The Want: A way to mask fatigue, whether from working long hours, a bad night's sleep, or a cocktail flu. While you're at it, the remedy also should make you look better than usual.
The Get: Ole Henriksen's unisex peels, gels, and cremes (olehenriksen.com). To reduce dark circles and puffy eyes, apply a layer of both Truth Is in the Eyes peel ($65) and Ultimate Lift Eye Gel ($38) before bed. In the morning, rub in Fresh Start Eye Creme ($38). To glam up your complexion, try the lightweight Herbal Day Creme SPF 15 ($35). The regimen will make your skin look noticeably brighter and firmer. Fear not, penny-pinchers: The small jars last several months.
Homespun remedies beyond the cucumber
Put two teaspoons in the fridge until they are chilled, then apply one on each eye for 10 minutes. The cold spoons will help shrink dilated and discolored blood vessels.
Wrap grated potatoes in a cloth and place it over your eyes. You can also lay cotton balls soaked in potato juice over dark circles. Potatoes contain catecholase, a skin lightener.
Blend equal parts of tomato and lemon juice and apply two times per day. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against dark-circle-inducing ultraviolet rays.
Combine ¼ cup of pineapple juice and 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder into a smooth paste. Apply it to your eye area. The combination works as a bleaching agent.