According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Sleep is how our body rebuilds and renews, but for an increasing number of people plagued by insomnia, lack of it also affects the ability to relax and how we look on a day-to-day basis. Enough eye bags can lead to actual emotional baggage—you're already feeling out of sorts, and then once they start attracting attention (even if it's only your mother asking "Are you OK?" one too many times), it's game over.
Sometimes I think trying something new and shifting your thinking can be all that's needed to break a pattern if it hasn't become chronic. A few tricks that have stood me in good stead have been to splash my face with cold water because sometimes just splashing your face with cold water helps get rid of them. I also have been known to chill a spoon in the refrigerator for five minutes, get it out, lie down, and gently place it under my eyes—very, very effective.
Whatever the cause, you can treat and get rid of under-eye bags or at least reduce their appearance using simple home remedies!
Here's my four-step plan to sleep and wake up better:
Why don't you concoct this Sleep Oil tonight to induce sweet dreams and in turn bring serenity to the hours of the day you spend awake.
- 2 drops rose oil
- 1 drop jasmine oil
- 1 drop chamomile oil
How-to: Blend into a tablespoon of base oil—could be whatever takes your fancy such as grapeseed, coconut, or almond oil. Before bed, rub a few drops behind ears and out over your jawline, then put the remainder on wrists and soles of feet for a mind- and muscle-calming combination that promotes natural melatonin release. Zzzzzz.
Getting to grips with manual lymphatic drainage techniques like the ones here will stand you in good stead. Why? Because a facial massage drains toxins and excess fluid, and you gain the ability to treat ailments as far away as your toes while bringing your body into balance.
How-to: Try cypress oil—its vaso-constricting properties help reduce swollen vessels, and its anti-edema properties help drive out fluid retention. Cypress blends really well with shea butter, so place a drop of the oil in ½ teaspoon of shea butter and apply on those pesky under-eye bags.
De-puffing DIY tea bags
Tea bags. When it comes to puffy eyes or under-eye bags, applying tea bags are a brilliant remedy. Brew a hot mug of chamomile/green/black tea and place the soaked tea bags under each eye. Don't forget to sip up the tea as well, which will help drain out excess fluid in the body.
How-to: Fennel essential oil is brilliant at reducing puffiness under the eyes. Steep some chamomile tea bags and add in 2 drops of fennel oil to the mixture. Let seep for a few minutes and then gently apply this on your under-eye bags when you wake up in the morning—it works a jiffy at reducing day-old computer-screen-tired eyes.
Painting your lips red
After a big night out, the morning after is never going to be as much fun as the night before. In the harsh light of day, with only those long dark hours looming ahead of you, you're in need of some more cheer, festive or not. So, how to survive so the party continues right on into the New Year? Painting your lips red! I love a true red because the cooler tones in it don't compromise brightness. It makes the rest of my face—and my teeth!—look really bright to the point where I don't need any other makeup. Not even mascara (told you, total distraction).
How-to: Holistic aesthetician Britta Plug turned me on to the amazing Hawaiian brand Mahalo and their statement red lip tint infused with wild rose petals—I literally think I'm on the Islands over time as I wear this. Apply often and liberally. The perfect tired-eye diversion!