Last week we talked about dark under eye circles. This week I’m tackling under eye bags. Many of us, myself included have under eye bags. There are many causes for under eye bags but luckily there are also several natural remedies. One of which is a simple DIY I’ll share in this post that can be applied as often as needed to help drain and minimize under eye puffiness!
Causes of Under Eye Bags:
- Allergies/Sinus Infections
- Lack of sleep
- Too much sleep
- Fluid retention due to too much salt
- Fluid retention due to hormones
- Fluid retention due to weather changes
- Aging=Loss of elasticity
Simple, Natural Remedies:
- Consume food rich in vitamins A, C and E
- Sleep on 2 pillows while sleeping
- Use ice or cold spoons to reduce swelling
- Place cucumber slices over eyes
- Place potato slices over eyes
- Apply tea bags (with caffeine) over eyes
- Apply Aloe Vera-It contains B1, B3, B6, C vitamins and 18 amino acids!
- Apply pressure with your fingertips to the puffy area to encourage drainage
- Reduce Salt In-take (unless it’s Pink Himalayan salt!)
- Go to bed early!
- Drink more water to encourage the release of water retention
- Avoid Alcohol-Hello dehydration!
It’s extremely helpful and important to address the cause of your puffy eyes. I created this DIY in order to make de-puffing a bit easier. I personally always keep in mind that in the AM I need to wash my face with cold water. I also am constantly drinking more water as well as getting at least 8 hours of sleep. Some things I don’t do are slicing cucumbers or potatoes in order to reap their anti-inflammatory benefits simply because I don’t have the time. When I came across a cucumber hydrosol I got really excited! I also keep reading over and over how beneficial witch hazel (also known as “astringent” which means tightening!) is for the under eye area. And-there is actually such a thing as cucumber witch hazel!!! I didn’t have it at the time of the below pic. but my next batch will have cucumber witch hazel rather then rose. I add a bit of glycerin in order to create a slip so that the roller bottle will work. Cypress essential oil is crazy good for tightening the skin. That’s why I add it to most of my recipes! Chamomile is gentle and a powerful anti inflammatory and Frankincense has a tightening effect on skin. All 3 work to help drain the under eye area.
This DIY is intended to be used mainly in the morning. For an added boost, you can keep it in the fridge to also get the benefits cold has on swollen eyes! If allergies are raging-I’ll be carrying this in my bag for all day use!
This recipe is one you’re going to have to eye ball. It doesn’t matter what size roll-on you get, it’s more about proportions. I created this handy pic below to show the proportions of each ingredient however, I will tell you, my roll-on bottle is 8.5 ml and I did add a specific amount of essential oils.
Find Glycerin HERE.
Find Cucumber Hydrosol HERE.
I urge you to use quality ingredients when making a serum. The better quality ingredients equals better results! I linked everything I personally used for this DIY.
You’re going to need to shake your roll-on each time you use it. The glycerin tends to separate as do the essential oils. If you’re wondering about a preservative, don’t worry. The hydrosol, glycerin and witch hazel all have their own preservatives and the essential oils help to further ward off bacteria or mold.
This is a really easy DIY and has proven super helpful for me and I’m thinking it’s just in time for spring allergies! I end up looking like the elephant man in the spring due to sinus issues so this is going to help!! If you have any tips you use to de-puff your eyes, leave it in the comments-I’d love the hear!