Whether you are in your 20s or are a more mature adult, the last thing you want are bags under your eyes. While they typically do not cause any alarm, dark circles around the eyes simply make you feel and look older — and this is something no one wants.
More common as you age, under-eye puffiness — also referred to as bags under the eyes, puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes — is usually not a problem that requires medical attention, as you can do something about it yourself.
1. Apply tea bags
Tea isn’t just for sipping. You can actually use caffeinated tea bags under your eyes to help with dark circles and bags.
The caffeine in the tea contains powerful antioxidants and may increase blood flow to your skin. It’s also said to protect against UV rays and potentially slow the aging process.
Green tea, in particular, has been recommended for its potential anti-inflammatory effects.
To do this:
- Steep two tea bags for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Let the tea bags chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Then, squeeze out the extra liquid and apply to your under-eye area.
- Leave the tea bags on for 15 to 30 minutes.
2. Remove your makeup before bedtime
Leaving your eye makeup on can irritate your eyes, causing them to water and get puffy. Make sure to gently remove your eye makeup before going to bed to help eliminate any added irritation around the eyes.
3. Include an eye cream into your skincare routine
The skin around our eyes is thinner than our face, which means it can dry out more quickly and is more vulnerable to environmental aggressors like UV rays.
Under-eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eye, so they tend to be thicker and contain more emollients and conditioning agents than facial lotions. It has been specifically formulated to combat the issues which are concentrated around the eyes like eye bags, wrinkles, and dark circles. The goal is to lock in some super-targeted hydration whilst also delivering ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, to the spot where it’s most needed.
4. Stay hydrated
Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Given this, it may not be surprising that dehydration can contribute to under-eye bags. Upping your water intake should help.
Experts recommend drinking about 9 cups of fluids for women, per day.
If you don’t like water, you can try water infused with fruit. Hot or cold herbal decaffeinated tea is another good choice.
5. Protect your face
Spending too much time in the sun can make the skin around your eyes sag and wrinkle as well as cause dehydration of the skin.
A mineral-based or homemade sunscreen, a good pair of UV-protected sunglasses, and a hat can do wonders to help protect your face from those harmful rays, ultimately keeping the skin around the eyes from squeezing up and darkening due to the effects of the sun.