How To Cover Up Bags Under Your Eyes
We all have baggage. Some of us just have an excess and happen to be carrying those bags directly beneath our eyes.
Eye bags can be bothersome, and whether they're due to lack of sleep, excessive salt intake, or just genetic makeup, there are ways you can deal with them that don't involve dressing up like Batgirl or Catwoman and not letting your face see the light of day.
There can also be water retention, which exacerbates the issue. The eye bags, as well as the dark circles covering the under-eye area, can be hereditary but worsened by smoking, lack of sleep, and other factors.
If you've searched for beauty advice and life hacks long enough, you've probably come across more than one article claiming to have found the holy grail of concealers or an eye cream that's considered to be the miracle cure for under-eye bags.
You've likely seen products that promise to get rid of eye puffiness or makeup that claims to mask the dark circles completely. A makeup artist might suggest using concealers with orange or peach shades to counteract the blue tones.
Some will tell you to apply concealer to the shadow of the eye bag and not the actual bag, and then use such and such shade of powder and a highlighter to brighten up the area a bit, while others say skip the concealer because they've found the perfect formula in a foundation that you can wear for complete coverage that will conceal it all forever and ever.
Trying to make sense of all this makeup advice can be exhausting, and strain your eyes even more.
People, beauty blogs, or "the internet" in general, will say anything from "hire a personal makeup artist" to "try aging backward like Benjamin Button." They'll even swear by a particular enzyme mask that's guaranteed to rid of under eye bags.
There's never a shortage of advice out there, so it's always a good idea to check your sources and make sure they exist somewhere in the realm of reality before you begin with any type of skin-related treatment.
Now the question remains, how do you ditch those dark circles and reduce the puffiness under your eyes that tend to make you look tired?
A beauty tradition that shouldn't be kept secret
You need not hide your face from the world, or carry around your concealer like Gollum desperately clinging to the ring.
Of course, it's okay to have products you deem "precious," but there are also ways to address the underlying issues that contribute to under-eye bags and dark circles before even making it to makeup.
By adhering to some wisdom from within the ancient Indonesian Jamu tradition, you may be able to improve the appearance of the eye area and experience an overall shift in your approach to beauty and wellness.
Jamu represents a holistic approach and doesn't promote the idea of a quick fix to magically solve all your skincare woes.
Rather, these recipes rely upon the centuries of experience and empirical testing to see what ingredients work well for different issues, and in what combination they best support skin health.
Instead of falling for the next influencer-backed face cream, or hiring a makeup artist to follow you around with foundation, concealer, and powder, you can boost your beauty knowledge, and do what is within your power to look and feel your best.
Whether it's with turmeric creams, a toner, or a mask, there are plenty of products packed with Jamu goodness that will brighten the skin under your eyes, and help do away with eye bags. Let's take a look at a couple of examples and explain a bit about how they work.
Don't wait to hydrate
For the body to look its best and function properly, it must remain hydrated. Hydration helps with all the subsequent steps you might take to improve your skin, including anti-aging treatments that aim to decrease fine lines and wrinkles, so it makes a lot of sense that the Tamarind Tea Hydrating Facial Toner is the second step in the JUARA Face Ritual.
The anti-aging serum and moisturizer that follow are more easily absorbed into the face when it is hydrated and moist.
The Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner combines tamarind seed extract with hyaluronic acid, rice bran, and a blend of exotic teas. As an antioxidant, tamarind heals and defends the face.
Those free radicals from environmental factors like UV rays and pollution could harm and break down healthy skin if it weren't for the tamarind in this toner, with its oxidation-fighting vitamin C. The same can be said for the triple-tea blend that also boasts antioxidant properties.
The tamarind seed extract, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and rice bran extract are real hydration heroes. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are often utilized in skincare products since they are powerful humectants, which are moisturizing agents that pull water into the outer layer of your skin from deeper levels of your skin as well as the surrounding environment.
The tamarind seed extract draws in moisture as well, and improves elasticity and texture. The rice bran, sourced from Indonesia's serene rice paddies, has healed and improved stressed skin for centuries. It contains high levels of Vitamins B and E, and hydrates deeply.
As you can see, this toner is referred to as "the skin hydration optimizer" for good reasons. And because it's free of oil and alcohol, the toner is truly ideal for any type of skin, whether it tends to be oily, dry, or acne-prone.
For the very best results, you need to apply the toner after you wash your face with the Rice Facial Cleanser. With a few pumps of toner in your hands, apply all over your face and neck using your fingers and palms to gently pat it in for radiant-looking skin.
If you follow this up with the anti-aging serum and Sweet Black Tea and Rice Moisturizer, you're bound to feel better all over and notice a difference in your appearance.
The JUARA Face ritual is ideal for varying skin tones and dealing with discoloration or dark circles. The toner plays an important role in tightening up the area around the eyes, and as part of the JUARA Face Ritual, it diminishes the look of eye bags, fine lines, and wrinkles.
To learn more about this Jamu formula and see a tutorial on how to apply the toner, watch our video here:
Lighten up a little
This makes it look like there is a shadow under the eye. If this is an accurate description of the area beneath your eyes, it may be a sign you could use a little strengthening of that skin.
You can do many things to conceal the appearance of dark circles or puffy eyes, but when you want a treatment that actually addresses the dark circles or bags that bother you, it's a great idea to use ingredients that stand the test of time and have enhanced our health and appearance for centuries.
If you feel like you've done everything you can to get rid of those dark circles and under-eye puffiness, but haven't made many inroads...keep reading.
The Miracle Tea Eye Creme will brighten your day as it's brightening the area around your eyes. It blends the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric, the brightening abilities of clove flower, energizing kombucha, Indian gooseberry, as well as other effective ingredients.
The turmeric in this eye cream not only fights inflammation, but free radicals as well. As an antioxidant, turmeric minimizes the damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays and other deleterious environmental factors.
The clove flower's brightening power comes from its ability to inhibit melanin synthesis, so that dark spots are less likely to form. This helps that area underneath your eyes look more light, bright, and even.
Kombucha (or "magic tea" as it is referred to within the Indonesian Jamu tradition) possesses vitamin B, along with organic acids that smooth out skin and reduce puffiness.
You may have heard about Indian gooseberry in an article that hailed it as a way to slow hair loss or encourage hair growth, but when it comes to eye bags it has even more boasting to do.
There are some studies that suggest Indian gooseberry may help prevent the breakdown of collagen (which - along with elastin - gives our tissue some of its strength and elasticity). This will give you that suppleness you seek.
The Miracle Tea Eye Cream feels as refreshing as a cold compress, and continued use will reinvigorate the skin, cause a reduction in puffiness, and lead to a healthier appearance overall.
As with all eye creams, use the ring finger (or fingers) to apply it. With the ring finger, we generally use less pressure, which is important for that sensitive skin under the eyes and not exacerbating eye bags.
This eye cream may make such a difference with the bags under your eyes that you won't rely as much on your makeup (concealer, highlighter, stippling brush, etc.) before you go out and face the world.
Eat, drink, and be merry, but remember the basics
We can't talk about beauty without addressing what the body needs to be healthy and for that matter, what the mind requires to be well.
What you put in and on your body can help bring about a noticeable glowing change in dark circles, eye bags, and the overall look of your skin. We've talked a lot about what goes on the skin, so now we'll spend a minute discussing what goes in.
Let's start off by saying that we want you to enjoy life and food and friends. In fact, be wary of advice that sounds like cruel and unusual punishment or keeps you obsessing about what you eat and drink all day.
Attempt to incorporate healthy habits into your life without letting them add another layer of stress. Easier said than done, sure, but let's touch on a few basics.
Most health experts in any given article or study will agree that too much fat or sugar can drag you down. Your skin tone and the area around your eyes will look a lot better if you are drinking plenty of water and getting a good amount of fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein.
When it comes to eye bags in particular, too much salt can make the situation worse. Consuming excess salt can lead to fluid retention, which gathers in the under-eye area and makes it look more puffy.
This is often most notable in the morning after a salty evening meal. Ingesting a lot of alcohol can also cause some issues, so make sure that your water intake is far outweighing your consumption of that cold brew.
Sleep the night away
Dream a Little Dream, Dream On, Sweet Dreams. All great songs, and also good advice. Resting and relaxation are essential to staying healthy and can improve our skin's radiant appearance as well.
Eye bags can be worsened if you are dealing with allergies, smoking, or not getting enough sleep. Sleeping seven to nine hours a night is ideal, if you can manage it.
When we sleep at night our collagen production is at its peak, which enables our skin to heal and repair itself.
If your eyes look tired, it may be a sign you're not sleeping enough. Though it seems pretty straightforward, we sometimes miss the most obvious things.
As was mentioned above, the thin skin around the eye area can be semi-translucent and show the blood vessels immediately below the skin. This area is also susceptible to retaining fluid, and just sagging a slightly more over time.
If you tend to stay up late staring at a screen, seek out a way to become more intentional about drifting off to dreamland. Try some relaxing music and a cold compress.
Not only can it help reduce puffiness, but it may force you to close your eyes as well, which is exactly what you need.
So...what to do when even your own face throws shade at you? Definitely try the Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner and Miracle Tea Eye Cream, but also check out the following advice on how you can fall asleep fast and get a good night's sleep:
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