Mum Eye Bags And How To Get Rid Of Them

January 15, 2018


Do you ever wake up in the morning, look in the mirror. And wonder who on earth is looking back at you all bleary eyed and haystack haired? Yup. I’m exactly the same. Except the other morning when I looked in the mirror it was more like ‘blinking heck, what are those weird things on my face!?’ I rubbed them. As you do. Wondering to myself if it was smudged mascara, a slick of sneaky black felt tipped pen, or ermm even dust (over reaching now?). Nope. It wouldn’t budge. In fact, it somehow made it worse. The slick of shiny dark rainbows bejewelling my under eyes in the worst possible way now hung on a cloud of extra puffy eye bag skin. Clearly here to stay and in no hurry to move.

Sh*t. I have crazy mum eye bags.


Mum eye bags



Sneaky Little Blobs

The thing with mum (and dad) eye bags is they have a habit of sneaking up on you. We all get them as parents from time to time in varying shades. At first they are a surprise. But then, well… after a million nights of no sleep you sort of get used to them. A dusky light grey perhaps that can be easily covered with a bit of makeup. Add on a few more zillion sleepless nights, throw in parenting, a sprinkle of full time work, oh and a hobby? There’s nothing like a bit of ‘me time’ snatched between the little ones bedtime and your own. And there you have it, that thing that will tip you over the edge and into the land of blobby eye bags.


Apparently there is a way to get rid of the little suckers. So, I did what any eye bag laden mum would do, I sent an urgent eye bag SOS out and stacks of mums got back to me with some ideas on how to make them disappear. Result.



A Little Help Please?   

Here’s what they said.


I always find cucumber from the fridge really helps brighten up tired eyes. Lianne


There’s a pretty good eye cream from Aldi of all places, it’s the Lacura Vitacell. To hide my tired mum eyes, I use Benefit Lemon Aid to brighten and a touch of concealer. Katrina


L’Oréal Advanced Revitalift Eye Cream is a life saver! Got me through twin newborn days when my eyes were stinging from being so tired. Benefit boing is great make up for covering up eye bags too – you’ll just get through loads of it!! Beth @twinderelmo


Hemorrhoid cream – it helps reduce the puffiness and dark circles much how it works on the old piles! Sounds completely barmy I know but it does help! Emma @readyfreddiego


I use the Avon duo eye cream. Find it works really well (and not too expensive). Amy


Drinking water throughout the day really helps with this. It works wonders! Jennie  @RiceCakeRaisin


I find 10 minutes in a dark room will work wonders on tired eyes. In fact I may need that today! Vicki


Apparently cooled used teabags for ten minutes can help reduce puffiness. Katie


Miracle Cream from Dirty Works – less than a tenner, cruelty free and it works. Debbie @myboysclub


Clinique eye serum and all about eyes cream has literally saved me from looking like a zombie on numerous occasions!! Sophie


Piles cream!! Stuff like Prep H that comes in gel form can be used on sensitive skin and goes on clear so it can’t be seen. It’s an anti-inflammatory so it smooths tired crumpled eyes and eye bags. Not very glamorous but it’s really effective and it works a treat! Kate  @TheMumConundrum


Khiels! They’re Avocado Eye Cream does wonders and feels amazing too. Just need a tiny amount so the stuff lasts for ages too. Laura


Keep two teaspoons in the fridge! Such a blissful relief when you wake up with painful puffy eyes. Louise


Concealer – it’s all I’ve got I’m afraid 😉 Erica


My number one beauty product for reducing fine lines and wrinkles and puffy under eyes is coconut oil. I’ve been using it for over 4 years, saved a fortune on lotions and potions and my skin has never looked better! Kerry


A good filter seems to be only thing that can help mine at the moment! Not helpful I know but it does the job for pictures! Kayley


I use foundation under my eyes (the same one I used for my face because I can’t handle multiple products). I also find that using mascara as well brightens up my eyes and draws attention from underneath (mascara on my lashes not under my eyes hahaha). Victoria


I used chilled aloe vera, either the cream version or sliced directly from the plant. It feels great, de-puffs and all natural! Nita


Unfortunately I find quality sleep is the best thing for mine, but that’s pretty impossible with two littles and having a good couple of years or more of sleep to catch up on! I read something interesting the other day about how not getting enough sleep causes the bags and circles under eyes because the blood vessels under the eyes dilate without enough shut eye. Now I just need to find more time to sleep! Victoria


Plenty of sleep (if you can get it), staying hydrated and reducing caffeine all helps with the appearance of bags. If that isn’t possible as a parent- which it probably isn’t!- using a cool eye gel will reduce the puffiness and then add concealer to hide the circles. Emma


I used to work for Temple Spa and they have a small eye cream (windows of the soul) and it’s amazing. I still have it all. Jade


Liz Earle Eyebright! Brilliant and full of super natural ingredients. Georgina


I find that drinking plenty of water makes a difference to mine. It’s normally a 24 hour later thing though, so if you know you’re in for a long night drink lots of water at that point to reduce the bags the following day. Jo


Perhaps not the most popular suggestion but drinking lots of water flushes out the toxins and can reduce puffiness. Carole



Mum Eye Bag Update

So, I’ve drunk lots of water and tried an eye cream. Yes, it was a cheap one, but I thought I better start somewhere. And has it worked yet? Well… this morning Little Button gazed lovingly into my eyes, stroked my face and said ‘mummy, when I grow up, will I have purple eyes like you’. Ermm… I sincerely hope not!


Mum eye bags


Leave your top tips in the comments!



40 responses to “Mum Eye Bags And How To Get Rid Of Them”

  1. ahhh eye bags! One of the many joys of sleep deprivation. I hope you find something that works soon. But if not at least you know we’re all suffering together #dreamteam

  2. I find when I am resting placing cucumber on my eyes really helps to relief some redness that I get around my eyes when I am tired X #dreamteam

  3. I have permanent mum eye bags for sure – I have concealer but I’m under no illusion that it’s actually hiding anything! #dreamteam

  4. Very very useful! I could do with some help with my eyes this morning ! Thanks for sharing all the advice you were given. #dreamteam

  5. I use a good eye cream but apparently cold slices of cucumber also works wonders for puffy eye bags.#Dreamteam

  6. Moonsomnia says:

    Hahaha I totally love this! I am only now starting to notice my crazy mum eye bags which this morning appear an unnerving shade of yellow :/ Although, purple is fun too. Fortunately I wear glasses which goes a little way to hiding the bags instead of trying the remedies to get rid of them… Trying my best to embrace them! Lol #DreamTeam

  7. Yep, can relate. My sleeping pattern has never been the same since we had our kids, now 12 and 14. I am a huge advocate of drinking lots of water. Maybe it’s coincidence but since I have upped my intake I feel better, more energised. My indulgence is I only drink bottled water, never tap. The kids and my missus slag me, saying all water tastes the same, but I disagree!

  8. Haha! I don’t have a cure for mine I’m afraid, although I have an aloe vera plant in dire need of controlling so maybe I’ll try some gel. Hadn’t thought to put it on my eyes!

  9. I got to agree light reflecting eye concealer is the way forward for instant results! #DreamTeam

  10. Ross says:

    Just embrace them, nothing wrong with bags under the eyes, they’re just marks of how hard you work!

  11. I have no tips (as evidenced by my face) but am on my way to Also for that magic cream!

  12. Wendy says:

    So many great tips here, I get awful eye bags when the baby has had me up in the night, sometimes I look like I have a black eye they are so bad. I usually just coat in concealer but definitely going to invest in an eye cream I think xx #dreamteam

  13. I don’t have any tips unfortunately, but I have heard about the Hemorrhoid cream one. Not sure I would admit to using it though….. #DreamTeam

  14. Chloe says:

    I loved reading this I need all the help I can get to get rid of my bags. I need to try cucumber for me a good nights sleep and drinking a quantity of water helps a little #DreamTeam

  15. Some days I have purple circles — I look like a cartoon racoon! I’ve always wanted to try the teabag trick, but I only ever drink loose leaf tea! 😀

  16. Sarah says:

    Ha! Kids honesty can hurt sometimes. Some days I don’t recognise the person staring back at me in the mirror. The wrinkles I see have crept up on me, I still feel like I’m 20 in my head but my reflection says different… I’m giving an Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum ago at the moment… I’m not sure what it’s doing but feels nice. #DreamTeam

  17. I usually just lay down with an ice pack on my face for a few minutes. That, and making sure I drink plenty of water seems to keep the eye bags from being too big of a problem.

  18. HAHAHA, kids say the darndest things! I’ve heard piles cream and teabags are to be good. Been meaning to try some myself. Looks like there’s a lot of options!

  19. Nita says:

    Thanks for including my tips! I learned so much from this post alone! I didn’t know there were so many ways to get rid of eye bags. However, even if these tricks don’t get rid of it, I know I will at least feel pampered! Thanks for sharing. #DreamTeam

  20. Sophie says:

    I think eye bags are the curse if the parent! They get worse if that’s any help! #dreamteam

  21. Kate says:

    Got to love how our online friends have replaced the woman over the garden gate of yesteryear. Last paragraph made me smile. #DreamTeam linky

  22. Thank goodness it’s not just me! I’ll have to try some of these tips! Thank you! #dreamteam

  23. I’ve been using some dermalogica cream which has helped a bit, but just more sleep would be good!! #dreamteam

  24. mama syder says:

    omg, I so need this post right now. I was literally just looking at my black eyes from night feeds. Great post, Thank you x

  25. Chloe Wood says:

    Fab post – I think I need to do all of the above, repeatedly! #DreamTeam

  26. Sumra Hassan says:

    All i can say is, a hearty welcome to life as a parent, when a new parent has those same bags. It’s kind of an initiation process isn’t it. Lol. These are awesome tips though. #dreamteam

  27. Heather Keet says:

    I don’t have bags…yet. I’m bookmarking this just in case though! #DreamTeam

  28. I quite like my eye bags. It’s always useful to have somewhere to keep car keys and loose change! Seriously though I’ve tried the Temple Spa eye serum that is mentioned here and it is beautiful! Brilliant post Annette. Puffy eyes and parenthood go hand in hand! xx #DreamTeam

  29. Helena says:

    Oh dear. That’s children for you. #DreamTeam

  30. Eye bags are the worst!! I’ve been told cucumbers and avocados (seperately) are the best i’ve heard to reduce them! #dreamteam

  31. I love the meme that has the glitter under their eyes as a way of covering bags. I don’t think there is a way for me, it’s hereditary,


  32. Oh I need this post tonight after a week of everyone having sniffles and coughs including me!! So not much sleep going on #DreamTeam

  33. Mrs Lighty says:

    Hello lovely, only me popping back from #DreamTeam! You look fine to me! I definitely need to give some of these a go though!! xxx

  34. Laura Dove says:

    I am literally going to go through every single one of these and try them. haha! My eye bags are out of control! #dreamteam

  35. I needed this post! I’m going to try the coconut oil tip. Hope there’s still salvation for my skin! #Dreamteam

  36. If any one of these remedies really do work, I will stand on a table and dance a jig! Video it, and share with all! TY #dreamteam

  37. I think us dads may need some tips ike these.. I often wander who that grey haired, bleary eyed person who is looking back at me (though I could say some joke about it not being me but my wife doesn’t hav grey hairs yet). Think we need some men tips on this – my current is drink coffee. 🙂

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