Hi ladies and this time gentlemen as well,
I know how annoying dark circles and bags under the eyes can be. I am one who always had to deal with one or another or both at the same time.
Unfortunately these are problems that we inherit genetically most of the time. And there is not much that can be done about them. Attention, I did not say that there nothing you can do…
You have to know that if you have sinus problems, allergies, thyroid or kidney problems, the under eye bags and circles can be more pronounced.
Also, the skin around the eyes is the most sensitive and thin skin on the face. This could as well be an inherited trait, or it could be dehydration. If the skin is dehydrated, it loses the elasticity and it gets that crappy look, which will allow more transparency unfortunately. If you have naturally very skin transparent skin under the eyes, the body fluids but mainly the blood circulating through that area, are going to be more visible and you’ll get that dark, shadow effect under your eyes.
Other common reasons could be a sodium rich diet, not enough water intake, too much alcohol intake and not enough rest. Recently I have found out that sleeping on your stomach does not help, on the contrary.
Here are a few remedies I happened to try and I loved.
- First of all if you have allergies or hay fever, some over the counter or prescribed medications might help.
- Sleeping faced up and placing an extra pillow under your head, so that you allow some fluid drainage during sleep will also help. Plus 8 hours of sleep every night will feel devine on your body and your tired puffy eyes.
- Avoid sodium rich foods (even if the sodium comes from soy sauce) and alcohol before bed.
- Try frozen cucumber slices placed over the eyes for 30 minutes in the morning and also green tea (rich in anti-inflammatory flavonoids) cold compresses over the eyes.
- In terms of products, I rarely ran into an eye cream/serum that actually works for these two common issues. I’ll tell you though that you have to look for some specific ingredients known to stimulate the blood circulation under the eye area when you purchase your eye cream, and for some with brightening properties: These ingredients would be caffeine, ginseng, licorice, green tea, nitroffeine, centella asiatica, peptides, anti-oxidants and flavonoids.
- Using a good eye concealer will also help. Mainly to cover up as opposed to fix, but hey, as long as it has good ingredients, gives you that flawless look and covers imperfections, why not!
Personal tip: When you apply your eye products, use the ring finger and try to apply as less pressure possible, in order to not stretch the skin around the eyes, over time.
Some of my favorite eye products: