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Cucumber slices are a popular facial treatment. To treat dark circles under your eyes, just place a couple of slices over your eyelids for instant calm. It’s an inexpensive and simple treatment. But what’s the science behind it? “Technically, cold temperature can cause blood vessels to constrict, so swelling is temporarily reduced,” says Phillip Artemi, a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and medical officer at The Skin Hospital at Westmead, New South Wales, Australia. “But it won’t reverse dark circles around the eyes.”
Cucumbers can also relieve belly bloat, so stock up the next time you’re at the supermarket.
The age-old adage of getting your beauty sleep suggests that the key to brighter eyes is getting enough shut-eye. “Getting more sleep may reduce redness in the eyes and the fullness of eye bags, but it will do little to eliminate dark pigment,” says Dr. Artemi. Some experts advise using one or two pillows to keep your head elevated while you sleep to help prevent fluid build up in your lower eyelids, which gives the impression of puffiness and dark circles under your eyes. Try these 15 beauty treatments to get gorgeous overnight.