Under-eye bags are one of the most shocking things you can wake up to in the morning, especially if you’ve never had them before. I’m a chronic sufferer of dark circles but I’ve never had the area beneath my eyes puff up. To my horror, this is exactly what happened to me last week but luckily I know just what to do about getting rid of them.
In this tutorial I show you just what to do when you wake up, look in the mirror and find yourself with puffy eyes. In the spirit of the occasion, I did this tutorial as soon as I woke up, so forgive me for the make-up free face, groomed brows and exhausted facial expressions.
Step 1: Address the situation
Take a good look at your skin and check there is nothing concerning that could have caused your eye to swell. Is there bruising? Is it sore to touch (more than slightly tender)? Are there any blood spots in your eye or broken skin? If you answered no to all of those it’s fine to go ahead and treat yourself.
Puffy under-eye bags are a build-up of fluid beneath the skin. It can be cause by many things but the most common are lack of sleep, sleeping position (side and stomach sleepers are more likely to have puffy eyes), allergies, a sinus infection and even sleeping in your eye makeup!
Step 2: Make a cuppa
The cheapest and quickest way to reduce puffiness is to apply something cooling to the eye area. A great household product is used teabags. Simply make yourself a cup of tea and then pop the use tea bag in the fridge to chill. It will only take a couple of minutes.
Hold the tea bag on the puffy eye for 5-10 minutes. It’s best if you can lie-back while they work and if possible, use a chamomile or peppermint tea to get the added soothing benefits. Black tea works fine but put a tissue or paper towel over your skin before you place the teabag and rinse the area with water afterwards to avoid staining.
Don’t have tea? Fresh slices of cucumber are also great for reducing puffy eyes or you can use specially-designed eye cooling pads.
Step 3: Apply eye cream
Hydration is vital to keeping the under-eye bags from popping back up so apply an eye cream that treats puffiness. I especially like to use ones with a roller-ball or metal applicator tip because the cooling effect feels amazing and the massaging effect helps distribute the build-up of water.
This should significantly reduce the visible signs of puffiness but if your skin shows some discolouration from all that attention (like mine is doing) just pop some concealer on before you apply your makeup.
Do you get puffy eyes? What do you do to avoid under-eye bags? Let me know by commenting below!