Eye bags are a natural part of aging, as the muscles around your eyes begin to fatigue and weaken. To be honest, even if you’ve spent your life diligently treating your skin as carefully as you possibly can, we’re all going to show signs of aging sooner or later and that includes under-eye bags and dark circles.
Over time, skin naturally loses collagen and grows thinner, so regardless of what kind of skin you have or what good habits you maintain, veins will inevitably start to show through the thin skin around your eyes. As we already know, exposure to the sun speeds up the process of collagen breaking down, so your best weapon against under-eye circles are disciplined and consistent sunblock application habits from a young age. Wearing sunglasses while out in the sun helps, too less squinting. The best habits, however, can’t change your genes! Genetics are the biggest determinant of what kind of skin we will have and what we’ll look like as we age. Those of us that have inherited fair or thin skin tend to show under circles more easily than others due to the fact that when our blood pools in the capillaries under our eyes, it’s simply more obvious through lighter skin.
Unfortunately, as more and more blood accumulates there, your delicate capillaries begin to stretch and strain under the weight, leading to more leaking and blood pooling and ultimately even darker under eye circles. Yet for others, dark under eye circles and under eye bags aren’t caused by either aging, sun bathing or genetics. Sometimes it’s a simple matter of allergies. Year-round allergies like those to dust or mold, or seasonal allergies many of us experience in the spring trigger the release of histamines, which cause an inflammatory response. That means our blood vessels become inflamed and swell including those under our eyes.
CAUSES OF EYE BAGS
Puffy, swollen and often discolored, under eye bags are caused by fluid or fat accumulating below the eyes. While fat accumulation is a natural part of ageing, fluid build up can be a response triggered by many causes. Lack of sleep is a common cause for puffy eyes, while dehydration can create sagging in the delicate under-eye area. Seasonal allergies also cause fluid accumulation in the under-eye area, as does a diet high in sodium. By identifying the cause of your under eye bags, you may be able to prevent them better and aid in their treatment.
Eight ways to get rid of eye bags
1. Exercise your face:
Physical exercise helps your body maintain strength and flexibility, and it can also be used to strengthen the muscles around your eyes. Slow facial exercises can help tighten and tone muscles to prevent your face from looking tired and worn.
Your eyelids are part of a ring of muscle tissues that control eyelid movement. You can reduce the appearance of eyebrow bags by squinting your lower lids. Gently place your index fingers on the outer corners of your eyes and your middle fingers on the inner corners, then raise your lower lids up and down. Repeat this exercise 10 times a day to strengthen your eyelids and reduce sagging.
2. Sleeping on your back:
Sleeping facedown gradually causes fluid and fat to move to your lower lids. To prevent gravity from taking over, sleep face up to avoid fluid build-up. Consider supporting your head with an extra pillow as well so long as it doesn’t prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Lack of sleep can also worsen under eye bags. If you experience dark circles and puffy eyes, keep track of your sleep schedule. Infrequent and erratic sleep patterns inhibit the body from repairing itself, which can make your eyes appear puffy and swollen. Reduce the appearance of under eye bags by getting about seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
3. Reducing your alcohol intake:
Alcohol dehydrates your skin. After a few drinks, the thin skin around your eyes can appear dark, red, and puffy. A night of heavy drinking can also make it difficult to sleep, which can make under-eye bags worse. If you consume alcohol, limit the number of drinks you have throughout the day, and avoid drinking before bed. When you do decide to have a glass of wine or can of beer, prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water. This will reduce puffiness and keep your eyes looking bright and awake.
4. Having a healthy diet:
The way you look is linked to your dietary habits. Eat healthy foods to keep those circles from coming back. Dark circles are often related to vitamin K and vitamin B12 deficiency. Eat a lot of fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens like spinach, cabbage, kale or any other vegetable of your choice. Reduce the salt intake because salt retains water, which causes dark circles.
5. Quit smoking:
Smoking is bad for you for a number of reasons one being the health of your skin. The chemicals in cigarettes and the smoke they produce can dehydrate your skin and cause premature aging. The thin skin around your eyes is especially vulnerable, and smoking can make your eyelids appear irritated, swollen, and saggy. If you’re not a smoker, stay away from second-hand smoke as much as possible to avoid irritating your skin.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a substance that’s excellent for your cardiovascular health, vision and your skin. Lycopene can help create softer, more supple skin, as well as decrease the appearance of dark under eye circles. To gain the medical benefits of the lycopene found in tomatoes, mix equal parts tomato juice with lemon juice and then use a cotton ball or makeup remover pad to apply it to your under eye area.
A concoction of tomato juice, lemon juice and mint leaves to drink daily will also help improve your overall health as well as your skin.
7. Cold tea bags:
If you don’t have a cold compress or mask to use, substitute with tea bags. Many teas like green tea have the added benefit of antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe strained capillaries in your under eye area.
8. Reduce your salt:
Salt is a necessary part of our diet, but too much salt can lead to water retention. When your body retains water, your skin begins to swell everywhere, from your toes to your eyelids. Limit your consumption of high sodium foods, like fast food and processed snacks. Reduce the effects of excess sodium in your body by drinking plenty of water after each meal.