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DIY Beauty: How to Use Tea Bags to Relieve Tired Eyes


DIY Beauty: Using tea bags to relieve tired eyes

As a student who sacrifices sleep for studying without a second thought, I can at times be seen roaming campus with those dreaded dark circles. As a result, I am constantly trying out new eye creams and eye gels that all claim to lighten dark circles in just a few days.

However, such products can be expensive and more often than not don’t even work! That’s why I am thrilled to share that I have finally come across an unbelievably affordable and natural “beauty product” that quickly and visibly reduces dark circles and diminishes puffiness: tea bags!

Yes, you read that correctly. Read on to learn how you can use tea bags to relieve tired, puffy eyes!

What you’ll need:

DIY tea bag supplies

  • Two tea bags (I find green and black tea bags containing caffeine to be the most effective)
  • A mug of hot water
  • A plate, container, or plastic sandwich bag

How to:

Step One

DIY tea bag step 1

Take the two tea bags and steep them in hot water for 3-5 minutes.

Step Two

DIY tea bag step 2

Take the tea bags out and put them in your container of choice (I used a plate). Leave them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until cold. While the tea bags are cooling down, you can relax by drinking the mug of delicious tea you just made – yum!

Step Three

Diy tea bag step 3

Take the tea bags out. Gently squeeze out any excess liquid until the bags are damp and not dripping wet.

Step Four

Lay down and put the tea bags over your eyes. Leave them on for 15-30 minutes. Remove and carefully rinse off any tea stains on your face.

You can use this tea bag eye treatment every single day, once a week, twice a week, once a month, or whatever you prefer! For optimal results though, it is best to use this treatment at least once a week.

How It Works:

You probably have noticed that many eye treatments contain caffeine. This is because caffeine can help shrink blood vessels around your eye, thus reducing puffiness and dark circles.

The tea bags used in this DIY eye treatment not only contain caffeine and beneficial antioxidants, but they also contain tannins. Tannins are responsible for the tea’s color and flavor; most importantly, tannins can also stimulate healthy blood circulation and help tighten and soothe skin.

 What Do You Think?

Do you like this super easy DIY? Are you going to try it out? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to hear what you think!

Posted on on July 23, 2013 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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34 Responses to “DIY Beauty: How to Use Tea Bags to Relieve Tired Eyes”

  1. 1
    July 23rd, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I had heard of this one time before but was unsure if it actually worked. I am very interested in trying it!

  2. 2
    July 23rd, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I simply think the cooling sensation and the fact that the process makes you stop work are already relaxing you. Not sure if the caffeine can actually penetrate the skin. But still it’s a great way to force yourself to rest.

  3. 3
    July 23rd, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Another option is soaking cotton pads in green tea or camomile tea and freezing any spares for later.

  4. 4
    July 23rd, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    As an avid tea drinker, I am going to do this with the tea bags i use every day :) Great tip! i love me some tea.

  5. 5
    July 23rd, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Love that cup! It’s adorable.

  6. 6
    July 23rd, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Katlyn- Let me know how it turns out!

    Jun- Haha, it’s definitely debatable! In any case, I agree with you: the simple act of taking a moment to stop and relax is still extremely beneficial!

    RC- Great idea! I haven’t tried it before but will be sure to try it soon.

    Alee- I love tea as well! I have a giant tea collection that could probably last me years.

    Kim- Thanks! I recently traveled to Japan and that’s where I purchased the Rilakkuma cup.

  7. 7
    July 23rd, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I’m a terrible person but that cup reminds me of pedobear :/

    The Internet has corrupted me.

  8. 8
    July 23rd, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Rachel- LOL! I have never heard of Pedobear so I had to look it up; I dare say Rilakkuma is ten time cuter and by far less creepy :P

  9. 9
    July 24th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I’ve never used tea bags on my eyes, but I have made green tea, then put it in the fridge in a small container, then used it as a toner on my skin to freshen it up. It sounds weird, but rubbing a cotton ball soaked in green tea all over your face actually does make it feel really smooth and fresh! Drinking it is also apparently good for your skin as well :)

  10. 10
    July 24th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’ve been doing the tea bag trick for year and yes, it really works!

    I love the Rilakkuma mug! So cute!

  11. 11
    July 25th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Emily- I second that! I have been experimenting with other ways to use green tea as a beauty product and so you’ll see another successful experiment on CF soon!

    Roze- I still can’t believe it works so well! And thank you!

  12. 12
    October 21st, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Interesting tip. I will have to give it a go. Thank you for sharing. And I love the mug! I’m a big Rilakkuma fan. :)

  13. 13
    December 31st, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Are the tea bags one time use or multiple uses/applications per bag? Thx for the article

  14. 14
    January 31st, 2014 at 4:17 am

    I had heard this can stain under your eye’s..Is thid true? Does this really work I have really bad dark circles.Although I am willing to try:-)

  15. 15
    April 2nd, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Yeah will it leave stains under ur eyes? Like the past person said ^

  16. 16
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    My eyes are stained and look brownish not white. Ill try it. Pliz if you hv another method just to whiten them I would appreciate.

  17. 17
    July 1st, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Had heard about it from years back, Eyes were hurting and watering so I put tea bags on my eyes and it works. dont now how or why but it helps, Amazing.

  18. 18
    July 15th, 2014 at 5:53 am

    im going to try this out right now! hope it works well as i’ve been researching this tea bag eye treatment for awhile now, thank you

  19. 19
    August 9th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for this! I tried it this morning. It really helped! I only had decaf tea in bags, but I had loose tea that was caffeinated. So, I pulled the little staple out of the decaf bags and poured in the tea leaves. Perfect! I will buy some caffeinated bags of tea soon, but meanwhile, this workaround is great.

  20. 20
    September 2nd, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Great stuff! I use Clipper or organic green tea bags, they work a treat!

  21. 21
    September 27th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Since I’m not an everyday tea person, how long can I freeze the tea bags that I do use? Or Does it have to be fresh tea bags, meaning tea bags I use that day?

  22. 22
    November 2nd, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    is it ok to use the same tea bags twice or let just say more then once? for eyes…

  23. 23
    December 27th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I don’t think this works. When I started using the tea bag method it was amazing and seemed to take away the dark circles immediately but now, a year or two later it seems like it’s making my eyes even darker. Also, my eyes can’t focus (blurred vision) for up to a half an hour. what the f

  24. 24
    December 31st, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    i was looking for a treatment for a black eye and i came across this tea bag i will give it a try and see how it works..

  25. 25
    January 25th, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Do I really need to do it every week? Or can I do it every month?

  26. 26
    February 15th, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Can i use this everyday? Ive tried it and its very good… If i do it everyday will this put a stain on my circles???

  27. 27
    March 1st, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Nothing worse than articles like this that make statements like “This is because caffeine can help shrink blood vessels around your eye, thus reducing puffiness and dark circles.” or “tannins can also stimulate healthy blood circulation and help tighten and soothe skin.”

    These statements may be true, but if you make a scientific claim, you back it up with a reference.

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