Resorting to eye-bag removal surgery should only be considered as a last resort. Surgery may be considered as often painful, the doctor visits can be time-consuming, and there is the possibility of dangerous side effects, such as nerve damage and paralysis. However, this is not a generalization of all skin care clinics, in fact, there is one skin care clinic in Indonesia that offers painless solutions to any skin conditions.
Luckily, there are a number of safe alternatives according to one of our resources online like SiO Beauty, Times India and Life Hack to get rid of tired, puffy eyes and the bags that go with them. In this guide, we’ll share with you the 15 best ways to remove eye bags (hilangkan kantung mata) without surgery, injections, or other invasive procedures.
1) CHANGE YOUR SLEEP POSITION
Seven to eight hours of sleep every night is a prerequisite to healthy, bag-free eyes. But did you know that your sleeping position is just as important?
When you sleep on your side, gravity pulls your skin downward, causing it to stretch ever so slightly. This stretching can lead to wrinkled, swollen, and baggy eyes.
On top of that, gravity naturally pulls fluid down into the delicate skin around your eyes. This buildup often leads to redness, inflammation, and puffiness.
To combat the effects of gravity and remove eye bags, we recommend sleeping on your back. If this position isn’t for you, consider using a thicker pillow so that your head rests at a slight upward angle with your chin lower than your forehead.
2) GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Are you tired of looking like you got absolutely no sleep when you wake up? In addition to changing your sleep position, make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
When your body lacks sleep, your skin can’t get the proper restoration and rejuvenation it needs. Your under-eye bags may be a direct result of not getting enough rest at night.
As we mentioned earlier, the recommended amount of sleep per night is seven to eight hours. Try changing up your pre-bedtime routine — such as avoiding screen time before bed — to make sure you’ll get the necessary amount of sleep.
3) REMOVE EYE MAKEUP BEFORE YOU GO TO BED
Going to sleep with your mascara, eyeliner, and foundation on is a recipe for waking up with baggy eyes. That’s why washing your face before bed is an important part of a skin-friendly beauty routine.
And remember to be thorough! Even small amounts of makeup residue can cause problems.
To remove your makeup, we recommend using a cotton ball and oil-based makeup remover followed up by your favorite mild cleanser.
4) TIGHTEN SKIN WITH AN AVOCADO MASK
Avocados contain carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, and monounsaturated fatty acids. In other words, it’s your skin’s best friend.
The carotenoids act as an antioxidant to help fight free radicals and reduce puffiness. The vitamin C and vitamin E are powerful wrinkle reducers that can help smooth out stubborn eye bags, while the monounsaturated fatty acids work to hydrate, soften, and moisturize. If you wake up with dark circles under your eyes in addition to bags after a particularly poor night’s sleep, try this easy, skin-tightening trick:
- Cut an avocado in half and remove the pit and peel
- Mash the avocado with a fork until you’ve made a paste
- Apply the avocado mash to the skin under your eyes and let it sit for 10 minutes while you eat breakfast
- Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel
- Follow this with your favorite eye cream
The redness and swelling that accompany eye bags are a result of inflammation. This inflammation is the same as the inflammation that occurs when you have sore muscles. One common fix for sore, inflamed muscles is an ice pack.
Luckily, this same principle can be used to remove eye bags as well. Simply apply a cold compress to your eyes for five to ten minutes.
We love using cucumbers as an alternative to a cold compress. Try storing cucumber slices in the freezer. Pull two out every few days and place them over your eyes for 15 minutes.
If you’d rather put vegetables in your salad, try chilled tea bags as an alternative.
6) REDUCE YOUR SALT INTAKE
Sodium, while a necessity of life, can cause your body to retain fluid if consumed in excess quantities. This can lead to unnecessary swelling under your eyes. To remove eye bags caused by water retention, reduce your salt intake.
How? Simply swap your iodized table salt for Himalayan sea salt. Since the latter tastes saltier, you don’t need to use as much but your food will still taste great.
You should also limit your consumption of foods like canned soup, deli meat, and pizza. If you find yourself craving salt, try munching on some potassium-rich celery.
7) ADD COLLAGEN TO YOUR DIET
Collagen rejuvenates your skin and keeps it elastic. Unfortunately, as you age, your body’s ability to produce collagen will slow down. Wrinkles and eye bags start to form as a result.
You can help promote collagen production from the outside by applying a skin-firming cream. But you can also promote collagen production from the inside by increasing the levels of collagen in your diet.
A simple way to do this is to make or buy chicken bone broth. Once a week, make a soup using this broth by cutting up vegetables like peppers, spinach, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and anything else that suits your fancy.
Finally, promote collagen production by taking a collagen supplement along with your daily vitamins or by adding a collagen-infused protein powder to your breakfast smoothie.
8) LIMIT YOUR ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
You know that alcohol is dehydrating — but do you know the scientific reason?
Alcohol consumption leads to dehydration by limiting your body’s ability to produce vasopressin, a hormone that promotes water retention.
Its absence tells your body to start getting rid of the water in your system through urination. Too much alcohol can completely deplete your body of vasopressin, which often first manifests as dark, sunken eye bags.
To prevent eye bags from forming, try reducing the amount of alcohol you consume. We recommend no more than one drink per day.
Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your adult beverage to help your body metabolize the alcohol and stay hydrated.
9) AVOID SMOKING
The chemicals found in cigarette smoke are toxic and can cause significant irritation and damage to the thin, sensitive skin around your eyes. This irritation and damage can quickly result in wrinkled, droopy eye bags and dark circles.
By reducing the amount you smoke (or stopping altogether), your likelihood of waking up with eye bags will decrease over time.
10) STAY HYDRATED
Water makes up more than 50 percent of your body, making it an important energy source for your body and your skin.
Not drinking enough water can leave your skin dry and flaky, causing bags under your eyes. To replenish your body and skin daily, drink half of your body weight in ounces of water.
And since your skin is the largest organ in your body, you’ll need to somehow rid it of toxins.
The answer: drink water. Drinking the required amount of water flushes toxins out of your body.
Your hydrated skin will glow and look radiant, especially the delicate area under your eyes.
11) PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM THE SUN
The sun’s UV rays are beneficial for your skin by naturally providing the required vitamin D. But, if your skin is not properly protected, those same good-for-you-rays can become detrimental to the overall health of your skin.
Before leaving your house every day, apply a layer of sunscreen under your makeup to protect your skin. The skin around your eyes is thin, so make sure you pay special attention to this delicate area.
Some additional ideas to protect your eyes from the sun iclude:
- Wearing a sun visor or hat
- Wearing sunglasses
Leaving your eyes exposed to the sun causes eye damage and ages your skin over time.
12) MANAGE YOUR ALLERGIES TO REMOVE EYE BAGS
Unfortunately, puffy eyes and allergies go hand-in-hand. You’re constantly sneezing and blowing your nose during allergy season, which results in swollen skin…specifically under your eyes. If you can treat your allergies, you can treat your puffy eyes.
A few ways to treat your allergies are:
- Take an antihistamine
- Use a neti pot
Antihistamines reduce some allergy symptoms, and you can buy them over the counter. You’ll find relief from your allergy symptoms within the first 30 to 60 minutes after taking one.
Talk to your doctor, who may recommend adding an antihistamine to your daily routine to help reduce your puffy nose and eyes.
You may become hesitant the first time seeing a neti pot, but the results are undeniable. A neti pot is a nasal saline irrigation solution that flushes out the toxins in your nasal passages. Using a neti pot will treat nasal allergies, sinus problems, and colds.
Make sure to read the label and directions when using a neti pot, and use only distilled or sterilized water with the saline solution.
13) EAT IRON-RICH FOODS
According to the Mayo Clinic, anemia is a condition in which your body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues. The result? You guessed it: under-eye bags…along with fatigue, weakness, headaches, and more.
If your skin doesn’t get the oxygen it needs to produce healthy skin cells, the pigment in your skin changes. Eating food rich in iron will help with your skin’s pigment and reduce puffy eyes.
Iron-rich foods include:
- Dark Chocolate
- Green Vegetables
- Dried Fruit
- Nuts and Seeds
- White Beans
14) USE A RETINOL CREAM
As you age, under-eye bags become more noticeable. You may also start to notice wrinkles and crow’s feet around your eyes. Using a retinol cream will nourish the delicate area around your eyes.
Retinol is an over-the-counter vitamin for your skin. Stimulating blood flow and collagen production is just one of the many benefits of using a retinol cream. Use retinol under your eyes to correct the bags that you just want to throw in the trash!
Tip: Be sure to carefully follow the instructions on the packaging since retinol is a strong ingredient that may do more harm than good if not used properly.
15) UPDATE YOUR MAKEUP ROUTINE
Use a highlighter or concealer under your eyes for a quick-fix to treat under-eye bags. Apply a few drops of your favorite concealer under your eyes and gently dab in place to cover up this delicate area.
Applying a highlighter will give your skin a hint of glow that you might otherwise be lacking. Using a concealer and highlighter together enhances the benefits of this quick-fix treatment.
THE BEST WAY TO REJUVENATE YOUR EYES
These 15 ways to remove eye bags (hilangkan kantung mata) work well, but they’re even more effective when used in conjunction with EuroSkin Lab’s products and services to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes.