You've spent the entire week working long hours on a project and haven't gotten nowhere near enough sleep. You get up for work on Friday morning and catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. Whoa...You've got some serious eye baggage going on. Dark, puffy bags under the eyes aren't attractive and they can make you look much older than you actually are.
While genetics does play a role in the development of eye bags, there are a handful of things you may be to do to get rid of the bags under your eyes. Getting more sleep is the obvious answer, but we recognize this isn't always an option. Here are 5 other things you can try to reduce or eliminate the bags under your eyes.
1. Be Cool.
A cool compress for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening can work wonders when it comes to relieving eye bags. It helps reduce inflammation and may help your eyes look less puffy. We've all seen the commercials with beautiful models covering their eyes with cucumber slices. This trick actually works. If you aren't in the mood for slicing cukes, a cool washcloth will work every bit as well.
Gently rub the affected area. Use one finger and apply gentle pressure, rubbing from beneath the outer corner of the eye to the bridge of the nose. Repeat 6 to 8 times on each side. This will improve circulation to the affected area and may tighten up the skin.
3. Use Products Designed to Relieve Bags.
There are a number of products designed to reduce bags under the eyes. The consensus amongst Healthy Smart Green's authors is Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue is one of the best products around, but at nearly $70 bucks for half an ounce, it isn't cheap. That little jar will last you a long time and may be the difference between heading to work with bags under your eyes and showing up looking refreshed.
Another product we like is Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream, 0.5 Ounces, which isn't going to break the bank. This product is best when used before bags start to develop and may prevent them from happening at all.
4. Drink More.
Now that I have your attention, let me clarify by telling you that drinking more water is one of the best things you can do to get rid of the bags under your eyes. Dehydration shows up first in areas where the skin is thin like the areas under your eyes. Drinking water combined with the previous tips may be all that's needed to get rid of those under-eye suitcases you're packing around.
5. Change the Position You Sleep In.
This is going to be a tough one because most people sleep in the position they're naturally comfortable in, but if you're a side- or stomach-sleeper, you may be your own worst enemy when it comes to bags under your eyes. Sleeping on your side or your stomach allows fluid to build up beneath the eyes while you're sleeping and may be the reason you wake up with bags under your eyes. If you sleep on your side, the bag beneath the eye on the lower side may be bigger than the bag under the eye on side that's on top while you sleep.
Try gradually adjusting to sleeping on your back more often and you might be able to get rid of the bags under your eye or at least drastically reduce them.