“You look tired!” is an expression that we all hate to hear. Despite our efforts to always look fresh faced and bushy-tailed, bags under the eyes are the biggest tell-tale sign of lack of sleep and ageing.
Anyone can fall victim to puffiness, bags and dark circles under the eyes, so whether you are in your early twenties or the more mature years of life, there’s no escaping!
“Bags” occur when the skin tissue around the eyes weaken and droop. Fluid then builds up and fills this droopy, saggy skin which results in the swollen look we all so thoroughly dread.
Ageing naturally causes the skin tissue to weaken and bags to appear but a lack of sleep can also cause temporary bags, while allergies and certain lifestyle and diet habits can also play a key role.
If you have permanent visible bags under your eyes or only get them on a frequent basis, don’t let this get you down. There are always ways to restore a fresh-faced appearance by removing those sullen bags under your eyes:
There are lots of reasons why smoking cigarettes can damage your health, but did you know that smoking also wreaks havoc on your skin? It weakens delicate skin areas, bringing on premature signs of ageing and causing particular irritation, drooping and wrinkling around the eyes. A key reason behind your frequent puffy eyes may lie in your equally as frequent smoking habit.
If bags under your eyes are an everyday occurrence, you should consider increasing the level of collagen in your skin. As we get older, collagen levels naturally drop and they can be very difficult to re-build, even if you take the best-rated supplements in the world. To help build back up this collagen loss, microneedling can be used. It works by puncturing the dermis which, in turn, encourages the body to kick start collagen production, helping to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes, dark circles and fine lines.
There are many home remedies out there that can help with under eye bags. Tomatoes can be used to decrease the dark circles while at the same time making the skin soft and supple. For the solution, mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Once the solution is made, leave it on for about 10 minutes and wash off with water.
Another natural treatment is cold tea bags. Soak a tea bag (preferably green or chamomile tea) in hot water. Cool it for a while then place them over your eyes. Do this on a regular basis and you shall notice a considerable difference in no time.
When the body gets dehydrated, it works immediately to try to retain as much water as possible. This can, in turn, lead to fluid build-ups around the eyes. That’s a great reason to drink up and ensure you get at least the recommended 2 litres of water into your body each day. If you exercise, consume salty foods or are often exposed to the sun, then you will need to increase your daily water intake to compensate.
If you wear make-up then you’re definitely guilty of this bad habit and on more than one occasion. Did you know that leaving your make-up on overnight is a major key contributor to dark circles and bags? How ever tired you may be after a night out or after work, it’s a bad habit we can all avoid. Be sure to follow best practices and use a special purpose eye make-up remover to ensure gentle yet complete removal of all eye make-up before bedtime. Doing so will prevent fluid build-ups and puffiness around the eye area.
It’s time to restore a brighter, more youthful appearance by removing those bags under your eyes for good. Leverage our top tips above and you will be back to your bag-free and fresh-faced self!