Under-eye bags make us look older, tired, and takeÂ away the youthful glow we endlessly aim for.
Before we continue to complain, let’s find out how we even get pesky under-eye bagsÂ in the first place…and get rid of ’em.
The most common causes are not drinking enough water, not getting enoughÂ sleep or not sleeping with your head elevated. All of these habits, which you might do daily, cause fluid to build up under the eyes, creatingÂ bags. If you’re well-hydrated and get quality shut-eye, allergies could be the culprit.
Under-eye skin is super sensitive, so it’s important to consider all the possible irritants that causeÂ bags. Seasonal allergies are the most obvious culprits, but other lesser-known allergies can do justÂ as much damage. In the 2006 New York Times article â€œBags Under Eyes,â€ author C. Claiborne RayÂ interviewed Dr. Lenore Kakita, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California at LosÂ Angeles. Kakita said allergies to makeup will irritate eyes, making the skin red and puffy. If you’re thinking you might be reacting to the mascara you use regularly, pick up a hypo-allergenic kind next time.
In extreme cases, due to genetic and problematic under-eye bags, blepharoplasty, surgery to remove excess fat and skin under the eye, is used as treatment, according to the Mayo Clinic.
If youâ€™re eye-bags arenâ€™t surgery-worthy, there are products to reduce puffiness and redness. Though theyâ€™re not permanent, theyâ€™re a quick fix-me-up.Â Before shelling out your hard-earned money on creams and products that arenâ€™t guaranteed toÂ work, though, home remedies are certainly an effective option (and college-budget friendly).
Think cold compress, tea bags, cucumber slices or try some not-so-ordinary tricks, as suggested by the Mayo Clinic and Â The Guardians’Â Lucy Atkins:
- Acupressure:Â Nope, no needles. acu-pressure, not -puncture, involves applying pressure to spots on theÂ body that correspond with problem areas. The acupressure point for eyes is located on the moundÂ of your palm right below the index finger. Press this repeatedly to target those under eye bags.
- You say potato, I say…:Â Potatoes are used in many cosmetic products as a skin lightener, and help reduce the redness thatÂ can accompany under-eye swelling. Place half-moon slices of raw potato on the under eye areaÂ for 20 minutes to reveal lighter, brighter skin.
- Nap it out: If lack of sleep is a culprit, it makes sense that a brief, 15-minute nap can help to refresh your mind and brighten your eyes.
Waking up with dreaded dark circles is never fun, but with healthy lifestyle choices and easy at-home remedies, anyoneÂ can say bye-bye to bags.