Wrinkled eye bags and dark circles that seem like a falling shadow are sure a visual nightmare for each of us. Sometimes these occur in early childhood, and over time they are more visible.
If you see a panda instead of yourself in the mirror, do not panic! It is not your identity, it is only those nasty dark circles around your eyes that appear as a result of too much partying or just working late.
“You can tell the day by the morning” sure applies to this one. To have a nice kick-start in the morning and fresh looks, check the following tips and get rid of the bags under your eyes.
What causes these “bags”?
Dark circles are a sign that your body sends in an effort to show that there is something in your body that does not work properly.
It is believed that these occur as a result of fatigue and insufficient sleep, which does not necessarily mean to be the case; there is a wide range of factors that trigger the occurrence of dark circles.
In medical terms, dark circles are harmless and they are only visible in individuals who have an increased pigmentation compartment under their eyes. They can also appear due to sensitivity of thin skin, under which you can notice capillaries and veins.
Dark circles also appear as a result of water retention, kidney problems, poor metabolism, and in some cases even anemia.
Have you noticed that dark circles commonly appear in spring? Well, if that is your case, you probably have an allergy that you do not know of. Pollen allergies cause dark circles, so make sure you go to an allergist for a thorough check-up.
The skin around your eyes is four times thinner than the skin on other areas of your face. It is also more pigmented, especially in people with darker skin tone.
Moreover, the skin around your eyes undergoes rapid movements that you are not even aware of; during the day, you blink about 15,000 times. Wind, sun, cold and dry air also leave marks on this particular area of your face.
Get Rid of Eye Bags!
You can use different natural creams to get rid of eye bags or dark circles. What is even better, you can make these at home. Here are some tips on how to get rid of dark circles in the comfort of your own home:
This is one of your grandma’s oldest secrets regarding home remedies. A piece of cucumber will sure do the trick. Cold cucumber slices are 95 percent water and they make your blood vessels constrict and temporarily reduce puffy bags.
This method is considered to be the cheapest out there, and it is equally effective. Take a cucumber out of the fridge and slice some. Put the slices onto your eyes and make sure they cover the bags as well. After 10-15 minutes the bags will disappear.
For optimal results, keep them in the fridge overnight. Wash and cut a potato into slices. Put the slices on your eyes and keep them on for 5-10 minutes. Remove the rings and rinse gently. Raw potatoes help reducing any puffiness and also lighten dark circles, thanks to their high enzyme content.
Soak a piece of cotton wool in some cold milk. Gently squeeze out any excess and place the wool on your eyes. Keep them on for 20 minutes or half an hour. This works great for sore eyes or dark circles, but make sure you do this at least once a day.
Soak teabags of your choice in warm water and keep them in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. Place them on your eyes and wait for 20 minutes or half an hour. Rinse with cold water. Chamomile or green teabags work best.
Scramble an egg white and apply it around your eyes, using a brush. As it dries, you will feel a mild tension, but that is a good thing. Leave the white on for 20 minutes and rinse off with cold water.
Anyone asked for emergency help?
Massaging your dark circles with an ice cube for 5 minutes is the fastest way to reduce them. However, this may be dangerous for your eyes and sinuses, which is why it should be only used as an emergency aid.
Once you have got rid of eye bags, make sure you keep them away. Sleep enough and do not spend your free time in front of the TV.
The way you look is linked to your dietary habits. Eat healthy foods to keep those circles from coming back. Dark circles are often related to vitamin K and vitamin B12 deficiency.
Eat a lot of fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens like spinach, cabbage, kale or any other vegetable of your choice. Reduce the salt intake because salt retains water, which causes dark circles.
Drink Plenty of Water
This applies especially for those who have dark circles. However, you may want to stay away from liquids before bedtime, because this may also make dark circles appear in the morning.
Stop or Reduce Smoking
Smoking also causes dark circles and eye bags. Insufficient hydration and dry skin associated with smoking are a common reason for dark circles.
If your dark circles keep coming back, massage your under eye area with some almond oil every morning.