“Although there are many factors that influence under eye bags such as genetics, allergies, medical conditions, UV radiation exposure, sleep, hydration, salt, and alcohol consumption, there is another simple factor that can influence how the skin appears around the eyes and that is how sugar can impact your skin,” says Dr. Sue Ann Wee of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC. The new year is a perfect time to kickstart a healthy diet and remove (or at least cut back) sugar from your diet.
When choosing a dermaroller to purchase, you need to pay attention to the needle size. Most experts I’ve spoken to advise anything between 0.2 mm and 0.75 mm for use at home. (Benjamin advises staying under 0.5 to avoid damage.) I’ve only ever used 0.2 or 0.5, since I mainly focus on my lips and underneath my eyes, and those areas are particularly delicate.
The classic home remedy of tea bags has been used to treat under-eye bags for years. The caffeine provided by the tea constricts the blood vessels around the eye, reducing puffiness, while the tannins help to decrease swelling and discolouration. Good for removing dark shadows, this treatment is best used when you’re out of product and need a quick fix. Just place two used tea bags in the refrigerator for half an hour before applying to closed eyes for 10 minutes.
The anatomy of your facial features also plays a role. A prominent “tear trough” or nasojugal groove, extending from the inner corner of the eye diagonally toward the cheekbone, can cause shadowing and make dark circles more apparent. This trough can appear or deepen with fat loss that often comes with age and can start around 25—or you can just thank bone structure and genetics.