I don't know about you, but I have the worst bags under my eyes. I've tried everything I can, while still avoiding expensive cream filled with chemicals (yes, I am one of those people, and proud of it). Over time, I have complied a list of things that I found have helped and a couple I've heard, but have yet to try.
- Drinking more water. Honestly, you should be doing this, since it seems like a beauty tip for anything from head-to-toe has to do with drinking more water.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes too much. Under our eyes are actually very sensitie and excessive rubbing isn't good for them!
- Put a spoon in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, pull it out and put it over the area until the spoon warms up again. This is supposed to help, but sounds painful to me! If anyone has tried it, I would love to know it if to works!
- Use cucumber. This has got to be the most well known treatment, but I'll be honest with you, I don't think it works that great.
- Apply tea bags. Obviously, mame sure they are cool/cold before doing this! This method works well.
- Look at your diet. Leafy greens are said to be able to help, as are things high in iron, vitamin A and B.
- Of course, get your beauty sleep! It's estimated that adults need at least 8 hours of sleep, but if your body feels that it needs more, than go for it!
- Use potatoes just like you do cucumber slices. This is by far my favorite way to treat my dark circles, as it works the best! I put them over my eyes and put my sleeping mask on, they normally slip off some time during the night, but I do wake up with less...darkness!
- Lemons are a good whitener and can be used around the eye area (thoug be careful! I am guessing it will not sting a lot if you accidently get it in your eye) to help lighten the darkness.
- A good night cream is always suggested. Right now, I am using coconut oil mixed with fish oil (a vitamin known for helping to prevent wrinkles).
- Always apply sunscreen around the eyes, sun can be very damaging to the ski and can actually increase the look of our dark circles.
Surprisingly, there are quite a few reasons you could have these bags under your eyes. The first, I will mention is lack of sleep. This was already mentioned and is a quick fix! Just get some more sleep. Aging skin is something we cannot combat completely, and it can be a cause in our dark circles, but knowing how to "age gracefully" can help prevent this. Also, preventable is an iron deficiency (which I think I may be suffering from) which may cause a blue-ish tinge around your eyes. Lastly, your allergies could be a factor, so treat them ASAP.
Bonus: Do you have an iron deficiency? We already know a blue-ish tinge around the eyes could mean you hae one, but what else can tell you? If you always feel tired and weak (though this can be a sign of almost anything), decreased immune function, a hard time keeping a body temperature and a hard time staying focused. I know, I know that pretty much describes everyone who is overworked and tired! I do not encourage self-diagnosing, so if you think you may have an iron deficiency, first start eating more iron and second, talk to a doctor about it! Or maybe the other way around.