Those dark bags or circles around the eyes make you look so tired and without sleep even though you had a good night’s rest. Unfortunately, they are unflattering to your look and make you look older.

Having tons of sleep is not the solution, though. If you want to get rid of eye bags, then you need to understand what causes them in the first place.

Why You Have Dark Circles Under The Eyes

The biggest reason why you have bags under the eyes is genetics. Many people have fair skin or a thin layer of skin in this part of the face. Thus, blood pools there due to the lack of sleep leading to slower circulation. When the blood accumulates, the capillaries end up leaking and stretching.

The second factor that causes this tired look is ageing. As people grow older, the skin loses collagen and becomes thinner, so that the veins become more prominent. If you are a fan of sunbathing, this happens more quickly, leading to broken-down collagen and mottling skin color.

Some people, interestingly, have dark circles because of seasonal allergies. The body releases histamines, which inflame the blood vessels and lead to swelling. To check if this is the reason, try to stretch the skin under your eyes.

If it becomes darker, then your bags are most likely due to genetics or ageing. If the color does not change, then you have allergies or UV rays to blame.

Treating The Dark Circles

If the dark bags under the eyes are due to vascular issues, you might find that putting more pillows under your head as you sleep helpful, as it stops the buildup of blood under the eyes. When you wake up, put a cold compress for at least 5 minutes so that the blood vessels constrict.

Another good idea is to use eye cream that has caffeine. This ingredient helps the vessels to constrict. Other creams that might be helpful include Arnica-based ones (which you can buy at health food stores) that are anti-inflammatory and can reduce the appearance of darkness.

On the other hand, eye creams that have green or black tea as well as those with grape seed oil, make the capillary walls stronger. Changing your diet can help. Foods that can improve the flow of blood to the skin include dark chocolate and omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods like walnuts and salmon.

For people with allergy-related dark circles, over-the-counter medication like antihistamine can help prevent the appearance of dark eye bags.

Those with thin skin under the eyes will need a collagen-building cream. Ones with retinol (which increases the production of collagen) and vitamin C (which brightens skin tone) are best. Plus, sunscreen should be applied or else all other efforts are in vain.

Covering Up The Dark Bags

If you have an important date or appointment and want to look fresh, you can apply a bit of camouflage. Apply some eye cream and allow it to dry. Pat on some concealer in your skin tone. Add a top layer of loose powder so that makeup does not cake in.

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Nicola is always on the lookout for the best beauty tools and skincare products. She believes in "prevention is better than cure" so she is always trying to perfect her beauty routine to avoid premature aging. Fun fact about Nicola: She owns a lot of sunscreens as she carries a mini sunscreen in each of her handbags and backpacks.