POSTED: 17 Nov 2018

Skin Food Saturday – DIY Under Eye Recipes & How To Up Your Self-Care Game

If you couldn’t already tell, this week we have been all about the eyes. Dark circles, bags and tear troughs are all very common concerns for men and women and have as many treatments as causes. Autumn is the ultimate season of change. We have given you our top skincare tips for the chillier, crisper months – getting your routine in check, how to boost hydration, exfoliating and finding your perfect moisturiser, all of which will help to look after your under eyes! So why don’t we show those jewels some extra love? Today’s post will give you a few easy to make DIY under eye recipes to help protect and brighten your under eyes. More than that we want to encourage all of you to use your skincare and beauty regimes as a gateway to self-care.

DIY Under Eye Recipes

Green Tea Energiser

Let’s keep it simple for the first DIY under eye recipe. The health benefits of green tea are more than well known. As well as being warm and delicious, it is packed full of nutrients. It is a great antioxidant and contains polyphenols – an anti-inflammatory compound making green tea great for dark circles, puffy and tired looking eyes. I tried and tested this and it was amazing!


  • Soak a green tea bag in warm water and place on your eyes as a mask for 10 minutes (if you find it relaxing then go ahead and leave it on for longer). Make sure the water is not too hot!

Image of tea pot for green tea under eye mask

Cool as a Cucumber

This DIY under eye recipe uses quite an old school ingredient, but still good all the same. It may seem like the cliche go to, but it has its uses. Cucumber is very soothing on the under eye skin and has an absorbing effect helping to draw away water retention causing puffiness. When combined with Aloe Vera this mask helps to hydrate and brighten the under -eye area.


  • Blend a handful of cucumber (just cut out the middle soft section)
  • Add 2 large tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel
  • Apply to your under eye and leave for as much time as you have

The Very Eggciting one!

Egg whites have been shown to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the under eye area. Something which may be contributing to the sunken hollow like appearance of tear troughs so give this DIY under eye recipe a go if you find yourself looking tired even when you feel energised and ready to go


  • Whisk the egg whites of two whole eggs and combine with a few drops of a good strength vitamin C serum. Any you already have at home will be perfect.
  • Apply an even layer across your under eye are, and even close to the sides on the outer part of your eye Leave for 10 minutes and soak off with warm water

How to take your self-care to the next level?

One thing we like to advocate for here at City Skin Clinic, is a more holistic approach to beauty and healthy living. We believe that self-care is a must! With the falling leaves has come heartier evening meals, and a wealth of snug knitwear. Halloween and fireworks have flashed by and my gosh is Christmas coming quick! City living, although thoroughly rewarding and exhilarating, can be exhausting and all-consuming. We don’t realise the speed we are travelling in the moment. The days go by so quickly that it’s easy to forget to check in and show ourselves some love! But what does that look like?

According to the Self Care Hub, Self-care is:

‘…the actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, well being or wellness’

What I have come to learn is that whilst eye masks and a great pamper session leaves you feeling great, we need to dig deeper. Hot bubble baths, painting our nails all whilst wearing the latest clay detox mask may seem like the perfect solution to a stressful day, but is that this should be where self-care begins and not ends. We think that caring for yourself shouldn’t always come at a time when we hit exhaustion. We need to broaden our perspectives and take a few more preventative steps:

Step one: Write down a ‘no’ list – add all of the things which don’t bring you joy or that you know are unnecessary stresses and remove them from your life. This can include things like no emails after a certain time, no scrolling on social media, no to individuals who don’t appreciate you. Whatever it may, it is wise to set boundaries and reduce factors which can leave you feeling down.

Step two: Get enough sleep! At least 7-8 hours a night. This is one of the most underrated self-care steps which many busy people think they can go without. Not only is paramount to great physical health it has a major impact on your mood.

Step three: Analyse your language. Sometimes the way we speak about ourselves is more important than a pamper. What is the point in treating your skin to make you feel better if you talk down to yourself on a day to day basis? The power of self-appreciation goes a long way!

Step four: Feed your body well and move as often as you can.

Step five: Just as important as step #4…feed your soul. Do something every day which makes you feel fabulous! Whatever that may be, laugh, have fun, let your hair down.

Let’s make skincare and pampering a gateway to a much wider awareness of our needs and our mental and physical health. If you’re a regular visitor by now you’ll know that this is the City Skin Clinic and The Modern Salon way! So, prepare your DIY under eye recipe, make your ‘no list’ and talk up to yourself.

What next?

For more on giving your health and lifestyle an overall boost, check out our life spring clean series on health, wealth and happiness.

To know about what causes and treatments of dark circles under eye, tear trough correction  or under eye bags and their treatments head over to our latest blog post.

We also have a detailed skin concerns page where you can find out more about under eye circles bags and tear troughs

Fancy more YouTube and Sunday beauty tips? Then do not miss this week’s Sunday Vibes post!

Authored by:

Dr Amel Ibrahim
Aesthetic Doctor & Medical Director
Founder City Skin Clinic
Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Associate Member of British Association of Body Sculpting GMC Registered - 7049611

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