Lately, I’ve been trying to rely on makeup less and on simple skin care routines more. That means, my tea and grocery supplies are diminishing while my concealer sits in the makeup drawer untouched. I drink a lot of green and herbal teas, and make sure to nourish my body with plenty of anti-oxidant rich foods. At the same rate, I’m also taking care not to clog up my pores topically by keeping my routine simple on a day-to-day basis.
This essentially means more time is spent in my pajamas trying out various DIY beauty routines. No complaints there- I find the practice fun and relaxing. Latest discovery? Parsley. I tend to get dark circles under my eyes, and it turns out those bunches of parsley in my fridge help out in that department. Dark circles are most prominently caused by blue veins showing through thin skin under the eyes.
Parsley is very rich in Vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body for blood clotting. According to WebMD:
“People apply vitamin K to the skin to remove spider veins, bruises, scars, stretch marks, and burns. It is also used topically to treat rosacea, a skin condition that causes redness and pimples on the face. After surgery, vitamin K is used to speed up skin healing and reduce bruising and swelling.”
Makes sense. Applying Vitamin K topically thus constricts blood flow, reducing the appearance of larger veins and diminishing the appearance of dark circles. On to the fun stuff:
DIY dark circle brightening eye ‘cream’:
– several sprigs of parsley (about 5-6)
– 2 tbsp warm water or 2 tbsp PLAIN yogurt (Greek if possible)
-flat cotton pads or cotton balls
Pulse the parsley several times in a food processor. Add the water or the yogurt (the yogurt will also act as a soothing exfoliant). Soak the cotton pads in the mix and place under eyes for 10 minutes.
Keep this up as part of skincare regiment and you’ll notice changes in the skin underneath your eye area. If you have rosacea or other skin redness, feel free to apply the mixture to entire face.
If you’d rather skip the natural route, there are many ready made vitamin K rich moisturizers and masks available: