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    Eye cream for eye puffiness/bags?

    I'm trying to find a good eye cream to relieve the chronic puffy eyes and slight eye bags I have. I think mine are caused by a combination of heredity, stress, and possibly mild allergic or sinus problems. There are so many products out there and I'm not sure if any of them work!

    Do any of you have positive experiences with a particular eye cream or gel that works?

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    Have you tried tea bags or cucumbers?

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    I rolled my eyes when my friend tried to sell me some Mary Kay, but I tried it and I particularly like these 2 for puffiness/bags. I can get you a link to her site if you are interested (she's on the MD Eastern Shore).

    http://www.marykay.com/skincare/lipe...7/default.aspx
    http://www.marykay.com/skincare/lipe...8/default.aspx
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    If part of the problem is allergies/sinus, treat the underlying issue, and you may find some relief re: the bags and etc.
    Use Yah Blinkah!

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    I have awful allergies so I use Flonase & Zyrtec. But my skin is ultra sensitive too. Tea bags give me welts and a rash. Cucumbers feel good but don't do much in the long run. In fact, it is rare that I find anything I can put on my eyes that doesn't give me welts
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    I've heard of people using Preparation H.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    I've heard of people using Preparation H.
    1) doesn't actually work, and
    2) is dangerous. Getting that stuff in the eye is bad news.
    Use Yah Blinkah!

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    Estee Lauder's Re-Nutriv works for me. It's almost like magic. I don't like investing in expensive cosmetics or skin treatments unless I have used a sample and know it will work for me. Besides, this stuff is like a 2 times a year investment if you use it sparingly. But when the lady at the cosmetic counter said "here, dab this beneath your eye" and I did....within seconds the puffiness was totally gone! It took off 10 years in 30 seconds. So heck yeah-I ponied up for it and have never regretted it since. I've used it a couple of years now.

    Of course-everyone's skin is different, and different things work for different people. This works for me.

    Now, somebody tell me how to get this huge freckle/age spot off my cheek! It's right under my eye. I've managed to lighten it a lot with Rite Aid products, but it isn't going away completely. Getting old is hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    I have awful allergies so I use Flonase & Zyrtec. But my skin is ultra sensitive too. Tea bags give me welts and a rash. Cucumbers feel good but don't do much in the long run. In fact, it is rare that I find anything I can put on my eyes that doesn't give me welts
    You've got the antihistimine in the Zyrtec, so that's good.

    If the bags are caused by fluid, then you can use a cool washcloth instead of a tea bag. Put the cool cloth against the eye area, and press lightly for a few minutes. You could also try to sleep with your head elevated by an extra pillow, or by propping up your mattress. This can help keep fluid from collecting there. And make sure you get enough sleep - lack of sleep can contribute.

    But if it's hereditary, there's little you can truly do other than surgery, although I've heard that phosphatidylcholine injections can also work. And yes, I had to look up the spelling on that one.
    Last edited by GarrAarghHrumph; 08-05-2010 at 01:05 AM.
    Use Yah Blinkah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrAarghHrumph View Post

    If the bags are caused by fluid, then you can use a cool washcloth instead of a tea bag. Put the cool cloth against the eye area, and press lightly for a few minutes. You could also try to sleep with your head elevated by an extra pillow, or by propping up your mattress. This can help keep fluid from collecting there. And make sure you get enough sleep - lack of sleep can contribute.
    You can also put a spoon in the freezer. Press lightly the convex part against the puffed area (after the spoon is cold, of course). Puts everything in place rather quickly. I prefer that to the gel masks.

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    I have had horrible allergies for years and my eyes bear the brunt. Last fall I got a sample of the Josie Maran argan oil from Sephora and it has been the best thing for my eyes. Honestly, I have tried EVERYTHING and now I won't let that little miracle vial out of my sight. It really soothes the skin and my eyes look less puffy and irritated. Unfortunately it costs a bloody fortune but a small drop goes a long way.

    For under eye bags, I love Skyn Icelandic relief eye cream.

    I also love OTC Zatador eye drops for itchiness and redness.

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    I'm convinced my eye puffiness is genetic and I'm pretty much stuck with it. However, tea bags (black tea) have been helpful to me in the past.
    "Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrAarghHrumph View Post
    1) doesn't actually work, and
    2) is dangerous. Getting that stuff in the eye is bad news.
    Um...getting any type of eye cream in your eye is bad news. It's not exclusive to PH.

    I haven't heard anything about PH not working though. If mean its purpose is to reduce the swelling of the tissue around your anal area, so I'd imagine it would have similar effect with the tissue around the eyes area (be careful of course not to get too close to the actual eyes).

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    For what it's worth, I've tried PH and it didn't do squat for me. Although maybe my eye puffiness is too severe.
    "Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holley Calmes View Post
    Estee Lauder's Re-Nutriv works for me. It's almost like magic. I don't like investing in expensive cosmetics or skin treatments unless I have used a sample and know it will work for me. Besides, this stuff is like a 2 times a year investment if you use it sparingly.
    Agree with this - it's a good idea to invest in a really good eye cream (and moisturizer) for once a week use, and as Holley says, the really good products do go a long way.

    For everyday use, I recommend Clinique's All About Eyes line. You can choose a light gel for day, and a heavier version for night. They also have a product that goes on over makeup, so you can touch up during the day if you feel you need it - I always bring it with me on planes for example, and it's great at skating events where the cold air can dry you out. Their new roller ball pen is really effective too.

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    Freckles / Age Spots

    Quote Originally Posted by Holley Calmes View Post
    Now, somebody tell me how to get this huge freckle/age spot off my cheek! It's right under my eye. I've managed to lighten it a lot with Rite Aid products, but it isn't going away completely. Getting old is hell.

    My sister got a laser treatment on her age spots. It worked really well. I'm thinking about trying it. It was $75.00 for selected areas, or $150.00 for whole face.
    I suddenly find myself older than I ever intended to be--Roxy Hart in "Chicago"

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    I have this. It's quite expensive but it works. I usually put it on before going to bed. In the worst case you can put it on in the morning as well.
    It's for puffy eyes and dark circles but it has no anti age stuff in it which is great.

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    Freckle/Age Spot

    Quote Originally Posted by Holley Calmes View Post

    Now, somebody tell me how to get this huge freckle/age spot off my cheek! It's right under my eye. I've managed to lighten it a lot with Rite Aid products, but it isn't going away completely. Getting old is hell.
    I've used this and it's amazing! My husband has even noticed the difference and started using it himself (and he's not a guy who usually cares or notices!)

    http://www.therametics.com/default.aspx?id=10&plid=142

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    Thank you Weegie! I am 60, and this one big brown age spot is all I have. I have no brown spots on my hands at all. It's just this one place. I've been using a cheap drug store cream which has bleached it out about 80%, but it isn't going the whole way. I will try this! Thank you so much.

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    My only advice would be to limit sodium intake, make sure head is elevated at night, and maybe cold compresses in the morning, either ice packs or cucumber slices. Not sure what else would help.

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