Not having a full night’s sleep can wreak havoc for your eyes, and waking up puffy eyes and under-eye bags could go on for days. You know that everyone at work will be asking why you look tired or if you’re feeling okay. Why do some of us seem more prone to puffy eyes, and more importantly, how do you combat the bags? Let’s break it down!
What causes dark circles under your eyes?
Unfortunately, sometimes it really is that simple – and a bit unfair. Dark circles, like other physical traits, can just be pure genetics! That doesn’t mean there isn’t a solution for the appearance of these dark circles, but there might simply not be an external cause for them.
- A High Sodium Diet
If your diet is high in sodium, it can cause your body to retain water, leading to swelling and a puffy appearance. So, if you’re going to enjoy a pizza, chips, or salty snacks, make sure you prioritize drinking tons of water to counter water retention swelling.
Just like anything else, aging is a cruel culprit of many issues. Aging causes our skin to lose its firmness, which results in dark circles and puffiness under our eyes over time. There is some good news, though! Supplements, anti-aging creams, and hydrating skin treatments can help minimize the physical effects of aging. Oh, and good, old-fashioned sleep.
- Medical Conditions
There are specific medical conditions, such as eczema and thyroid issues that can cause swelling in the face and eyes. It’s best to consult a doctor about what steps are best for you if a medical condition is the cause of your under-eye issues.
From pollen to pet dander, if you routinely suffer from puffy eyes, allergies may be the culprit. Allergies typically cause congestion and swelling of the eyes. You can try tracking your symptoms and check your local allergy report, but it’s always best to consult your doctor.
What are the non-surgical ways of removing dark under-eye circles?
Try Adding Retinol to Your Routine
Did you know that retinol is proven to improve collagen production? This readily-available product is potent, so follow the recommendations for adding it to your daily skincare routine. Putting a little bit under your eyes can help decrease the appearance of dark circles.
Be Aware of Your Sleep
Of course, getting a full night of rest is the best and easiest way to get rid of puffy under the eyes. If you want to kick it up a notch, make sure to sleep on your back (this helps with wrinkles too, so it’s a win-win!) and put two pillows behind your neck and shoulders for good blood flow. Think of letting gravity help drain any build-up in your sinuses.
Try a Tea Bag Compress
Tea bags have long been used as a method to reduce puffiness underneath the eyes. The tannins in tea serve as a diuretic that can help reduce swelling. Warm-up a cup of water and steep two tea bags. Then, store them over your eyes for about 10 minutes. Be sure to test the heat on the inside of your forearm before putting them on your eyes.
Use a Cold Compress
If reducing swelling and dark circles is time-sensitive, a cold compress is the fastest way to do it! Cool cucumbers, cold spoons, or cool gel eye patches can significantly reduce puffiness and dark circles. Plus, it feels refreshing and is an excellent way to wake yourself up in the morning!
What are the surgical ways of removing dark under-eye circles?
While going under the knife isn’t for everyone, for some, surgery is a valid option. Consult with your doctor and research local med spas to see if under eye surgery or fillers can fix your under-eye issues.