Whether it’s bags or dark circles that are denting your self-image, the good news is that there are many remedies. Before giving details of the remedies, we’ll consider the most frequent causes since the cause and the remedy are linked. If the cause is lifestyle issues, then use all the products you like, but they won’t help much.
Culprit #1 – Fatigue
We all experience weariness but fatigue is a persistent exhaustion that goes to the core of your being, affecting mood, sleep, concentration and performance.
How to treat Fatigue:
De-clutter and simplify your life, get more sleep and take time to relax.
Culprit #3 – Dehydration
Water plumps up skin cells from the inside. If we don’t take in adequate quantities of water daily, all sorts of problems occur from skin cells shrinking and caving in, to looking like a dry prune.
How to treat it:
Always keep hydrated. Bags under the eyes are the result of swelling in the very delicate tissue surrounding the eyes. Fluid retention occurs from sleep deprivation, allergies, hormone changes and stress. Puffy eyes or bags under the eyes often point to an excess of salt and alcohol. Other common causes are sinus problems, dehydration, sleeping face down and irritation from contact lenses. While checking out the bags under your eyes you may be tempted to wax or pluck your nose hairs but its important to remember that doing so can worsen pre-existing sinus problems that may be causing bags under your eyes.
How to reduce bags and shadows under eyes:
- Reduce salt and/or alcohol intake
- Stop smoking
- Use eye drops
- Eat potassium-rich foods like bananas and leafy greens
- Use a neti-pot to flush out extra liquid from your sinuses
- Remove makeup before going to bed
- Sleep on your back
- Sleep with an extra pillow to elevate your head
- Apply a cold compress or slices of chilled cucumber to the eyes for 20 minutes daily
- Exercise daily
- Eat foods that are high in fiber
- Drink fresh water throughout the day
How to camouflage your under-the-eye issues:
Your favorite skin-tone matching concealer disguises shadows best. Pat concealer onto the area under the eyes, apply your foundation over it, blend the concealer in and apply face powder over that. You can find a number of skin-toned concealers in various shades that help to correct dark shadows. Reduce the intensity of the bags under your eyes by drawing attention away from them. Apply concealer in the shadow of the bag. Brighten the inner and outer corners of your eyes with a highlighter to reduce attention to what’s under the eye. Avoid dark eyeliner or eye shadow.
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