Resorting to eye bag removal surgery should only be considered as a last resort. Surgery is often painful, the doctor visits can be time-consuming, and there is the possibility of dangerous side effects such as nerve damage and paralysis. Luckily, there are a number of safe alternatives to get rid of tired, puffy eyes and the dark circles that go with them. In this guide, we’ll share with you the eight best ways to remove eye bags without surgery, injections, or other invasive procedures.
1. Change Your Sleep Position
Seven to eight hours of sleep every night is a prerequisite to healthy, bag-free eyes. But did you know that your sleeping position is just as important? When you sleep on your side, gravity pulls your skin downwards causing it to stretch ever so slightly. This stretching can lead to wrinkled, swollen, and baggy eyes. On top of that, gravity naturally pulls fluid down into the delicate skin around your eyes. This buildup often leads to redness, inflammation, and puffiness.
To combat the effects of gravity and reduce the appearance of eye bags, we recommend sleeping on your back. If this position isn’t for you, consider using a thicker pillow so that your head rests at a slight upward angle with your chin lower than your forehead.
2. Remove Eye Makeup Before You Go To Bed
Leaving Mascara, eyeliner, and foundation on overnight is a recipe for waking up with baggy eyes. That’s why washing your face before bed is an important part of a skin-friendly beauty routine. And remember to be thorough! Even small amounts of makeup residue can cause problems.
To remove your makeup, we recommend using a cotton ball and oil-based makeup remover followed up by your favorite mild cleanser.
3. Tighten Skin With An Avocado Mask
Avocados contain carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, and monounsaturated fatty acids. In other words, it’s your skin’s best friend. The carotenoids act as an antioxidant to help fight free radicals and reduce puffiness. The vitamin C and vitamin E are powerful wrinkle reducers that can help smooth out stubborn eye bags while the monounsaturated fatty acids work to hydrate, soften, and moisturize.
If you wake up with dark circles under your eyes after a particularly poor night’s sleep, try this easy, skin-tightening trick:
- Cut an avocado in half and remove the pit and peel
- Mash the avocado with a fork until you’ve made a paste
- Apply the avocado mash to the skin under your eyes and let it sit for ten minutes while you eat breakfast
- Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel
- Follow this with your favorite eye cream
4. Apply a Cold Compress to Remove Eye Bags
The redness and swelling that accompany eye bags are a result of inflammation. This inflammation is the same as the inflammation that occurs when you have sore muscles. One common fix for sore, inflamed muscles is an ice pack. Luckily, this same principle can be used to remove eye bags as well. Simply apply a cold compress to your eyes for five to ten minutes.
We love using cucumbers as an alternative to a cold compress. Try storing cucumber slices in the freezer. Pull two out every few days and place them over your eyes for fifteen minutes. If you’d rather put vegetables in your salad, try chilled tea bags as an alternative.
5. Reduce Your Salt Intake
Sodium, while a necessity of life, can cause your body to retain fluid if consumed in excess quantities. This can lead to unnecessary swelling under your eyes. To remove eye bags caused by water retention, reduce your salt intake. How? Simply swap your iodized table salt for Himalayan sea salt. Since the latter tastes saltier, you don’t need to use as much but your food will still taste great.
You should also limit your consumption of foods like canned soup, deli meat, and pizza. If you find yourself craving salt, try munching on some potassium-rich celery.
6. Add Collagen To Your Diet
Collagen rejuvenates your skin and keeps it elastic. Unfortunately, as you age, your body’s ability to produce collagen will slow down. Wrinkles and eye bags start to form as a result.
You can help promote collagen production from the outside by applying a skin-firming cream. But you can also promote collagen production from the inside by increasing the levels of collagen in your diet. A simple way to do this is to make or buy chicken bone broth. Once a week, make a soup using this broth by cutting up vegetables such as peppers, spinach, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and anything else that suits your fancy. You can also promote collagen production by taking a collagen pill along with your daily vitamins or by adding a collagen-infused protein powder to your breakfast smoothie.
7. Limit Your Alcohol Consumption
You know that alcohol is dehydrating–but do you know the scientific reason? Alcohol consumption leads to dehydration by limiting your body’s ability to produce vasopressin, a hormone that promotes water retention. Its absence tells your body to start getting rid of the water in your system through urination. Too much alcohol can completely deplete your body of vasopressin, which often first manifests as dark sunken eye bags.
To prevent eye bags from forming, try reducing the amount of alcohol you consume. We recommend no more than one drink per day. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your drink to help your body metabolize the alcohol and stay hydrated.
8. Avoid Smoking
The chemicals found in cigarette smoke are toxic and can cause significant irritation and damage to the thin, sensitive skin around your eyes. This irritation and damage can quickly result in wrinkled, droopy eye bags and dark circles. By reducing the amount you smoke, your likelihood of waking up with eye bags will decrease over time.
These Solutions Aren’t Just For Eye Bags
These eight ways to remove eye bags also work well for reducing wrinkles on your neck and chest– also known as the décolleté. However, the best way to remove and prevent unwanted chest wrinkles is the SiO Beauty Complete System.
The healing starts before bed with the SiO Beauty Décolleté Cleansing Discs. These discs exfoliate and remove dead skin. The healing then continues all night long with the help of the SiO Beauty SkinPad. The SkinPad provides support for your delicate décolletage so that you can sleep on your side without worrying about waking up with chest lines. The SkinPad also works to heal existing wrinkles by creating a microclimate between the pad and your skin. This microclimate pulls moisture to the surface of the skin, where it hydrates and smoothes regardless of your skin type.
Complete the regimen by applying SiO Beauty’s Décolleté Serum in the morning. The serum provides all-day healing thanks to the stevioside, vitamin C matrix, shea butter, licorice root, aloe vera, coconut oil, and vitamin E found within our unique formula. The SiO Beauty Complete System provides a fast-acting alternative to painful, expensive surgeries and slow, less-effective, home remedies.