How to Tackle Dark Circles and Eye Bags

Dark circles and puffy under-eyes can put a dampener on your mood at any age. After all, they can distract from an otherwise radiant and youthful-looking complexion, just like fine lines and wrinkles, and dark spots. If they are a persistent issue, you’ve probably searched high and low to find a solution to dark circles and bags. Sadly, there is no magic treatment for dark circles or under-eye bags. However, there are a few steps you can take to help reduce the appearance of puffy under-eyes. This means revamping your skincare routine with the best eye care products for this pesky concern. If you’re ready to take control of your skin, we’re here to help. Get the complete low down on what can cause bags under your eyes, as well as tips to help minimise their appearance from our skin care experts.

What causes dark bags under-eyes and puffy under-eyes?

Dark circles and bags under the eyes are a common skin care concern that many people experience, especially as we age. Puffy-under eyes have many causes, including everything from sleepless nights, over-indulging in salty food or genetics. The skin around the eyes is generally thinner than the rest of your face which means it’s significantly more delicate. This means your under-eye contour is more prone to showing signs of aging like puffiness, wrinkles or sagging skin, and dark circles.

Additionally, the tissues and muscles around your eyes tend to weaken as you age, which can lead to visible wrinkling and sagging. And that’s not all: as you age, the fat around your eye area can start to sink, contributing to the appearance of sunken bags under the eyes. Dark circles and puffy under-eyes can also be the result of your genetics, appearing regardless of age.

With so many causes for puffy eyes and eye-bags, how do we even begin to reduce them? Never fear! Read on for our favourite tips to de-puff and visibly reduce those eye bags.

Time to rethink how you sleep?

One of the best treatments for under-eye bags is to consider the way you sleep. Sleeping with your head ever so slightly raised can help prevent fluid from accumulating around your eyes. Try adding an extra pillow under your head to help reduce early morning eye bags.

Get your beauty sleep

Scrolling through your social media feeds after midnight or tossing and turning for hours can sometimes show on your face the next day. Remember, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. If you find your under-eye bags and dark circles are more prominent after a sleepless night, make sure you’re getting the recommended eight hours of shut eye. Then, see if it makes a difference in the appearance of puffy under-eyes and dark circles. 

Get an eye cream designed for eye bags

We’re all guilty of hitting the pillow with makeup still on, but if there’s one thing you can do to improve puffy eyes, it’s to make a nightly habit of removing any makeup. Not only can falling asleep with a full face of foundation and heavy eye makeup clog pores and lead to breakouts, but it can also result in puffiness around the eyes. Use a gentle makeup remover to remove every trace of makeup before bedtime. Saturate a cotton pad with the Gentle Eyes & Lips Makeup Remover and gently sweep it over your skin until clean. Also remember not to rub your eyes vigorously when taking off makeup!  This could contribute to puffiness, and even wrinkles down the line. For stubborn makeup, hold the cotton pad gently against the area for ten seconds before gently swiping away.

While the stereotype for eye cream is that it’s only for women of a certain age, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Eye cream is an ageing preventative, so starting early is a great move. One of our favourite eye creams for under eye bags is the Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Replumping Eye Cream. The hyaluronic acid works to actively hydrate the eye contour and plump the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and hollow under eyes.

Meet your new best friend, the cooling applicator

Trying to fight puffy eyes? Cooler temperature is your new best friend. Using an eye cream with a specialised cooling applicator can be a refreshing wake up for tired, puffy eyes. Reach for the Revitalift Laser X3 Eye Cream with a cooling applicator designed to refresh tired looking eyes. Formulated with caffeine, hyaluronic acid, and Pro-Xylane to firm, reduce eye bags and wrinkles, it truly does it all. Apply morning and night by gently massaging around the eye contour until absorbed. 

 

Keep your eye cream in your fridge

Just as a cooling applicator can up the ante on treating under eye bags, storing your eye cream in the fridge can deliver similarly refreshing results. When ready to apply, dab it with the tip of your finger in small dots around your eyes and pat gently until it has absorbed.

Masks aren’t just for your face

While you may already indulge in a weekly sheet mask for your face, you may not realise that under-eye masks can do wonders as well! These little powerhouses for under your eyes can not only feel luxurious but also make a difference to your appearance. Once you’ve found one that works for you, make sure you do it at least once a week. 

Protect your eyes from the sun

While we are all aware of the importance of daily SPF for not only your health but also your skincare routine, you might not have thought about it when it comes to your eyes. Use a face specific SPF around the contours of your eyes, and remember to bring your shades when heading out during the day! Not only will the sunglasses protect your eyes from the damaging UV rays, but they will also prevent squinting and extra wrinkles! It's truly a win-win situation.

Get seasonal allergies under control

As the seasons change and winter turns into spring it's not uncommon to wake up with a tickle in your nose and itchy, watery eyes. That’s right – hay fever season causes many people to experience puffy, itchy eyes. While it’s easier said than done, getting your hay fever under control can help the appearance of puffy eyes. Whether that be with antihistamines or other ways, speak to your health care provider about managing any allergies that may be impacting your eyes. 

Meet your perfect concealer match

When all else fails and you’re still battling with under eye circles, reach for a concealer to help you cover it. Simply apply on its own or with foundation for a full face look. The perfect concealer will blend seamlessly into your skin tone, so you can just dab it on and go – dark circles and under eye bags ‘be gone’! The True Match Concealer has a highly pigmented formula and doesn’t feel cakey. It’s thin and luminous texture will keep you covered and glowy all day (or night) long.

 

Don’t be afraid of colour-corrector

Under eye bags often come hand in hand with dark circles, so sometimes after a sleepless night or before an event you may need something a little more than your favourite concealer. Colour corrector can be used in so many ways, not just for dark circles. Green colour correctors like the Infallible More Than Corrector neutralises redness in skin, brightening under eye bags and dark circles seamlessly.  
 
Now you know the tips and tricks of the trade for under-eye bags, understand more about frown lines and how to get rid of them.