Whether from a poor night’s sleep or the ravages of stress, eye bags can contribute to an unhappy, unhealthy appearance. Dark eye circles can prevent you from presenting the world with your brightest, healthiest appearance by making you look old and tired. Some days, you may face your morning reflection only to notice your eyes reveal a lack of self-care. If so, you may be interested in these tips for reducing those puffy eye bags and decreasing the effect of dark circles under your eyes.
14. Treat Underlying Allergies
If you notice your eyes are chronically red, swollen, itchy, or underlined with dark circles, you may want to consider whether you have allergies. When exposed to allergens such as hay fever, pet dander, or dust mites, your nasal passages can become swollen and inflamed. This congestion can result in a purplish color beneath the eyes that resembles bruising. This condition is often termed “allergic shiners”, as the undereye discoloration resembles the bruised effect of a punch to the eye. If you suspect allergies may be affecting your eyes, speak with your doctor about using antihistamines, decongestants, or corticosteroid nasal sprays to treat the allergy. Your eyes will thank you.
13. Decrease Salt in Your Diet
An excess of dietary salt can lead to puffiness and bloating in the eye area as well as other parts of your body. Excess salt can also lead to medical problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, and kidney disease. Try decreasing your salt intake by seasoning your food with fresh herbs and spices. Shun energy drinks, which contain high amounts of salt. Avoid canned foods such as soups or vegetables that are factory-packed with salt to prevent bacterial growth and food contamination. Instead, enjoy fresh vegetables and soups you make at home with salt levels you can control.