Using tea bags for under eye puffiness and dark circles: Does it work?

Hey guys, welcome back to my blog! So unfortunately, my ten month old is cutting her two front teeth. Although this is an awesome milestone and I couldn’t be more proud, this resulted in her being awake for most of the night in pain (poor baby). And this momma is tired. Looking in the mirror this morning, you could tell I was running off of only three hours of sleep. I had the whole shabang going on under there. Black circles, puffiness, and serious baggage. So I figured it would be a great time to test out some beauty hacks for under the eyes!

Before the experiment

Before the experiment. I had some dark circles, puffiness, and some bags. (Please ignore the eyebrows, I’m currently doing another experiment on them so they’re a little unruly!)

If you’ve googled “hacks to remove dark circles”, then I’m sure you’ve seen people talking about how using tea bags as cold compresses for your eyes really works. Well today, we’re going to put that to the test! I used some tea that had been sitting in my cabinet for a while. A few months ago, I tried making the Starbuck’s Pink Drink at home… it didn’t go well. So I had a ton of tea left over. I used Lipton’s Green tea purple acai bluberry. Which now that I think about it, may not have been a good idea because of the blueberry. But I guess we’ll find out!

I popped a mug full of water in the microwave for about a minute so the water was nice and hot, and steeped the tea for about five minutes. Next, I drained all the liquid from the tea bags, and put them in the freezer for another ten minutes. Now it was time to put this to the test!

I laid back on my couch with Old Mcdonald playing on the T.V while my ten month old ate puffs and yelled at me (ahhh, so relaxing.) Honestly, it helped me wake up a little bit. But I guess putting anything in the freezer and putting it on your face will have the same effect. Now we wait fifteen minutes. But you can leave these on anywhere between 15-30 minutes. While we wait, let’s go over the benefits that putting tea bags on your eyes supposedly has.

Now we wait…

Apparently, putting tea bags on your eyes has a crazy amount of benefits that I was unaware of. It can help with inflammation, dark circles, pink eye, stye’s, rosacea, red eyes, dry eyes, you get the idea. Upon further research, I learned that not just any old tea will work. Popular herbal teas that people use are chamomile, lavender, fennel, and fenugreek tea. I was unaware of this, and now I’m thinking my little experiment may not work properly. But it is green tea, so there’s still hope! The caffeine in black and green teas is the main reason why this works. The caffeine constricts blood vessels within the tissue, which helps reduce puffiness, and dark circles. They also contain antioxidants called flavonoids and tannins that have an anti-inflammatory effect.

DING! Fifteen minutes is up, and I run to the mirror to see if there were any changes. And… I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference at all, except I think the blueberry may have stained my skin a little bit (whoops). 

After the experiment

Looking at the before and after pictures, it looks like it may have helped the discoloration a little bit. My eyes definitely do look a little brighter than before. Besides the physical benefits, my eyes definitely felt more awake and relieved.

In short, I don’t think this experiment worked as well as I thought it would. I’m thinking it could have been user error, since I didn’t use a tea that was good for this kind of thing. Would I recommend trying this? Absolutely! Definitely try it out for yourself to see how well it works for you. Except I would try one of the teas that I listed above to see better results. And that’s the tea for today. 😉

Thank you for checking out my blog. I hope you enjoyed this little experiment! I have many more coming in the future, so stay tuned!