Bags (or dark circles) under the eyes can make one look old or perpetually tired.
What causes these bags or dark circles?
There are several factors which can cause them to appear.
Some of these factors include -:
Lack of sleep
Unhealthy diet (Too much salt)
Mental / Physical stress
Here are 8 ways to reduce the appearance of the bags or dark circles -:
Give your eyes protection from excessive sunlight. A certain amount of sunlight is good for you, but too much UV rays from the sun can cause wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet). Hats and sunglasses are a good way to protect the eyes and face from harmful UV rays.
Limit your alcohol consumption. A glass of red wine is supposed to be good for you, but overindulgence with alcohol can leach moisture from your skin. Minimize the drying out effect by drinking water as you drink your wine and stay hydrated.
Remove eye and face makeup before going to bed. The chemicals in some makeup products can cause puffiness and irritation when left on all night. Foundation which is left on the face can prevent the process of microcirculation which helps to renew skin. It can also cause acne by trapping bacteria in the clogged pores.
Reduce your salt intake. Salt causes water retention in the body and some of this can find its way into the skin under your eyes and take up permanent residence there. Eat more vegetables and fruits which are rich inVitamins A and E, such as apples, carrots and spinach.
If you smoke, quit. Smoking is not only bad for your lungs and heart, but can dry out your skin and cause wrinkles.
To reduce puffiness under the eyes, place a cold compress or chilled cucumber slices on your eyes for about 15 minutes. Another method is to place cold used teabags over the eyes. You can use herbal tea like chamomile for its extra soothing properties.
At night, take a couple of drops of almond oil and massage it gently onto the dark circles before going to bed. Wash it off in the morning. Do this regularly to improve circulation and provide moisture to your skin.
Get enough sleep! We need to have at least 8 hours of restful sleep each night to keep us alert, healthy and refreshed to tackle our daily lives. Research has also shown that lack of sleep can have an aging effect on the skin by releasing more of the hormone cortisol. When there is an excess of this hormone it breaks down the skin’s collagen, which is the protein that keeps skin smooth and supple.
Do you know any other ways of removing bags under the eyes? We’d love to hear about them! Let us know in the comments!