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We’ve all had days where we had to stay up late either studying for an exam, or just had too much fun partying. Then, you wake up to those glorious things we call under-eye bags. We’ve all had them, and we all hate them. But, luckily there are several ways you can diminish them to appear you’ve had a good night’s rest.
Under-eye bags are a common problem, and causes can range from a lack of sleep, to genetics, age and even lifestyle. The first and most important thing to do is to sleep well. As we sleep fluid settles underneath our eyes making them look puffy and swollen. Therefore, you must make sure to maintain a regular and healthy sleep cycle.
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If you happen to get little to no sleep, try using the cold compress method. I’ve used this technique several times, and trust me it makes all the difference. You can use something as simple as cucumber slices, potato slices or chilled spoons. Cucumber and potatoes have antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties that effectively reduce swelling. Although you can use them at room temperature, I like to put them in the refrigerator prior to application to reduce swelling even further. Apply them directly under your eyes and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes until warm.
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To further reduce under-eye bags, you may also use tea bags. I use either green or black tea bags since they contain the most caffeine. Topical caffeine contracts blood vessels under the skin, while effectively reducing inflammation. To use, simply soak two tea bags in warm water for a minute or so, place them in the refrigerator to cool down and then place one bag on each eye for five to 10 minutes.
Another great alternative is to use topical under-eye moisturizers and under-eye masks. Since caffeine is great to reduce swelling, several skincare products have incorporated it into their products. One of my favorites is Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff. This product is made with coffee beans and ginseng to stimulate and awaken the eye area. I also love using the Tarte Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches. These treatment gel under-eye patches use jellified algae and coconut oil to hydrate and sooth the under-eye area.
Whichever method you choose, always remember to make some time to treat yourself.