3 mistakes that are giving you puffy under-eyes
Because not all bags are designer
You’ve noticed them show up, and not just after a night of heavy drinking and sleep deprivation. The discoloured skin and fine lines, which are adding years to your face. The first signs that you’re on the other side of your twenties are creeping up right under your very eyes.
Factors like lack of sleep, dry skin, smoking and other poor lifestyle choices may be causing you to age more rapidly, and while the obvious solution is to lead a healthy lifestyle, that isn’t always the easiest. Dr Jayashree Sharad of Skinfiniti clinic sat down with ELLE to explain what you could be doing wrong and how to correct it, just in case you’re one of those people who can’t make it to bed before 11pm.
3 bad habits that are causing under-eye bags and wrinkles
The cause: rubbing
"Because of the pollution or the dust or the make-up we wear, we don't even realise that we tend to rub the area under our eyes. That friction itself will give you a lot of lines." Dr Sharad informed us.
The solution: dab or pat, never rub
If you must venture towards your under-eye area, completely avoid rubbing. Whether it's cream or concealer, dab it on lightly. Use your ring finger to ensure a light touch to your skin while applying any eye products.
The cause: dehydration
"The skin under your eyes is the thinnest and needs hydration." says Dr Sharad. Dehydrated skin will negatively affect the skin, but using the wrong moisturiser could also be doing more harm than good.
The solution: moisturise correctly
Dab gently with a water-based moisturiser or a cream specifically for under-eye care. "You don't always need a specific cream, it could be ghee or coconut oil." Aloe vera also works and is a great hydrating agent. Even when you take off your make-up you must take special care of the area around your eyes and treat it differently from the rest of your face.
The cause: over-moisturising
There is such a thing as over-moisturising your skin and this could cause puffiness or plumpness under the eyes. As we mentioned, the skin under your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face and needs specific care.
The solution: know your skin type
Avoid parabens-based moisturisers for under-eye care as they sits heavily on the skin. "Paraben or very thick moisturisers could be giving you puffy eyes." The only exception is if you have atopic skin (type of eczema), where a thicker moisturiser would be advisable. If you have already started developing thin lines under your eyes, use a cream with peptides or vitamin E, these natural antioxidants should give you results in three months.