We’ve all had those mornings where we wake up with unwanted guests - puffy, dark circles under our eyes. Eye bags can make us look tired and ageing.
So what causes eye bags and what can we do to help?
Causes of Eye Bags:
Eye bags can actually be a pretty good indicator that there is something we aren’t giving our bodies. They can be caused by the following:
- Lack of sleep: Not getting enough sleep can cause fluid to accumulate under your eyes, leading to puffiness and dark circles.
- Ageing: As we age, the skin under our eyes becomes thinner, making it more susceptible to sagging and puffiness.
- Genetics: Eye bags can run in families, and some people are simply more prone to them.
- Allergies: Allergic reactions can cause the blood vessels under your eyes to dilate, leading to dark circles and puffiness.
- Dehydration: When dehydrated, the skin under your eyes may appear sunken and darkened.
How to Help Reduce Eye Bags:
Learning to read our skin, and listen to our bodies is a fine balance. If you have eye bags, your body could be asking for any of the following.
- Get some sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night to help prevent eye bags.
- Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated can help prevent the skin under your eyes from appearing sunken and darkened.
- Use a cold compress: Placing a cold compress on your eyes, such as a cold spoon or a bag of frozen peas, can help reduce swelling and puffiness.
- Use eye cream: Alongside drinking water, eye creams can help firm and tighten the skin under your eyes, reducing the appearance of bags.
- Avoid salty foods: Salt can cause fluid retention, leading to puffiness under the eyes.
- Drink less alcohol: Drinking alcohol or drinking less frequently will help improve your sleep, stress and hydration, all of which contribute to eye bags.
Eye bags can be frustrating, but they are a helpful indication of what your body needs. With a few simple changes, you can help reduce their appearance.
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