The eyes – however you look at it, is one of the most eyecatching (pardon the pun) part of a human, which is why so many songs and poems are written on the eyes alone.
Therefore, it is but natural that you want your eyes to remain, well, that eyecatching aspect of yourself for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, as age catches up to go along with the stress that modern people have to deal with, the eyes and the area that surrounds it, do take a beating, and it is up to us to ensure we don’t come across too many dark circles, or eye bags or puffy eyes.
While, as you grow older, you might start caring about how great you look a little less, there is no doubting the eye aspect and the beauty that it brings out remains and in order for that to stay the same, keeping the eye and the area around them in order is paramount.
In this blog, you will read about how you can get rid of eye bags and get those eyes of yours back to being the beauty of the beholder again.
First, though, let’s just take a look what eye bags are and what the difference is between them, dark circles and puffy eyes.
1. Dark circles, as the name suggests, is the darkening of the skin around the eye, mainly right below them. There can be several factors that cause dark circles, but the primary one is stress, usually caused by a lack of sleep.
2. The occurrence of dark circles are not age sensitive and can be found across all age groups, and that is where dark circles differ from eye bags.
3. Puffy eyes are also caused by external factors. It could be some allergies, excessive usage of alcohol or again that stress factor and a lack of sleep. While dark circles and puffy eyes will arrive in a jiffy, eye bags are different and here is how.
4. Eye bags are the drooping of the area under the eye, which makes it look like the eyes have a couple of bags hanging around it below, hence the name. While dark circles and puffy eyes are caused by things that, at the end of the day, we can control, eye bags are, usually, caused by age.
5. To put it plainly, eye bags comes around when the fat around your eyes drops down as a result of the skin around that area losing its tightness and elasticity. Since skin elasticity decreases over time, eye bags generally occur as you grow older.
While eye bags might not look the best, what is good about them is that they are, for the most part, harmless. And only if you are suffering from severe itching or discomfort do you need to go consult a doctor.
Causes of eye bags:
Let’s just take a look at the various causes of eye bags:
As mentioned earlier, this is the primary cause of eye bags. As father time catches up with you, and those muscles around the eye weaken, gravity does its job and the fat just seeps down below, leading to that bad effect under the eyes.
This is one of those where you can just blame your parents or grandparents. Because if your ancestors had eye bags, then there is a good chance that you will get them as well. Just pray that they started to get them quite late in their lives.
It isn’t just dark circles that come about due to lack of sleep, but, sometimes, even eye bags can form. When you don’t get enough sleep, what happens is that you body is unable to get rid of the excess fluid in your body, and that fluid then makes camp around the eyes, leading to eye bags.
4. Excessive salt:
Recent studies have found just how bad salt is for our body and one of the results could be eye bags. The more salt you eat, particularly for dinner, the more likely it is that you wake up with eye bags. Because salt can lead to dehydration, the body, in turn, prepares for that by holding excess water, which, again, seeps in and stays under the eyes.
5. The way you live:
Nowadays, it is not uncommon to see people in their 20s and early 30s suffering from eye bags. And the reason for that is the lifestyle that you maintain. If you are someone who hardly sleeps, works a lot, eats junk food and indulges in heavy smoking and drinking, then you are likely to get eye bags pretty early.
Now that we know the causes, let’s find out how we can get rid of eye bags.
4 ways to get rid of eye bags instantly
Might seem weird, but a cold spoon can work wonders for your eye bags and get rid of them in an instant. Take a metal spoon and pop it in the fridge for a while. After taking it out, place it around the affected area for a few minutes and see those eye bags vanish away.
2. Tea bags:
There are two ways of doing this. You can put them in hot water, and then wait for it to cool down, before applying them below the eyes. Or what can also work is refrigerating them and placing the cool tea bags around the eyes.
Both green tea and black tea bags can work. Try them both and see which works for you.
3. Cooling effect:
Again about the cooling. But this time, even a cloth will do, if you do not have a spoon or tea bags lying around. Take a nice cool cloth and soak it in cool water. Wring out the excess water and then place it around the eyes for three to five minutes.
This salad favourite has a natural cooling effect, so little wonder that it can be used as a really good remedy to get rid of those eye bags. Place cut up cucumbers (preferably straight out of the fridge) on your eyes, and let it work its magic. Keep them on for anywhere between 15-30 minutes for it take full effect.
3 Ways to get rid of eye bags overnight:
1. Elevated sleeping:
This is a trick that, if used, correctly, will work really well. If you are someone who likes to sleep with just one thin pillow and always wake up with eye bags or dark circles, it might be time for a rethink. Elevate your head by putting in an extra pillow and try and sleep the night away in that position.
What that does is, since your head is higher than the rest of your body, it allows the excess fluids to flow away from your face, which then means you won’t wake up with your eyes all puffed up or with a bag below them.
2. Sleep straight:
If you like to sleep on your stomach, it might be a problem. Sleeping on your back helps in getting rid of eye bags and ensuring they don’t pop up overnight.
3. Make up removal:
Make sure you remove the entire make up from the day completely before you go to sleep. Your face needs to be as clean as it can be otherwise it can lead to eye bags popping up.
4 ways to get rid of eye bags permanently:
The intake of salt needs to be controlled. The lesser salt you eat, the more likely it is that your skin will remain tight and strong for longer. However, if you are one of those people who indulges in salt, then those eye bags are likely to come prematurely. So, decrease the salt intake and wave goodbye to eye bags.
This is one of the causes, but it can also be one of the major reasons to stop the eye bags from coming or even getting rid of them permanently. Exercise, eat right, make sure you get enough sleep and ensure you don’t stress too much and those eye bags might just stay away.
Cigarettes are bad for you; everyone knows that. Cigarettes don’t just eat away at your insides, they also make you look all puffed up and tired on the outside as well. So, if you are bothered by eye bags and you happen to be a smoker, kick that cigarette habit out.
4. Excessive sun:
While everyone needs their Vitamin D, a little too much of it can also gave a detrimental effect. Excessive sun exposure can lead to your skin sagging, which in turn means eye bags forming. So, make sure you don’t stay out in the sun for too long and if you do, you are duly protected by sunglasses and sunscreen.
So, there you have it a comprehensive look at eye bags and who you can get rid of them or try and keep them at bay for as long as possible.