“If you have a tough day and want to treat yourself, you can soak your skin with cotton pads and ice-cold coconut water,” said Adriana Lima, in a recent interview with The Cut. “I prefer natural coconut water. Every time I go to Brazil, I get a chance to try it.”
Well, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? Coming home after a long day, one that may have had a packed schedule where you didn’t even get a second to go splash some cold water on your face. As you carry the same caked makeup you put on before you left, all that’s left is grime and sweat and an icky feeling that you just can’t stand for another minute.
When in such a fix, take cue from Adriana or try these skin de-stressors instead:
- Green Tea: Boil water and steep 4-6 tea bags for 5 minutes. Then, soak a washcloth in the tea and rest the cloth on your face. Or, you can squeeze excess water out of the tea bags and apply them to your face directly. Leave the cloth/teabags on your skin for 5-10 minutes, after which, you will see a noticeable improvement in your skin’s appearance and feel much more relaxed.
- Oatmeal: Mix 2tbsp powdered colloidal oatmeal, 2tbsp hot water and 1/2tsp honey together and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, gently massage onto your skin, forming a mask. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes before you rinse with warm water.
- Ice Bath: Cold therapy is an excellent solution for tired and swollen eyes. Ice reduces inflammation and treats water retention, so your dark circles look less prominent, and the under eye area less puffy. You could dunk your face in an ice bath at 5-second intervals for 20 seconds. Or, infuse rosewater and cucumber juice into the water you use to make ice cubes, and then indulge in an ice facial.
Depending on your inclination to make an effort to relax your tired skin, you can choose any one of the three remedial measures. Either way, just don’t go to bed without tackling the problem; using a cleanser and serum is the least you should do.
Image Via Instagram/Adriana Lima