If you didn’t get much sleep or went a little heavy on the alcohol last night it’s no secret why you have those bags. In some people, though, they just won’t go away. You can try putting all the cucumbers and chilled spoons you want on those bags, but they just keep coming back. If that describes you, keep reading to find out why you just can’t shake your under eye circles.
You’re adrenals aren’t working right
Your adrenals are glands that make a bunch of hormones, but sometimes they don’t produce enough, which leads to adrenal fatigue. Usually, it comes from some source of stress in your life, whether mental, emotional, or physical. According to an article in the Telegraph, although most doctors don’t recognize it as a real issue, Dr. James Wilson believes it comes from the unique 20th-century stressors modern humans face at their jobs and at home. One of the symptoms, aside from low production of cortisol are bags under your eyes.
- Eat a high protein breakfast
- Add sea salt to your diet
- Make your workout lighter for a while
- Go to bed when you’re tired
- Meditate 10 minutes a day
You’re sleeping wrong
If you’re sleeping on your stomach, making the switch to sleeping on your back could get rid of bags under eyes. When you sleep, the fluids in your body kind of even out, since gravity isn’t pulling everything away from your face like it does when you’re standing. However, if you’re lying on your stomach, the gravity is pulling fluids toward the tip of your face and your eyes say Daily Mail.
Too much salt
Studies show that when you have too much salt in your diet, your body retains more water than usual. Some of those extra fluids apply to the thin skin around your eyes, which can easily get puffy. Luckily, the solution is simple. Just cut down on your sodium intake.
Allergies in general
Maybe this one is a bit more obvious. If you have allergies, you probably know you’re going to be walking around with swollen eyes and a runny red nose. Vision experts say that when you have an allergic reaction, your body produces histamines that cause fluid to leak from your blood vessels into the tissues, hence your baggy eyes.
Allergies to your makeup
An article published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology evaluated common allergens found in makeup, and the list is quite long. If you have sensitive skin, watch out for fragrances, parabens, vitamin E, butylated hydroxytoluene or BHT, and sorbic acid to name a few. They even recommended a few beauty products without or with only a few allergens such as Benefit Greaseless Cream Shadow Liner and Cover Girl TruBlend Minerals Pressed Mineral Foundation.
You forgot to take your makeup off before bed
Sleeping with your eye makeup can cause your eyes to become extra red and puffy dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger told Bustle. Why? When you sleep you move around, press your face into the pillow, and basically get your eye makeup into your eye, which, as you can imagine, causes a lot of irritation.
You may be anemic
According to the Daily Mail, if you consistently have dark circles under your eyes, it may be a sign of anemia and you should see your doctor to get a blood test. Anemia happens when you don’t get enough iron in your bloodstream, and your blood can’t carry the amount of oxygen your body needs to function properly. To get more iron into your diet, some healthy foods to eat might be chicken or other poultry, seafood, beans, and dark leafy greens. However, keep in mind it’s harder for the body to absorb iron from non-meat sources. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, consider taking a supplement.
According to the Mayo Clinic, as you age the muscles around your eyes start to weaken and some of the fat cells from your upper eyes just kind of fall down to the lower lid. It sounds kind of gross, and definitely isn’t appealing, but don’t lose hope yet. To combat the effects of aging make sure you wear sunscreen every day and use a natural cream full of antioxidants to fight free radicals and boost collagen production. You can do this easily at home by mixing up an avocado mask or using olive oil as a moisturizer.
If you’re washing your face before bed, know you aren’t allergic to your makeup, have tried the other suggestions and the bags under your eyes still aren’t going away, it might be more than cosmetic. You could have some other condition like anemia or have adrenal fatigue. In this case, the best thing you can do is consult a doctor to get to the bottom of the issue.
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