Under Eye Circles and Bags: Causes and At-Home Solutions
When we're in college, dark under-eye circles are a sign of a night spent studying and are a warrior's badge often worn with an odd sort of pride. However, there comes the point where those dark circles are no longer something that only appears after a long night and instead take up a permanent residence on your face.
Under-eye circles and bags are some of the first signs of aging, and perhaps some of the most obvious because they occur in an area that others often look at your eyes. That being said, there are some at-home skin care remedies and anti-aging DIYs that we can try to bring youthfulness back to the delicate area around the eyes. But, before we get into that, it's worth knowing what causes under-eye circles and bags.
What Causes Under-Eye Circles and Bags?
Our skin consists of many different compounds and components, but we will focus on elastin and collagen. When we are young, our skin contains a lot of these compounds, which allows it to quickly "bounce back" and helps it maintain that smooth surface. However, as we age, these compounds in the skin decrease when we start to get wrinkles and sagging skin.
There is fat that naturally resides around the eye, but as the skin under the eye sags due to the decrease in elastin and collagen, this fat may pool underneath the eye, forming eye bags.
As we age, the amount of collagen and elastin in our skin decreases, making the skin thinner. This loss in elasticity can also cause under-eye circles to form. You naturally have dark blood vessels underneath the skin. When the skin under the eyes, which is already thin, becomes even more delicate, the blood vessels become visible, giving the appearance of dark under-eye circles.
At-Home Remedies for Under-Eye Circles and Bags
Get Enough Sleep
Not getting enough sleep can cause dark circles to appear or worsen existing dark circles. This result is because sleep deprivation can cause your skin to become dull and pale, making dark circles more noticeable. Too little sleep can also increase puffiness under the eyes, so getting enough sleep can help combat both under-eye circles and bags.
Apply a Cold Compress
Applying a cold compress can provide a temporary solution for your under-eye circles or bags. Cold cucumber slices also work great and soothe. The reason is that the cold helps to reduce swelling (characteristic of under-eye bags) and shrink dilated blood vessels (which cause dark circles).
Apply Tea Bags
Not only can applying cold tea bags act as a cold compress, but they also contain caffeine and antioxidants, which have anti-aging properties. These two components help shrink our blood vessels and reduce liquid retention beneath the skin. Not any tea bag will work, though; we'll want to choose black or green tea, as these types contain caffeine.
Drink Enough Water
The number one solution to all our skin woes, but for a good reason! Not drinking enough water can cause your skin to appear dull, making dark circles more prominent. Ensure that we drink our water to help maintain supple and healthy skin.
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