We’ve all been there. You stayed out a little too late, partied a little harder than normal, maybe had an extra drink or two. We get it. We also get the next day puff under our eyes that comes with the territory of a night of fun.
If you’ve ever done any kind of DIY at-home beauty, you’ve probably heard of putting teabags over your eyes to calm and de-puff any under-eye bags or inflammation. But honestly, who wants to sit there with soppy, wet tea bags on your face, lying back and unable to move for however long the treatment is supposed to take? Yeah, not us either.
Luckily, we’re here to help you use the same idea and ingredients in a much more effective way. Follow along with this easy DIY recipe for cooling, anti-puff eye gel to help you recover after a long night out.
We’re going to be taking black, green or chamomile tea and adding a couple easy-to-find ingredients to turn that tea into a convenient gel you can apply at any time you need a little de-puff. The reason we like to use black or green tea is that we actually want to harness the stimulating property of caffeine. Caffeine is actually an anti-inflammatory, working to narrow the blood vessels and temporarily reduce under eye bags. Pretty cool, huh? If you want something more calming and relaxation-inducing with and unbeatable aroma, opt for chamomile tea.
Eye gel made with chamomile tea for those cooling and relaxing vibes.
At a glance:
Intermediate: Requires ingredients available at health food stores or online
Refreshed and rejuvenated
Around 7 days if stored in the fridge
Japanese "Forest Bathing" Bath Soak
One highly effective (and ancient) method of stress reduction that has been getting a lot of attention recently is the Japanese ritual of “forest bathing”. Also called “Shinrin-yoku” (from the Japanese shinrin= “forest”, yoku=”bath”), this practice is named for seeking out a natural environment and taking it in with all our senses.
Don’t you feel calmer already just *picturing* sitting in or walking through a peaceful, natural setting? Connecting to nature is one of the most effective ways to immediately reduce stress by bridging the gap between our hurried, technology-filled modern lives and our most natural, human state.
- 1/2 cup epsom salts
- 1/4 cup sea salts
- 1/4 cup baking soda
Essential oil blend
- 6 drops Mandarin essential oil
- 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- 3 drops Cedarwood essential oil
In a bowl or beaker, add salts and baking soda. Mix well.
Add essential oils.
Pour into a container to save for later or directly into the bathtub or foot bath to melt the stress of the day away.
Bring a wireless speaker or put your phone in a cup to amplify the sound into the bathroom. You can find a track of forest sounds, or you can click the link below for a great Spotify playlist called “Japanese Meditation”.
Did you try this relaxing Japanese Forest bathing soak? Did you do anything extra to enhance the experience? Tell us in the comments!
LEVEL UP BOTANERI TIP:
You can put this gel on while you brew your morning coffee, and after letting it soak in, apply concealer or other makeup over the gel to allow it to continue to work it’s magic as the day goes on!
LEVEL UP BOTANERI TIP:
Add to a rollerball bottle for the ultimate de-puffing experience. Use a pipette to easily transfer the eye gel to the rollerball.