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No matter your age, dealing with puffy under-eyes can put a damper on your mood. After all, they can get in the way of a radiant and youthful-looking visage, just like fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots. That being said, you’ve probably searched high and low to find out how to get rid of bags under eyes for good. Sadly, there is no magic treatment for under-eye bags that can completely keep them at bay.
However, there are a few steps you can take to help reduce the appearance of puffy under-eyes. And that means revamping your regimen with the best skin care products for this pesky concern. If you’re ready to take back control of your skin, we’re here to help. Ahead, we’re giving you the 4-1-1 on what causes bags under eyes, as well as tips to help minimize their appearance.
According to the Mayo Clinic, bags under the eyes are a common issue that many people experience, especially as they age. The skin around the eyes is generally thinner than the rest of your face. Therefore, it’s more prone to showing signs of aging like puffy under-eyes, sagging skin, and dark circles. Additionally, the tissues and muscles around your eyes tend to weaken as you age, which can lead to visible wrinkling and sagging. And that’s not all: As you age, the fat around your eye area can start to sink, contributing to bags under the eyes.
Other causes of puffy under-eyes can also include everything from lack of sleep to overeating salty food. Not to mention, they’re genetic, too.
Learning how to reduce bags under eyes is no easy feat, but it can be done. Now that you know what causes puffy under-eyes, you can pick up ways to address them the right way. Consider our 15 under-eye bag treatments below to help turn things around.
One of the best treatments for under-eye bags is to watch the way you sleep. Per the Mayo Clinic, sleeping with your head slightly raised can prevent fluid from accumulating around your eyes. Play it safe and add an extra pillow under your head.
Remember, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. So, go ahead and get your recommended eight hours. Then, see if it makes a difference in the appearance of puffy under-eyes.
Editor’s tip: Bags under eyes aren’t the only concern impacted by your sleep. Read our article, Will More Sleep Mean Less Noticeable Dark Circles?, for the scoop.
If you’re guilty of sleeping with your makeup on, it’s time to correct your bad behavior. Not only can falling asleep with a full face of foundation and heavy eye makeup lead to breakouts, but it can also result in puffiness. After all, makeup can make your eyes water. Use micellar water to remove every trace of makeup before bedtime. Saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types and sweep it over your skin until clean.
There is no rule that says eye cream is reserved for aging skin. It’s best to start using it sooner than later to help maintain a youthful-looking visage. You’ll want to choose an offering that will provide hydration and reduce the look of puffy under-eyes. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream, which can help to firm skin. Plus, it’s ideal for adding to the list of the bags under-eyes men’s tips.
It’s always a fabulous idea to bring on the chill factor in your regimen. Try an under-eye bags cream with a cooling applicator for a refreshing wake up call that can also help with your baggage. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power™ Eye Treatment, which has a cooling applicator tip and is formulated with caffeine to help reduce the look of bags under the eyes. Morning and night, gently massage the eye treatment around your eye area until it’s fully absorbed. Your skin will look brighter immediately, and puffy under-eyes will look visibly smaller with continued use over time.
Just as a cooling applicator can up the ante on treating bags under eyes, storing your eye cream in the fridge can deliver similar results. When you’re ready to use it, take the product out of the fridge and apply it with your fingertips in small dots around your eyes until it’s absorbed.
Editor’s tip: If you don’t want your eye cream to live in the fridge, you can shake things up and get a mini skin care fridge. It’s a smart way to keep your beauty essentials close, and they make a fabulous accent for your décor.
Here’s another way a fridge of any kind can come in handy: Store a few metal spoons inside. When you find yourself with a little free time, grab two chilled spoons from the fridge and place them on your under-eye area. The spoons will work similarly to your refrigerated eye cream and cooling applicators by helping to de-puff.
“Cool as a cucumber” is a saying that holds value. You may have seen it in movies, but it’s actually much more than a popular trend. Chilled cucumbers work wonders to reduce the appearance of bags under eyes and puffiness. You can also use this remedy as another line of defense for tackling dark bags under-eyes. Read up on Why Do People Put Cucumbers On Their Eyes?
When it comes to effective under-eye bags treatments, creating a cold compress won’t disappoint. The Mayo Clinic shares that the cool sensation helps to reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes. Wet a clean washcloth with cool water. Sit upright and place the cold compress on the bags under your eyes for a few minutes for a de-puffing effect.
Nowadays, you can find a mask for everything. Face, hair, lips, and even eyes! If you’re wondering why all those masks are necessary, it’s because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all product. And when it comes to bags under eyes, you need a mask that’s tailor-made for the area. Eye masks are typically cushy, apostrophe-shaped sheets that go right where bags under eyes tend to be.
It’s standard practice to slather your skin from head to toe with sunscreen and avoid getting your SPF too close to your eyes. It may sound reasonable since you don’t want to deal with stinging, burning eyes. But that doesn’t negate your need for sun protection in that area. For an easy solution, seek out an eye cream that’s formulated with SPF.
Additionally, make sure you wear the proper accessories. When you are exposed to the sun, don a pair of large sunglasses that provide UV protection and a wide-brimmed hat. Besides defending against sun damage, proper sun protection helps to prevent bags under the eyes.
When the seasons shift, it’s not out of the norm to wake up with watery, itchy, puffy eyes. And allergies are often the main culprit. You’ll undoubtedly want to manage your allergies to save yourself from that uncomfortable experience, but getting your allergies under control can help reduce bags under the eyes as well.
In case you didn’t realize, your lifestyle choices can affect the look and feel of your skin. As we mentioned, overeating salty foods can make bags under the eyes become a reality. Try watching your salt intake, and your skin could reap the benefits.
When all else fails, help cover your under-eye bags with makeup. Stock your makeup bag with a flesh-toned concealer so that you can quickly dab over any unwanted under-eye bags. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, and apply it with a makeup sponge for a natural-looking finish.
Bags under eyes are often accompanied by dark circles, so you'll need to keep a color-corrector handy. Blend the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayon in Peach, Bisque, or Orange on your puffy under-eyes. Once you add a little concealer on top, no one will know your secret.
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