Erase late nights and tired eyes by adding a dose of coffee to your morning skincare routine. While you’re sipping away on a cup of Joe you can also use coffee to attack dark circles and fine lines with this homemade mask for puffy eyes.
Get ready for an eye brightening jolt because coffee is excellent for perking up skin. The caffeine acts as a stimulant to get the blood flowing, which reduces fluid buildup, and it’s also a diuretic that reduces swelling and puffiness. Plus, coffee’s antioxidants fight the free radicals that age skin.
What causes puffy eyes?
Whether allergies or that second margarita are to blame, swollen eyes are usually caused by a buildup of excess fluid under the eyes. Dilated blood vessels that are visible underneath the thin, delicate eyelid skin may also be responsible for the puffy, darkened appearance.
To prevent puffiness, sleep propped up with a couple of pillows, preferably on your back, to prevent fluid buildup. If you have allergies, consider an air purifier for your bedroom to eliminate dust mites and other allergens.
Avoid frequent rubbing of the eyelids as this may worsen the puffiness, but also may cause accentuation of the skin lines–called a Dennie Morgan Line.
If your eyes get red and itchy after you get ready in the morning, you could be allergic to your makeup, cleanser, make-up remover or your nail polish. After a long bout with eye irritation, I finally realized it was stemming from my mascara.
Detox these ingredients from your makeup bag and look for products without fragrance. Keep your fingers away from eyes to avoid transferring other makeup and nail polish to your eyes.
Coffee Mask for Puffy Eyes
Combine coffee with the vitamins and proteins in an egg white mask that tightens and firms skin, and you have a mask that’s especially effective on puffy eyes and pesky crow’s feet around the eyes.
- 1 egg white
- 2 teaspoons coffee grounds (Unused grounds are best because they contain the most caffeine but used grounds are fine if the coffee has just been made.)
Combine the egg white and coffee in a small bowl. Beat mixture together with a fork until frothy, about 1 minute. With clean hands or a brush, apply the mask around and under the eyes. Avoid the eyelids because you don’t want to get it in your eyes. You can apply the mask to your entire face, if desired.
Let the mask dry for 10 minutes. You will definitely feel the mask tightening your skin! If it gets uncomfortable, go ahead and remove it before the 10 minutes are up. Use a soft, wet towel to gently clean off the mask. Finish with moisturizer. Discard any unused mask.
Follow with a caffeine-infused eye cream, and you’re ready to face the day.
And while your eyes are brighter and tighter, you may feel an internal wake-up call as the caffeine absorbs through your skin. Not bad for a 10-minute mask, right?
Photos by Ana Stanciu
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
Coffee Puffy Eye Mask
- Small bowl and fork
- 1 egg white
- 2 tsp unused coffee grounds
- Combine the egg white and coffee in a small bowl. Beat mixture together with a fork until frothy, about 1 minute.
- With clean hands or a brush, apply the mask around and under the eyes. Let the mask dry for 10 minutes. Remove with a soft, wet towel and follow with eye cream.