Whether you are 16 or 60 – the last thing you need are eye bags because let’s face it, they make you look unattractive. They also point towards an unhealthy diet or sleep pattern, and you don’t want people to know how poor your diet or sleep schedule is, do you? And even eye bags aren’t any cause of alarm, they aren’t exactly something you should be carrying on your face either.
How to Get Rid of Eye Bags
Try chamomile tea
The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties in this tea ensure that the area surrounding your eyes gets all the proper nourishment that it needs. All you need to do is to make yourself a hot cuppa tea, and drink it at least 4 times a day. When you’re done with the tea, don’t throw away the tea bags!
Wet them and place them in the freezer for half an hour. Take them out, place them on your eyes for 15 minutes, and then just throw them away.
Splash with cold water
At least 4-5 times a day, splash your face with cold water. If the water running in your tap isn’t cold enough, then take some out of your fridge. Cold water restricts the blood flow to your face, which in turn will reduce any swelling, bags or redness you may have. You can alternatively use chilled spoons by placing them in the freezer and applying them on your eyes for 10-15 minutes.
Use neti pot
Sometimes, the reasons behind your eye bags aren’t internal, but external, especially during specific seasons. The pot helps flush out any excessive moisture that may be residing in your sinus from an allergy. If you haven’t heard what a neti pot is, then watch the video below to know how to get rid of eye bags with neti pot:
Have a no-makeup policy
Before going to bed, that is. The thing is, apart from irritating your eyes and skin, it makes them look red and puffy. Makeup is well-known to age your skin if you keep it on for extended periods of times. And after a certain point of time, its effects become irreversible.
Apply aloe vera gel
The 18 amino acids present in the aloe vera gel not only heal your skin and keep infections at bay, but also provides instant relief and hydration to your eye bags. Long term use can eventually get rid of dark eyes, bags and wrinkles permanently.
Say no to alcohol
If you didn’t know already, your skin and body can easily be dehydrated by alcohol. Excessive drinking can result to severe dehydration. You don’t have to be an alcoholic to notice it stripping the moisture around the sensitive areas of your skin, particularly the eyes. And please do remember – just because Jenny from next house can get away with taking 5 shots of vodka on a regular basis, doesn’t mean you can too. Both your bodies are different, as well as your genetic structures, which you are neglecting to factor in. You can easily opt for water, fresh fruit juices, lemonade black coffee or even green tea instead.
Foster good sleeping pattern
First sleep positions play a great role in this. Now this may sound ridiculous, but I assure you that it’s not. Sometimes it might just so happen that sleeping continuously in a bad position for months at an end can result in gravity causing a buildup of fluids around your eyes. In such a case, adding an extra pillow under your head will ensure a smoother flow of liquids from around your eyes to the rest of your body.
Besides, you need to get about 7-8 hours' sleep to make sure that your body function normal, which helps greatly in eliminating those eye bags.
Consume less salt
How to get rid of eye bags? Just reduce your salt intake. Sodium can retain a lot of fluids, especially water, in your body. So if you’re eating food that’s too salty, then bring it down a couple of notches, especially with your consumption of junk, processed or prepackaged food. And when you’re cooking food at home, make sure to use pure Himalayan sea salt instead of regular table salt.
Let cool cucumber help
The flavonoids and antioxidants in cucumbers keep your eye bags and redness in check. Go ahead and slice up half a cucumber (make sure the slices are on the thicker side). Place them in a freezer for 20 minutes or so, then take them out and apply on your eyes for 15 minutes. When they get warm, take out the other set of slices and use them, while cooling the warmer slices in the freezer.
Use raw potato slices
It’s the same as above, except instead of cucumbers, you’ll be using raw potato slices.
Spray rose water
Containing flavonoids, vitamins A and C and mild antiseptic properties, rose water is a great astringent. It’s also very good for your skin because it instantly moisturizes and rejuvenates it. The best rose water is of course the one that you make at home. For that, just take a handful of rose petals, submerge them in just enough water, and let them sit there for a few days till the petals appear to have lost their color.
Strain, pour them in a glass jar, and refrigerate. Little by little, pour the liquid in a spray bottle and spray over your eyes (make sure they’re shut). Alternatively, for how to get rid of eye bags with rose water, you can dab the liquid on cotton balls and place them on your eyes. Of course, if creating rose water at home is not an option, go ahead and purchase it from the nearest supermarket.