Solutions for skin emergencies may be right at your fingertips. David Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mt. Kisco, New York, suggests some fast fix-it tips for common problems.
1. Puffy Eyes
Soak cotton pads in cold milk and place on the eyes for five minutes. Soothes and reduces puffiness.
2. Dark Under-Eye Circles
Apply an eye cream with caffeine in it (try Hydra Floral Deeply Hydrating Eye Contour Gel-Cream, available at Sephora), and pat in for 15 seconds.
3. A Blemish
Combine one-quarter teaspoon table salt with one cup water. Dip a piece of tissue into the mixture, then press against blemish for one minute.
Dr. Bank adds that you can use a dab of Neosporin or other antibacterial product on a pimple. But, he adds, contrary to popular belief, toothpaste won’t help. It simply dries out the skin without unblocking the pores (and that’s where the problem lies).