Add this to your list of winter grievances: Studies confirm that women look older in the winter, and it’s all because of—wait for it—your eyes. In the winter, dark circles are more prominent and under-eye bags appear puffier, which can age you up to 4.7 years. How can a season have this much effect on your appearance and what can you do about it? Keep reading to find out!
Blame those dark under-eye bags on a lack of sunlight. Not only does paler skin emphasize them, less sun means your body’s losing out on vitamin D, which is essential to a wide range of healthy bodily functions. Studies show that with sufficient amounts of vitamin D (the kind that your skin absorbs from the sun’s rays, not the kind you find in a supplement), skin is brighter and more elastic.
While you can’t coerce the sun into shining, all hope is not lost. First and foremost, get plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep speeds up the signs of aging and increases stress hormones—a lose-lose for the delicate skin under your eyes. Use a cool compress in the mornings to temporarily shrink blood vessels, reducing puffiness (extra points if you use tea bags—caffeine is an excellent de-puffer). Watch your salt intake and sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated to prevent fluid retention from compounding puffy under-eye bags. And finally, use a brightening eye cream morning and night.
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