Although the space under a person’s eyes is fairly small, this area quickly becomes very noticeable when it becomes dark and puffy. While increasing your water consumption and getting more quality rest can often help reduce the appearance of bags under your eyes, it’s not always possible to achieve these two goals that easily. Here are a few other tips that will help get the area under your eyes looking its best again.
Apply a Cold Compress
These days, plenty of commercial products can be purchased for use on the bags under your eyes, but in many cases, the best results can be obtained by using items you may already have in your home, including:
- A cool, damp washcloth
- A chilled teaspoon
- Cool slices of cucumber
Applying these to the area around your eyes will usually help diminish the appearance of dark circles and bags within a matter of minutes.
Sleep with your Head Slightly Elevated
Adding an extra pillow or raising the head of your bed just a few inches can go a long way in helping to minimize the appearance of bags under your eyes. This method works by preventing fluid from building up around your eyes while sleeping.
Reduce your Salt Intake
Salt is one of the main contributing factors to fluid retention in the body – including that which occurs in the area under your eyes. Reducing your sodium intake as much as possible will go a long way in helping to prevent the appearance of those raccoon-like dark eye circles.
Ease Up on the Alcohol Consumption
Although a glass or two of wine won’t do any harm in most cases, excessive consumption of alcohol will result in your body becoming dehydrated – and this includes the area of delicate skin underneath your eyes. Once this skin weakens, there’s a strong chance that it will end up looking permanently saggy and dark. If you do consume alcohol, always ensure that that you have one or two glasses of water before going to bed and apply a good quality moisturizer to the area under your eyes.
Protect your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays
While most individuals are careful with regards to ensuring that all parts of their body are covered in sunscreen during the summer months, that small area under the eyes is often overlooked. However, too much sun exposure will also cause the delicate skin underneath and around your eyes to sag and wrinkle over time – which could leave you with the appearance of dark circles permanently. Always apply sunscreen and wear high quality sunglasses while spending time outdoors.
If you’ve been doing everything possible to reduce the appearance of bags under your eyes and haven’t been successful, it may be time to consider having cosmetic treatment performed. Get in touch with our office today to find out more about the various procedures our team can perform that will help get you looking your absolute best once again.