Welcome to my new series – Social Media Beauty Hacks, Real or Fake? The first post in this series will explore a DIY beauty hack commonly seen on the social media – How to Use Baking Soda to Reduce Bags Under Eyes. As you dear readers over 40 know, something begins to happen to your eyes as you get older. We all expect the wrinkles that begin to appear around the edges. But I had personally never thought about the possibility of getting bags under my eyes.
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Why I had never considered that I might get bags under my eyes, I have no idea. My grandpa had them, so they must run in my family. I simply never thought they would be a problem for me, a woman. And, I am truly dismayed that it appears they are here to stay.
I have read countless articles about how to get rid of bags under the eyes and I’ve tried all manner of really expensive creams and potions designed to minimize them. So, you can imagine my excitement (and obvious apprehension) when I started seeing pins on Pinterest about a DIY Beauty Hack for using baking soda to reduce bags under eyes.
I can admit with a certain amount of humor and without shame that I often do read those kinds of pins! No matter how ridiculous they seem, I can’t help myself. “How to Lose 40 Pounds in 30 Days!” – Yep, I clicked on that too.
Hence, the catalyst for this series – Social Media Beauty Hacks, Real or Fake? If it looks like it will, at the very least, do no harm, then I’ll give it a try and let you know how it goes.
Social Media Beauty Hack – How to Use Baking Soda to Reduce Bags Under Eyes Instantly!
Recipe for DIY Under Eye Bag Beauty Hack
- 2 Tablespoons Pure Coconut Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- Mix together well (mixture will be sort of hard rather than smooth)
How to Use DIY Under Eye Bag Beauty Hack
- Take half or more of the mixture and rub it in your hands. This should soften the coconut oil and make it smoother.
- Apply to the area under your eyes, being careful not to get the mixture into your eyes.
- Allow mixture to rest on face for 10 minutes.
- Wash your face thoroughly.
It worked!! This Social Media Beauty Hack is real not fake! I was actually quite surprised by the results. The bags under my eyes were reduced by at least 50% (obviously, that’s not a scientific measure of 50%, just my own best guess). The mixture also smelled nice and, since I rubbed it in my hands, it also had a softening affect on my hands. The baking soda mildly exfoliates, which was another added benefit. There is one caveat, the baking soda is slightly drying to your skin. So, be prepared to moisturize your eye area well after using this DIY under-eye bag solution. I don’t think I will do this daily, since it might be a little too harsh. But this DIY under eye bag solution works very well in a pinch! Who knew?!
What the Experts Say
Since I am by no means a dermatologist, I thought I’d share information I found from professionals on the Web. I encourage you to play it safe and read a little of this before trying anything that normally lives in your pantry on your skin. Better yet, consider talking to your doctor!
Here is a great article on Buzzfeed. The writer talked to a variety of dermatologists about 15 DIY Face Masks frequently seen on Pinterest. While the DIY Beauty Hack in this post is not included in the list, there are some positive comments from derms about the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial affects of baking soda on the skin.
Here is a Healthline article about the effectiveness of baking soda for treating acne. Again, while this is not directly about the DIY Beauty Hack in the Post, there is some helpful and interesting information about baking soda included. In short, the article suggests that baking soda changes the pH level of your skin, which could be problematic in some cases.
Like Natural Hand-made Beauty Products?
If you like natural hand-made beauty products, I have noticed that there are many shops on Etsy that specialize in them. I’ve even ordered a few myself. Head on over to Etsy and check it out. You’ll be glad you did!
Best Beauty Products for Eye Bags
If traditional beauty products are more your speed, here are some of the best beauty products for eye bags.
Clinique All About Eyes
Clinique All About Eyes is appropriate for all skin types. If you’re a fan of the Clinique brand (yes, please!), you’ll love this product.
Make tired eyes look more awake! Bye Bye Under Eye Cream is intensely hydrating, quick-absorbing eye cream is designed to smooth the look of fine lines & wrinkles, and soothe puffy eyes.
I love the IT Cosmetics “Confidence in a Jar” series! Confidence in an Eye Cream features the same hydrating, firming and wrinkle-smoothing benefits as their #1 anti-aging moisturizer—plus it’s your best eye cream for dark circles! Give this one a try. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do.
Plexaderm Rapid Reduction Eye Serum harnesses the power of silicate minerals derived from shale clay to create a temporary tightening layer on your skin that lifts, tightens and smooths the skin for a more youthful appearance. The results are extraordinary with under-eye bags, dark circles, wrinkles, crow’s feet and other signs of aging visibly reduces in minutes. Let us know how you liked this one in the comments below!
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