How To Get Rid Of Eye Bags In 6 Steps

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We’ve all had those days where we’ve woken up, only to discover we’re sporting the mother of all eye bags that make us look and feel years older than we actually are. But fear not! Below are 6 proven techniques to radically reduce your puffy eyes and get your confidence back!

Quality of sleep

Easier said than done sometimes, but having a good night’s sleep with no interruptions is one of the best ways to tackle puffy eyes. This can be hard if you have young children, live in a noisy area, work weird shift patterns, or have a partner that tosses and turns all night. But if you can have between 7-9 hours sleep a night that’s fairly good quality then over time you’ll see your puffy eyes reduce dramatically! You’ll also feel more refreshed and ready for the day ahead, and who doesn’t want that?

Stay hydrated

Drinking the daily recommended amount of water (2 litres for women and 3 litres for men) is something that I fail at nearly every day. As much as I like water and know it’s good for me, I can’t help but choose a cup of tea or fizzy drinks over it. If like me you struggle to drink enough water try carrying a bottle of it with you wherever you go so that you always have it to hand and you’re not tempted to grab a coffee. A bottle with measurements on will also help you work out exactly how much you’re drinking and you can set yourself targets. Keeping hydrated will do your eye bags, skin and overall health wonders!

Eat well

Just like getting a good night’s sleep eating healthy food is something we all try and stick to, but this can prove to be a lot harder than we think. Eating a variety of foods rich in nutrients is a good way to stay healthy, and remember that your diet also affects the appearance of your skin. Consuming foods rich in salt will accentuate your eye bags by causing you to retain excess water, so be sure to think twice before you add extra salt to your next meal. A lack of vitamins can also increase the chances of you waking up with dark circles, so make sure to always follow a healthy diet!

Chilled cucumber

This may sound a little old fashioned and cliche, but putting chilled slices of cucumber over your eyes does actually work! The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumbers helps to minimise water retention and reduces swelling and puffiness around the eyes.

Treating your allergies

Pollen, animal fur, dust, and food are amongst the most common allergies around. Some people grow out of them and some don’t, so it’s important to educate yourself on how to best treat it. Hayfever is the most likely cause of puffy eyes during the summer months. Chemists and supermarkets stock all types of eye drops, nose sprays and tablets for you to choose from to reduce your symptoms. A trick that I use to reduce my puffy eyes in the morning is to take my medication in the evening before I go to bed. That way it has all night to work its magic and I wake up feeling great!

Eye serums

A high quality eye serum is an effective way to reduce eyes bags, but keep in mind that applying excessive amounts won’t speed up the results, and it could even have a negative impact. Try looking for serums that include Angelica Extract, Grape Seed Oil or Retinol. These all help to firm and tighten skin while fading darkness around the eye. I like Balance Me's Wonder Eye Cream, £19.99

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