One of the most tender places on our face is the under eye. The skin there is very sensitive thanks to its thinness, lots of blood capillaries under it, and the tender eyeball just above it. Therefore, under eye care becomes a very important aspect of skincare. After all, nobody wants puffy bags, raccoon-like dark circles, or maps of wrinkles down there! So if you want to care for your under eye skin naturally then keep reading.
Because here is our take on under eye care, along with natural ways and products to keep them healthy and problem-free:
Common Under Eye Problems
- Dark Circles
This is one of the most common under eye problems. The dark rings under your beautiful eyes make for a very unattractive look. Dermatologists link dark circles to a few causes, like lack of sleep, fatigue, and genetics. Yes, there is a chance that even after a good night’s sleep people may not get rid of their dark circles because they have a genetic component. You cannot erase them completely if you inherited them, but there are cosmetic and natural ways to reduce them. For eg. there are Vitamin K serums, dark circle creams, brightening agents like potato, soy, rice, caffeine, etc.
- Puffy Under Eyes
Puffy under eye bags are found in people who don’t get much sleep, drink too much alcohol, or are often tired because of overwork. But managing this problem is pretty simple, because in this case, it is just some fluid that has accumulated under your eyes. Cryotherapy is extensively used to reduce under-eye bags nowadays. Or you can take a jade roller, freeze it overnight, dip it in eye gel and gently roll it across puffy under eyes.
- Wrinkles & Fine Lines
This problem requires more than under eye care. Wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin etc are signs of aging, so you also need to work on your overall facial skin to reduce them. Retinoids, peptide-infused eye creams, serums, and other anti-aging ingredients like red tea, green tea etc are good for these visible signs of aging.
- Redness, Irritation, or Allergies
The skin under your eyes is very sensitive, so it can get irritated easily. If you apply any product that has an allergen in or around the area, then you may develop redness under your eyes. Other chemicals like preservatives, fragrances, artificial colors, etc in makeup or skincare products may also cause irritation or symptoms of allergy. In such cases, it is best to consult your dermatologist.
Natural Ways and Products to Keep your Under Eye Healthy
Think of tea bags as masks for your under eye care. Caffeinated tea bags are even better, as they work on dark circles too while preventing puffiness. The powerful antioxidants in the tea bags help stimulate blood flow under the skin, prevent wrinkles and fine lines, as well as protect you from harmful UV rays and sunburns. Green tea is the best for antioxidants.
- Take 2 teabags
- Steep them for 3-5 mins
- Chill them in the refrigerator for 20 mins
- Squeeze out extra water and set them under your eyes
- Keep them for 15-30 mins
As described above for cryotherapy, cold compresses work to keep the area under your eye problem-free and healthy. They also help fade the appearance of dark circles temporarily as the blood vessels constrict quickly. Do it a couple of times a week, or as and when required.
You can use:
- A store-bought cold compress
- Frozen cucumber slices
- Chilled teaspoons
- A bag of frozen beans or veggies
- Wet washcloth
Keep the compress for only a few minutes to prevent frosting your eyes and under eyes.
Dehydration has been known to cause dark circles and puffy under eye bags. So to avoid them, drink lots of water throughout the day. At least 8 glasses of water are required, but you can always go over and above that by adding infused waters, juices, and fruits with high water content to your diet. Eg. watermelons, cucumbers, and other melons.
Sunscreen is a must. Dermatologists recommend applying it thrice a day — 9 am, 12 pm, and 3 pm. Make sure it is high on SPF (30 or higher). This protects your under eyes from problems like:
- premature signs of aging
- skin cancer
Include Retinoids in your Skincare
Retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives and known for their anti-aging properties. They are mostly added to anti-aging serums, but also work wonders in the under eye area. Retinoids help in improving collagen production so that your skin can remain tight. This helps prevent under eye bags and wrinkles.
However, if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant then do not use retinoids.
Remove Your Makeup at Night
Sleeping with makeup on? This is a mistake we have all made at some point in our lives. During our teenage days it might not have been such a harmful lapse. But as we age, we must make sure to cleanse our face thoroughly before bed. Eye makeup like mascara or liners or kohl can negatively affect the under eye skin overnight. They may cause:
Sleeping with makeup on may also speed up the aging process!
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
The average sleep prescribed is 8 hours. But you should figure out what works for you and how much sleep makes you look and feel fresh. Then make sure you get that much beauty sleep every night and get rid of those dark circles. Also, while sleeping, make sure to keep your head elevated so that fluid doesn’t pool in your lower eyelids. This way you can avoid puffiness too!
Add more collagen and iron-rich foods to your everyday diet. This includes foods rich in Vitamin C as it helps absorb hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid keeps your under eye area hydrated. For starters, to maintain healthy under eye, eat more foods like:
- Brussel sprouts
- Red peppers
Avoid salty and oily foods as they encourage water retention. Also, cut back on your alcohol intake. Alcohol is one of the top reasons for redness and under eye bags.
Use Natural Under Eye Creams & Serums
Forget all those chemical treatments, lasers, fillers, and procedures. You can easily manage your under eye problems by using good under eye creams or serums. The natural skincare market has now reached a stage where they formulate and create products that are made from plant-based and natural ingredients that are nourishing to your skin. If you wish to find good natural under eye products then we can offer you our Savarnas Mantra Eye Care collection:
Savarnas Mantra® Natural Age Defying Eye Cream
Made with rich cucumber extracts, this unique formula is amazing for your under eye problems. It de-puffs the skin, firms it, fortifies it, and refreshes it. The cream also works on lightening dark circles and giving your delicate under eye area a good dose of hydration. Fine lines and wrinkles are also addressed with regular application of this cream, made with neem extracts, Vitamins A, C, E, Squalane, and Hyaluronic Acid.
What’s more, this natural age-defying eye cream is cruelty-free, fragrance-free, and hormone-free.
Savarnas Mantra® Natural Restorative Under Eye Serum
This restorative serum is to help you combat puffiness and eliminate dark circles with its dynamic formulation. If you wish to restore your youthful look then check out this serum enriched with natural seaweed extracts and hyaluronic acid. Easy to apply, quick-absorbing, with added active ingredients of purified rice, soy, and yeast peptides, this serum gives you soft and bright under eyes.
So did you see how easy it is to plan under eye care naturally? You just need the right knowledge, the right products, and the right brands to support you. We at Savarnas Mantra always ensure we do all three, equipping our beloved customers with all that they need — be it in natural under eye care or overall skincare!