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Regardless of your age, puffy dark under eyes are frustrating to anyone. Having bags and dark circles under your eyes makes you appear tired, stressed, and older than you actually are. While there is a vast multitude of products available at your nearby beauty store and convenience store for under-eye bags and dark circles, there are actually a lot of natural things you can do at home to help heal those under-eyes and smooth out their appearance.
What causes under-eye bags and dark circles?
You may be wondering what causes under-eye bags and dark circles. There are various factors, including, lack of sleep, stress, seasonal allergies, eczema, water retention, smoking, drinking alcohol, pigmentation problems, sun exposure, and natural aging. The most common reason for under-eye bags specifically, is aging; while fluid and fat can make its way into those tissue pockets that reside under the eye. Although, there are various conditions that can worsen the effect on top of natural aging.
How can you get rid of under-eye bags and dark circles?
There are natural steps you can take in order to prevent and heal those under-eye bags and dark circles. Follow these tips to help smoothen out your under-eyes and reduce the appearance of fatigue and aging:
- Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep at night is the easiest and best way to help reduce your under-eye bags and dark circles. Not only will getting enough sleep make you look better, but it will definitely help you to feel better and increase your overall health.
- Remedy your allergies
Allergies can contribute a lot to under-eye bags and dark circles. Try natural remedies like essential oils, consuming local raw honey, etc. If this doesn’t help, speak to your doctor about medical alternatives.
- Consume less sodium and drink more water
Salt and other forms of sodium can increase water retention, which can lead to swelling of various parts of the body including your under eyes. Drinking more water will actually help flush out any retention and sodium, but decreasing your intake of sodium and increasing your water intake simultaneously is your best bet.
- Exercise regularly
Regular exercise is good for your overall health and happiness, but it can also improve your blood circulation and toxin elimination which can help with those baggy and dark under eyes.
- Wash your face before going to sleep
Try to never go to sleep with make up on, and try to get into the habit of washing your face before going to sleep. Irritants such as dirt, oil, and germs can cause inflammation to various parts of your skin and face including your under eyes.
- Drink less alcohol
Alcohol causes dehydration to your body, including your skin. Drinking too much isn’t good for your health and can cause dark circles and baggy under eyes. Alcohol also prohibits your body from going into the deep sleep cycles, it requires which can also contribute to these under-eye issues.
- Stop smoking
Smoking cigarettes is horrible for your overall health, including your under eyes. It dries out your skin, including your face, and leads to premature aging such as wrinkles and under-eye bags.
- Use a cold compress
A cold compress will help to bring down any swelling in, around, or under the eyes. Try using chilled spoons or cold slices of cucumbers. Another great option is drained, dampened, cooled tea bags.
When it comes to aesthetic characteristics such as smooth, clear skin, etc., your best bet is to worry about your overall health. Avoid over-consumption of refined sugars, alcohol, processed foods, don’t smoke, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy and balanced diet, get enough sleep, and regularly visit your health providers. One of the health providers you should be seeing regularly if your Arlington optometrist. Visiting your doctors regularly ensures that they can catch any health problems in the tracks and address them before they progress.
First Eye Care North Arlington is a trusted and highly recommended Arlington vision center. Our team of vision experts care about you and your family’s visual health and can assist you with eye exams to picking out your lenses. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.