Essential Tips for Getting Rid of Those Dark Circles and Bags Around Your Eyes
There’s nothing worse than waking up, looking in the mirror, and seeing big puffy bags or dark circles under your eyes. It seems a whole industry has been built on combating dreaded under eye nuisances like these.
But what actually causes discolored, saggy, or puffy skin under the eyes? A number of factors can be at play depending on the specific problem.
Gravity is never a friend when puffy bags are at play. Sleeping on your stomach may be a big contributor. Water retention from salty and processed foods is no help either. Lack of proper hydration is a sure bet for a puffy-eyed morning.
The skin underneath the eyes is much thinner than the rest of the body due to a natural lack of collagen. Blood vessels are often visible, causing a bluish or bruised appearance. Genetic factors can contribute to darkness under the eyes as well, especially in people with pale, thin skin.
Our eyes move a considerable amount each day. The constant motion gives the surrounding skin a workout, causing fine wrinkles. Under-eye areas are more susceptible to sun damage also, since it often gets missed by sunblock. And of no help is the dryness of skin under the eyes due to considerably fewer oil glands that are important for keeping skin hydrated.
Of course, poor nutrition, stress, and lack of sleep are all factors that can exacerbate any of these conditions. So what can you do to fight back against dark circles and bags around your eyes? Let’s take a look.
The number one change you can make right now is a healthy diet and plenty of sleep. Eat minimally processed foods rich in Vitamin C, Omega Fatty Acids, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E. Sleep at least seven hours a night, with a goal of 8 hours. And don’t forget to hydrate. Adequate hydration is crucial for removing toxins and keeping the skin supple.
Alleviate stress in your life. Stress is bad for your complexion because it causes your body to hold on to toxins. Stress can be a primary factor in poor eating and lack of sleep. Try identifying and removing stress inducers, and incorporate stress-relieving activities like meditation and exercise.
Once you’ve set your diet, sleeping habits, and stress levels in order, you can explore external treatments for your eyes. Let’s talk topical. Here are some topical treatments that help reduce bags and dark circles.
Using a caffeine-infused eye cream relieves dark circles by constricting blood vessels that contribute to the discoloration under the eye. Or try a cream rich with Vitamin A or retinol to build collagen to thicken thin skin in that area.
Cucumbers, teabags, potato juice, and rose water all help to relieve bags and dark circles.
Try chilled, sliced cucumbers on the eyes to help diminish the appearance of dark circles. Soaked, chilled tea bags contain caffeine, which helps with bags caused by water retention. Cotton balls dipped in potato juice, then chilled, contain an enzyme that helps to revitalize the skin under the eyes. Rosewater is a natural antioxidant that will help relieve puffiness.
Many essential oils will help with bags and circles too, such as Geranium Oil, Rosemary Oil, and Rosehip Seed Oil. While many creams have at least one of these oils as an ingredient, they can also be applied directly in a 2% solution with a carrier oil like almond or coconut.
Once all options have been exhausted, reach for a quality corrector with the appropriate pigment. Choose a yellow or pink pigmented corrector for bluish hues in the skin. Use peach toned corrector for dark circles.
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