How to Get Rid of Dark Circles & Puffy Under-Eye Bags

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As we get older, dark circles and bags underneath our eyes become more prominent. But make no mistake, this problem is not exclusive only to people getting on in their years. Young adults and teens can also have a run-in with this annoying problem.

There are many factors that contribute to those unsightly dark circles and puffy bags underneath your eyes. The most common ones are lack of sleep, allergies, aging, stress, poor diet and genetics. Unless you have surgery, there's no sure way to cure or get rid of circles or bags. By taking some easy steps at home to minimize them, you'll improve the appearance of your eyes and your overall health.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water. This will actually prevent your body from trying to retain it and causing a counterproductive swelling-affect that happens all over.

Watch Your Diet

Make a mental note to cut down on caffeine and sodium. Both of these promote water retention that can settle in your face as you sleep, causing puffy eyes. Take multi-vitamins, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and you'll probably notice other benefits too, like reduced blood pressure and lower body fat.

Ease Stress

By reducing your stress, you'll rest and sleep more affectively. You'll be rubbing your eyes less and your facial expressions will be much more relaxed.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Lack of sleep is a major cause for both dark circles and under-eye bags. Maintain a regular sleep schedule and your body won't be thrown into overdrive with irregular hours. Try sleeping with your head on two pillows, so fluids will be less likely to settle in your face and give you tired eyes.

Relieve Tired Eyes

Before bed, get a cotton bud and smooth milk all over your eyelids for about 5 minutes and then dry your eyes and finish. You'll notice the results in the morning.

Cool Compresses

Here's some simple remedies you can use right at home. For cool compresses to reduce the puffiness underneath your eyes, you can use tea bags, potato slices or the old standby, cucumber slices. For a quick fix, try placing two spoons in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and position them over your eyes while you relax.

Use Concealer

A concealer can do wonders to hide dark circles or puffiness under your eyes. Choose a color that is just one shade lighter than your skin tone. If you go too light, you'll bring more attention to the problem area. Pat your concealer on first and blend it in so it looks natural. Then apply your foundation and set it with a light dusting of loose powder.

Do Some Testing

There are many eye treatment creams on the market today that are formulated specifically to reduce dark circles and/or bags underneath your eyes. Hopefully, the first one you try will provide some relief to this common problem. If you don't try any, you'll never know.



*This page is provided as an information resource and is in no way intended to be a substitute for professional or medical advice.