There always seems to be some new and mysterious remedy for under-eye bags and dark circles. And while some magical elixir sounds great, it’s not realistic. Bags and dark circles make you look tired, no matter how much sleep you’ve gotten. The fact is, they’re often genetic and there’s nothing we can do about it.
Many women have spent hundreds on these creams that claim to de-puff and lighten those circles, but none of them are a guarantee. These pesky issues in the under-eye area can be caused by allergies, sun expose, aging, chronic fatigue and more. Here’s the only fool proof remedies you need to get glowing skin ASAP.
1. Apply tea bags
Forget expensive facials – the best remedy is sitting in your pantry. Caffeinated tea bags have antioxidants that increase blood flow. They also might protect against sunlight and aging symptoms. Opt for green tea, which has added anti-inflammatory benefits. Steep for 5 minutes, chill them for 20, and rest for another 20.
2. Cold milk compress
This can be as effective as eye-cream, if not more. That cold sensation on your under-eye constricts blood vessels temporarily. This can be done with water, but dairy products like milk contain Vitamin A which keeps your skin bright and radiant. Apply under the eyes and let it rest for 10 minutes, twice a day.
3. Drink more water
This is something we’re all sick of hearing, but hydration keeps your skin happy, so up that water intake. Here’s a tip: if chugging water sounds too boring to you, consider infused water, sparkling water, or herbal tea.
4. Take makeup off before bed – correctly
Sleeping with makeup on is the worst for your skin. What’s worse is that some people just don’t know how to take it off! Never run you mascara and eyeliner off. Always use a DIY product, toner, or professional makeup remover. Blot gently, don’t rub aggressively.
5. Change sleep habits
Sleep on your back! Sleeping on the stomach and side allows fluid to collect beneath your eyes. Even add an extra pillow if you feel like it. The amount of sleep you get is also important – get your full 8 hours and see better results quickly. If you don’t see a difference, consider getting checked out for sleep Apnea.
6. Use a neti pot
Ok, this isn’t really a typical solution, but a neti pot is apparently a secret remedy for bags and dark circles that you need to try. This device is filled with saltwater solution and poured through the nostrils, cleaning out sinuses. After using a neti pot for a few days, you might find your eyes looking clearer and more awake.
7. Orange juice
OJ isn’t just your best friend during a flu – it can make you look like you just went to the spa. High in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Soak a cotton pad and apply under the eyes, but be careful that you don’t get it in your eyes.
8. Eat less salt
Sodium is often the culprit for bloating us up and making our skin look dull. When our bodies don’t have enough H20 but too much salt, we feel and look puffy. Under-eye skin is especially thin and easily dehydrated. So the next time you reach for those fries, make sure you have a glass of water on hand.
9. Wear sunscreen
We all forget that sunscreen bottle once in a while, but it’s important to wear SPF protection, even in cold weather, to protect your skin. Consider using a moisturizer with SPF 30 minimum. If you have broad spectrum protection against both UVB and UVA rays, your under-eyes will thank you.
10. Include a retinol cream in your skin routine
Retinol creams can resolve tons of skin problems, from acne and aging to psoriasis. It’s a potent form of Vitamin A, and can be purchased in the form of a cream, liquid, or gel. Retinol stimulates collagen production, and can be used once a day after cleansing. Talk to a dermatologist before you try this one.
11. Coconut oil
This gentle anti-inflammatory can be used as a cleanser and moisturizer. It’s also been lauded for lightening dark circles under you eyes. Many users like it for its ability to hydrate while lightening, which keeps away fine lines and wrinkle. Rub a small amount in lightly and leave it overnight. Goodbye fancy eye serums!