No matter what cringe makeover movie from the ‘90s or early 2000s you’re watching is, one thing is always certain — the female protagonist will apply frozen cucumber slices to her eyes. In theory, the cucumber should magically remove any dark circles or puffiness. Once the veggie beauty treatment is over, the protagonist returns looking fabulous and ready to take on the world. But since life isn’t a rom-com, how realistic would it be to actually expect that this DIY beauty treatment would make a difference? Let’s find out.
Cucumbers: Nature’s Hydrating Heroes
Before we get into the icy realm of frozen cucumbers, let’s appreciate the natural goodness of these veggie delights. There’s a reason why the phrase “cool as a cucumber” exists. They really are the cool kids of the veggie world. They’re packed with water, vitamins, and antioxidants, making them super hydrating and nourishing. So it comes as no surprise that they’re also included in skincare treatments. And the most popular one is, without any doubt, applying frozen cucumber slices on your eyes. From “Barbie” to “The Princess Diaries”, cucumber slices have been a huge part of our pop culture. But does it actually help with anything?
The Verdict: Does It Really Work?
Let’s cut to the chase — does the frozen cucumber trick really work? Well, while there is absolutely no scientific evidence that a frozen cucumber slice can make any difference in the way your under-eye bags look — there is a reason why this trick stood the test of time. The cold temperature and cucumber’s natural properties can indeed provide temporary relief from puffiness and help the superficial blood vessels contract. That means that the skin around our eyes may appear fresher and brighter than it did before. But you have to remember — the effects are only temporary. However, that doesn’t mean that you can treat yourself to some frozen cucumber slices after a productive day of gardening.
How to Care for Your Under Eyes
So, what to do if the frozen cucumber trend isn’t for you? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other ways you can actually care for the skin around your eyes. But the number one tip that I can give you right away — care for your entire skin, and your under eyes will follow. The rules are pretty simple: double cleanse at night, include a vitamin A derivative into your routine, and always wear sunscreen during the day.
Of course, lifestyle plays a big role too. First and foremost — are you even getting enough sleep? Dark under eyes and eye bags are often signs of chronic fatigue. Make sure to get those Zs, as it allows your skin to rejuvenate and repair. And how could we end this article without telling you to eat healthy and drink enough water? I know, you’re so tired of hearing that. But is it really something you’re actually doing? Our lifestyle has a much bigger impact on the way our skin (and the skin around our eyes) looks than we think.