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The art of tea bagging

As a penny pinching cheap skate I love a homemade remedy, and none more so than a tea bag! Constantly tired these days and feeling a million years old, eye cream just isn’t cutting the mustard. If anything, for me, it sometimes makes the whole baggy dark circle thing worse.

Up at 05:30 to endure the M25 (believe me, getting on the road for around 06:30 saves you a world of pain), and not always (ever) being a good girl and going to bed before 22:30/23:00, I rock the half asleep don’t speak to me till 11am or die look. I think it’s how my bitchy resting face was perfected. One is most definitely not amused at the facial dullness in general – radiant I am not. But my eyes are cheesing me off the most.

Unable to function without a black Americano plumbed into a vein, I wanted to try something that would help me look peppy while still wanting to throat punch everyone I encounter (I kind of like the daydream. It gets me through the day in a relatively cheery mood). Smiling and grinding teeth is an actual art form.... Bit like gurning.

I’d like to say my Gran told me about the various uses of tea other than drinking it, but I stumbled across this marvel while reading various blogs and beauty sites holding a cup of Yorkshire Tea (the best tea in the land as far as I’m concerned). Oh the irony.

A Eureka moment, I looked down at my mug, touched the dark pits that are my Sleepy Hollow eye sockets, and sprinted to the kitchen.

Like anything, of course you can go for the expensive stuff, but you can literally use any tea (well, when I say any please don’t be silly and use fruit tea. That’s just nonsense). Black or green, good old PG will more than do the job.

The following video will show you how to now apply said tea bags:

 

Alternatively though, you can just make a pot of tea (or, two cups of tea), pop the bags in Tupperware or piece of foil, whack them in the fridge for a bit, then find somewhere quiet and comfy to sit and relax. As I said, you don’t need the fanciest of tea. Just tea.

Step one:

Boil the kettle and pop your tea bags in something they can brew in if you're not having a cuppa.

 

Step two:

Leave for a few minutes to do their thing.

 

Step three:

Foil up and whack in the fridge. You can leave them here for as long as you want. A few hours will mean they're nice and cold, so you could brew them up in the morning and leave them in the fridge until the evening for instance.

 

Step four:

Kick your feet up and relax.

 

Reducing puffiness, the caffeine temporarily tightens the skin around your eyes by drawing out excess water. The tannins then fight inflammation, while the cool compress of the bag itself slows blood flow to the area, reducing swelling. Great as a quick fix before a night out or event, it won’t moisturise the area meaning you’ll still need a cream or gel. However, you will look more awake, and that’s the most important thing for me right now.

Last modified onTuesday, 21 October 2014 19:03
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