How To Get Rid Of Eye Bags

Of all the countless beauty struggles we encounter daily, none seem quite as persistent and aggravating as under-eye bags. It's something everyone at every age has to deal with at some point or another. For some it's constant, for others it's the result of a rough sleep schedule phase. Unfortunately, with the hustle of life comes a struggle to get enough sleep, and as if chronic exhaustion weren't punishment enough, you're also left with an "I need more sleep" sign stamped on your face for everyone to see.

While a vast majority of beauty products claim to target eye bags, it's hard to rely solely on them. Sure, an eye cream is imperative and that goes for any under-eye concern. Once you hit your 20s, applying eye cream daily is the best preventative measure you can take to keep your under-eyes looking youthful. When it comes to eye bags, you have your cooling metal tip applicators that can help a little — but not quite enough.

Anyone will tell you that the trick is getting more sleep. While that's obviously true, it's also not quite an option for everyone, so here's how to really tackle those eye bags both inside and out.

Start by taking care of yourself internally

Before getting into what you can apply to reverse the eye bags, how about trying to tackle a few methods to prevent them from occurring in the first place? Sure, sleep is perhaps the top solution to tackling eye bags, but there are also a few other lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent them.

The Mayo Clinic breaks down a few lifestyle changes that can be game-changing for eye bags. First of all, they recommend avoiding smoking (which can surely prevent a number of issues you may be having). Cutting down on salt in your diet can also help to "reduce the fluid retention that can cause bags under the eyes," per the outlet.

Another approach you can take is by putting something into your body to help things along. Vitamin C is a popular skincare buzz ingredient. Increasing your vitamin C intake whether by eating some citrus fruits or by taking a vitamin C supplement can help to "strengthen the skin, promote collagen production and help retain moisture" (via She Finds), all of which are going to help you avoid getting severe eye bags.

Massage your bags away

If you're a skincare fan, you're likely familiar with facial massage tools. Whether it's the infamous gua sha, a jade roller, or even a more advanced vibrating tool like the NuFace — the most viral skincare trend over the past year has been facial massages. This doesn't strictly involve the type you get during a facial anymore; these tools are now easily available to everyone and countless online tutorials show you how to use them the right way.

Facial massaging tools are infamous for depuffing and sculpting your face, but they work especially well when it comes to depuffing your under-eyes. New York-based esthetician and founder of Inderma Studio, Nichelle Temple, sat down with Bustle to explain why these tools are needed. "Our lymphatic system does not have a pump the way that our heart does to move our blood around," she said. "The lymph can become stagnant, and it relies on us to help move the fluid that gets trapped in the body along." Using these tools the correct way can help drain your under-eyes of excess fluid that causes them to puff. It doesn't hurt that it's a super relaxing way to take a moment and indulge in some self-care.