As the delicate skin around your eye becomes weaker, the sagging skin creates a pouch or eye bag. This unwanted facial feature can be worsened when the fat deposits in your face slip down, leaving your eyes to drop. As for the cause of these frustrating signs of aging, well it turns out there are plenty. Read on for 7 common causes of bags under the eyes (and one simple fix to eliminate them). Your eyes might be the window to your soul – but they’re also an indicator of your health and wellbeing. Waking up with constant dark circles and under-eye puffiness is a sign you’re worn out, short on rest, and not giving your skin the help it needs to glow. When you put extra effort into your skincare routine and STILL wake up looking like you’ve gone several rounds with a boxer, the feeling is nothing short of frustration…but there is a way to restore your sparkle and enjoy the glowing complexion you’ve been chasing. Using regular Face Yoga exercises you can start to improve your skin and restore shape to your face from the inside out.
We’ve rounded up the fascinating science behind puffy eyes and dark circles, plus the most common causes of bags under your eyes, and the one all-natural exercise program you need to start using to give your face that gorgeous, youthful shine.
What Causes Dark Circles Around My Eyes?
There are dozens of possible reasons you’re waking up with dark circles under your eyes and skin that’s puffy, tired, and irritated. We’ll go through 7 of the possible contributing factors below (plus some simple DIY remedies to send you on your way to smoother skin) but it’s important to realize that these lifestyle tweaks and external irritants are typically contributing to worse eye circles and puffiness – not the underlying cause. Dark circles and bags are typically caused due to a breakdown in your skin’s elasticity and firmness. Over time, it’s natural to lose collagen and the padded deposits of fat that sit below your eyes. Without these crucial supporting features, the surrounding skin becomes saggy and less taut, leading to drooping skin under your eyes that manifests as bags, half-circles, or wrinkles. Although collagen levels and changing muscle elasticity occur all over your body, these changes are most noticeable around your eyes where the skin is delicate and up to 10x thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. For this reason, only improving collagen production and restoring the firmness of your facial muscles can truly reverse the signs of aging and remove dark circles for good, but if you recognize any of the following triggers, you’ll want to make some simple changes to your lifestyle too.
Are you burning the candle at both ends? A lack of sleep can contribute to puffy eyes and dark circles. The CDC recommends the average adult get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, so look to create a set routine you can stick to that doesn’t leave you staying up late and rising early.
Are you feeling dehydrated? It’s easy to power through your day even when you’re low on water, so dehydration can become second nature to many women. Unfortunately, this leaves your skin cells without the moisture they need, leading to saggy and sunken eyes.
Yep, as frustrating as it is, some women are simply more prone to dark circles. Although this puffy eye reason feels unfair, that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your skin’s natural elasticity and collagen levels (scroll to the bottom to find out how).
You are what you eat, and if you’re eating high amounts of salty food then your body may be retaining water (a natural response to high sodium in the body). This excess water is often stored in the face, leaving you feeling (and looking) bloated.
Are you sneezing every time the wind blows? Allergies are more than a seasonal frustration, they can also lead to congestion and inflammation that exacerbates the puffiness under your eyes.
Are you touching your eyes multiple times throughout the day? Constantly rubbing your eyes can inflame the skin and make dark eye bags worsen over time. This can be a tough habit to break, so pay attention to how often you’re reaching up to touch your face.
You love your daily make-up routine, but does it love you? Certain make-up may irritate your skin and cause the delicate tissue around your eyes to become swollen. It’s easy to blame these changes on environmental factors when really it’s your make-up that’s the culprit.
Let’s be honest, the countless natural remedies available online sound interesting, but you don’t always have the time to apply fresh greek yogurt to your face, or to cut up dozens of cucumber slices to use as cold compress substitutes. The all-natural solution? The Face Yoga app. Facial exercises can be extremely beneficial to clear up unwanted dark eye circles without making your daily routine any more difficult than it needs to be. And since you’re short on time but looking for support, we’ve created a custom Face Yoga program tailored to you – simply complete the quiz below to receive your one-of-a-kind program.