One of the many “gifts” time gives us as we age, like wrinkles or graying hair; are bags under the eyes. These puffy or slightly saggy skin patches are rather common, so you’re in good company! In fact, eye bags are a natural result of the weakening muscles around the eye that leads to the accumulation of fat or fluid under it. It may cause your eyes to look swollen or even cast shadows around them (not to be mistaken with black circles which are a whole other issue).
Bottom line – no one wants sagging skin above or under their eye.
But even though it may seem like your bags are here to stay, be ready to send them packing; there are in fact many solutions to de-puff your problems. Here are some of the most successful remedies we’ve gathered for you:
Tea – Not Just for Drinking
This home remedy, is actually quite popular due to its effectiveness and simplicity. Using tea bags can in fact reduce many types of skin irritations, from eye puffiness, to black circles, and other facial blemishes.
Herbal tea works best to soothe the skin. All you need to do is soak the tea bag for a couple of minutes, squeeze out the remaining liquid and then apply the tea bag to your closed eye. Just be sure to cool down the tea bags before you actually press them to your eyes.
Hydration is Key
Generally speaking, it’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water, not only for your overall health, but especially for your skin. Drinking at least 10 cups of water a day assists in clearing toxins from the body and increasing blood flow efficiency; both beneficial for facial skin.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
While increasing your daily liquid intake is important, make sure it’s the right kind of drink. Alcohol in fact dehydrates the body and causes small blood vessels to dilate – making those puffy eye bags, even puffier. This point is particularly relevant for men since studies have shown that men consume more alcohol than women; making this a prime reason for eye bags in men.
Just cut back on the alcohol and you’ll see an improvement both in the skin discoloration and swelling under your eyes and your sleep.
If you haven’t heard it enough times before, here is another one for you: smoking is bad for your health! More importantly, studies have shown that it’s harmful for your skin, causing wrinkles, blemishes, not to talk about skin cancer, and yes; eye bags.
Smoking dehydrates the skin, damages skin cells and its elasticity. Furthermore, nicotine alters sleeping patterns and quality. And a good night’s sleep can definitely make all the difference.
Never Skip a Power Nap
Sleep deprivation is one of the greatest problems of the 21st century. Caused by a combination between a lack of awareness, excessive use of screens (particularly before going to sleep), job-related stress, and other variants, people simply aren’t sleeping enough. Adults between the ages of 26 and 64 need to sleep 7-9 hours. Even though men sleep less than women, losing sleep is harmful for both your mental and physical health.
If you’re unsure whether or not you are sleep deprived, just take a glance at the mirror; those puffy eye bags or dark circles are your first indicator. A good beauty sleep is not reserved for women alone, and yes, never skip that chance for a good power nap to make up for those lost hours.
Elevate your sleep
So, it’s not just a matter of how much you sleep but also of how you sleep. This solution is quite simple: just add a pillow under your head. There are in fact special pillows that were designed for this specific purpose. Now that your head is elevated, the fluids will drain easily rather than accumulating under your eyes.
As Cold as Ice
One of the simplest home remedies; a cool compress, you can even use those tea bags you’ve used before (after cooling them in the fridge). The cold will shrink the expanded blood vessels and provide direct hydration to your skin. Also, it promotes microcirculation leading to faster drainage of excess liquids.
By the way, in case you were wondering, this is why spas place cool cucumbers on your eyes.
Protect Your Skin
So, you probably know it’s important applying sunscreen, but did you know experts recommend applying it also around your eyes? Though the skin around our eyes is more delicate, using a stick sunscreen gently around the eyes; should do the trick.
Exposure to sun can accelerate the skin’s aging, increase discoloration, and you’ve guessed it; stimulate eye bags and puffiness.
Rinse Those Eye Bags Away
If you still haven’t done it, it’s time to pick up a skincare routine. But before you start applying – make sure to rinse your face with lukewarm water. This simple action has countless benefits; hydrates the skin, soothes any skin irritations, and cleans the skin preparing it to absorb the cream.
Just be sure not to use hot water as it may dehydrate the skin and accentuate the swelling.
Eye Cream Can Do Wonders
After having washed your face and dried it (no rubbing! light dabs) it’s time to use your product of choice. It’s important to choose a product that is suitable for eyes. Of course, you could just skip the pain of having to choose separate products for your face and eyes and just use Particle; that answers both those needs and is also designed for men.
The right product can work miracles and actually lighten the skin under your eyes while reducing those eye bags. Nourishing, hydrating and soothing, a good skincare product is just the thing when all other remedies have failed and if used correctly, can prevent the very appearance of eye bags to begin with!