Good health is reflected in the eyes, as it is in the skin,
So it is important we look after this very delicate area.
Most of us at some point have suffered from puffy eyes, especially when we wake up.
The reason this occurs, is that the area under the eyes easily retains fluid,
Here at The Naked Chemist, we have found it to be a common concern of many of our customers,
So for the purpose of this article, we looked at why some people suffer from bags under eyes, and what can be done to treat them.
Causes of Bags Under Eyes
- Eye bags can be a result of genetics, or fat deposits on the lower lid
- Because the skin is so thin around the eyes, any excess fat creates a bulging effect, which is due to ligaments that support the fat pads
- These ligaments weaken with age, causing fat to slip and bulge forward
- As we age our skin naturally loses elasticity, it becomes loose and the pouch of fat under the eyes start to balloon
- Bags under eyes can be caused by a build up of fluid retention, resulting in the area under the eye becoming puffy
- Sinus congestion can also be a major cause of eye bags
- The skin may of been overstretched by years of abuse, which causes our contours to drop
Treating Bags Under Eyes
If you do have really bad eye bags, they can be almost impossible to cover up, despite what skin care companies will try to tell you!
NO AMOUNT of CREAM can help to counteract the problem…..
The reason for this is, not only are you dealing with color, you are also dealing with texture.
Fortunately there are a number of ways you can combat bags under eyes
Naturally Treating Bags Under Eyes
Haemorrhoid Treatment: This is a well known treatment for bags under eyes, known as Preparation H
Yes, you read it right! It is a haemorrhoid ointment, so you can be forgiven for not feeling comfortable using this under the eyes, but it does get really good results.
Herbal Compress: You can buy herbal compresses or make them yourself,
They contain soothing ingredients such as Cucumber, Eye bright and Black tea, all of which help to reduce congestion.
Apply to the area for 15 minutes, in order to let the herbs do their magic.
Soothing Gels: Commercial Eye gels are specifically formulated to have a temporary toning and tightening effect, on the skin around the eyes.
They can be kept in the fridge overnight, this cooling effect helps to constrict the blood vessels, which has a great effect on bags under eyes.
Peptides: These potent ingredients help to strengthen capillary walls, preventing leakage of fluid.
Hesperidin: A bio flavonoid known as Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, helps to reduce fluid in the tissue, dramatically reducing puffiness.
Medically Treating Eye Bags
Puffy under eye bags cast a deep shadow near the tear trough, making it appear as though you have dark circles under eyes.
If your eye bags are really bothering you, it is possible to have the fat pads in the lower lid removed surgically.
It is a fairly common procedure where little recovery time is required.
Once the bags are removed, the dark circles will instantly disappear.
Lasers and Fillers
Working as a skin specialist for many years, I have had a lot of success with a combination of fillers and lasers.
Essentially what they do is tighten and firm the skin, delivering radio waves deep into the skin tissue, whilst stimulating new collagen production.
Another alternative solution that has had a lot of success, is filling around the bags with restylane or perlane.
Important note on medical advice
It is important to note, that bags under eyes may indicate an underlying medical condition, such as a sluggish lymphatic system, or even a kidney problem.
In cases such as this, it may be worth seeking medical advice.