Tuesday’s Tip – Natural Solutions to Get Rid of Under-Eye Bags, Dark Circles or Eye Puffiness

Have you ever looked in the mirror when you woke up and saw that your eyes were puffy, or you had dark circles or bags under them?  How did they get there?  What can you do to get rid of them?  There are many explanations for getting any one of these eye concerns.  Under-Eye Bags, if not a genetic reason there is fat under your eyes, it could be caused from aging. Your anatomical structure could cause your lymph from draining properly, the result, you have congestion. Allergies cause congestion, or it could be you have fluid retention, hormonal issues, lifestyle issues such as drinking too much alcohol, too much salt in your diet, or you’re not drinking enough water! These concerns are all culprits for under-eye bags.

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Dark Circles occur when a person has an increased pigmentation compartment under their eyes. The person could have a sensitivity of thin skin and the capillaries and veins under their eyes appears dark.  Dark Circles can also appear because of water retention, kidney problems, poor metabolism and sometimes even anemia.  If Dark Circles appear in the spring, it could be a result of pollen allergies.  The skin around our eyes is 4 X thinner than the other areas of our face.  The skin around our eyes undergoes rapid movement that we’re not even aware of, during the day we blink 15,000 times, which takes its toll on our eyes. Wind, sun, cold and dry air can also take their toll on our eye area.

Puffy eyes also can result from fluid retention, stress, aging, hormonal imbalances, allergies, crying (causes swelling from blood flow to the eyes), lack of sleep, and tearing from the eyes.

The Solutions below are all natural home remedies that can help with all three concerns.

Raw potatoes work for the three concerns because they contain a high enzyme content.  Keep the potato in the refrigerator overnight for optimal results.  Wash and cut the potato in slices, and put the slices on the eyes for 5 to 10 minutes.  Remove and rinse.

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Cucumbers are 95% water.  They cause the blood vessels to constrict to get rid of eye bags and puffiness. They have mild astringent properties. Make sure the slices are cold, and cover the bags under the eye!

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For puffy eyes and bags under eyes-keep on 15 minutes

Milk has lactic acid in it

Use milk as a cold compress.  Put it on  cotton that is large enough to cover the eye area.  Soak the cotton in cold milk. Squeeze the excess out and place cotton on the eyes for 20 minutes to 1/2 hour.  It works well for puffiness, sore eyes and dark circles.

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Green Tea Bags help with bags and puffiness   Soak Green Tea bags in warm water and keep in refrigerator for 10 minutes.  Place the bag on your eyes and relax for 20 minutes to 1/2 hour.  Rinse with cold water.  Green Tea or Chamomile tea are best to use.

Green Tea Bags are rich in antioxidants and tannin which reduce dark circles and give you a refreshed look.  Another way to use Green Tea Bags is to make a very strong pot of Hot Green Tea and pour into ice cube trays when cooled .  Place tray in freezer and turn green tea into ice cubes. When you need a green tea ice cube, take one out, wrap it in gauze really well, wrap the gauze around the ice cube a few times.  In the morning pat and gently press the cube to under eye, and above eye to bring down puffiness and under-eye bags.

Caffeine constricts the blood vessels and helps with puffiness and dark circles

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Coconut Oil and Vitamin E combined moisturizes , soothes, and tightens the delicate skin under the eyes.  By stimulating circulation, it helps remove toxins from the skin and reduces water retention to help provide relief from puffy eyes.  Break three Vitamin E Capsules and mix the liquid vitamin E with one ounce of coconut oil.  Using your ring finger to apply this serum, apply it twice a day around the eye area.

almond oil is excellent because it is rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals. and rejuvenates the skin under the eye

Mix Aloe Vera with Vitamin E

Mixing 2 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel with 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil and refrigerate will have anti-inflammatory properties and soothe your eyes.

Egg Whites are another remedy for bags and puffiness

Whisk egg whites to scramble and apply with a brush around the eye, let it dry, and you’ll feel a mild tension, but this is what you want!  Leave it on until totally dry, then rinse off with cold water.

cold spoons for under-eye bags,puffiness and dark circles

hold cold spoons under eyes

getting adequate sleep will also rest your eyes and eye muscles

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essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties mixed with sweet almond oil will reduce bags and puffiness

make your own essential oil eye serum

Make your own serum.  Mix 1/4 cup of Sweet Almond Oil with 5 drops of each of these essential oils – thyme, rose, frankincense, and eucalyptus.  Mix and refrigerate.

give yourself a lymph drainage massage, start with these two fingers, you will press and encourage the lymph to drain away to drainage area

Don’t press too hard, just do a light press and sweep away, because the lymph is only a few layers under the skin.

the arrows show where to sweep lymph away from your face to drain

you can use eye cream, almond or coconut oil first so you ARE NOT PULLING YOUR SKIN

PUSH GENTLY AND SWEEP THE LYMPH AWAY FROM YOUR EYES TO DRAIN THEM!

I hope this post helps anybody who has experiences any of these eye issues.  I don’t think any one of us can say they haven’t experiences a dark circle, puffy eye, bags under eye day before!  Next time you do, try one of these natural home remedies.  And please let me know which one you used and how well it helped!

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