I’m one of the lucky ones…I don’t normally suffer from bags under my eyes. When I do, it’s usually because I’m having some sort of reaction/environmental allergy or am overtired and sleep deprived.
When they do appear out of the blue, I’m on a serious mission to get rid of them as quickly as possible since the puffy pouches age a person and make one look haggard (something every woman hopes to avoid).
Here are several different remedies I’ve plucked from the notes I’ve collected over the years, each promising to help reduce the puffiness and swelling. You’ll find them listed below.
Why They’re Amazing: They’re not only effective, there’s nothing fancy required for the ingredients…you’ll surely find most of these items in your fridge or pantry right now!
Tip: If you experience chronic or frequent occurrences, try cutting salt intake from your diet (though don’t overdo it, some salt is good for you) and drink plenty of fluids. Waking up with them can be a sign of fluid retention.
Directions: Each of the treatments below should be applied when there’s time to rest with head elevated for at least 10 minutes.
*Careful that nothing gets inside eyes.
- Used Tea Bags (chilled or slightly warm–both work).
- Cold Milk: Soak up with a cotton cosmetic pad or cotton ball then apply for about 20 mins.
- Slices of Potato, Cucumber, Lemon or Apple (cucumber pieces soaked in lemon juice first works nicely too).
- Strawberries (mashed then use to cover or simply arrange slices in place). Can also try organic strawberry jam or preserves.
- Plain Yogurt (dabbed generously).
- Whipped egg whites: Beat until stiff then use a clean craft brush or makeup brush to apply. Leave on for 20 mins. before rinsing off.
- Aloe Vera gel harvested fresh from a plant (dabbed, leave on for 10 mins).
- Chilled teaspoons (rest directly on swelling for several minutes).
- A package of frozen peas or corn pressed into position, spread a thin washcloth or tea towel on top of skin first to avoid discomfort (other veggies work too but peas fill in the facial contours nicely).
- A compress soaked in cool water, rung out then spritzed with lavender or witch hazel water–a light, even spray will do.
A Few Quick Tips
- When using sliced food items, cut really thin then arrange a couple layers across the contours of the face. This will help them form to the skin easier. Prep the surface by spritzing or dabbing cool water over the area first, this will help prevent drying and make removal easier (less likely to stick).
- The skin is very delicate and thin around the eyes. Don’t treat with anything too harsh and remove all ingredients carefully.
- If a bout of crying is the culprit, you’ll find quick results with the cooling methods mentioned above (chilled spoon, aloe vera, etc.).
- Another idea is to sew small pillows and fill them with rice or flax seed. Keep them in the freezer and apply for several minutes, resting with head elevated. Follow the same directions as these heating pads, simply size the bag small enough to set across the area. There are mask templates here that would also be ideal.
- If they are particularly troublesome on a regular basis, you may just have inherited them. If no one in the family has this issue, check with a doctor since the puffiness could be caused by allergies or even indicate a medical issue with your thyroid or kidneys.
Old-Wives Tale: We’ve all heard of this remedy, using Preparation H will reduce the swelling. The problem is that the ingredients in this product are not safe to use around this delicate area. Should you try it? Pass. It’s not worth causing injury or damage to your face.