When you wake up in the morning, do you find yourself rubbing your eyes in an effort to keep them open?
Mornings arrive very quickly after late or sleepless nights, and it can take a major effort just to keep your eyelids propped open for another day at work!
Once they are open, you may be facing the dreaded under-eye bags, dark circles, or puffiness that plague overworked adults.
No one is immune to the telltale sign of young mothers and stressed executives, but surely there are ways to diminish them!
Rather than commit yourself to The Addams Family look, donning all black and driving a hearse, let’s instead take a look at some ways to bring youth and energy back into your face.
But first, let’s take a look at what causes under-eye bags in the first place.
What Causes Under Eye Bags?
Under-eye bags are a very common issue that can result from something simple like a lack of sleep, lifestyle choices, or even your genetics.
Some of these factors you’ll be able to control – like your diet. Skip that Happy Hour margarita and avoid eating too many salty foods if you’d like to keep some life in your undereyes. Salt causes bloat – even in your face.
But other variables aren’t as easy to manage. Allergies, eczema, and water retention are all known to exacerbate the condition as well.
And the big kicker – aging. *Cringe*
It’s no secret that the skin around your eyes is extremely delicate.
Since it’s thinner than the rest of your skin, it’s more likely to show signs of aging earlier on. Cue the appearance of under-eye bags, dark circles, and sagging skin.
When the tissues and muscles surrounding your eyes begin to weaken, those pesky crows feet start to show up. And as your skin continues to sag, fluid is able to build up underneath your eyes, which causes them to look puffy.
While under-eye bags aren’t completely treatable, there are some easy, natural methods and home remedies you can use to give them that much needed wake-up call.
How to Get Rid of Under Eye Bags
1. Apply Tea Bags
Caffeinated tea is packed full of powerful antioxidants which work wonders against dark circles and under-eye bags.
By applying caffeinated tea bags to your under-eye area, you’ll also increase the blood flow and even help protect against UV rays.
If your goal is to depuff your eyes, stick with green tea, as it’s known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Use a Cold Compress
While it’s certainly not the holy grail of under eye bag treatments, a cold compress can quickly provide some temporary relief by constricting your blood vessels.
Be sure to wrap your compress in a soft cloth to keep your skin from getting excessively cold, and don’t leave it on for too long!
With a cold compress, you should see results in just a few minutes. This is a great solution when you’re in a rush to get out the door!
Looking for an extra boost of vitality?
Swap the cold compress out for cool cucumber slices which will help reduce redness, swelling, and irritation. The antioxidants and flavonoids from the cucumber help make for a refreshing relief from eyes that are looking extra puffy.
3. Change Your Diet
Collagen is the protein responsible for keeping your skin healthy, hydrated, and free of dark circles. Unfortunately, the amount of collagen our body produces decreases as we age. And when the muscles and tissues that support your eyelids weaken with age, the skin around your eyes will begin to sag.
But, changing your diet up can help combat the effects.
Upping your collagen intake through foods rich in vitamin C and amino acids is one way to keep under eye bags at bay.
You’ll see a noticeable difference- increased collagen levels will help your skin look firmer and smoother.
Increase your vitamin C intake with:
- Red peppers
- Brussels sprouts
Or, try a chicken bone broth or collagen supplements, like collagen protein powder, to increase your collagen intake.
Make these foods a permanent fixture in your diet – your future skin will thank you!
4. Homemade Rose Water
Rose water certainly looks beautiful positioned on your vanity in the back of that selfie, but it’s also extremely rejuvenating for tired skin. Containing vitamin A, vitamin C, and flavonoids, it’s a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties.
Never made rose water before?
5. Cut Back on the Drinking & Smoking
We all know that alcohol and cigarettes are tough on the body, and your skin is not immune to their effects.
Slowing down the amount of alcohol you’re consuming will help keep your body more hydrated, which will decrease the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags.
Swapping that Malibu Bay Breeze for a tall glass of water will help make your skin glow and your eyes appear more open.
When you’re at Happy Hour, make sure to alternate each drink with a full glass of water. Not only will you stave off hangovers, your under-eyes won’t betray you the next morning.
If you’re looking for something a little more sweet, infuse your water with fresh fruit!
And while it’s no easy feat to quit, it’s no surprise that smoking is a big culprit behind the formation of under-eye bags. It contributes to your body’s depletion of vitamin C and Collagen, which we already know are important elements to reviving those tired eyes.
6. Get Better & More Sleep
We’ve all heard it before, but we’ll say it again. You should be getting 8 hours of sleep each night. Consider this part of your “me time,” because the amount of sleep you get can influence your appearance.
A lack of sleep will show in your complexion, making it paler. As a result, any dark circles or shadows will be more visible.
The way you’re sleeping might also be part of the problem.
Try sleeping on your back, with your head elevated by the help of a few extra pillows. Positioning yourself like this will prevent fluid from pooling in your lower eyelids, which causes puffiness.
7. Stay Hydrated
With water making up about 60% of your body weight, it’s no shock that dehydration can contribute to a number of ailments – including under-eye bags.
So how much water should you be drinking?
Experts say that 9 cups per day should do the trick for women.
If you want some variation, try having a cup of herbal tea- it’ll still count towards your daily total!
Make drinking water as pleasant for yourself as you can. That may mean investing in some cute reusable bottles, drinking from a straw, infusing your water with fruit… Whatever it takes, pinpoint it and do it!
8. Clear your Sinuses
Clearing your sinuses with the use of a neti pot can help make an improvement in the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles.
Never heard of a neti pot?
It’s a simple nasal irrigation system that removes mucus and other debris through a spout in your nose.
No, it won’t be the most pleasant experience. But, you’ll see and feel the results.
9. Wear More Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen can help prevent harmful UV rays from causing discoloration as well as premature aging.
Protect yourself by finding an eye cream or daily moisturizer that’s SPF 30 or more.
And when you know you’re going to be in the sun, keep a pair of over-sized sunglasses on hand to keep your delicate under eye area covered.
We know that applying sunscreen everyday is a pain. But finding a product with SPF isn’t limited to greasy lotions anymore. Lots of concealers pull double-duty by including sun protection – make sure yours is at least SPF 15 for daily use.
Be Gentle With Yourself
You may not be able to combat genetic bags under your eyes, and your laugh lines prove you’ve had lots of fun! Don’t be too hard on yourself for those dark circles.
But as with anything you’re dissatisfied about – educate yourself and make thoughtful choices! Trade 10 minutes of social media time for 10 minutes with cucumber slices on your eyes. Make hydration and sunscreen part of your daily routine. Try out that rose water!
Maybe skincare is your primary concern now, but many of these changes can benefit your mental health and overall physical health. And when you’re putting your health first, your skin will glow!
Which remedy has worked the best for you? We’d love to hear in the comments!