What’s to blame?
The age-old question… how do I get rid of my under eye bags? If you haven’t asked this yet, you most likely will at some point in your life. Turns out, it’s a part of aging and can’t always be helped. As we grow older, the tissue and muscles around your eyes weaken. This results in the swelling, loose skin, and dark circles we all dread. But with proper care, this can be prevented or reduced.
First, it’s important to reflect on your every day activities to see if your actions might be contributing to them. We oftentimes develop habits that may be detrimental to our physical well-being. Regular practices we think are harmless, might be exactly what you need to change. Let’s take a closer look at some common causes of puffy under eye bags and how they contribute to this unsightly annoyance.
How to stop them
It’s commonplace to focus on the outside when eliminating under eye bags. Sure, applying creams can certainly help, but the problem may very well be from the inside. Diet is a huge factor in determining why you’re having so much trouble getting rid of them.
Herbal teas, celery, broccoli, spinach, and many other leafy green vegetables promote circulation, which inherently decreases the appearance of dark circles. Other foods containing high amounts of salt and beverages such as coffee, carbonated drinks, and alcohol have the potential to greatly increase the presence of bags. Remember to drink plenty of water as well. When your body is dehydrated, there is less water retention, which can very easily result in puffiness under the eyes.
Seasonal allergies cause all sorts of unbearable problems. When they are triggered, your body releases histamines, which can cause your eyes to swell and look very puffy. This is due to fluid building up beneath the skin.
Luckily there are a few different things you can do to manage your allergies and prevent this. First of all, on days when the pollen count is high, it might be best to stay indoors. When this isn’t possible, be mindful of how agile pollen is. It can get all over your hair, clothes, and hands. If you go outside, make an effort to wear sunglasses or something to protect your eyes. Also, wash your hands throughout the day. And finally, when you get home, take a shower to wash all excess pollen from your body. Antihistamines or even an allergy shot might also be an option. Make sure to consult your doctor beforehand.
Protect your eyes from UV rays
Generally, we do a lot to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. You do so much to safeguard most of your body, so the skin around your eyes shouldn’t be any different. This area is home to some of the most delicate skin on your entire body. Utilize sunscreen and sunglasses to protect this thin membrane and your skin will thank you. We even have a huge variety of unique sunglasses on our site for you to choose from… all of which offer 100% UV protection.
It might seem cliché, but cucumbers on your eyeballs aren’t just for show. Cooling your eyes down with cucumber slices, tea bags, cold spoons, potato slices, or even a simple washcloth soaked in cold water can do the job.
Cucumbers contain ascorbic and caffeic acids, which decrease water retention helping reduce swelling and puffiness around eyes. Caffeinated tea bags contain tannin, a polyphenol found in plants, seeds, bark, wood, leaves, and fruit skins. Tannin reduces eye puffiness. To obtain even more benefits, leave the bags in the fridge for 10 to 20 minutes. Place the chilled tea bags on each eye for five minutes. This, as well as cold spoons, can reduce puffiness. The cool temperature constricts the flow of fluid around the eyes, diminishing the presence of eye puffiness even further.
It goes without saying that a lack of sleep results in eye puffiness. More than anything else on this list, sleep deprivation is unquestionably the most familiar. It can be easier said than done, especially with a busy schedule. But keep in mind; overall health is greatly affected by sleep, not just dark circles.
Sleep is your body’s time to recover and repair itself. A process called cell regeneration occurs at night and can be up to eight times faster than when you are awake. Insufficient sleep can cause a number of issues, including early or rapid aging. With this, comes bags and dark circles.
Like many other cosmetic issues, under eye bags are caused by an array of different reasons. To get rid of them, you must first pinpoint the underlying issue. Depending on the cause of your under eye bags, they might be harder or easier to manage. But the first step is to recognize what you might be doing wrong and aim to fix those problems. And even if your bags don’t disappear, follow these easy tips and your body will appreciate it.