Believe me, it's not easy learning how to naturally get rid of under-eye circles. As someone who has really big eyes, it becomes extremely obvious when I get really bad bags underneath them. As a result, I've had to find ways to get rid of them in all-natural ways. When I lose sleep or get extremely stressed, I'll turn to these natural remedies to make sure the bags under my eyes aren't super duper obvious. As you can imagine, this was a huge problem during college, so over the years since then, I've learned many a thing or two about disguising and eliminating them in a gentle and effective way.
You probably know, from experience, that there are a lot of things that can cause these horrible circles under your eyes, but why do they occur? There's genetics and age, of course, as well as seasonal allergies that are to blame, according to Real Simple. While these might be out of your hand, there are things that can affect under-eye circles that are under your control.
How Stuff Works explained, "When you're young, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, a diet full of salty foods and water retention can also lead to bags." Sound familiar? What's more, "Sinus infections can cause them as well, by constantly stretching the skin beneath your eyes." Headaches and nasal drip and under-eye circles? #TheWorst.
If you're tired of using concealers or simply want to just prevent under-eye circles from happening as often as they do, here are seven things you should consider doing:
Maintain A Balanced Diet
The most important thing you can do to get rid of those under-eye circles is to get a nutritious diet. VSP doctor Dr. Ryan Nakamura, O.D. suggested avoiding "white sugar, fried foods, white flour, and salt." He also suggests keeping "carbohydrates to a minimum." It's important to have a balanced diet that includes plenty of vitamins.
Get Enough Sleep
According to dermatologist Dr. David McDaniel (in a report from Scienceline), there's no direct correlation between sleeping and under-eye circles. However, "a lack of sleep affects the severity of the condition." While it might not be the cause of your bags, not getting the right amount of sleep can make it even worse.
Exercising can increase the circulation in your body, which in turn, will decongest the blood vessels under your eyes, according to dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey. Whether it's taking a walk or doing a bit of yoga, consider adding some sort of body-moving activity to your day.
Elevate Your Pillow
How Stuff Works pointed out that under-eye circles that are present when you wake up, but are gone by the afternoon, indicate fluid retention. To reduce their appearance, they suggest "using an extra pillow to elevate your head while you sleep."
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Avoid Too Much Alcohol
Alcohol can dehydrate your body. No brainer, right? But how does that affect your eyes? According to SF Gate, when your skin is dehydrated, it "might become baggy and loose" and that includes the skin underneath your eyes. As a result, baggy eyelids "can cast shadows that increase the impression of dark circles."
Use A Neti Pot
Aromatic Salt Premium Ceramic Neti Pot, Green, Amazon.com, $13.95
Web MD suggested using a neti pot to "flush out all that extra moisture in your sinuses" which might be causing your eye bags to be puffy.
Put Brewed Green Tea Bags Over Your Eyes
Uncle Lee's Organic Green Tea, Amazon.com, $10.44
Green tea bags are a great solution for your under-eye circles. VSP suggested brewing two green tea bags and laying them across your eyes for 10 minutes "to promote circulation and reduce puffiness."
And there you have it. Under-eye bags be gone!
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