Under Eye Bags and Puffiness

By Sarah-Jade Thorne

Many people struggle with under eye bags and under eye puffiness. Some people wake up in the morning with swollen eyes and as soon as they are up and about it goes away, whereas others suffer through the whole day. In this article, I would like to share with you some tips and solutions to help solve or at least minimize under eye puffiness.

We are going to look at temporary solutions with makeup as well as some more permanent and maintenance solutions. We are also going to look as some of the causes of under eye bags.

Firstly, here are some causes of under eye bags as well as targeted solutions:

  1. Fat collecting under the eyes (caused either by genetics, bone structure or poor lifestyle).
  2. Sinus build up – See a doctor to sort out the sinus. A cheap and very effective home remedy for sinus problems is to mix 80z (1 cup) of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of bicarb. Then, over the bath or in the shower, sniff this solution a couple of times (one nostril at a time whilst blocking the other) and let it all drain out. Try doing this morning and evening and then once a day in the morning to maintain. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
  3. Fluid build-up – Try going to a massage salon that does lymph drainage massages and ask them to teach you how to do an eye massage to stimulate lymph drainage (your lymph glands are situated near your temples and by your ears) then you can do this daily at home.
  4. Using too much eye cream especially at night
  5. Bone structure – for example having deep set eyes or a deviated septum
  6. Poor lifestyle – lack of sleep, exercise, water and a poor diet
  7. Caffeine
  8. Sodium
  9. Smoking
  10. Alcohol

If you wake up in the morning or you are going out and your eyes are very puffy and your need a quick fix (besides using concealer) try making your own eye ice cubes by freezing green tea in an ice cube tray, and then wrap a cube in gauze and gently pat and press along your eye area.

Cutting out or down on caffeine (consuming caffeine), alcohol and sodium can help a lot as well as getting a good night’s sleep (between 7-9 hours depending on your body), drinking lots of water and regular exercise.

It is also important to keep the structure of your skin strong so that the eye area will stay flat and not fill up with fluids. Using eye creams can assist in this but don’t overdo it. Try using them in the mornings and look for creams with peptides, whey protein, hyaluronic acid (we have this naturally in our bodies but it declines the older we get) and caffeine (works on the fat cells changing their¬†metabolism so the fat cells shrink).

Some good eye creams are:

Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream 15ml/0.5oz – this is great as it has all the ingredients you need in an eye cream
Skin Naturals by Garnier Nutritionist Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles 2 in 1 Tinte… – this is a great drug store brand and it also does some concealing.

A great temporary tip for concealing under eye circles and bags (the bags can cause shadows) is by using a concealer in the area that needs lightening. I would recommend the Clinique – Airbrush Concealer – No. 04 Neutral Fair – 1.5ml/0.05oz
if it is just the dark circles or bags you are wanting to hide This concealer is great as it is light reflectant so is great for hiding dark areas and levelling swollen areas with the rest of your under eye area so that it doesn’t stand out. If you are needing a little more coverage I would suggest trying something like Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC-3 One Size, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit – Beige or a cheaper alternatives Bourjois healthy mix concealer or Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer, 10 Light, 0.23 Fluid Ounce (these last two have a very natural looking finish but they have enough cover for other small imperfections). But for bags, I think the Clinique one is going to be your best bet (it also has a natural finish). Just remember, which ever concealer you choose, make sure it matches your skin colour :)

The best technique for hiding dark under eye circles or bags is to simply pat some of the concealer gently under your eye area (in a gentle motion) in a triangular shape (as shown in the picture below). By doing this, you help level out the swollen area so that it doesn’t bulge out so much.

Concealing under eyes




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