How To: Get Rid Of Undereye Bags

March 26, 2006

Here are a couple of ways to reduce your excess baggage without going under the knife:

*Put something cold over your eyes. Ice, cold compresses, tea bags or even a cold spoon all work great.

* Put two slices of potatoes, one over each eye for 10-15 minutes.

* Use the right kind of makeup. To make bags look less visible, first use concealer to camouflage your undereye circles. Then apply a lighter concealer or a highlighting powder right below your bags. This will create the illusion that the area right under your bags is jutting out and in turn makes your bags appear less prominent.

* Use an eye cream with caffeine. Try MAC’s Fast Response Eye Cream – it really works!

* Cut down on salt and alcohol.

* Although this sounds gross but Preparation H have been used by makeup artists on models forever. The yeast extract and shark oil that it contains are thought to be the active ingredients for reducing puffiness.

* Treat allergies if you have them.


  • Reply Anonymous June 17, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    hi! I’m considering using Preparation H for my eyebags. I’ve had them all my life (even looking back at baby pictures) and I’m guess they’re genetics, since I get plenty of sleep and have a really healthy diet. Which type/brand of Prep.H should I use? Thanks!

  • Reply Anonymous June 17, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    Hi! I’m considering using Preparation H. I’ve had eyebags and dark undereye circles my whole life (looking back at baby/kid pictures) so I’m guessing they’re genetics. I even get plenty of sleep and have a really healthy diet. Even concealer doesn’t work, and I’ve tried tons! I was wondering which brand/type of Prep.H should I use? Thanks!

  • Reply Phyllis June 17, 2006 at 10:16 pm

    I believe Preparation H is the brand itself but they do make several hemorrhoids in different formulae. There’s gel, cream, ointment and wipes. The ointment is the only one that contains shark liver oil which is good for bags. However, the new version we have in the US also contains phenylephrine, a vasoconstrictor. It still works but may be damaging to your skin. You might want to try looking for the old version in Canada.

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