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10 Amazing Home Remedies For Under Eye Bags That You Can Find In Your Kitchen

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Holidays are fast approaching. Yippee! Although we all love the warm greetings, celebrations and catching up during this time of the year, what we'd avoid, though, is waking up with huge eye bags and looking dead tired as ever.

I have those (not too happy with it) but thankfully, they are "still" manageable with a little help from my go-to resources (hello, concealers). I guess this mommy thing and aging (ahem!) going on had made it evolving and stubborn; and with all the late night work (I work efficiently on this blog when kids are asleep) and life events, eye bags are definitely inevitable.

What are the causes of eye bags?

Well, it's normal waking up in the morning with tired eyes. But the under eye bags or puffiness are usually caused by lack of sleep, allergies, excess salt intake, alcohol, smoking and certain medical conditions like kidney and thyroid diseases, to name a few. Generally, the skin tissues surrounding the eyes weaken and sag, causing the fluid to accumulate under the eyes and create a puffy appearance.

How to get rid of eye bags?

These remedies that I'll be mentioning can't totally get rid of eye bags but can somehow MINIMIZE it. Wha-What?

YEP. The puffy and sagging appearance of under eye bags are only correctable through a surgery called Blepharoplasty (What.A.Name.) wherein these fat pads are surgically removed. But we can't resort to any kind of surgeries for now, right? There's too much going on within the"Budget Ministry"; and the last thing you'd ever want to propose there is a huge chunk of money for eye bags surgery while in the middle of the holiday season where monies are mostly spent for gift-givings and the likes.

Don't worry, there are tons of options for you out there in your KITCHEN to lessen those puffy eye bags. Brace yourself!

1. Water

Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to flush toxins out of the body. Avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages which can cause dehydration. Lessen your salt intake, as well, to reduce water retention in the body which causes the swelling appearance.

2. Tea Bags

Aside from the health benefits you get when you drink it, tea bags can also soothe puffy eyes and even relieve redness and inflammation. Just put two used tea bags in the fridge for 30 minutes and place the cooled tea bags over your eyes for about 15 minutes. In case you didn't know, there are actually tons of ways to reuse tea bags and amazingly benefit from it.

3. Cucumbers

Cucumbers contain enzymes and  astringent properties that help reduce inflammation and tightens the skin. Chill thick cucumber slices in the fridge for 10 minutes and place them on your eyelids for about 10 minutes or until they become warm. That cooling effect is phenomenal!

4. Cold Spoon

Yes, it does wonders! Grab 5-6 metal spoons from your kitchen and chill them in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. Place the rounded side of the spoon against your eyes for a few minutes until it becomes warm. Replace it then with another cold spoon from the fridge.

5. Potatoes

The starch present in potatoes has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce under eye bags. Peel, wash and dry a medium-sized potato. Grate it and place all the potato shavings on a clean cloth and tie it up. Then place this cloth over your eyelids and leave them for several minutes. Works more or less like cucumbers, huh?

6. Egg Whites

This beauty regimen have made lots of women happy. Grab two eggs from your pantry, crack it and put only the whites in a bowl. Then, whip it thoroughly until you achieve a stiff consistency. You may add a few drops of witch hazel (known for its skin-tightening properties) and brush off the mixture under your eyes and let it dry. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse.

7. Cold Water

Rinse your face for a few times throughout the day with ice-cold water which helps constrict the blood vessels and lessen swelling. Or you can try my method. Fill a small plastic bag with ice and wrap it in a clean cloth. And place it over your eyes for few minutes.

8. Strawberries

These yummy pretty looking fruits contain alpha hydroxy acid which can help make skin look young and feel smooth. It also helps minimize those eye bags. Chill those strawberries in the fridge  for 30 minutes, remove the tops and slice them all in thick pieces. Lie over and place the chilled strawberry slices on your eye bags for several minutes.

9. Aloe Vera

Yeah, it's not just good for the hair bu it also minimizes those stubborn eye bags. The anti-oxidants and vitamin E present in it reduce puffiness and also keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay. Just apply the aloe vera gel around your eyes to improve blood circulation and flush out fluids which cause the swelling.

10. Salt Water

Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a bowl filled with 4 cups of hot water. Soak cotton balls or wool eye pads and place them over your eyelids for a few minutes. Repeat the same process for 15-20 minutes. And make sure that that water is not too hot when soaking cotton balls.

What are the ways that we can prevent from having under eye bags?

If there's any way that we can prevent getting those eye bags, the better, especially if you'll be attending a family holiday gathering plus all the photo snapping going on. You don't want to wear those baggies proud and loud on Facebook and Instagram, right?

Here are the ways that you need to keep in mind to prevent those eye bags from showing up especially on big days.

1. Take care of your allergies. Keep a handy kit with small vials of essential oils for allergies just in case it would sneak up when you least expect it.

2. Avoid high salty food like pizza (oh no!) and soups. Instead, opt in for fresh fruits and vegetables like celery.

3. Exercise. Heard of yoga for the face? Google it and try doing those to exercise your facial muscles.

4. Try sleeping on your back since it prevents gravity from causing the fluid to build up around the eyes. And oh, get moooore sleep!

5. Remove your make-up before going to bed. Leaving them on can irritate your eyes, causing them to water and get puffy.

6. Limit your alcohol intake or if you can, eliminate it for good.  Alcohol dehydrates our body which is the primary cause of eye bags and it can cause bloodshot and tired-looking eyes, too.

7. Lead a smoking-free life. Cigarettes dry out your skin and weaken the skin on your face while causing premature aging around the eyes. And they're toxic, too, which causes irritation around the eyes leading to dark circles or eye bags.

8. Start using eye creams to keep the skin around your eyes hydrated.

Don't let those baggies destroy your holiday season. And hey mommies, don't be too hard on yourself. Don't over think or over plan for all the great things coming about this season. It's also good to pause for a while and just feel the cold breeze.

Do you have other remedies or tips to add to this list? Then leave us with your thoughts down below. Would appreciate hearing from you. :)


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  1. I do the cold spoon trick all the time!! It's a lifesaver!

    1. It is one of my top picks. Thanks for dropping by! :)

    2. Spoon tricks do really works...you may also try Hot Spoon for pimples and mosquito bites...

  2. wow thanks for sharing this post. I really do need to try some of these remedies. Sometimes I forget that they are simple ingridients i can find in my own kitchen!

    1. Yup...Sometimes we tend to ignore simple things, yet so significant...

  3. I love using cold spoons! my allergies kill me so I'm always puffy!