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Put Yellow Books under the top of your mattress to prevent bags under your eyes. I have used them for years. I spent a week away only to see what my eyes look like when my mattress is not slightly elevated!
By Carroll from Richmond, VA
Getting rid of bags under your eyes in the morning is really simple. This tip has helped me when I look like a monster in the morning.
Put a spoon in the fridge overnight. Take it out in the morning and put it on your bags.
Yes, it really is that simple. This tip really works has helped me when I'm in a rush.
Tea bags, both black and green, are said to help revive tired eyes, as well as reduce dark circles, and puffiness. This page contains ideas about using tea bags to relieve tired eyes.
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I've been told that olive oil is a great facial moisturizer but I would also like to know if it can be used as an under eye serum as well? I have bags under my eyes and I don't want to make them even more noticeable by using a product that will aggravate the problem.
Witch hazel is an ingredient in many fancy eyecreams and will help keep down any swelling under the eyes - I put a dab on under my eye cream morning and night (green tea is also supposed to be good) - be careful about putting oils under the eye - over is ok - but you need something lighter under the eye....
Mega Soy Lecithin. You can get this real cheap at Puritan's Pride if you look up the term name, it will explain that it's good for bags under the eye. phosphatidylcholine GL
I just had to write you Cettina, to let you know that my father was born in Malta. Both of my sisters and my brother have had the opportunity to visit Malta; however, I haven't been as fortunate.
I know this has nothing to do with your question; however, I was elated to see your question, posted from Malta. Good luck to you!
Lecithin oil will be better for under your eyes.
However; as a photographer, when wanting to take out the puffy look under the eyes, we use Preparation H or other brand. It does not hurt the bags andc shrinks them instead.
Hey Nancy! Don't know where you are from but I assume that's its the U.S. You should come over and visit Malta. It's a place you either love or hate, but I'm very proud of my tiny beautiful island in the middle of the Med! Thanks to all of you for the feedback. I think the best one would be preparation H. It's something I've heard of and easily found on the island. A lot of American brand names are impossible to find here. Thanks to everyone for their help and advice.
OK I have used olive oil for wrinkles around my eyes and DON'T think it has gotten rid of my dark circles at ALL. I think I will use prep. h as I have hear it highly recommended.
Love this information: who knew? eyebags removed with something laying around the bathroom...easy, available, and instant; can't beat that.
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 Linda from Bloomington, IL from Bloomington, IL
On the Dr's show they said to use sliced white potato as you would cukes or tea bags, good luck.
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What's the best natural way to 'depuff' eye bags?
Rikku from Manila, Philippines
Tea bags (02/12/2008)
Cucumber slices and used, wet teabags (black tea). Place on eyes and rest for 15 minutes. Rinse your face to remove residue. Cornflower water is supposed to be good also. You can get this product from Caswell Massey (www.caswellmassey.com). I've been dealing with them for over 30 years. Their service is great. You should check out their site just for the fun of it, it's one of the prettiest! (02/12/2008)
By joan pecsek
Pat a small dab of hemorrhoid cream on area under eyes until it disappears, making sure not to get into eyes. Works wonders on shrinking the bags. (02/13/2008)
Dab with a cotton ball dipped in witch hazel. (02/13/2008)
Use Preparation H. I've used it for years! No joke, it really works and is quite safe. (02/14/2008)
Just wondering would it help wrinkles around the eyes too? Eye cream is so expensive. If it helps bags, then it may help my crows feet, any suggestions about that please? (02/14/2008)
This was on cnn.com just last week:
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)
Bags under the eyes are not fun at all. I have natural bags under my eyes but I also have trouble sleeping at night, making them look even worse! My mother told me to try cucumber slices over each eye. Not only did they lighten the bags, they also made my eyes feel more rested and less strained. (02/16/2008)
Another remedy is to put a tableware spoon in the freezer for 5 to 15 minutes (just enough to get it 'really' cold), then take it out of freezer - lie down and put on under-eye bags. It's supposed to shrink those bags almost immediately! I haven't tried this method yet, just remember reading about it a few years back.
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)
To reduce puffiness and dark areas under my eyes, I use the Galvanic Spa from Nu Skin Enterprises. It also helps tighten and tone my face and decrease lines and wrinkles. It works great in just 10 minutes a couple times a week. (03/06/2008)
I like to use the used tea bag treatment and put them in the fridge for just a little bit and then lie back and relax. I would also like to find a cheaper eye cream because even the cheap ones are not cheap. (03/20/2008)
By Mickelle Hollars
I second that. Used cold, tea bags all the way! (05/01/2008)
I vote for a dab of witch hazel under your eye cream! But if my eyes get hopelessly itchy and swollen from allergies, I use cold black tea compresses to calm them down. It's the only thing that works at that point. (05/23/2008)
By pam munro