DIY Beauty: Get Rid of Undereye Bags/Dark Circles with Coffee Grounds
A Home Remedy
One thing I think all females can agree on is that dark circles suck. And mine can get pretty bad... even after a long night's sleep, I look like my head hasn't touched a pillow in ages.
There are lots of creams and facials that claim to reduce dark circles and bags, but I'll be honest - I'm cheap. I won't pay for something that could be attained with things I already have at home. I've been seeing articles about using coffee grounds for undereye bags, and since I just got a new coffeemaker, I decided to try it out. Join me on my quest for bright eyes!
Step 1: Make some Coffee
I used my beautiful new Black & Decker coffeemaker. Not that it matters, but I just got it and it matches all of my retro-future-kitchen things. I'm pretty excited about it!
Anyway, make your coffee as it's supposed to be made. Once it's all brewed up, separate the parts and down the liquid gold. Scoop out the grounds with a spoon and put them in a small, separate dish.
Step 2: Chill
I kind of added this step myself, but it only makes sense. When you see people putting anything else on their face to reduce undereye bags, it's always cool. The science of it is that lower temperatures cause your blood vessels to constrict, which temporarily reduces bags under your eyes.
So chill that gunk out, and once it's cool, prepare for smearing.
Step 3: Apply
For a job.
Just kidding, that's what I'm doing. But you can just apply the cooled coffee grounds to your face. Situate yourself over a sink (it gets messy) and get a fingerful of grounds. Carefully rub it onto your bags - not too close to your actual eyes.
I covered the entire area under my eyes - from inside by my nose to the outer corners of my eyes, and about halfway down my cheeks.
Step 4: Let it Sit
Instructions state to leave this gunk on for 15 minutes, so naturally I did it for 20. Most of this time was spent running around the house avoiding my roommate-brother, who I'm pretty sure already thinks I'm crazy. Still, I don't want to have to explain why I have food smeared on my face.
My major thought during all of this waiting time was something like, "Holy Hell, my skin!" Seriously, I don't know what's going on, but it itches. Stings. Maybe it's the water drying, or maybe my skin doesn't like coffee, but this stuff was nearly impossible for me to let sit. Hopefully that means it's working...
Step 5: Rinse
At last, sweet freedom!! If your skin reacted anything like mine did, this moment is long-awaited. I recommend gently wiping off what you can while the grounds are fairly dry, and splashing water on your face to get rid of the rest.
Then, take a step back and see the change.
Does it Really Work?
Theoretically, yes. Coffee is supposed to depuff your eyes by restricting the blood flow, which reduces swelling. It's also a diuretic, causing it to draw water away from puffy cells. This results in a temporary reduction of bags.
I do think there was a change in my eyes. The bags were definitely reduced, but the color wasn't so great. Probably because I irritated my skin. However, with a little bit of make-up the color can be corrected. As you can see from the photo below, applying a dab (and I mean a DAB) of foundation after coffee-ing did a world of wonders for my dark circles.