Under-eye is a very delicate area of our body and particularly the skin around as it’s the thinnest. There are many factors that lead to under-eye bags and dark circles- Lack of sleep, dehydration, drinking too much alcohol, and not eating a well-balanced diet are all lifestyle havocs that play their part in the appearance of dark circles. Not only has this, but genetics and aging also had a role to play.
There are many products in the market that claim to rectify or treat dark circles and puffiness under the eyes but they don’t really work!!
Here are some tips to take care of under-eye bags and dark circles, courtesy Shilpi Behl, Medi – Cosmetologist and Facial Aesthetics Specialist,
Co-Owner, Avana Healthcare
- Drink plenty of water, this will help shrink the eye bags. Applying a cold compress also works well to shrink eye bags quickly.
- Apply tea bags (especially Green tea) under your eyes to help with dark circles and bags. The caffeine in tea is considered a very powerful antioxidant. It not only increases the blood flow but also gives protection against harmful UV rays. This slows down the aging process.
- Iron deficiency can also be the cause of dark circles and puffiness. Eating iron-rich foods and taking iron supplements can reduce dark circles.
- Use Skin lightening under eye creams or gels that contain ingredients like hydroquinone, Vit C, Kojic Acid, and Hyaluronic acid
- With the sun getting scorcher with each passing day, it is unavoidable to wear Sunscreen everyday! It gives broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Choose a sunscreen formula that is SPF 30 or higher and water-resistant.
- If you experience puffy eyes more often, sleep with your head elevated and with an extra pillow. Elevation prevents the pooling of body fluids under the eyes.
- Most importantly- Get a good 8 hour sleep. Lack of sleep can make your eyes feel tired and hence contribute to undereye skin changes that lead to dark circles.
- Collagen loss can also be one of the reasons for getting dark circles. Eating foods rich in vitamin C and amino acids promote collagen production by boosting the levels of hyaluronic acid, also resulting in healthier skin.
- Certain allergies can cause under-eye puffiness and dark circles. If your eye puffiness, is an allergic condition, as in some cases, the eye bags can be allergy-related, do not hesitate to ask your doctor for anti-allergy medication.
- Last but not least- limit your screen time as the artificial light causes drying and loss of skin moisture which leads to collagen breakdown causing under eye hollows which appear as dark circles
- In-office treatments, such as peels, lasers, Microneedling and fillers are also a good option to get rid of under-eye hollowness and dark circles.