What Causes Bags Under Eyes and How to Get Rid of Dark Circles?
Nearly everyone has those dark, unsightly bags or circles under their eyes from time to time. Many people believe they are cause by lack of sleep. But it’s not quite that simple. In fact, the dark circles and bags might be caused by poor nutrition, poor lifestyle choices, stress or a combination of these factors.
Some people get dark circles under their eyes because of lack of sleep, but this is usually combined with a tendency inherited from family members. Sometimes allergies can cause puffy areas to develop under the eyes, with an associated change in skin color. Even the healthiest person, who sleeps regularly and well, may develop dark circles as they age. Doctors also believe that exposure to sunlight damages tiny blood vessels around the eyes, giving the skin its darker color.
It’s possible to cover some mild-to-medium cases of dark circles. Use an over-the-counter concealing product. Choose the tone you need to deal with the depth of color you see. It’s possible to reduce puffiness and inflammation around the eyes with cucumbers and with tea bags. The tannin in tea works against the mild swelling. For a more long-term treatment, try getting more vitamin C in your diet, along with the little-known vitamin K. These can help strengthen blood vessels.
Some people have had success reducing the swelling and puffiness around the eyes with a cotton ball or Q-tip. Put one of these items in the freezer for several minutes then press it gently against the puffy, discolored areas. Similar relief may come from cold compresses, such as ice in a soft cloth.
The following technique may not be widely known among the general population. It is said that models and actors use Preparation H! They apply it directly on the dark circles and bags. This product apparently helps reduce puffiness and with it the discoloration.
It is also important to keep your face in shape. That’s right, facial exercises can help. Simple techniques that stretch the skin and exercise the face muscles may help get rid of those areas under the eyes that look like they are bruised and swollen. Close your eyes, relax for a few seconds then raise your eyebrows to stretch the skin around and under the eyes. Do this several times.
Try doing some eye exercises, such as looking right, left, up and down several times in succession. This is especially important for those who work in one position for longer periods of time or have their eyes on a computer screen or assembly line for long stretches. Mild massage may help stimulate blood flow but don’t press or be too aggressive. That could break even more of the tiny blood vessels.
Finally, if your puffiness and dark circles are caused by allergies you should talk with your doctor or medical specialist. These conditions are often the body’s reaction to substances or irritants in your system. It may not be possible to get rid of dark circles completely or eliminate all the puffiness but you can take some small steps to reduce the color and the bags under your eyes.