Dark circles and under-eye bags can be caused by a number of factors, like genetics, stress, dehydration, and excessive sun exposure. The skin around the eyes is thin and vulnerable, so a slight change in your lifestyle, diet and even your mental health can reflect these changes.
Makeup can definitely help, especially if you’re going to a meeting or a special occasion and we don’t want ourselves to look tired and stressed out. Keep this essential advice to mind and stick to a healthy everyday routine to get rid of those puffiness, redness and skin darkening around your eye area.
Cold compress almost always works.
Cold compress may help lessen the swelling and puffiness. You can buy a ready-made cold compress or a cloth and ice will work, too. Be careful and make sure it is not too cold for your skin as you may get ice burn. Other products that work like a cold compress include hydrating eye masks and soothing eye gels containing aloe, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and collagen. If you want to go organic or DIY, cucumber, which should be freshly cut and kept cold in the refrigerator, also does the trick.
Adequate hydration is the key.
Make sure you keep yourself hydrated at all times. Puffiness can be caused by lack of water so keep in mind to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Skin dryness brought about by dehydration also makes skin darkening worse.
Don’t smoke and avoid alcohol intake.
Alcohol promotes skin dehydration and will cause discolouration and pigmentations to be more noticeable. It will also make you feel more tired, resulting in a dark circle and under-eye bags. Smoking, on the other hand, can also contribute to getting those pesky eye bags by making the skin age faster.
Get enough sleep every day and de-stress.
Sleep is important not only for your overall health but also for your skin! Make sure to get enough sleep and wake up refreshed and ready for the day. Find ways to relax and de-stress whenever possible. Most of the time, dark eye circles and puffiness in the eye area are caused by water retention or the accumulation of fats overtime due to unhealthy sleep routines and stress.
If you need to go out, protect your skin by wearing sunscreen. The skin under our eyes is thin and sensitive. Sun exposure will easily damage it so remember to add sunscreen on your daily skincare routine.
Reduce salt intake and eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Excessive salt intake can result in dehydration. You will feel tired, and it may contribute to those daytime headaches and even constipation. Always add fruits and vegetables in your diet as they contain a healthy dose of water and are packed with nourishing vitamins and minerals.
If your eye bags and dark circle persist, consult your dermatologist as they may suggest treatments and procedures. Always remember to take care of our body to stay healthy and beautiful from within!