3 ways to prevent under eye bags

November 17, 2016

It's not unusual for new parents to glance in the mirror and feel like they're looking at a stranger. Virtually zero sleep and extreme exhaustion can lead to dry skin, droopy eyelids and eye bags the size of dinner plates. But what can you do to get rid of them when sleep is definitely out of the question?

Here are our three tips:

  1. Reduce the amount of salt in your diet. Eating too much salt can make the body retain excess water, causing the skin under the eyes to look puffier than normal. Cut back on processed foods and choose high-energy snacks like unsalted nuts to satisify your cravings while breastfeeding.
  2. Get wiser with your skincare. Apply a touch of Mama's Everything Body Balm under your eyes just before bed to soften, soothe and protect your skin. The moisturising ingredients will reduce the appearance of dark circles and lines like crow's feet. Plus it only takes a second to swipe it under your eyes and the gentle formula will slowly be absorbed by the skin with zero effort, which is exactly what you need when you're functioning on three hours shut eye a night.
  3. Drink lots of water. Increasing your fluid intake will, as odd as it sounds, prevent your body from retaining excess water and making your eyes look puffier. Dehydration can also exacerbate dark circles. However, try to avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea and cola that can dry out the skin. Instead opt for plain old H2O or flavoured water.

Unfortunately under eye bags and dark circles can be hereditary, which means you might be predisposed to getting them no matter what you do. Having said that, you can keep them at bay by caring for your skin and keeping tabs on your diet. Hopefully, once your baby starts to sleep through the night you'll be back to your old self again in no time.



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