool pads in the liquid, squeeze the excess, place under your eyes and relax for 10-20 minutes or even longer if you like.
Freeze the leftover infusion in an ice-cube tray and use ice cubes as a refreshing and quick facial after washing your face in the morning. It moisturises and tightens the skin, reduces pores and also works as a gentle antiseptic and anti-inflammatory treatment thanks to several powerful antioxidants, vitamins A, B6, E, C and K and skin-beautifying mineral zinc. If you have very sensitive skin or rosacea, it's a good idea to wrap the ice cubes in a piece of muslin cloth or cotton wool.
Simple. Non-toxic. Effective. Though watching what you eat, staying away from alcohol, processed food, too much caffeine and getting enough sleep will also help for obvious reasons.
Photo source: Johanna Sziksai in Natur Talente / Madame Germany September 2015 (photography: Florian Sommet)