This Viral DIY Turmeric Mask Recipe Cured My Dark Under-Eye Circles for Real

I hoard eye creams like they're going out of style. Or rather, as if tomorrow will be the eye cream apocalypse. I'm obsessed. You know how some people can't stop applying lip balm? And some even say it's a form of addiction? Yeah, that's how I am with eye creams. My favorites (this week it's Tula Multi-Spectrum Eye Renewal Serum, $58— it's amazing) are never far from reach, and I habitually apply them morning, noon, and night. You see, it's all part of my effort to solve my single most annoying skin grievance—dark, ultra-disturbing under-eye circles. Which, when left untreated, make me look like the Edward Cullen's long-lost sister who Stephenie Meyer never thought to include in Twilight.

Yet, as you may have guessed, there's a catch in this scenario. I've discovered a DIY eye mask so good, so so good, I could, if I felt so inclined, banish my stash of dark circle–diffusing elixirs forever. Of course, I'm not going to do that. I love them too much, and I'm a part of the minority who firmly believes slathering eye creams on now will prevent many a wrinkle later on. Plus, separating us now would be like garage sale-ing off a 6-year-old's collection of Beanie Babies circa 1998—it's just not going to happen. But back to my discovery!

I've known for awhile now turmeric is one of the healthiest foods you can consume, and I've also noticed it's strategically begun to make its way into many of my favorite skincare products. It contains curcumin, a chemical compound which studies say can minimize UV damage, clear breakouts, and brighten pigmentation—aka it's Mother Nature's problem solver. Another fun fact: Turmeric has been used in the world of alternative medicine for thousands of years and Indian brides and grooms even slather their faces with the stuff for spiritual protection and a pre-ceremony glow.

So when I stumbled upon a viral video of beauty blogger Alexandra Potora applying a homemade mixture of turmeric and buttermilk to her own dark circles, I was immediately intrigued. The results were amazing, and before I knew what was happening, I found myself at Erewhon Market in Santa Monica buying a jug of organic buttermilk. (I already had turmeric from Trader Joe's in the pantry.) Oh, and just in case you're curious about the buttermilk, it's another one of nature's skin miracles, as it naturally contains lactic acid, which aids exfoliation.

Thus, on a particularly late night when a particularly depressing set of dark circles had made their unwelcome appearance (along with two cute pimples—'tis the way life works I guess), I decided to put the viral DIY turmeric mask to the test—keep scrolling for what went down.