I often used to ask myself: “How can I banish bags under my eyes?”. I got tired of waking up some mornings looking like I haven’t slept in weeks. Finally, I decided I’d had enough and that it was time to fix this problem once and for all. I started with a bit of research. Turns out, there are various ways to help to get rid of unwanted baggage and there are different reasons why they occur in the first place. These tips helped me and I hope it will help you as well! So, let’s begin.
Give Your Eyes A Cool Down
Got swollen eyes? Chill them out! A cold compress can ease puffiness. Try chilled spoons, cucumber slices, or tea bags. What you use doesn’t matter – the low temperature does the work.
Protect Your Eyes From UV Rays
You do a lot to protect your body from sunlight. Are you doing the same for your face? Too much sun can make the skin around your eyes sag or wrinkle. Use sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to protect your face from harmful rays.
Take Your Makeup Off Before Bed
Don’t hit the hay with your eye makeup on. It can make your eyes water, and cause a case of morning-after puffiness. Wash off the gunk with soap and water, or use a remover every night.
Switch Your Sleep Position
Are you a side or stomach sleeper? Gravity causes fluid to collect under your eyes, which might explain those pesky bags. Try to sleep on your back and add an extra pillow under your head.
Consider Eye Cream
Store shelves groan under the weight of creams and lotions made to reduce puffy eyes. Try them out to see if one works for you. Here’s one product to avoid: Don’t use old-fashioned hemorrhoid cream. It can irritate the skin around your eyes. Try a retinol eye cream instead.
Are dark circles problem? You can often hide them with concealer. Choose one that matches your skin tone. Apply it by lightly patting it on – don’t try to rub it in.
Want another reason to kick the habit? Smoking can dry and weaken the skin on your face. Say no to smokes and save yourself from wrinkled, droopy eyes.
Go Easy On Alcohol
A glass of wine is fine, but don’t overdo it. Why? Booze can pull the water out of your skin. Once you weaken the delicate area around your eyes, it’s more likely to sink into a pouch. If you do tie one on, drink water before you go to bed and use a moisturizer around your eyes.
Use A Neti Pod
Try a neti pot. Use this gizmo, which looks like a small teapot, to pour salt water into one nostril and let it drain out the other. It sounds weird, but it might help flush out all that extra moisture in your sinuses from seasonal allergies, colds, or infections.
Manage Your Allergies
Allergy season and watery, puffy eyes go hand-in-hand. Here’s the good news: Those over-the-counter medicines that you take for your allergies, colds, or sinus infections can dry up your puffy eyes – along with your runny nose.
Curb The Salt
Put down that salt shaker! Water will always find its way from parts of your body that are low in sodium to those that have the most. The area around your eyes is a prime example. That’s why a dinner loaded with salt often results in morning-after puffiness.
Do you struggle with bags under your eyes? Do you have any tips you would like to share? Share in the comments section below!