You can restore the skin under the eyes to a fresh look in just five minutes. Here is how.
How to remove bags under the eyes quickly
These methods will relieve you of puffiness almost instantly, but the effect will not last long – at best, a matter of hours. Use them if you need to regain a fresh look quickly.
1. Make a cold compress
Bags under the eyes are most often swelling, which are especially evident under the thinnest skin around the eyes. Cold constricts blood vessels and helps relieve swelling.
Soak a cotton ball or soft cloth in cool water and place the compress under your eyes for 3-5 minutes. Another option is metal spoons; cool them under running cold water, blot with a napkin, and apply with the convex side to the skin under the eyes. Keep until warm to body temperature. If the effect seems insufficient, repeat.
Also, chilled slices of fresh cucumber or potato wedges are suitable for a cold compress.
2. Place wet tea bags under your eyes
Tea – both black and green – contains caffeine, which penetrates the skin, improves blood circulation, and quickly eliminates excess fluid.
Use the bags like this.
- Brew two tea bags. Soak them in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.
- Let them cool in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Squeeze out excess liquid and place wet bags under the eyes for 15-30 minutes.
An alternative to tea is used natural coffee. Gently place the waste from the turkey or coffee machine under your eyes. Do not rub in order not to injure the skin. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes, then rinse with warm water and apply a moisturizer.
3. Try an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream
It sounds a bit unusual, but this is exactly the advice given by experts from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Anti-hemorrhoids contain ingredients that constrict blood vessels to help reduce swelling.
However, the cream must be used with caution; it can irritate. If you notice a burning sensation or redness, immediately remove the product with napkins, and then wash with warm water and soap.
4. Use makeup
For example, ready-made patches under the eyes; effectively tighten the skin and reduce puffiness. Store them in the refrigerator; then, they will also act as a cold compress. To disguise bags under the eyes, you can use light concealers or foundations. Apply these funds, not to the edema itself, but its borders.
How to remove bags under the eyes forever
Lifestyle changes are longer but more effective. Here are the recommendations from the experts of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
1. Make sure you get enough sleep
The sleep rate for an adult is 7-9 hours a day. If you sleep too little, bags under your eyes are almost inevitable.
2. Sleep with your head up
This will prevent fluid from accumulating under the eyes. Choose a higher pillow for sleeping, or raise the bed’s head 3-5 cm – for example, by placing a board or a couple of books under the legs.
Try not to fall asleep facedown on your stomach: this position will cause fluid to flow to the eyes and subsequent puffiness.
3. Don’t eat salty
On the one hand, salt makes you thirsty. On the other hand, it inhibits the excretion of fluid from the body. This means that the risk of finding bags under the eyes in the morning increases.
4. Try to get rid of bad habits
Smoking and alcohol abuse are common causes of puffiness. Also, these bad habits cause the body to lose collagen faster. This means that the delicate skin under the eyes becomes even thinner, and puffiness and dark circles become more noticeable.
5. Avoid Potential Allergens
Puffiness is a common symptom of seasonal allergies. If you suspect that bags under the eyes may have appeared due to a reaction to the pollen of a certain plant, consult a physician. Perhaps the issue will be resolved by recommending an antihistamine and a referral to a specialist allergist.
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6. Do not hesitate to contact a beautician
Persistent puffiness under the eyes is common in older people. It is safe but not aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, home methods are unlikely to help in this case. To get rid of persistent bags under the eyes, it makes sense to consult a cosmetologist. Depending on how severe the puffiness is, your healthcare provider will suggest treatment options.
It does not have to be about surgery. You can use injections to reduce fat under the eyes, and laser resurfacing or chemical peels can help make the bags less pronounced. The effect after such procedures will last up to several years.
If you want to get rid of bags under the eyes permanently, pay attention to blepharoplasty. This is a surgical eyelid lift, during which a specialist will remove excess fat and tighten muscles and skin, giving the skin a smooth and youthful appearance.
Adapted and translated by Wiki Avenue Staff
Sources: Life hacker