Caring for a baby or young child that isn’t sleeping = puffy eyes! I know, I wish it weren’t so! That’s why I did some research (for you and I both) and put together an article on how to get rid of undereye bags.
If you don’t have a little one keeping you awake at night and still have bags, you’re not alone! Age is one factor, but there are others as well.
I’ve found a few tricks to help and also talk about a few other things that you can do regularly.
Do cucumbers really reduce puffiness?
Yes, it’s true that they can. Go out and buy some cucumbers! 🙂 Make sure it’s refrigerated and cut 2 round slices off and place them on your eye lids/under eye area for about 10 minutes. Lay back and pretend you’re at the spa getting ready for a facial.
If you don’t have 10 minutes to lay uninterrupted, keep reading.
Have you tried metal spoons?!
The reason cucumbers help reduce swelling is because of the cooling effect. So, if you don’t have any cucumbers try this trick. Take 2 metal spoons and put them in the refrigerator for 30 mins to get cold, then put the rounded part on your eye lids/under eye area and leave them until the spoons get warm. You can also put them in the freezer, but I found them to be too cold for me personally.
What I like about this one is that I can do it standing up and can even multitask, very carefully, with one spoon on my eye while I do other things. Then the other spoon on the other eye while I do more. I can also keep an eye on my little one.
If you don’t have time to put spoons in the refrigerator, or forgot overnight… grab a teether or two from the freezer!
Ready for this? Hemorrhoid cream can reduce the swelling of puffy eyes and it’s supposed to help with wrinkles too. Now, when I was researching ways to get rid of undereye bags I was not expecting to find butt cream! Ha! It’s good to keep an open mind though, so I’m including it here.
Hemorrhoid cream is an anti inflammatory so it makes sense, but I haven’t actually tried it yet. I can’t bring myself to put anything that is meant for the tush, on my face. If you are brave, please give it a try and let me know if it works. Just be careful not to get any in your eye.
I found this wonderful make-up video from AlexandrasGirlyTalk and wanted to share. She is unafraid to show her bags to the world so that she can help us with ours. I love that!
I know, I know…
Drink More Water! This is not a new tip and probably one that you’re reminded of often, but are you actually doing it? Drinking more water can help with under-eye bags and is really important for breast feeding momma’s too. This is not a quick fix though. This is gradual and something that should be done for reducing eye bags and overall health. When your body doesn’t get enough water it starts to retain the water it currently has. Water retention in the eyes creates puffiness. When you drink a lot of water and drink often, your body will get used to that and will let go of that additional fluid knowing that more will be coming.
I’ve found flavoring water with vitality essential oils like lemon and lime help me drink more because it tastes better and it puts me in a good mood. I think about the lemon water that they serve at spas.
Cleanse and moisturize
Do you do this every day/night? I didn’t. I guess I’m lucky in the fact that I don’t get acne very often on my face, but it allowed me to be lazy! As I’m aging, I’m now realizing that I should have done this long ago.
It’s important to clean make-up off your face at night and to moisturize the eye area to keep it healthy, hydrated, and full of elasticity! Speaking of elasticity, you don’t want to pull or push too hard. It’s so hard for me to resist rubbing my eyes, especially first thing in the morning when I’m tired, but I keep reminding myself to be gentle on those eye bags. The skin is very thin and light tapping is all that’s needed when moisturizing.
Also, you’ll want a moisturizer with the ingredient hyaluronic acid. It’s natural and already in your skin and it has been found to help hydrate, improve elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Um, yes please… I need all of the above for around my eyes! Here is an awesome organic and natural eye cream that I recommend.
- It goes on smooth
- Doesn’t leave a greasy feel
- Reduces wrinkles
- Reduces puffiness
What about food?
Processed foods aren’t great for a lot of reasons, but one being that they can contain a lot of salt which is also a big cause of eye bags. You have to be careful not only how much salt you yourself put on foods, but also how much is in the foods that you buy at the store or get at restaurants.
The American Heart Association recommends less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium, aka salt, a day.
I checked my cupboards and also went to the store and browsed some products. Here’s what I found:
|Campbell’s Disney princess chicken noodle soup||1 cup||960mg|
|Campbell’s healthier Well Yes chicken noodle soup||1 cup||640mg|
|Grape nuts cereal||1 cup||588mg|
|Special K cereal||1 cup||219mg|
|Horizon organic Mac n Cheese||1 cup||580mg|
|Hickory Farms summer sausage||2 oz||660mg|
|Ballpark classic hot dog||1 hotdog||480mg|
|Ballpark turkey hot dog||1 hotdog||580mg|
It pays to check labels! I always knew that canned soup had a lot of sodium, but it can vary greatly by brand or type of soup. I didn’t realize cereal had that much sodium, but again it depends on the type. I’m guessing it’s the salted nuts that make Grape Nuts so high.
Organic foods can still be high in sodium and you would think you’re eating healthy by choosing a turkey dog instead of a regular hot dog, but it actually has more sodium!