Nothing makes us look more knackered than bruise-like dark circles and puffy eyes. But what’s really causing them? We get the truth, and reveal some tips and tricks to banish the bags for good!
No matter how old you are, we bet that one of the last things you want to show on your pretty little face is a set of bags under your eyes. Ugh, be gone, puffiness! If this is something you’re dealing with, you’ve probably searched high and low to find out how to get rid of under-eye bags. Sadly, there’s no magic solution that’ll completely get rid of the puffiness under your eyes—but there are some skin care products and tips you can add to your skin care routine to help reduce the look of under-eye bags. Of course, it’s also important to understand what can cause under-eye bags in the first place.
Keep reading to find out about the most common reasons behind noticeable under-eye bags, plus learn multiple ways to help minimize their appearance.
What causes under-eye bags?
Shadowy, bluish-black half-circles under your eyes are the result of very thin skin that reveals the blood vessels underneath. Some people are more prone to them, no matter how much rest they get. So what are the causes you may ask? Well here are some important factors that cause under-eye bags
Generally, stress in any form is not good for our health. It acts as a major contributor to most of our daily skin and hair woes. Stress is also a major cause for our under-eye bags. It directs blood to essential organs, leaving you with a paler complexion that makes dark circles more noticeable.
Another major cause of under-eye bags is tiredness. Well, even though balancing work and fun might be easy for you, getting adequate rest is also necessary. Tiredness, due to lack of proper rest, has become quite common among many, nowadays. Any tiredness caused, could straight lead to dark circles and under-eye bags. It slows down our blood and circulation, which shows around the eyes as puffiness and dark shadows.
Just like getting freckles or eye glasses, dark circles and under-eye bags could also be genetic.
Lack of iron content in the body, could also be another reason of having dark circles and under-eye bags. Indeed! Any iron deficiency could manifest itself around the eyes with almost bruised rings.
Salty and Processed Foods
As much as we love salty processed foods, they are the worst when it comes to causing dark circles and under-eye bags. Breads, pizzas, sandwiches cold cuts, tacos and savory snacks, like chips and pretzels – all, might taste good, but they are the worst culprits for causing fluid retention, resulting in temporary eye puffiness.
Drinking too much alcohol can lead to dehydration, which leaves the eyes inflamed and irritated, thus leading to dark circles and under-eye bags.
How to get rid of under-eye bags
Of course, there’s nothing you can do about genetics, but now that you know about the most common causes of under-eye bags, you can learn how to address their appearance. Depending on what’s causing your under-eye bags, try incorporating some of the following tips into your routine to help minimize the look of under-eye bags.
#Tip 1: Watch the way you sleep
It is advised to sleep on your back, as it helps avoid fluid retention, which can lead to under-eye bags. Also, while doing so one should have, not one, but two pillows under their head.
#Tip 2: Get a full night’s sleep
Remember, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. So, go ahead and get your recommended eight hours. Then, see if it makes a difference in the appearance of your under-eye bags.
#Tip 3: Remove makeup before hitting the sheets
If you’ve fallen into the habit of sleeping with your makeup on, it’s time to correct your bad behavior. Not only can falling asleep with a full face of foundation and heavy eye makeup on lead to breakouts—which you likely already knew—it can also result in puffiness. In order to wake up fresh faced, use a micellar water to remove every trace of makeup before bedtime.
#Tip 4: Use an eye cream meant for under-eye bags
You deserve a pat on the back if you’re already using an eye cream, but are you using the right one? It’s important to make sure that in addition to providing hydration, your product pick helps to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags.
Also, try an eye cream with a cooling applicator for a refreshing wake up call. Some experts, also suggest storing the eye cream in the fridge, as this can temporarily reduce the look of under-eye bags and dark circles. When they’re cold, eye creams can cause short-term vasoconstriction (meaning tightening of blood vessels), which can be beneficial for those with puffy eyes or dark circles. When you’re ready to use your eye cream, take it out of the fridge and apply it in small dots around your eye until it’s absorbed.
#Tip 5: Keep chilled spoons on hand
Yes you’ve heard it right! Spoons can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags. Simply store two metal spoons in your fridge. When you find yourself with a little free time, grab the two chilled spoons from the fridge and place them on your under-eye bags. The spoons will work in a similar manner to your refrigerated eye cream, helping to de-puff.
#Tip 6: Give cucumber slices a try
“Cool as a cucumber” isn’t a saying for nothing. The cool quality of the cucumber slices can aid in reducing puffiness. So why don’t you just go ahead give it a try?
#Tip 7: Incorporate eye masks in your masking sessions
Nowadays, there are masks for everything. Face, hair, lips, and even eyes! If you’re wondering why all those masks are necessary, it’s because there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ product. You probably won’t want your favorite face mask getting to get too close to your eyes, right? So, you need a mask that’s specifically designed for the under-eye area. Eye masks are typically cushy, apostrophe-shaped sheets that go underneath your eyes, right where your under-eye bags happen to be.
#Tip 8: Protect eyes from the sun
So you slather your skin from head to toe with sunscreen, but you are careful not to bring the SPF close to your eyes.
After all, who wants stinging, burning eyes!
But the area under your eyes need equal protection from the sun – as much as the rest of your body. For an easy solution, seek out an eye cream that’s formulated with SPF. Additionally, make sure you wear the proper accessories. When you’ll be exposed to the sun, don a pair of large sunglasses that provide UV protection with a wide brimmed hat. Besides defending against sun damage, proper sun protection can help prevent under-eye bags.
#Tip 9: Make healthy lifestyle choices
Remember, when we said eating too much salty processed food can cause under-eye bags? Well, it’s only fitting that reducing how much salt you consume might help minimize those bags. Try making healthy lifestyle choices, like watching your salt intake, and your skin could benefit.
#Tip 10: Find the perfect concealer
When all else fails, help cover your under-eye bags with makeup! Stock your makeup bag with a flesh-toned concealer so that you can quickly dab over any unwanted under-eye bags.