Aside from yawning hugely in a staff meeting, the number one way which people will know that you aren’t getting enough sleep at night is those dark bags under your eyes! However, there are other causes of baggy eyes, including:
- Lack of exercise
This means that there are quite a range of things which could be causing the problem and so getting rid of the bags means figuring out what’s causing them in the first place! We will go through each of the five causes to help you figure out your own cause and solutions to the problem.
Lack of Sleep
If you’re sleepy, you can probably see the bags under your eyes. Researchers aren’t sure why this happens, but the prevailing theory is that when we are tired, we are paler of skin and so the darkening patches under the eyes which may always be there due to fat deposits are simply more visible. In this case, the answer is pretty simple: get more sleep!
The average human needs roughly seven to nine hours of sleep per night, with older people needing less and younger people needing more. Sleep issues are generally exacerbated by stress, drug use, alcohol, electronics and other things, so it’s important to find a good routine to help you settle down for the night and get a consistent night of rest every night. This alone may help you to reduce the bags.
As we get older, our skin loses elasticity and the fatty tissues in the skin become more prominent, causing saggy bags. This is a fairly normal thing to have happen to many people, but you don’t necessarily need to put up with it. If you have the money, you can go in for a few different treatment options to help reduce the appearance of bags:
- Filler injections along with Botox. The fillers plumps out the sagging skin and makes you look younger. Unfortunately, you only get temporary results and it can be expensive and kind of painful
- Eyelift. An eyelift is a procedure whereby the fat inside the bags is melted and the loose skin is tucked. It takes about one hour with two weeks of recovery and costs about $6,000. On the other hand, the effects last about two decades, so it’s much more cost effective than injections.
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about the age except to simply call them ‘experience’ bags or something along those lines if you don’t go for any of these surgeries.
Here’s where we get into a few of the differences: bags are different from puffiness. Under-eye bags are caused by weakening skin ligaments and puffiness is just caused by things like lifestyle issues and allergies. If you have a poor lifestyle and it’s causing under eye puffiness, then there are some things you can do to take control of the puff. These include reducing the amount of fat in your diet, reducing the amount of salt and drinking more water. Dark circles can also be caused by a deficiency of vitamin K, antioxidants or Vitamin B. Try eating more fruits and vegetables and reduce the salt in your body; this will help your blood to circulate better and reduce water retention.
Other things you can do is quit smoking, reduce the amount of alcohol you drink, kick the drugs and sleep better.
Sometimes eye puffiness and bag are caused by allergies. If this is the case for you, using the appropriate antihistamine can be helpful in both dealing with the allergies and reducing the appearance of bags and shadows.
Use Natural Remedies
If you have eye puffiness, then some of the classic natural remedies can be really helpful. These include:
- Cucumber slices. Cucumber slices are mostly water, so they are a quick way to hydrate your skin in the very short term. You’ll have to do it daily and lie down for about ten to fifteen minutes
- Cool tea bags/ice cubes in a cloth. The tannin in tea bags can reduce swelling and ice cubes can shrink the puffiness, so both work well. Just like the cucumbers, you’ll have to use them daily and lie down for ten to fifteen minutes while they are being applied. Again, it’s a short term fix, but it can be done from home easily enough.
- Potatoes. Puree a potato and put it on your eyes for thirty minutes, lying on your back. Then wash it off with warm water. You can do the same with slices of potato too; either way, it provides a moisture kick and some nutrients to your skin. It may or may not work.
- If the puff problem is caused by nasal congestion, then a saline solution can be helpful. Take two cups of water and add either a quarter teaspoon of seal salt or half a tea-spoon of baking soda (or both) and add it to your nostrils, tilting your head so that the water comes out the other nostril.
- Frozen spoon. A spoon frozen for ten to fifteen minutes and then used to cover the circles can be helpful because the cold forces the pores and skin cells to shrink, tightening the appearance of your skin.
These natural remedies really only work in the short term, but if you’re looking to get rid of the problem before a date night, business meeting or any other important events, they can work rather well.
Some cosmetics can be helpful in reducing the appearance of bags and shadows. Eye creams which are rich in retinol and vitamin K can reduce discoloration and puffiness; however, in order to be truly effective, you have to use them daily over a long period of time. There are also under-eye creams, but they are simply a concealer and you’ll want to make absolutely sure it will match your skin color or it will just look odd. And before using any cosmetics, make sure to test it on another area of your skin first to make sure it will look all right and won’t cause any allergic or irritating reactions.
A Few More Tips….
There are a few more things you can do in your life to help get rid of those bags under your eyes. Some easy things to do include drinking more water, stop rubbing your eyes and wearing dark sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and from melanin changes caused by too much sunlight.
While you may not be able to get rid of bags completely-after all, they come with age and can be hereditary, you can do quite a bit to reduce their appearance. Try out any combination of these things and figure out what works for you! Good luck!