Minimize the bags under your eyes and any dark circles that have accumulated over years of partying.
Nobody is flawless. We’re here to help, with a list of 27 distinct routines, to help you get rid of any under-eye bags and dark circles that have accumulated over years of fun.
Why Do Eye Circles Form?
We’re all going to exhibit signs of aging eventually, including dark circles and bags under our eyes, even if you’ve spent your entire life taking the best possible care of your skin.
No matter what kind of skin you have or what kind of lifestyle you lead, veins will eventually start to show through the thin skin around your eyes because over time, the skin naturally thins and loses collagen. Since sun exposure accelerates the breakdown of collagen, as we already know, developing disciplined and regular sunblock application habits early in life is your best defense against under-eye circles. (Wearing sunglasses also helps; fewer squints translate into fewer crow’s feet!)
But even the best habits can’t alter your genetic makeup! The most significant factor influencing our skin type and aging appearance is genetics. Because our blood pools in the capillaries under our eyes, it’s just more noticeable through lighter skin, those of us with inherited fair or thin skin tend to show under circles more easily than others.
Regretfully, as blood builds up there, your fragile capillaries start to strain and sag under the pressure, which causes more blood to leak and pool there and, eventually, darker under-eye circles.
However, for some people, aging, sun exposure, or heredity are not the reasons behind dark circles and bags under the eyes. There are instances when allergies are the only issue. Histamines are released into the bloodstream and cause inflammation when they come into contact with dust, mold, or other year-round allergies, or with seasonal allergies that many of us deal with in the spring. This implies that our blood vessels, especially the ones under our eyes, swell and become inflamed.
Explains the dark circles under my eyes. But How Can I Remove the Bags Under My Eyes?
Try out some of the following routines and see which one suits you the best. Recall that when attempting a new routine, you should be patient and consistent. For four to six weeks, adhere to the regimen every day. Go on to the next exercise and see if it helps reduce your dark under-eye bags and circles if, after that amount of time, you still don’t see the desired results.
The Greatest Methods for Reducing Undereye Bags and Dark Circles
1. The Cold Press
Use a cold compress for ten minutes or so in the morning, evening, or even better, both morning and evening. The easiest way to try this dark circle-reducing method is if you have a mask that you can keep in your refrigerator and remove twice a day. Just remember to keep it tidy and give it a couple of good scrubs with soapy water each week!
2. Peeled cucumbers
Cucumbers are frequently used as cold compresses in movies and television shows, but are they actually effective?
In actuality, cucumber slices can be used to naturally treat raccoon eyes because of their skin-lightening and mildly astringent qualities.
Cut a fresh cucumber into thick slices and place it in the refrigerator for half an hour to test this method twice a day. After that, give the slices ten minutes to sit on your eyes. After using, rinse the area around your eyes with warm, not hot, water.
3. Juice from cucumbers and lemons
If cucumber slices don’t work for you, try combining equal parts cucumber juice and cucumber, then applying with a cotton ball to the areas under your eyes. Keep lemon juice out of your eyes! After 15 minutes of leaving the solution on your skin, wash it off with warm water.
4. Water Rose
In addition to having a wonderful scent, rose water helps relax and revitalize drained skin. It is a mild astringent, similar to cucumber, so it can be used as a toner for skin. Simply leave cotton makeup remover pads soaked in rose water for a few minutes, then place them on your CLOSED eyelids. Twice a day, give them a fifteen-minute break.
5. Curried tomatoes
Lycopene, which is great for your skin, eyesight, and cardiovascular health, is abundant in tomatoes. In addition to making skin softer and more supple, lycopene can lessen the visibility of dark under-eye circles.
Combine equal parts tomato juice and lemon juice, then apply the mixture to your under-eye area with a cotton ball or makeup remover pad to reap the health benefits of the lycopene found in tomatoes. Please, once more, avoid getting lemon juice in your eyes. After letting the solution sit for ten minutes, rinse twice a day with warm water.
Drinking a delicious mixture of tomato juice, lemon juice, and mint leaves on a daily basis will also help your skin and general health.
6. Bags of cold tea
Use tea bags in place of a cold compress or mask if you don’t have any. Antioxidants, which are found in many teas, including green tea, have the added advantage of being anti-inflammatory, which helps to relax tense capillaries around your eyes.
After soaking a tea bag in fresh water, refrigerate it for half an hour in order to use it as a compress. Put the tea bags over your eyes after that. Twice a day, let it sit for about ten minutes, then remove and wash the area with warm water.
7. Grains of potatoes
Surprisingly, potatoes are a great source of vitamin C, which is great for the synthesis of collagen to promote healthier, younger-looking skin, among other things.
Grate some potatoes to help you use vitamin C to treat the bags under your eyes. After you have extracted the potato’s juice, soak some cotton makeup remover pads in it. After putting the pads on your eyes for roughly ten minutes, rinse them with warm water.
8. Cold Milk
Milk and other dairy products are excellent sources of vitamin A, which is known to contain retinoids, which are excellent for maintaining youthful, glowing skin.
Soak a cotton makeup remover pad in a bowl of cold milk for a while to reap the benefits of the vitamin A in milk. Twice a day, use the pad to apply the milk to the bags under your eyes. Let it sit for approximately ten minutes. Use warm water to rinse.
9. Orange Juice
Orange juice can help reduce dark circles under your eyes because it is high in vitamins A and C. Apply a cotton makeup remover pad soaked in a solution made with orange juice and a few drops of glycerin to the area under your eyes. Orange vitamins will benefit you, and glycerin will give your skin a natural glow.
10. Oil of vitamin E
Wrinkles and other aging symptoms are caused by free radicals, which vitamin E helps combat. Apply a drop of oil—a little goes a long way—to your dark under-eye circles before going to bed at night and gently massage it into your skin. After applying this to your skin overnight, rinse it off with warm water in the morning.
11. Oil from coconuts
Coconut oil is a potent, all-natural anti-inflammatory that works well for lightening dark under-eye circles.
In addition to lightening, it hydrates to help avoid wrinkles and fine lines beneath the eyes. Apply coconut oil similarly to vitamin E oil: massage it into the area under your eyes, let it sit overnight, and then wash it off the next morning.
Turmeric reduces dark circles as another potent, all-natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. To make a thick paste, combine some pineapple juice and turmeric powder. After applying this mixture to your under-eye circles, let it sit for ten minutes or so. Then, gently remove the paste with a gentle, warm cloth. Do this exercise once a day.
13. Indulge in More Dark Chocolate
Here’s why you should give in: After hearing for so long that chocolate is bad for our skin, it’s a delightful little fact that foods high in flavonols, like dark chocolate, protect against the damaging effects of UV radiation and slow down the aging process caused by too much time spent in the sun!
14. Consume More Salmon
Walnuts and salmon are two examples of foods high in omega-3s. By enhancing blood flow to the skin, these fatty acids help blood flow away from your eyes and out of them, preventing blood accumulation that could result in dark under-eye circles.
15. Reduce Your Salt Intake and Drink More Water
If you studied biology in high school and learned about osmosis, you probably remember that water in your body flows from areas with more water to areas with less. Your body’s parts that are low in sodium (salt) are higher in water content than those that are high in sodium.
You may feel and look bloated when your body has too much salt combined with insufficient water. Your eye area has particularly thin skin that is prone to dehydration. Your body will literally “look” dehydrated if you eat a salty meal and don’t drink enough water; this will show up as red, puffy eyes. Therefore, if you intend to eat a salty meal, drink lots of water to counteract the effects.
16. Reduce Your Alcohol Intake
Alcohol dehydrates you more than salt does. Do you recall your most recent hangover? That explains why the next morning, your eyes appeared red and swollen. Drink as much water as possible before bed, limit your alcohol intake to two drinks maximum, and after a night out, moisturize your eyes well with a night cream or thick moisturizer.
17. Massager for the Eyes
Frequent massages of the eyes encourage blood flow to the area beneath them and help keep blood from accumulating in the capillaries beneath their eyes. You can use the spa-caliber IRISTM2 eye massager from FOREO at home. Apply your preferred eye cream or serum first. After turning it on, adjust the intensity to your preferred level.
Next, move the IRIS for 30 seconds from the eye’s inner to outer corners (hint: make sure the button side is facing in your direction).
Eighty percent of users reported firmer, more elastic eye contours after attempting this routine, and eighty-four percent reported higher product absorption.
In contrast to individuals who manually applied serum or eye cream:
- The effectiveness of IRIS 2 in reducing under-eye bags is doubled.
- Dark circles under the eyes can be reduced 70% more effectively.
- 43% more efficient in minimizing the surface area of wrinkles
- and 51% more successful in tightening the skin around the eyes
18. Get eight hours of rest.
Nothing works better than eight hours of sleep to prevent under-eye bags. Get enough sleep each and every night to benefit from less under-eye bags.
19. Lay down on your back to sleep.
Try sleeping on your back with an additional pillow under your head since sleeping on your side or stomach allows gravity to do its work and causes fluid to collect under your eyes.
20. Physical activity combined with meditation
Frequent exercise improves circulation, which increases blood flow to the skin and rejuvenates the dull, aging complexion, including the delicate skin around the eyes. Additionally, the regular release of endorphins into your bloodstream helps you stay happier, calmer, and more balanced by warding off anxiety and depression.
Stress (and the wrinkles and fine lines brought on by stress) can be avoided with meditation, whether it takes the form of mindfulness exercises following yoga poses or is found in the tranquility of a long, peaceful swim or run.
21. Antiallergy Drugs
If allergies are the cause of your dark circles, taking antihistamines on a regular basis can help lessen puffiness and bags under your eyes. Allergies can also result in itchy eyes, and rubbing your eyes will only exacerbate under-eye circles.
22. Use moisturizing products twice a day
Remember the most important healthy habit of all: use moisturizer twice a day. Make sure to apply a heavier moisturizer and eye cream every night before bed, and use a lighter moisturizer with an SPF during the day.
23. Apply Eye Cream With Retinoid.
Retinoids are popular eye creams, but not all skin types respond well to them. Apply sparingly—no more than twice a week—to avoid irritating your skin and developing red, flaky, dry skin.
24. Properly Remove Makeup
Avoid sleeping with your makeup on or wiping off your eyeliner and mascara. Blot, not rub, using a professional makeup remover solution (just a few bucks at your neighborhood pharmacy or Sephora).
25. Use the Proper Face Wash
Use warm, not hot, water to wash. Overheated water causes inflammation and will only make your eyes more red and puffy.
26. Apply a Skin Brightening Prescription Product
See your dermatologist if using natural vitamins and skin brighteners doesn’t help. She/he may recommend a cream containing hydroquinone, but be advised that skin brighteners with prescription strength can irritate skin; if this happens, stop using the product.
27. Expert Laser Therapy
The most costly option, professional laser treatment, is an option to consider if all else fails. Lasers can be used by a physician to lessen red and blue discoloration under the eyes. Known as vascular lasers, they reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles by constricting visible blood vessels.