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.
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.
Here’s what they said.
I always find cucumber from the fridge really helps brighten up tired eyes. Lianne www.anklebitersadventures.co.uk
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 www.mumsthenerd.co.uk
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 www.Twinderelmo.co.uk @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 www.Readyfreddiego.com @readyfreddiego
I use the Avon duo eye cream. Find it works really well (and not too expensive). Amy www.epsandamy.co.uk
Drinking water throughout the day really helps with this. It works wonders! Jennie www.ricecakesandraisins.com @RiceCakeRaisin
I find 10 minutes in a dark room will work wonders on tired eyes. In fact I may need that today! Vicki www.tippytupps.com
Apparently cooled used teabags for ten minutes can help reduce puffiness. Katie www.mummyinatutu.co.uk
Miracle Cream from Dirty Works – less than a tenner, cruelty free and it works. Debbie www.myboysclub.co.uk @myboysclub
Clinique eye serum and all about eyes cream has literally saved me from looking like a zombie on numerous occasions!! Sophie www.sophobsessed.com
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 www.themumconundrum.com @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 www.edinburghwithkids.com
Keep two teaspoons in the fridge! Such a blissful relief when you wake up with painful puffy eyes. Louise www.pinkpearbear.com
Concealer – it’s all I’ve got I’m afraid 😉 Erica www.theincidentalparent.com
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 www.blissfuldomestication.com
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 www.friendlyfirstfoods.co.uk
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 www.thegrowingmum.com
I used chilled aloe vera, either the cream version or sliced directly from the plant. It feels great, de-puffs and all natural! Nita www.mummywishes.com
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 www.lyliarose.com
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 www.emmareed.net
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 www.jadeslongjourney.co.uk
Liz Earle Eyebright! Brilliant and full of super natural ingredients. Georgina www.geegardner.co.uk
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 www.cupoftoast.co.uk
Perhaps not the most popular suggestion but drinking lots of water flushes out the toxins and can reduce puffiness. Carole www.virtuallyallsorts.com
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!
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