Sometimes it can feel like no matter what you do you’ll never get rid of those annoying dark circles under your eyes. In a recent article published on the Cosmopolitan website, contributor Carly Cardellino tackles this topic and shares some ideas for hiding under-eye bags and eliminating them altogether.

Cardellino says that the first step is determining what’s causing them: genetics, dietary choices, sleep deprivation, etc.

“If your under eye bags are genetic, there are few over-the-counter options you can try to deflate them,” writes Cardellino. “However, by doing things like drinking eight glasses of water a day, getting enough sleep at night (seven hours or more) and watching your salt intake you can help reduce the look of them, but they won’t disappear entirely.”

On the other hand, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, there are prescription and over-the-counter medications that can keep your symptoms at a minimum, making the area around your eyes look less puffy and dark.

Here are a few other tips and tricks Cardellino recommends:

  • Laying the backs of two cold spoons on your under-eye bags and gently sliding them to the outer corners of your eyes first thing in the morning
  • Using an eye cream that contains caffeine.

Of course, if nothing you do is making a difference, a Lebanon plastic surgeon may be able to help. Blepharoplasty is a corrective procedure that can reduce dark circles and bags under the eyes, remove wrinkles and give your eyes a more youthful appearance. Contact the board certified plastic surgeons at The Lett Center to schedule a consultation!