Skin Care Tip: You’ve seen this image for years. A woman is at a spa laying there with cucumber slices on her eyes. She looks relaxed but what’s the deal with the cucumbers on the eyes?
It’s a fact that cold temperatures shrink capillaries and stimulate drainage to reduce puffiness.
Cucumbers don’t contain any miraculous puffiness-reducing properties, it’s that they have a gel-like consistency that comes from the seeds making it good for retaining a cold temperature.
But what a hassle to have to cut up a cucumber just to reduce puffiness! Since it’s the cold that reduces puffiness, you can grab anything out of your refrigerator (ice, bag of frozen peas) and it will do the trick—as long as it is held on the area for at least 10 minutes. We like our Bio Calm Repair Masque applied to the under eye area because not only will it reduce puffiness, but it will hydrate the skin and soften lines and wrinkles.
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As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”