There are various causes for under-eye bags and dark circles. While the conditions can be hereditary, for most people they are caused by a lack of sleep, too much alcohol, too much sodium in their diet, or allergies. There are strategies to reduce puffy bags underneath the eyes, and there are makeup options to help minimize the bags and dark circles.
Allergies can cause fluid to build up under the eye, as can sensitivity to alcohol that can lead to inflammation. Alcohol widens blood vessels, which can make dark circles look more prominent.
Taking allergy relief medicine can help lessen puffiness, and drinking a lot of water throughout the day can reverse the dehydration caused by alcohol.
Cut as much salt out of your diet as possible, to reduce water retention. Sleep on your back, using an additional pillow, so gravity won’t cause fluid to accumulate under your eyes. Remove your makeup every night, and use a moisturizing eye cream to rehydrate the thin skin below your eyes.
Use sunscreen to protect your face and the skin around your eyes. If you smoke, try to quit; smoking leads to dry, weakened skin and wrinkles. A cold eye mask or other compress, such as chilled spoons, cucumber slices, or tea bags can help reduce puffiness. Try keeping your eye cream in the refrigerator to keep it chilled.
If bags and dark circles persist, an eye cream with caffeine can help tighten skin, help with drainage, and reduce puffiness. A light-diffusing concealer in the areas surrounding the eyes helps minimize the appearance of bags and dark circles. An orange-based concealer may help counteract the blue undertone of dark circles. A concealer that matches your skin tone should be applied in the shadow of the bag under your eye, not on the bag itself.
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