With heredity, health, and a party-hard lifestyle all common culprits, under-eye bags are a pain in the proverbial for both sexes. And while a clever bit of concealing and illuminating can camouflage and distract, it’s just a bandaid solution. To really resolve your puffy-eyed problems, we’ve rounded up the top five tips in our eye bag arsenal. Give them a go, and you’ll soon sending that puffiness packing.
Get more sleep… with an extra pillow
There’s no denying it – getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for a bright, well-rested complexion. And how you sleep is oh-so-clearly reflected by your eyes. Not enough zzzs and the blood vessels under the delicate under-eye skin can dilate, leading to those dark circles we love to hate. And getting too little sleep, or conversely oversleeping, is also known to exacerbate under-eye bags.
The key? To ensure you’re achieving adequate good quality sleep. For starters, this means making sure you turn off that tech at least an hour before lights out and avoiding caffeine in the evening. Elevating your head with an extra pillow will also help reduce the fluid pooling under the eyes as you sleep, leading to less puffiness on wake up.
Cut back on salt
Salty snacks, while delicious, cause the body to retain fluid. This can be evidenced in the face, with fluid accumulating under the eyes and leading to that undesirable excess baggage. So, keep an eye on your sodium intake if you want to keep those peepers at their prettiest!
Try eye patches
If your eye bags are really bad, just make like a pirate and cover them with eye patches. Jokes! Seriously though, under-eye masks or patches might just be our fave beauty discovery of 2019. A red-hot trend, these de-puffing, revitalising, brightening wonders are the next best thing to a solid eight hours’ sleep. And with celebs from Meghan Markle to Amy Schumer and Cindy Crawford singing their praises, it’s time you got on board as well!
For a quick pick-me-up and fast de-puffing, we love Patchology’s Flashpatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels. Formulated to fight puffiness, fatigue and dryness, these under-eye patches are instantly cooling and invigorating. With a highly advanced HydraSurge5™ Moisture System that features an exclusive complex of five proven hydrators, the hydrogel patches enhance the absorption of caffeine and hydrolysed collagen. As caffeine boosts circulation for a brighter eye contour with reduced puffiness, hydrolysed collagen increases hydration, elasticity, tone and density for younger-looking eyes.
Not convinced? In a recent consumer trial of 100 women, 94% said one 5-minute treatment provided more immediate results than their current under-eye skin care regimen, 97% said their eye area looked less puffy, and 98% said the skin under their eyes looked and felt smoother.
Simply pop the stay-put gel patches on to clean, dry skin under the eyes, then relax for five minutes as they work their magic.
Drink more water
Dehydration is a key cause of puffiness and dullness in the eye contour. And while you’re at it, consider skipping that third savvy b. Too much booze goes hand in hand with dark circles and under-eye bags. Sad but true.