Under eye concerns can be a total nuisance, especially under eye bags. Not only are they unavoidably visible to everyone & anyone, but most of the time their appearance is completely out of your control.
Dark circles & puffiness can often be caused by lifestyle habits such as lack of sleep or diet. They can also be handled pretty easily thanks to makeup and even a shock of ice.
When it comes under eye bags, there’s not a lot you can do to avoid them, as they’re primarily caused by genetics and ageing (& maybe worsened with some lifestyle choices).
What are eye bags?
Unlike dark circles & puffiness, under eye bags don’t get talked about as often, probably because they’re much more out of our control. Bags are caused by fat pads under the eyes due, most likely, to genetics, but typically compounded by ageing.
There are a few lifestyle elements that can also affect the under-eye bags and make what’s already there worse. This includes sleep, diet, & managing allergies. These are the aspects, along with ageing, that we have more control over when it comes to preventing or treating under eye bags.
Seven natural remedies for eye bags
Since genetics and natural signs of ageing are the most common reasons for under eye bags, there’s not a whole lot that can be done to get rid of them completely, bar getting them surgically removed. Since these factors are out of our control, the best route to take to minimising their appearance is all about prevention.
1. Support collagen around the eyes
To tackle the issue of ageing, the best thing you can do is support collagen production around the eye. This will help prevent sagging & promote a stronger barrier for a youthful appearance. You can do this through collagen supplements & topical agents.
Consider using products with retinol in, which is a derivative of vitamin A which increases cell turnover to help generate collagen over time.
2. Use skin-supporting under eye products
Along with retinol-based products, there are lots of other great active-packed serums & creams that can help prevent and improve eye bags. Besides retinol, look out for peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, and caffeine.
Peptides & Vitamin C can help by promoting collagen production & reducing the breakdown of collagen to treat & prevent signs of ageing.
Since lack of water can worsen the appearance of under eye bags, hyaluronic acid can treat this by binding & retaining water to keep skin hydrated & youthful.
Vitamin E’s antioxidant ability helps stabilise free radicals, which can speed up signs of ageing, while caffeine’s antioxidant power can delay photo ageing by protecting against UV ray exposure.
3. Wear SPF and sunglasses
Even though Vitamin E can help with UV protection, it’s not enough to truly prevent any real damage. Instead, you’ll want to make sure you apply enough SPF & wear protective sunglasses to slow down the sagging of the skin around the eyes.
As UVA & UVB rays are the main cause of sun damage and ageing, wearing sunglasses and SPF is essential for preventing under eye bags. This will help block the UVA & UVB light, reducing the risk of under eye ageing & skin cancer.
4. Use Gua sha or jade roller facial tools
If you’ve a big event coming up & you want to quickly & efficiently improve the appearance of your eyes, I recommend using a Gua sha or jade roller. These tools can target puffiness & sagging by promoting lymphatic drainage, which reduces swelling & improves circulation by helping to flush out toxins.
5. Decrease salt intake
If your under-eye bags seem to be getting worse on a daily basis, you may want to take a look at your diet. For instance, a lot of salt intake can dehydrate your skin & cause fluids to build up throughout your body, including under your eyes. Though this may not be the sole cause for eye bags, it can definitely increase their puffiness. Cutting back on salty foods can improve this.
6. Cut back on alcohol
Salt isn’t the only thing in your diet that may affect your under eyes, but drinking too much alcohol can also cause dehydration & inflammation. So, if you want to decrease puffiness, improve dark circles & under eye bags, cutting back on alcohol intake may help.
7. Sleep on your back with your head propped up
Not only can more sleep help improve the appearance of eye bags, but this specific sleeping position can give your under eyes the little boost they need to improve their appearance. Sleep on your back with your head a little elevated to decrease fluid retention overnight.
The Vintage Avenue Teams xx