Other people can learn a lot about your lifestyle, judging by the skin under your eyes. Here, you won’t be able to hide signs of premature aging, sleep deprivation, and lack of skincare. There are two reasons behind this:
- The skin here is the thinnest, which is why any change is shown here first.
- It’s right under your eyes, which means that it’s in the area that people focus on when you’re face to face.
For both of these reasons, it is the part of your body that requires the most immediate care. Here are a couple of tips and tricks to help you out.
What Causes Bags Under Eyes?
Bags under the eyes are the most common example of problems with skin tissue in this area. The first physiological explanation of this phenomenon is that the tissue structure (and muscles holding it) may weaken. The second explanation lies in the fact that the area below your eyes may accumulate fluid. If this happens, this area will appear both puffy and swollen.
Why does this happen?
There are a few reasons:
- Fluid retention is sometimes caused by your diet. When eating salty foods, your body will retain more water.
- Lack of sleep will also give this effect. As we’ve previously mentioned, nothing tells others that you’re sleep-deprived like having bags under your eyes.
- Bags under the eyes may also be an immediate reaction to an allergy.
- For some people, this phenomenon is hereditary.
Now that we know some of the risks, let’s focus on the solution.
Regular Moisturizer Is Not Enough
While using moisturizer definitely helps, a regular moisturizer is not as effective as you would like it to be. The thing is that you want a cream that is specially designed for eyelid skin. This, however, is just one of the solutions that you need to apply.
Other than this, you should also go for a quality under eye sheet mask, ideally, one designed for emergency repair. This will provide your skin with a multi-hydrating dose, far more effectively than a regular moisturizer ever could. One more advantage of these masks is the fact that they’re easy to pack and can be used anywhere.
Sleep, Caffeine, and Vitamin K
Those suffering from dark circles around their eyes need to approach this issue from multiple directions. First, you need to get enough sleep. Chances are that the problem occurred because of sleep deprivation, to begin with.
The problem is that once dark circles appear, just getting enough sleep won’t be enough to rid you of them. In order to lighten these circles, you might want to use topicals that contain caffeine or vitamin K.
Try Using Jade Rollers
While there’s no definitive cure for puffy bags under your eyes, a lot of skincare experts suggest that a jade roller might help. Now, there are two things you need to do in order to enhance its effect. The first thing is to keep it clean and in the freezer. Cooling reduces the overall puffiness because cold temperature reduces blood flow (thus lessening the effects of swelling). Second, you need a quality eye gel (to dip it in before you start rolling).
Retinol and Retinoid
These two vitamin A derivatives can drastically increase collagen production in your skin. So, by using a cream containing them in the evening, you will further enhance the rejuvenating effect that sleep has on your skin. In order to further boost this effect, you might want to use another cream in the morning (ideally one containing green tea). This routine can slow down the aging process by lowering the wrinkling effect. It would also help if you were to stay out of the sun, seeing as how its UV rays hurt your skin and increase the wrinkling rate.
While it is still disputed whether smoking actually causes under-eye bags and dark circles, it definitely makes things worse. Other than this, it also ages your skin, thins your hair, and absolutely destroys your mouth. In other words, it steals your beauty in many different ways and the longer you keep this bad habit, the worse it gets.
Just keep in mind that nicotine withdrawal symptoms may also worsen your sleep patterns. Therefore, you might want to take this gradually and in smaller steps. Withdrawal symptoms will set in somewhere between 4 and 24 hours after the last cigarette. They will peak around day 3 and slowly subside over the next 4 weeks.
There’s really no better way to rejuvenate your face than to start treating skin under your eyes the way it deserves. Learning which products help you the most and which habits hurt your under-eye skin the hardest is the first step on this journey. Then, you need to devise a plan and become as consistent and thorough in your skincare routine as possible.
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