Banish Those Puffy Eyes! | Home Remedy DIY

cup of green tea with the tea bag still immersed
Last week was: a) an emotional roller-coaster & b) complete dietary chaos; my birthday week bought with it plenty of drama, late nights, catch-ups, tears (good & bad), dinner dates (& drinks!) with friends, and nowhere near enough hydration, all of which amounted to one thing - serious water retention...puffy eyes!
Whilst it's not a problem I have too often (thankfully!), slightly swollen, tender eyes, can be a complete nightmare, and, as someone who never leaves the house minus eyeliner and mascara, it can be a seriously uncomfortable problem.
a mug of green tea sitting on a kitchen table, with two used green tea bags placed next to the mug on the table
It's worth noting that puffy eyes can be caused by a number of things - from one too many tears right up to eating too much salt or even an allergic reaction to make up etc, so if you find this problem to be a regular occurrence, it's important to take a look at any new products you're using, as well as your current diet etc.

Anyone who's had this problem will know that a quick Google search will result in no shortage of 'home remedies' for tender eyes, but this is the one that works best for me, every time; it won't quite banish all traces of that tell-tale puffiness, but it will go a long way to improving the situation.
You'll need:
  • Two green tea bags.
  • A mug.
  • 250ml of cold water.
  • 30+ minutes.
  1. Place your tea bags into the mug, pouring the cold water over them until fully covered.
  2. Pop into the fridge for at least 20 minutes, until the water is properly chilled. 
  3. When you're ready, remove the mug from the fridge and fish the tea bags out of the solution, pinching between your thumb and forefinger to remove the excess water. 
  4. Lie back on your bed/sofa etc and place a tea bag over each eye, and just relax for 10 minutes.
What are your home remedies for puffy eyes? 
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Cosmetic Warrior | Lush Face Mask Review

lush cosmetic warrior fresh face mask review
I feel like I mention my skin in pretty much every other post on On-TheBias, but, just for the record; I have 'problem skin' - uneven skin tone, imperfections, scarring...it's all going on for me, lately, and as a result, I am constantly on the look-out for 'miracle' products that promise to either soothe my skin or combat those 'problem areas' without being too harsh.
Lush's Cosmetic Warrior fresh face mask contains a blend of white grapes, garlic, honey and fresh eggs which promises to do just this, fighting against outbreaks without stripping the skin of its natural oils or drying it out.
a fresh pot of the lush cosmetic warrior fresh face mask
I have to admit, I was dreading trying out this mask for the first time; the reviews and comments on the Lush website suggest the smell's quite unbearable, but I have to say, I really didn't have an issue with it. It's not pleasant, don't get me wrong, but it smells no worse than any Tea Tree products I've used in the past, and the results make 10 minutes of a slightly unpleasant aroma so worthwhile.

From the first use, I saw noticeable results in my skin; it appeared more even and less dull, and a few areas which had been inflamed before I used the mask were much calmer and less angry-looking. Whilst it did feel a little drying, initially, a slightly-thicker-than-normal layer of moisturiser solved this, no problem.

I've since used this product for just over a fortnight, and I have to admit, my skin's looking better than it has in years; whilst it hasn't quite given me a flawless complexion, and I'm nowhere near ready to banish the concealer, it's given my skin the boost I'd hoped for, and honestly, I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for something to combat imperfections. 
Lush's 'Cosmetic Warrior' fresh face mask is available from all Lush stores, and online for £5.95. 
As the Lush fresh face masks tend to have a relatively short shelf-life, in comparison to most beauty products, I tend to use them once every three days or so, and usually find I run out just before the expiry date, 9 times out of 10.
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