We all want to look good and awake throughout the day. However, dark circles around our eyes make this impossible as they make us look tired, older and irritable.
There are countless products on the market which claim to help de-puff and lighten the area under the eyes, but truth be told, they don’t always work.
Applying a cold compress or using makeup around the eyes can help shrink eye bags quickly, but the only way to reduce their appearance in the long term is to make a few lifestyle changes. This is especially true if your eye bags and dark circles are genetically inherited.
Here are a few lifestyle changes you need to make before you can achieve bag-free eyes;
I cannot stress this enough; do not sleep with makeup on! Improving your nightly routine will help you avoid bags under your eyes. In particular, it’s important to wash your face before bed each night.
There are several reasons why you shouldn’t sleep in makeup. First, if you sleep with mascara or other eye makeup on your eyes, you may irritate them, experience an allergic reaction or develop an infection that creates redness, puffiness and other symptoms.
Eating too many salty foods may be the root cause of your under-eye bags. Salt contributes to your body’s fluid retention and can make you puffy overall.
Water will always find its way from parts of your body that are low in sodium to those that have the most. The area around your eyes is a prime example. That’s why a dinner loaded with salt often results in morning-after puffiness.
Drink as much water as possible. Yes, it seems counter-intuitive when you are retaining water, but hydrating reduces puffiness. So, drink a glass of water whenever you notice your eyes getting a little droopy.
Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Given this, it may not be surprising that dehydration can contribute to under-eye bags. Upping your water intake should help.
How much is enough? Experts recommend drinking around 13 cups of fluids a day for men, and about 9 cups of fluids for women, per day.
Don’t like water? The good news is that all fluids count toward your daily total. Still, water is a low-calorie option.
One of the most well-known benefits of collagen is its ability to promote glowing, vibrant skin. This essential protein provides elasticity to the skin, helping it to appear more youthful and healthier. As you get older and collagen production declines, fine lines, loose skin, and dryness can occur.
Foods rich in vitamin C and amino acids can also help with collagen production, creating healthier skin. Good sources of Vitamin C include oranges, red peppers, kale, broccoli, and strawberries.
You may consider also cutting back on alcohol to see the relief on your eyes. Why does this work?
For one, alcohol disrupts the quality of sleep, and lack of quality sleep thereof causes your eyes to look puffy. Drinking alcohol also contributes to dehydration, and dehydration may lead to bags and dark circles under your eyes.
Smoking depletes your body’s stores of vitamin C, which is the vitamin responsible for creating healthy collagen in your skin. If you smoke, you may deal with issues like wrinkles, discoloration, and even under-eye bags and dark circles.
Most women will say they don’t smoke but that occasional indulgence in shisha during those night outings might be contributing to the darkness around your eyes.