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Growing up with a Greek heritage was always wonderful, I could be outside all day and never burn. It was great, until I learned how damaging the sun was, even if you don’t get a burn from the sun. Ever since learning about this, I’ve worn sunscreen EVERYDAY since I was about 16. I still love being out in the sun, but I truly do try to cover up my skin as much as possible. There are much safer ways to get a tan i.e. spray tan! I also recommend going to someone who manually does a spray tan on you instead of going to the closest tanning booth place, mostly because the formulas at the shops seem to be a lot more orange-based, but that’s strictly from my own opinion.

One problem that I call the “Greek Curse” is my under-eye bags, and let me tell you, I have tried an arsenal of products and lifestyle changes to get rid of them. I’ve come to to realize that the only thing that can help them are lasers and fillers, but the former is expensive and the latter is not up my alley, so I’ve created a dedicated regimen to help get rid of these under eye bags and puffiness as much as possible.

  1. Sleep more - FREE!

    This goes without saying, more sleep = we look better. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. If you’re one of the unlucky ones like me, no amount of sleep will 100% solve my under-eye bags, but I do notice a difference when I sleep more.

  2. Drink More Water - FREE!

    Another one that probably goes without saying, drink more water!

  3. Don’t eat salty foods - FREE!

    Salty foods can give us an unwanted “puffy” face, making us look a lot more tired than we probably are. Limit these foods and see for yourself the difference.

  4. Microneedle - $15

    We couldn’t have a complete list without adding our microneedle on here, mostly because this is WHY we sell microneedles (aka dermarollers). Recently, we introduced the .25mm dermaroller, because it’s the length we recommend for under eye use. Any more and it’s too dangerous to use around the thin skin around your eyes. Rolling the tool under and around your eye helps stimulate collagen production, giving your eyes the “8-hours-of-sleep-effect” because we know Rule #1 on this list is not easy to do.

  5. Retinol (see below for price)

    One of the more expensive options on here is retinol. In our Editor’s words, the “be-all, end-all.” Everyone should be using a retinol. Unless of course you are pregnant, and if that’s the situation, stay CLEAR of any form or derivative of Retinol, Retinoid, Retin-A, etc. What does it do? It helps with the following: acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, anti-aging prevention, and texture. Yes. ALL of that. Retinols will make your skin more susceptible to the sun, so WEAR sunscreen every dang day of your life, please and thank you.

    Our recommendations?

    1. Resurface by Shani Darden Retinol Reform Peel $95

    2. Marie Veronique Gentle Retinol Night Serum $110

    3. Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment $45.92

    4. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane $13.90

    5. SkinMedica Age Degense Retinol Complex 1.0 $93

  6. Jade Roller - $18.99

    These rollers are amazing, and we’ve thought about introducing our own Jade Roller to our product line. That’s how much we love them. What is it good for? Lymphatic draining (an article coming up on that later, but essentially, it helps get rid of toxins by massaging these areas), cooling (and therefore depuffing), toning your skin, and providing a calming effect to the skin.

  7. Under Eye Masks - $5.99

    I use these exact sheet masks, EVERYday. They are ridiculously cheap and so effective. I pop them in the fridge to get extra cooling and depuffing effects, take a pair out every morning, and wear them on my way to work. Yes. I know how extra that is, but it works.

Have you tried any of these? If so, tell us below! If not, tell us what you do to help your under-eye bags!

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