Facts about eye bags and dark circles


The overall health of our eyes matters but did you know that the skin surrounding our eyes is important too?


As the famous saying goes “the eyes are the windows to the soul” and we go to great lengths in caring for our eyes. The overall health of our eyes matters but did you know that the skin surrounding our eyes is important too? Not only do we want our whole face to look good, we want to be essentially healthy and that includes the skin that surrounds our eyes. A common problem that most people encounter when it comes to this part of the face is the “eye bags”, some may look they have it but the truth is they are born with us while others just developed it due to certain controllable circumstances.


eyebagEye bags are defined as a minor puffiness found below the eyes. The swelling of the tissues around the eyes causes its appearance. Also, with eye bags, dark circles also appear. If you’re eye bags are not caused by genetics then maybe the following reasons are the culprit.

  1. Lack of Sleep. Sleep can flush out excess fluids in your body, and when you do lack sleep, the tissues under your eyes gathers thus forming the dreaded eye bags. As for dark circles, they appear also because of lack of sleep since the blood vessels underneath the eyes dilate causing a dark tint which appears under the eye.
  2. Age is also a culprit. As we age, the fats under our skin starts to droop and the misplacement of fats can lead to unnecessary bags under the eyes. Age can also cause dark circles due to the loss of fat and collagen under our eyes.
  3. It all depends on your lifestyle. The unhealthier you are the more likely you will develop eye bags and dark circles. Some food items you can try to control are your salt intake. Salt causes your body to retain water and when you eat too much salt it can dehydrate you making your body hold the excess fluid to avoid dehydration. The excess fluid then gathers under you eyes that lead to eye bags.
  4. Never ever forget to remove your make up especially before you sleep. Nothing good will come out of your skin if you don’t.
  5. Not only does smoking do you harm it can also damage your skin. Harmful tobacco kills healthy cells and break down collagen production, thus speeding up the ageing process which results in wrinkles, lines, eye bags and dark circles.


Having problems with eye bags and dark circles, read further below on what natural ways you can do to diminish it.

  1. Splashing your face with cold water.Tea-Bags
  2. Use a spoon place it on the refrigerator and when they get cold place it on both your closed eyes.
  3. Use chilled tea bags. With some ice cold water in a cup dip two tea bags, squeeze them out and place it on your closed eyes. You may use black, chamomile or green tea bags. Dip again if necessary. Do it as many times as you want but don’t exceed half an hour.
  4. Beat some egg whites until stiff, and apply it around your eyes. Leave it for 15-20 minutes until it dries up and wash it off with cold water.
  5. Put cooled cucumber slices on your closed eyes for 30 minutes.
  6. Place two round slices of potato on your closed eyes and leave them for 15-20 minutes. Finish by washing with cold water. You can also use the juice of a potato, by dipping it into two cotton balls, applying it around your eyes and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, afterwards, wash it off with cold water.
  7. Gently massage around your eyes with your hands.
  8. Water therapy. Keep on drinking and keep hydrated, lots of water means our body can release more of it and reduced any puffiness.

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