Are you experiencing eye bags or dark circles around your eyes? Both of these are natural effects of aging, but can also be caused by lack of sleep, allergies, and certain habits that cause water localization. Eye bags are one of the cosmetic problems that can make people look tired or uninspired. Learn how to minimize the appearance of eye bags with quick methods, long-term strategies and permanent cosmetic solutions.
Method 1 of 3: Quick Solution
Step 1. Drink plenty of water
Eye bags are usually caused by the localization of water due to the high concentration of salt in the area. You may wake up with bags under your eyes after a dinner session full of salty food or crying; Whatever the cause, be it food or tears, salt can draw water to your face and cause this water to collect under your eyes.
- Get rid of excess salt from your body by drinking water. Avoid salty foods.
- Avoid drinks that can cause dehydration, such as coffee and alcohol.
Step 2. Compress your eyes with something cold
You may have heard that placing cucumbers can help get rid of eye bags, but what really matters here is the cooling temperature of your eye bags area. Cucumbers happen to be the perfect tool, they come in the perfect shape, size and texture to treat eye bags, so prepare small slices - make sure you've refrigerated them.
If you don't have cucumbers, soak some tea bags and chill them in the freezer or refrigerator before putting them on your eyes. Use a soothing tea, such as chamomile or peppermint tea, so you get the aromatherapy effect at the same time
Step 3. Use the cover
The point here is make-up. The use of make-up is the most effective and quick solution to cover eye bags and dark circles. Using the right make-up can reduce the appearance of eye bags and make you look fresh all day long. Follow the steps below:
- Use a concealer that is the same color as your skin. If your eye bags are dark, choose a color one shade lighter. Apply concealer with your fingers or a cotton ball. Use it by gently touching it to your skin, don't rub this concealer. Make-up that you apply will be more effective if it stays on the surface of your skin.
- Follow up with powder to keep the make-up on all day long. Use a matte powder (which is not shiny) and a blush brush to apply the powder under your eyes.
Step 4. Use a tea bag
The content of tannins in tea bags can sometimes reduce eye bags.
- Bring the water to a boil and put two teabags in it.
- Move the tea up and down until it is completely absorbed.
- Remove the tea and cool the tea on a plate. You can cover your face, nose, and eyes with paper towels if you wish.
- Lie down wherever you feel comfortable. Place one used tea bag over each eye. Let your body relax for a few minutes.
- After that, throw away the tea bag. Hopefully this method can help so that your eye bags don't look puffy at first when you look in the mirror.
Method 2 of 3: Long Term Strategy
Step 1. Treat your allergies
Often eye bags are an allergic reaction that causes inflammation of the face. Because the skin around your eyes is thinner than the skin on other parts of your body, fluid will collect in the area and make the skin swell.
- Use allergy medications for hay fever and other types of seasonal allergies. Buy over-the-counter medications or ask your doctor for a prescription.
- Stay away from sources of allergies, such as flowers, dust, or animals. Make sure your house is always clean and wash the existing fabrics regularly.
Step 2. Change your sleeping position
People who sleep on their stomach or side have a greater risk of developing eye bags, because these two positions allow fluid to collect under the eyes at night. People who like to sleep on their side may also notice that the eye bags on the side on which they sleep are usually larger than the eye bags on the other side.
- Try to sleep on your back more often. You may find it difficult to change your sleeping habits at first. Try adding pillows on both sides of your body so you can sleep on your back more easily.
- Use a second pillow under your head if you are used to sleeping on your back. With your head propped up in a slightly lowered position, fluid won't collect under your eyes at night.
Step 3. Treat your face with care
Facial skin, especially the skin under the eyes, is thin, fragile, breaks easily and becomes weak. This can lead to larger eye bags. Use the methods below to treat the skin under your eyes more carefully:
- Don't sleep wearing makeup. Chemical elements in makeup can irritate the eyes at night. Wash your face before going to bed, this is important for maintaining facial hygiene.
- Wash and dry your face gently. Using a scrub for your face and wiping it off with a towel can weaken the skin particles around your eyes. Use eye makeup remover to gently remove makeup, then rinse your face with water several times and pat it dry with a soft towel.
- Moisturize your face every night. Make sure your face, especially the area around your eyes, gets enough moisture to help keep your skin elastic and strong. Use a moisturizing lotion or oil every night before you go to bed.
- Use sunscreen every day. Sunlight can thin the skin around your eyes, making this skin more fragile. Make sure you protect your skin every day, even in winter.
Step 4. Change your diet
A slightly salty dinner with a few cocktails is not bad if you do it occasionally, but if this is a daily habit (eating salty food and drinking alcohol), there will be permanent effects on your eye bags. Localization of water on the face area over the years can cause your eye bags to become large forever. To prevent this, you can:
- Reducing the salt content in daily cooking. Reduce it by half or even completely - you'll be surprised that food can still taste good without added salt. Cut back on the salt you use while cooking and avoid salt completely at dinner, as your body won't have time to balance its intake before you go to bed.
- Reduce consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can cause localization of water, so the less you drink, the smaller your eye bags will be in the morning. Drink the same amount of water on the nights you drink alcohol. Try to stop drinking alcohol earlier in the night than before you go to sleep.
Method 3 of 3: Cosmetic Solutions
Step 1. Through filler injections
Bags or eye circles that result from aging won't be affected by lifestyle changes, but you can treat them by using hyaluronic fillers to improve the appearance of the under-eye area. This filler is injected under the eye to produce a more youthful appearance of the eye socket contour.
- This procedure can be dangerous if not performed by a professional. Do your research before deciding to use this method.
- Fillers typically cost several million dollars, and can produce negative side effects such as bruising and swelling.
Step 2. Through the operation
As a person ages, fat will move down from the eyeball and collect in the under-eye area, causing eye bags to form. Blepharoplasty is the process of removing or changing the position of the accumulated fat, and followed up with laser treatment to tighten the skin in the area.
- Blepharoplasty procedures usually cost around 20 to 50 million rupiah.
- The healing period can take several weeks.
- Place 2 spoons (don't use plastic spoons) in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Take them out and place them over your eyes, with the spoons facing down. Close your eyes as soon as the spoon is placed. Leave until the spoon is warm again.
- Sleep more. Stop watching late night shows or playing on your iPad. After a week of doing this, you will see a real difference.
- Avoid drinking a lot of water before you go to bed, as the fluid builds up under your eyes when you sleep.
- Freeze the ice cubes. Then place it over the eyes using a thin towel.
- Breathe deeply. Lack of oxygen can cause dark eye bags.