Don’t Look Like A Zombie, Prevent Bags And Dark Circles!

Halloween isn’t really celebrated in the Netherlands. Every year more and more children in costume are knocking on doors and it’s a theme in many stores. But we don’t have a long tradition of celebrating it.

When my bff turned 16 we went to celebrate Halloween for her birthday at Six Flags Holland. Six Flags Holland no longer exists in the Netherlands, but then it was a popular amusement park among young people.

The whole park had a Halloween theme and in the evening the park stayed open longer, because of the zombie party. You could go in dressed up, but we thought that was stupid.

During the zombie party, the park darkened, ominous music was played and zombie actors with chainsaws appeared. Suddenly all the visitors started running and screaming hysterically. My bff and I stood to the side.

A zombie popped up and ran the chainsaw past my leg. ‘Hey Stace, look. That chainsaw isn’t even on and the sound is coming from a speaker’, my bff noticed.
‘Okay, bye!’, said the actor irritated. After that we had a really good time and laughed at the rest of the crowd. We also bragged how horribly fake this was.

After that I never experienced a zombie party again. Although in daily life I often unconsciously looked like a zombie. The reason? Bags and dark circles. And no, you don’t want to look like that when it’s not Halloween. Maybe not during Halloween either. So here are tips to prevent and fight bags and dark circles.

What are bags and dark circles?

Many people think that bags and dark circles are the same, but that’s not true.

Bags occur when excess fluid, oil or skin builds up under your eyes.

Dark circles form when blood vessels shine through the thin skin under your eyes, resulting in a blue or purple haze.

How do you get bags and dark circles?

Photo: Doucefleur via Getty Images

I always thought that bags and dark circles were the results of poor sleep. Although it’s a major cause, it’s not the only cause:

  • Insufficient sleep
  • Drink too little
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Smoking, alcohol and caffeine
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Age

How to prevent bags and dark circles?

The above causes are easy to avoid:

  • Try to sleep 7 to 8 hours every night.
  • Drink 1.5 to 2 liters water every day.
  • Don’t eat too much salt.
  • Take vitamin A, it supports the regenerative capacity of the skin.
  • Take vitamin C, it contributes to the formation of collagen.
  • Drink alcoholic and caffeinated drinks in moderation.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Try to avoid or reduce stress.

Already got the zombie look? This is how you reduce it

Sometimes you’re just too late with early intervention and before you know it you look like a zombie. Here are quick fixes to look more human again:

  • Cool your bags to reduce swelling. Put cucumbers and potatoes on your eyes.
  • Massage your bags to reduce swelling.
  • Use an eye cream for bags and dark circles.
  • Give your eyes plenty of rest and don’t look at a screen all day.
  • Hemorrhoid cream seems to work well against bags and dark circles. But don’t use it too much!

Happy Halloween!

Front photo: eyedear via Getty Images

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