As we get older, our skin betrays us first. A bit like the rings of a tree, you can read the age of a person by the lines on their face. For many of us, baggy eyes are beginning to form, making us look older and fatigued. As soon as our youth is gone, so is that line of defence which stops those fatty cells from taking over.
Many of us want to look younger for longer, without having to go under the knife. Reducing the appearance of baggy eyes can be as simple as changing your lifestyle. You’ll have to face up to baggy eyes at some point, but not today! Here’s how to stay looking young and fresh:
Why Do I Have Baggy Eyes?
Generally, baggy eyes are caused by an unhealthy lifestyle which includes little sleep, salty foods, and lack of exercise. However, if you’re a health nut and you’re suffering from baggy eyes, blame your DNA – you were dealt a bad hand. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and so fat pushes its way to the forefront; including under our eyes.
What Can I Do?
A healthy lifestyle will help you stay more youthful looking, but eating your greens is only going to get you so far. If your bags are created by puffiness, not fluid, you can help soothe the swelling with cucumbers. Why? Cucumber slices are cold and the temperature restricts the blood vessels, which helps with the swelling. Treat yourself to a spa trip or buy salon service and supplies to help your body recharge. It’s amazing what rest and relaxation can do for the appearance of bags under the eyes.
If your eyes are baggy because they’re retaining fluid, you can help alleviate this condition by sleeping with a few extra pillows to drain the liquid out of your face. Make sure that you get plenty of sleep or those bags won’t go away any time soon.
Eating foods rich in antioxidants will help your skin remain healthy, and therefore, tighter. Begin with nuts: pecans have the highest level of antioxidants, but walnuts and hazelnuts are great too. Fresh artichoke hearts are fantastic, and you can add them to pastas or serve them up as an appetiser.
Everyone knows that beans are nutritional powerhouses (not baked beans), so whip up a chilli full of red kidney and black beans for an anti-oxidant pick-me-up. If you have a sweet tooth, start hoarding berries. It’s best to buy blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries when they’re in season and freeze them for later use. From smoothies to cereal, berries make berry good toppings.
Chocolate is not as bad for you as you might think. Yes, you have permission to eat chocolate for your health, however, only dark chocolate. Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure, soothes coughs, and increases blood flow to the heart. A little every day will give you an antioxidant buzz and help you keep the skin under your eyes in tip-top condition.
This post has been written and contributed by Zoe, a beauty aficionado who has an unhealthy appetite for blusher and lip gloss. She has written this post today in collaboration with Salons Direct.