As we age, our skin becomes less elastic which causes sagging or drooping of the skin around the eyes, cheeks, mouth, and neck. Unfortunately, time cannot be reversed, but luckily there are some things we can do to keep the youthful appearance longer and to make our skin elastic and vibrant again. While there are, of course, some surgical procedures you can undergo to improve the look of your skin, there are also a lot of natural methods that can tighten the skin and reduce the wrinkles around the eyes, as well as eliminate the puffiness and creepiness.
Determine the Cause
The first thing you should do is determine the cause of your under-eye bags. Water retention, allergies, eczema, heredity, smoking, drugs, and alcohol, as well as sleeping face down, are all reasons for the appearance of bags under your eyes. By finding the exact cause of your under-eye bags you can move on to the necessary steps of dealing with them and, eventually, getting rid of them completely.
Of course, under eye bags are also the result of aging. When we get older the fat that supports the eyes usually moves to the lower eyelids which make the eyes appear puffy and not attractive. On top of that, excess fluid can accumulate in the under-eye area which can also cause swelling. So, what can you do?
Deal with the Allergies
If your under eye bags are the cause of the allergies, the first thing you should do is deal with the cause. Seasonal and non-seasonal allergies can make your eyes watery and puffy, and to reduce them, try some natural remedies for allergies such as essential oils. Some essential oils you can use peppermint oil, basil oil, eucalyptus oil, lemon oil, tea tree oil.
Tone Down the Salt
We all know that excess salt is often linked to high blood pressure, but what may come as a surprise is that sodium can also lead to fluid retention which causes puffy eyes. Try to cut down on the salt intake, and steer clear of salty foods such as instant soups, pizza, crisps, and other snacks. If you cannot eat food without salt, make sure to use pure Himalayan sea salt in moderation. Also, for snacking, try fresh vegetables such as celery, which can help with the salt cravings.
Exercising is probably the best thing you can do for your overall health, so it is no wonder that it can help with the under-eye bags. Exercising promotes the youthful glow, and there are a lot of facial exercises you can do to tighten the under-eye area.
Watch How You Sleep
You may want to consider sleeping on your back to use the power of gravity to prevent the fluid build-up around your eyes. Also, add an extra pillow under your head for more support. But, if you cannot sleep like that, the whole thing becomes counter-effective, since sleep deprivation can add to the problem even more.
Always Remove Makeup
Never, ever forget to remove your makeup before going to bed. Leaving the makeup on your eyes can not only irritate them, but make them puffy, and saggy much faster. Use a gentle cleanser every night to remove everything and to avoid irritation.
Limit the Intake of Alcohol
Alcohol can dehydrate the body and the skin, which can cause the area around your eyes to look dark and sunken, and, additionally, alcohol can cause tired and bloodshot eyes. Cut down on the alcohol intake or eliminate it completely. Try not to have more than one glass a day. Instead, drink lots of water for that youthful glow.
Smoking cigarettes can dry out the skin and make it weak both on the face and the body. It can also lead to premature aging, especially around the eyes, which can make the skin loose and not vibrant. The toxic chemicals in cigarettes can cause dark circles and bags, and make your eyes look overall droopy and wrinkly. Try your best to quit smoking for good, but if the addiction has a hold on you, try electronic cigarettes instead.
Chilled Spoons and Cucumber
If you have puffy and swollen eyes, try a cold compress, chilled spoons, or a simple cucumber on your eyes. You can also use dampened tea bags to which you can add a drop of lavender essential oil. The coldness will relax your skin and make your eyes look youthful and tight again!
Stay Out of the Sun
We all know that the sun does not have a lot of benefits to the skin, and it can make your under-eyes sag and cause wrinkles, as well as dehydration. Always use a sunscreen when you are going outside, invest in a good pair of sunglasses that can protect you from the UV rays, and put on a hat to protect your whole face. Not only will you look very fashionable and elegant, but you will also protect your skin and eyes from the harmful rays.
Use an Astringent
Astringents are very useful for skin tightening and they are applied topically to the skin. You can use them on a daily basis, as they are one of the best natural remedies for sagginess. Astringent are very effective when it comes to wrinkle reducing, skin tightening, oil control, and pore elimination, and the best thing is, they are natural and can be found in regular kitchens! Lemon juice, honey, witch hazel, and rosemary are all natural ingredients with astringent properties, and they make your face tighter and more youthful.
Keep a Healthy Diet
One of the most basic and important things you should do is to keep a healthy diet which will promote skin healing and tighten. Eat foods rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, such as fruit and vegetables. Avoid foods high in salt and sugar. Make sure to drink a lot of water, at least 8 glasses a day for proper moisturization which makes your skin glow.
Use Baking Soda
Baking soda paste is great for skin tightening and also a great scrub. To make it, mix some baking soda with water to form a paste and massage it into your skin. Baking soda removes the dead skin cells, softens the complexion, and tightens the pores.
Egg whites are amazing when it comes to tightening the skin under the eyes. Being a natural astringent, they reduce swelling and promote blood circulation which, as a result, minimizes the puffiness. Simply apply the egg white under your eyes and let it dry a little before applying the second coat. Let it dry completely and rinse with warm water. Using this homemade mask regularly can improve the look of the skin under your eyes immensely, giving you the youthful look you desire.
Using raw potato may sound weird, but the starch in the potatoes helps reduce the swelling and puffiness and tightens the skin around the eyes. Simply grate one potato and squeeze out the juice. Rub that juice under and around your eyes, leave on for two minutes, and apply a second coat. Let it dry and rinse out with cold water, and apply a moisturizer. You can use it on a regular basis for best results.
Good Old Cold Water
The simplest natural remedy for the saggy under eye bags is just cold water. Splashing cold water on your face and around the eyes about five times a day requires no effort and gives great results. Cold water promotes the circulation and tightens the muscles around the eyes and on the face. It also helps with excess fluid retention, and reduces the swelling and prevents the forming of under-eye bags.