Interesting day yesterday. A commenter on yesterday’s post told me that under my eyes look like a 50 year olds. Well I’m only 25 so that’s has got to change. I actually don’t think I have bags under my eyes yet but after googling the subject (Google should be everyone’s best friend), WEBMD says that it is pretty common for young women and men in their 20’s and 30’s to develop dark circles under their eyes. Many factors can cause dark circles and puffiness (bags) under eyes. One of the main factors is heredity. As we get older, the skin under our eyes begin to weaken and lose elasticity. Other causes for the hideous black eyes can be lack of sleep, stress, sun damage or eating habits.
Before using an over the counter treatment for anything, I prefer to try a natural remedy. Listed below are a few of the most common at-home solutions from WIKIHOW (I LOVE this site!) that I’ve found most prevalent in common use. Read the full article to find out what you believe causes your dark circles. These are the ones I’m going to try:
- Slice cucumber into thick slices. Cucumber slices have long been used to reduce puffiness and refresh the appearance of skin around the eyes, providing a fast “pick-me-up” for tired and puffy eyes. Place a slice over each eye, extending over the darkened area. Do this daily, coupled with lying down for 10-15 minutes. Keep your eyes closed.
- Apply cool tea bags or an ice cube wrapped in soft cloth to your eyes daily. The tannin in tea bags reduces swelling and discoloration. Lie down, preferably in the morning, and leave fresh the cool, damp caffeinated tea bags (you can refrigerate them overnight so they’ll be ready) over your eyes for about 10-15 minutes. Keep your eyes closed.
- Get plenty of sleep nightly. It’s not entirely clear why inadequate sleep results in dark circles under the eyes, but lack of sleep tends to cause the skin to become paler (thus increasing the appearance of darkness under the eyes), and reduces circulation. It’s also believed that too little time lying down is a cause in itself.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet, take vitamins, and drink plenty of water. A whole host of cosmetic problems can be attributed to vitamin deficiencies. Dark circles and puffiness are often attributed to lack of vitamin K or inadequate antioxidants. Also, a deficiency in B12 (usually anemia-related) can result in dark circles.
- Reduce salt intake. Excess salt causes the body to retain water in unusual places, and this can result in puffiness under the eyes. Too much salt can also impair your circulation, and cause the blood vessels under the skin to appear bluer.
- Relaxing might help remove sources of stress and anxiety that are preventing you from sleeping, eating, and resting properly. In turn, relaxing enough will help your eye skin to improve as you feel less stressed and more at ease. Skin tends to reflect a whole host of emotional as well as physical ailments, so don’t dismiss the need to relax lightly.