By the time this gets in a newsletter, I will be 68. I am way overweight. I have never worn makeup. I have been told I look years younger than I am. The one thing that bothers me is I have loose, baggy skin under my eyes.
When I wore glasses, it was covered up. Now with eye surgery, no glasses, the bags are very, very obvious. Is there a way to lessen or get rid of them? Thanks for any help you can give.
By knitter926 from Bloomington, IL
How long should I use tea bags for my under eye bags?
By Morgan from Counna, MI
Be sure they are very cold when you apply them (in the fridge overnight) & keep them on your eyes for about 10 or 15 minutes or until they warm up to body temp.
It wouldn't hurt to have 2 sets (or a total of 4 used tea bags) this way you could use one set for about 5-7 minutes, then switch to a brand-new cold set when the first set gets a little warm!
Here's a tip:
So you don't have to get up & go to the fridge during your session, keep your second set of tea bags cold by keeping all of the used tea bags in a cold ceramic or glass bowl overnight in the fridge with a second matching bowl stacked directly under the bowl with tea bags, then when you take the bowls out of the fridge right before you use them, put several ice cubes in the bottom bowl then place the other bowl back on top. That way, the bowl on the top that has the tea bags will continue stay cold & you won't have to get up & run to the fridge!
* Remember, it's both cold and the Tannic acid in the tea bags that brings your swollen, baggy eyes back to normal.
You can also buy a cold eye mask that's filled with gel that you put in the fridge each night. They cost around $7 & you can usually find them at your local Drug Store. These are handy & less messy but you won't get the added benefit from the Tannic Acid in the Tea.
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What's the best natural way to 'depuff' eye bags?
Rikku from Manila, Philippines
By Kings Kid
An anti-inflammatory topical steroid that shrinks swollen tissue by constricting blood vessels, hydrocortisone is often used to stop the itching caused by chronic skin conditions like eczema and contact dermatitis, and it's also an ingredient in vaginal and hemorrhoidal creams. OTC topical steroids can contain just 1 percent hydrocortisone, which should be safe, says Dina D. Strachan, M.D., a dermatologist in private practice in New York City.
Be careful, though, when applying the creams to sensitive spots such as the eyelids, armpits, and groin (all places where eczema, rashes, and allergic reactions are particularly common). In these locations, skin is thinner and more folds exist, so skin hits skin often, which can cause medications to penetrate more deeply. These areas are also prone to stretch marks, irritation, hypopigmentation (lightening), and "a crinkly, cigarette-paper appearance," Strachan explains -- a good reason to avoid that old beauty-queen trick of using hemorrhoidal cream to de-puff eye bags, experts say. In fact, last year the makers of Preparation H issued a warning cautioning consumers to avoid applying hemorrhoid cream to the face. (02/14/2008)
Also, you used to could buy an eye mask with gel enclosed inside it in the Health and Beauty Aids section of pharmacies. I do have one of those and keep it in my refrigerator in a Ziploc bag. It works wonderfully when needed. Try Walgreen's, Walmart, K-Mart, Rite-Aid or other stores and you may be able to locate one. Good Luck! (02/23/2008)
By BB's Mom
By Mickelle Hollars