Dark circles, puffiness, “bags,” fine lines, wrinkles—the skin directly under our eyes is very delicate and needs extra care. Under-eye issues can be caused by factors such as fatigue, excessive eye-rubbing, too much sun exposure, water retention, allergies, lack of exercise, and genetics, but the most common factor is—you guessed it—aging.
Although annoying and frustrating, under-eye discoloration and swelling are generally not harmful. Luckily, there are lots of natural remedies to help reduce their appearance and help make the under-eye area look fresher, rejuvenated, and younger. (Note: If you’re also experiencing redness, itching, or pain, consult your physician.)
1. It sounds like a no-brainer, but one of the most important things you can do is get enough sleep. For most adults, seven to eight hours is still the recommendation. And that means quality sleep, with no distractions like light, noise, or electronics. Make your bedroom as dark and as quiet as possible, and put your phone on “do not disturb.” Try not to surf the Internet or watch TV too close to bedtime, and don’t eat a big meal within three hours of turning in.
2. Sleep with your head slightly raised, to prevent fluids from accumulating under and around your eyes as you sleep. Add an extra pillow or, if possible, prop up the head of your mattress. Another solution is to elevate the entire head of the bed a few inches using simple risers.
3. Relax with a cool compress over your eyes. This can be a clean cloth with cool water, or fresh cucumber slices. If you can’t do this while sitting up, lean back slightly, but don’t recline completely.
4. Take care to reduce allergy symptoms. Try to avoid the allergens that trigger your itchy eyes. Eliminate any products in your home that might be causing irritation. Talk to your doctor about natural solutions and prevention methods.
5. Treat yourself to twice-daily doses of the Eminence Wild Plum Eye Cream from your fall Yuzen box. Every organic, natural ingredient in this formula was specifically chosen for its ability to soothe or moisturize the fragile under-eye area:
Wild Plum Juice: brightens skin and soothes irritations
Shea Butter: moisturizes and repairs the look of skin
Grape Oil: contains antioxidants that deliver hydration
Marigold Oil: soothes and tones skin
Green Tea: high in antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, and vitamins for youthful-looking skin
Horse Chestnut: good for toning and tightening
Biocomplex™: a booster of antioxidants, vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin
Evening Primrose: softens and soothes the appearance of skin