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No matter how old you are, we bet that one of the last things you want to show up on your pretty little face is a set of bags under your eyes. Ugh, be gone, puffiness! If this is something you’re dealing with, you’ve probably searched high and low to find out how to get rid of under-eye bags. Sadly, there’s no magic solution that’ll completely get rid of the puffiness from under your peepers—but, there are some tips and products you can add to your skin care routine to help reduce the look of under-eye bags. Of course, it’s also important to understand what can cause under-eye bags in the first place. Keep reading to learn about the most common reasons why you might have noticeable under-eye bags, plus find ways for minimizing their appearance.
Before we can answer the question of how to get rid of under-eye bags (or rather, how to diminish their appearance), you’ve got to understand what can cause them in the first place. Here are some of the most common reasons why you may have noticeable under-eye bags.
According to the Mayo Clinic, under-eye bags are a common issue that many people experience as they age. Since the skin around your eyes is generally thinner than the rest of your skin, it’s more prone to showing signs of aging like under-eye bags, sagging skin, and dark circles. What’s more, the tissues and muscles around your eyes tend to weaken as you age, meaning the delicate skin around your eyes can become more susceptible to visible wrinkling and sagging. And that’s not it! As you age, the fat around your eyes, which supports the area, can start to sink, which can also contribute to under-eye bags. Happy birthday!
According to the Mayo Clinic, other causes of under-eye bags can include everything from lack of sleep to eating too much salty food. Oh, and under-eye bags can also be genetic. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
Of course, there’s nothing you can do about genetics or getting older, but now that you know about the most common causes of under-eye bags, you can learn how to address their appearance. Depending on what’s causing your under-eye bags, try incorporating some of the following tips and products into your routine to help minimize the look of under-eye bags.
1. Watch the way you sleep. Dr. Rocio Rivera, head of scientific communications for L’Oréal Paris, recommends raising your head with an additional pillow while sleeping on your back to help avoid fluid retention that can lead to under-eye bags.
2. Store your eye cream in the fridge. Rivera says that storing your eye cream in the fridge can help to temporarily reduce the look of under-eye bags and dark circles. When they’re cold, eye creams can cause short-term vasoconstriction (meaning tightening of blood vessels), which can be beneficial for those with puffy eyes or dark circles. Try the L’Oréal Paris Eye Defense, a lightweight, non-greasy gel-cream that is especially formulated to defend against signs of aging, including puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. When you’re ready to use it, take it out of the fridge and apply it in small dots around your eye until it’s absorbed.
2. Or use an eye cream with a cooling tip. No room in your fridge? No problem! Rivera likes the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Eye Treatment, which has a cooling applicator tip and is formulated with caffeine and helps reduce the look of under-eye bags. Use morning and night and gently massage the eye treatment around your eye area until it’s fully absorbed. Your skin may look brighter immediately, and your under-eye bags may look visibly reduced with continued use over time.
3. Break out a cold compress. Remember how we told you that the cold may be beneficial if you have noticeable under-eye bags? Well, Rivera says you can create a cold compress to help temporarily reduce the appearance of under-eye bags. Rivera says to place a chamomile tea bag in the refrigerator to chill. Once it’s cold, place the tea bag over your eye—the combo of the temperature and the chamomile can be soothing and have a temporary de-puffing effect.
4. Find your perfect concealer. When all else fails, help cover your under-eye bags with makeup! Stock your makeup bag with a flesh-toned concealer or color corrector so that you can quickly dab over any unwanted under-eye bags. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit. For a natural-looking finish, gently apply concealer with a makeup sponge, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender.
As you now know, there are quite a few reasons why someone could have under-eye bags—and there’s no quick fix to completely get rid of them. Still, there are a few easy things you can try, like using an eye cream with a cooling tip, to help diminish the appearance of under-eye bags.