I. WHERE DO EYE BAGS AND SHADOWS UNDER YOUR EYES COME FROM?
You work a lot, or maybe you’re a 100% party animal? Yet instead of getting some decent amount of sleep, right before the date you panic that you have shadows or bags under your eyes, and apply a thicker layer of concealer? Swollen eyes and shadows aren’t only an aesthetics issue. Instead of applying methods like THIS one, try to them once and and for all! 😉 I decided to prepare one post about shadows and bags, as not only the same beauty treatment applies, but there are usually the same reasons why they occur: a wrong diet, no sleep, allergies, or improper pigmentation. Smoking, some medicine (contraceptive pills, for example), stress, aging and many, many more also have a negative influence on your skin. Sometimes the issues are strictly genetic (ask your mum, or your grandma, if they suffer from a similar problem), but also such illnesses like diabetes, anemia, hyper- or hypothyroidism, or hypertension. Remember: your body is „designed” in a smart way – when something bad is happening inside, your skin and lids are the first to warn you. Don’t ignore that!
II. HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM?
If you’ve been suffering from eye shadows or bags for a long time, contact your GP, and have some complex tests run (blood analysis, allergy tests, and so on). You can also check if you tolerate gluten. Take a closer look at your diet: avoid salt and sugar, reduce modified food, eat a lot of green vegetables (asparagus, spinach, cabbage), and don’t forget about drinking water during the day. Try to think of getting some sleep not as a needless break from work, but as a n e c e s s a r y moment of relax, and to revive your body. Invest in a good cream, adjusted to your age and problems. Many of these contain efficient substances of natural origin – arnica, salvia, wheat sprouts. Light, concealing make-up will help you during the day (check out how to do it HERE). A good concealer is number one in my cosmetics case. A new, quite popular trend among make-up artists is orange concealer. Take a look HERE how to use it 😉 Before putting your make-up on, try to put a cold spoon against your lids. Well, as a matter of last resort, you can always contact a plastic surgeon to advise you on a proper treatment. But before you do that, try the home methods that I decided to describe for you. I’ve been a fan of them for a long time now. They save my life when I forget to sleep for a week, as I happen to have loads of work by the PC 😉
III. HOMEMADE CARE
FLUIDS FOR HOMEMADE CARE
- Warm (but never cold!) eyebright, chamomile, or tea compresses: put a cotton pad dipped in the infusion on your eyes for 30 minutes. These herbs have antiallergic effect, soothe, and drain – it make the swelling smaller, and the shadows brighter at the same time.
Wash your lids with a American witch-hazel brew (you may get it in herbal store). Put a glass of boiling water into 10g of dried leaves, and perk under a cover for 10-15 minutes. Use either diluted – 1:3 with water, or not. Keep cotton pads moistened with the brew on your eyes for 5-10 minutes.
- Wash your eyes with rose water. Pour distilled water on rose petals, boil until they lose their color, sieve, cool down, and pour into a bottle. Apply every time you feel like refreshing your look 😉
- Make moisturizing and easing cow or soya milk compresses. Massage your eyes with a cotton pad dipped in milk, or leave for 15 minutes with your eyes closed. You can also use ice cold water.
- Make cucumber compresses. Wash the vegetable, slice it, and put into the fridge for about an hour. Apply on your eyelids for 10-15 minutes. Cucumber juice moisturizes and highlights, and the cold compress eases the swelling.
- Apple compresses will let you get rid of the swelling (apple acid will perfectly highlight the shadows). Cook or bake an apple until it’s soft, cool down, and smash with a fork. Apply on your eyes for 15 minutes. You can easily use raw apple slices as well.
- Potato mask will have the same effect: mix a raw potato, leave it on your eyes for 30 minutes, wash of thoroughly. If you don’t like sticky, steaming down consistency, you can always wrap it up in a bandage 😉
- Use algae, especially the brown ones. Powdered, they can be purchased in natural cosmetics stores. Just add some water and read the instruction. Scientists discovered than brown algae cleanse the skin from hem – the red pigment, which can be the cause of dark circles under your eyes. What’s more, they also have anti-aging, lifting, and moisturizing properties.
- Prepare a mask out of the white of an egg: whip the white, and apply under your eyes. Leave for 15 minutes, and wash off. It highlights your complexion.
- Massage your eyes with a piece of a wet aloe leaf. If you don’t have one at home (my mom uses this method), you can also use organic aloe juice. Watch out for aloe gels available at home – some of them may contain irritating menthol, or alcohol. Check out the ingredients list first!
- You can also massage your eye lids with ice cubes. They’ll boost your blood pressure, improve your complexion, and blood vessels.
And what methods do you use to get rid of eye shadows and bags? Which are the most efficient? Share your tricks in the comments – I’d love to check them out!