We have all had those nasty days when our eyes seemed swollen and were nowhere near looking good. When this happens several days in a row, masking the puffiness with makeup can only do so much. Before you reach out for that bottle of luxurious eye cream, it may be a wise idea to try some at-home remedies for reversing the problem. Down below, we have accumulated a list of steps to take for an all-natural eye bags care routine. Of course, you always can go for non-invasive treatment such as HIFU eye bag removal, offered from Edwin Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic, located at 5 Changi Business Park Central 1 in Singapore. But if you decide to go for natural treatments scroll down to check it out.
What Will Work
Let’s admit it, most of us don’t spend enough time in the arms of Morpheus. Life in Singapore can get busy and exacting once you become a certified adult, and that surely takes a toll on us, though it shows most visibly on our complexions. Okay, little sleep doesn’t cause eye bags, however, it can make any issues on your face worse and, well, more obvious. For instance, a restless night will cause dark circles and puffiness which will accentuate your existing eye bags. Not to mention, the quality of z’s is as important as the amount of slander itself. Here is what you can do about it:
- Stay away from electronic displays and devices at least an hour before you go to bed.
- If you like to work out in the evenings, make sure to finish any physical exertion several hours before bedtime.
- Avoid drinking alcohol around midnight.
- Do not consume any caffeine-infused foods and beverages 6-8 hours before you go to bed.
- Do not eat late at night. Allow at least two hours between your last snack/meal and bedtime.
- Try establishing a good sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at approximately the same time every day.
Sometimes something as simple as a cold compress could help you to get rid of eye bags and lessen the need for using pricey creams. The method offers temporary relief from the problem as it causes the blood vessels under the eye area to quickly constrict.
There are several things you can use to create a DIY cold compress. Your options include a wet washcloth, cool cucumber slices, chilled teaspoon, ice wrapped in a towel, frozen meat, or a bag full of frozen vegetables. Just apply one of these on the skin under your eyes for 5-7 minutes.
As we age, we part with collagen which is essential for skin and tissue support. When this happens, we experience sagging in different parts of the body, the eyes being a rightful accomplice in that appalling deed. Eating foods that contain collagen might help to slow down the process.
Now, the amino acids necessary to create the protein in question are usually “linked” together with the help of vitamin C. Hence, you need to stock up on foods that are high in the said nutrient. Those include a wide variety of fruits and veggies including broccoli, lychees, lemons, grapefruits, kiwis, cauliflower, oranges, Brussels sprouts, and guavas.
This is a simple procedure that is easy to do at any time of the day. Don’t put away the bags you used to make your favourite tea. Instead, let them cool in the fridge and then apply on your peepers for no more than 15 minutes. It is important to use the caffeinated types, as in green or black tea.
Less Salt for Better Eye Bag Care
It is no secret that too much salt can lead to an overall puffiness that is easier to observe in the upper part of the body. With today’s lifestyles, it is difficult to control everyday salt intake. Sodium chloride is everywhere, processed foods having the highest doses. That includes snacks, canned soups, pizza, pasta, sausages, bacon and other meat, processed cheese, buns, bread, and any baked goods.
Hence, to limit your salt consumption, it makes sense to give processed foods a wide berth and learn to prepare the majority of the meals on your own. When shopping, watch out for preservatives that begin with the word sodium and end in the following: nitrate, benzoate, ascorbate, etc.
Less Smoking and Alcohol
It goes without saying that cigarettes are bad for every fellow Singaporean, not only for your overall wellbeing but also for your skin. They speed up the formation of wrinkles because they suck up vitamin C stores from your system. This may also lead to dark circles and the dreaded bags under the eyes.
You may as well refrain from drinking alcohol because all they do is dehydrate your body, which basically results in fluid retention.
What May not Work
Some people suggest trying a neti pot. In case you don’t know, this is a specialised container with a handle and spout that serves to cleanse the nose, specifically your sinuses. It is filled with clean water (boiled or distilled) and then salt is added to the solution. It is an inexpensive and quick way to remove debris from the nasal passages, which essentially helps to alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Although some people swear by it, so far there has been no proof of Neti pots being able to improve the appearance of eye bags. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try. At least it will open up your sinuses. But if you are doing it at home, don’t forget to sterilise the water first and make sure it is neither hot nor cold (it should be comfortable to the touch).