Nobody likes those pesky bags or dark circles under their eyes, and while they typically are not cause for any alarm, dark circles around the eyes simply make you feel and look older.
There’s nothing medically wrong when those bags appear under your eyes, at least not most of the time, but if there are ways to get rid of them, why not?
There are many, non-surgical ways to reduce the appearance and eliminate bags under the eyes. Here’s ten of the best remedies;
1. Less Salt
It is most commonly known that salt is linked to high blood pressure, but sodium can cause fluid retention and lead to puffiness around the eyes. If you use salt, use pure Himalayan Sea Salt and only a little bit. You want to avoid high salty foods, like pizza and fries.
2. Exercising Those Bags Away
I bet you’ve never been told to exercise your face, but the area around your eyes will benefit from special facial exercises. Licensed aesthetician and author of The Yoga Facelift, Marie-Veronique Nadeau explains that yoga for the face involves slow exercises of the facial muscles to help tone and tighten them.
The exercises uses pressure and resistance from your fingers around the eye sockets. This assists circulation to the face, which carries away excess fluid and helps relieve swelling.
3. Keep An Eye On Your Sleep Position
Sleeping on your back can prevent gravity from causing fluid build-up around the eyes. Consider adding an extra pillow under your head as well.
4. Remove Your Makeup Before Going to Bed
Your mother didn’t nag on you to wash your face before bed for the fun of it. Leaving your eye makeup on can irritate your eyes, causing them to water and and get puffy. Always remove your eye makeup before bed to help eliminate any added irritation around the eyes.
5. Bye Bye Alcohol!
Alcohol dehydrates your body and skin. This dehydration can cause the delicate area around your eyes to appear sunken and dark. Limit yourself to no more than one glass per day, and drink lots of water instead.
6. Put Down Those Cigarettes for Good!
It comes as no surprise that smoking cigarettes dries out the skin and weakens the skin on your face as well as your whole body. It also causes premature aging around the eyes, in particular.
7. Keep An Eye (Not) On The Sun
Overdoing it in the sun can make the skin around your eyes sag and wrinkle as well as cause dehydration of the skin. Preferably you want to keep your face out of the sun completely, but on those lovely unavoidable beach days always cover with good pair of UV-protected sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat to help protect your face from those harmful rays.
8. Get More Collagen into Your Diet
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. It’s collagen that gives our skin strength and elasticity, and helps replace dead skin cells.
As we age our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down. This results in saggy eyes. Increasing collagen levels can help your skin look firmer, increase smoothness, and help your skin cells keep renewing and repairing normally. Omega-3-rich fish like mackerel, salmon and tuna protects the fatty membrane around skin cell.
9. All-Natural Eye Cream
There are lots of creams available to help reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes, but a natural homemade eye cream does the trick and is not expensive at all! Combining coconut oil, aloe vera gel and shea butter will give you a wonderful eye cream you can apply mornings and nights.
10. Get That Cucumber Ready!
A cold compress is great for swollen and puffy eyes. A cold compress can be achieved by using chilled spoons on top of your eyes, cucumber slices, or even chilled, dampened tea bags.