Eye bags can be some of the most stubborn skincare concerns. Sometimes it may seem like no matter how much we sleep, they never go away. There is, however, a large list of reasons besides lack of sleep that can lead to eye bags, such as diet and lifestyle. Keep reading to find common solutions to treat eye bags.
Use Tea Bags
A common practice in reducing the appearance of eye bags is using tea bags. Tea has antioxidant properties that can help increase blood flow. Researchers suggest green tea in particular because of its anti-inflammatory effects. To use tea bags to treat eye bags, start by seeping two bags for 5 minutes. Afterwards, let the tea bags cool in the fridge for 20 minutes. Remove them from the fridge and squeeze them to release excess liquid. After these preparations, place them underneath your eyes for 15-30 minutes.
Use a Cold Compress
Like tea bags, the use of cold helps regulate blood flow. You can purchase a cold compress from the store or use items you can find around your house. This can include anything from a cold spoon to a bag of frozen vegetables. To be safe, make sure to wrap the cold item in a towel to avoid direct contact with your skin.
Use Products With Retinol
If you want to go the skincare route to treat eye bags, look for products formulated with retinol. Retinol helps with the production of collagen. This is important because collagen makes up one third of your body’s protein and is responsible for healthy joints and skin elasticity. Retinol should only be used once a day to a cleansed face and neck.
In addition to drinking more water, try to avoid foods high in sodium. High concentrations of salt in your body contributes to fluid retention. Salt leads to dehydration, which can lead to puffiness. Dr. Chaneve Jeanniton, an oculofacial plastic surgeon, has said that water moves towards areas where there are high concentrations of salt to decrease it.
Wash Your Face
Washing your face and taking off your makeup is important to avoid clogged pores and eventual breakouts. However, it can also help prevent under eye bags. Falling asleep with eye makeup on can irritate them or lead to allergic reactions. In addition, it can also lead to infections that lead to puffiness. We get it, it may seem like a hassle to take your makeup off after a long day. In the end, though, the benefits outweigh the costs.
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