Do Cucumbers Really Help With Circles & Bags Under Your Eyes?

If you suffer from puffiness under your eyes, try cucumber -- it's one of nature's anti-inflammatory agents.

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Ladies, don't let under-eye discoloration and puffy bags date your face. Just turn to a variety of foods such as cucumber, milk and green tea to give your eyes a beautifying boost. You can use these products alone or add them to your favorite store-bought beauty products to bring your face and eyes back from the brink.

What Causes Under-Eye Bags

Under-eye swelling can be caused by a number of different things, including dermatitis, allergies, stress and issues with circulation. Have you ever noticed that you have extra-puffy eyes after a night out with your girlfriends? Long nights and one too many martinis can lead to the fatigue and dehydration that can also contribute to excess fluid buildup under the eyes. Puffy eyes can also be exacerbated by the way you sleep. According to a fan site devoted to "The Dr. Oz Show," "sleep position can cause puffy eyes, because when you lie down horizontally, gravity pushes fluid into your under-eye bags." To remedy this, Dr. Oz recommends that women use pillows to lift the head, encouraging fluids to drain away from the face and eyes.

Benefits of Cucumbers on the Skin

Cucumbers are a staple of the spa experience and are commonly used for their ability to remedy swelling and puffiness around the eyes. Cucumbers contain vitamin C, silica and caffeic acid, which work to help skin irritations and prevent swelling and water retention. Interestingly, cucumbers and the skin are very similar. Cucumbers share the same level of hydrogen as the skin and are also composed mainly of water. According to the George Mateljan Foundation, "the silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue, which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone." When cucumber juice is added to your favorite smoothie, the silica in it can also improve your complexion from the inside out.

Other Natural Remedies to Help Under-Eye Bags

Nature has provided us with a number of other foods to help relieve under-eye swelling and puffiness. Green tea is one -- it is host to a compound, EGCG, that is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that can help soothe puffy eyes. Try gently massaging a wet green tea bag over your eyes for about 4 minutes to help reduce inflammation. They say milk does a body good, and that includes the skin. Milk contains proteins, amino acids, lactic acid and vitamins A and D, which all work to beautify the skin. Just soak a washcloth in a bowl of iced milk to form a compress and apply it to eyes for up to 15 minutes to relieve puffy eyes.

Cucumber Masks for Face and Under Eye

You can easily make your own all-natural facial mask using cucumber, mint and egg whites. In a bowl, crush a few fresh mint leaves and mix them with a peeled, crushed cucumber. Next, separate an egg and beat the egg white until it becomes frothy. Add the egg white to the mixture and apply it to your face; leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse the mixture off and follow with a lightweight moisturizer. Or add cucumber pulp to your favorite store-bought facial to give it a boost.

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