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Try This Old Trick from Communist Russia to Get Rid of Under-Eye Bags

When you don't have fancy products, you DIY.

Everyone loves a creative hack. In the beauty world, there are tons of time-saving, money-saving ways to re-purpose products, plus techniques you can try that don't require you to have the makeup brush prowess of Pat McGrath. For this weekly feature, we will pick the brains of beauty's best and brightest to try to make your life easier.

A few weeks ago I was having lunch with a group of beauty editors and Julia Lemigova, the founder of skin care brand Russie Blanche. It was one of the more entertaining lunches I've had lately. (Sorry, Mom. Yours was nice too.) Lemigova, who is a former Miss U.S.S.R. and Martina Navratilova's fianceé (at one point during lunch she pointed at the TV in the bar area, which was tuned to the French Open and said, "Look, it's Martina!"), regaled us with tales of her upbringing in Communist Russia, how she became a pageant queen,  how she launched her beautiful skin care range and beauty tips she learned from the women in her family. 

Many of the products in the Russie Blanche line are inspired by the DIY treatments Lemigova's mother taught her. Commercial beauty products were hard to come by, so people improvised. Since magical under-eye treatments like Living Proof's new Neotensil didn't exist, women turned to their refrigerators.  

Chamomile tea is a well-known fix for dark under-eye circles -- it contains anti-oxidants and substances that can decrease redness and irritation. But those savvy ladies doubled-down on its positive effects. Instead of just applying teabags to their eyes, they would brew the chamomile tea, then freeze it into ice cubes. In the morning, they'd pop an ice cube out and place it under their eyes. The cold plus the chamomile temporarily decreased under-eye bags and dark circles. 

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