The simple trick to getting rid of dark circles and dull skin in just 20 minutes

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower, $24, available at Sephora.

Getting rid of dark circles and under-eye puffiness may seem like a feat. And when thousands of products claim to be the Holy Grail of skincare masks, it's even more impossible sifting through what each one has to offer.

So when you're on the hunt, there's one thing you should always be on the lookout for: natural ingredients that are tried and true. Cornflower is one of them.

Cornflower is originally farmed in the southwest of France and is harvested during full blossom. By extracting cornflower water, one can tap into the plant's natural healing properties, most notably soothing, softening, and anti-inflammatory ones. Since the extracted floral water is pure, it works for even the most sensitive of eyes and face.

That being said, an easy way to fight off dull or dark under-eyes is by finding a mask that harnesses the power of cornflower. Our top pick for just this is Klorane's Smoothing and Relaxing Patches, complete with Soothing Cornflower extract. By putting the patches directly under the eye and letting it sit for 20 minutes, your skin will be hydrated, brightened, and slowly but surely, the look of fine lines will go away. If you're looking for a more intensive treatment, you can just the patches for 7 days to see more long-term results.

Not too bad for $24, right?

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The simple trick to getting rid of dark circles and dull skin in just 20 minutes

1) Oil Pulling

An ancient dental technique, oil pulling involves swishing one-two tablespoons of oil (coconut, olive, or sunflower) in your mouth on an empty stomach for approximately 20 minutes. The action is said to draw out toxins and improve your overall oral health all while naturally whitening your teeth. I’ve been pulling, coconut is my oil of choice, for a few months now and I’m obsessed.  And for all you naysayers I spoke to my dentist, and in his words; “oil pulling should never replace your usual dental routine, but there is plenty of research that supports it’s health benefits.  Mainly because your mouth houses more bacteria than anything else and if your mouth is healthy then your system can focus on fighting other issues.” 

2) Dry Brushing.  

Introduced to me by my aesthetician, dry brushing is an age old practice of brushing your skin in an upward motion with a firm, natural bristle brush. The practice, most commonly done before showering, exfoliates and unclogs skin, while stimulating your lymphatic system, and is said to help reduce cellulite.  Just a tad painful, but I’ve really taken to loving my dry brush, and I mean if Jennifer Aniston swears by it, then consider me sold.

3) Think Dirty.  

Talk about a game changer. Think Dirty the app allows you to scan or type in products and in return gives you a 1-10 toxicity rating.  So get ready to stand in the grocery store aisles for hours scanning just about everything you’ve ever bought or are thinking about buying. 

4)  Consistently Washing Your Makeup Brushes 

Ask yourself when’s the last time you washed your makeup brushes?  If you’re like me it’s been too long.  And just think about all of that old makeup, dead skin, and germs of all kinds just sitting on your brushes. Eew. Washing your makeup brushes once a week is essential to keeping your complexion clear and your health in tact, so get the suds ready. 

5) Non-Toxic Nail Polish 

When you really begin thinking about what’s in nail polish, and how it’s just sitting there absorbing into your nails, into your skin’s pores, into your system, and not to mention how much we probably accidentally ingest from chipping (especially if you bite your nails), wouldn’t you feel better knowing that polish was toxic free?  Enter my new favorite nail polish Smith & Cult.  Free of the 5 major toxins found in most nail polishes, it allows you to rest easy thinking about all those nasty chemicals, and go back to stressing about if your polish is dry enough to reach in your purse for your keys without smudging.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it comes in just about every color we could possibly want and has the most beautiful packaging.

6) Activated Charcoal Pills

Recently while reading what seemed like my thousandth detox article, I stumbled upon something I’d never heard of: activated charcoal pills.  The pills are used commonly in the ER medical community to treat oral poisoning, and the charcoal’s “pores” make it very effective at binding and flushing out poisons that are still present in the stomach and small intestines, hence the belief of detox.  While there’s research both supporting and negating it’s ability to actually flush your system after an over-indulgent Saturday, all I can say is I’ve taken it a dozen times and have felt better.  Just note that charcoal doesn’t always differentiate between good and bad, so if you want anything to stay absorbed in your system, like your daily vitamin, take them hours apart.  And like everything, do your research; what works for some does not work for all.

7)  Shots  

I admit it, I’m on the pressed juice band wagon.  I’ll drink a juice, or five, all day every day.  And my new favorite thing, the shot circuit.  Seven shots: wheatgrass, E3, turmeric, ginger, lemon, aloe, and dandelion.  They’re not all pleasant going down, but I feel high on health for the rest of the day.  Not to mention my energy is on fire. Not ready for seven shots? Start slow with a wheatgrass or turmeric; both easily found at your local juice shop or Whole Foods, or better yet, make your own!

8. Chemical Free Products

Letting go of products we’ve used for years can be a difficult thing, but now more than ever there are so many amazing non-toxic choices there really is no excuse.  Two brands I’ve completely fallen in love with are Beauty Counter and One Love Organics.  I swear by Beauty Counter’s sunscreen and eye palettes  and One Love’s Vitamin C Body Polish smells like heaven and their Morning Glory is my new morning savior.


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