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How to Get Rid of Bags Under Eyes & Dark Circles

How to Get Rid of Bags Under Eyes & Dark Circles

Tips for reducing dark circles

The skin around your eyes has no oil glands, unlike the rest of your skin. This makes that area much more sensitive to the elements. That’s where those pesky dark circles come in—they’re usually caused by stress, dehydration or lack of sleep. Don’t despair when those shadows start to show up beneath your eyelids. There are a few tricks you can use to make them less noticeable. For starters, make sure you’re staying hydrated and avoiding super salty foods. Avoid rubbing your eyes, even when you’re sleepy. Oh, and speaking of sleep, don’t be afraid to double up on pillows—elevating your head while you sleep can help reduce those puffy places. No matter what, make sure you’re using SPF every day. Finally, here are some circle-reducing tricks. Learn ’em, love ’em, use ’em.

Method 1: Essential oils

Moisturize, moisturize! Sometimes, it’s just as simple as an oil or two. Our suggestion: use a dab of coconut oil as your base. Next, add a drop or two of fennel, lavender or rosemary essential oil. Gently pat the mixture under your eyes before bed.

Method 2: Frozen tea bags

As crazy as it seems, this is a tried-and-true method. Freeze or refrigerate two used tea bags, then place them over your closed eyes. Keep your head back (lying down is important) for around 10 minutes. For best results, use a caffeinated tea—the caffeine can help to constrict and relax those blood vessels. Plus, it’s a great excuse for a little me time.

Method 3: Cold compress

A cold compress, refrigerated cucumber slice or bag of frozen veggies are a great alternative to tea bags. Placing something cool on your eyelids can help reduce puffiness. Try this once a week for 10 minutes to see if you notice the difference.

Method 4: Eye treatments

There is no short supply of under-eye creams. Look for products with ingredients like caffeine, green tea or aloe. They can help reduce puffiness, while other ingredients—like vitamin C or antioxidants—can brighten the skin.

Method 5: Concealer

Sometimes, life just happens. That’s why you should always keep a tried and trusted concealer in your back pocket. Make sure to apply it strategically, focusing just on those dark areas.

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