What Are Bags Under The Eyes?
People convey quite a bit with a wink, a glare, or a gaze. A slight movement of our eyes can communicate so much.
Unfortunately, the bags underneath our eyes can say a lot as well. They may signal a lack of sleep, a little too much salt, or simply point to the passage of time. There are several reasons people deal with puffiness in this area.
A lot of it comes down to luck. Some folks won't have any issues with this under-eye area, while others can try just about everything and still have unwanted eye bags.
Whether you have under-eye bags that bring you beauty woes or dark under-eye circles that disturb you, there are some options out there for you.
You can treat under-eye bags or discoloration in a few ways. Making some changes in your diet, sleep patterns, and radiant skincare habits can help get rid of bags or reduce their prominence. The same can be said for dark circles and puffy eyes.
Let's go over some of the things we've found helpful in minimizing the appearance of bags under eyes, as well as what the experts are saying.
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There's some truth to getting your beauty sleep
Most people notice that they look and feel better after a good night's sleep. Your body does a lot to repair itself at night.
While you sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases. This brings oxygenated blood to heal the damage done throughout the day. The epidermis rebuilds its collagen supply, which lends support and strength to the skin.
As you dream away, your skin is doing what it can to repair the harm inflicted by the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays and other environmental pollutants. If you're getting a good amount of rest, it's easier for your defense systems to fight the oxidative stress that causes wrinkles, age spots, and other unwanted signs of premature aging. For most adults, seven to nine hours of sleep each night is sufficient.
To directly address under-eye bags, you can try sleeping with your head slightly raised. Add an extra pillow to prop yourself up a few inches. This position may help keep fluid from pooling around the eyes and creating puffy eyelids and eye bags.
The bags under your eyes and the delicate skin in that general area are susceptible to small changes, so trying some of these suggestions may prove beneficial with minimal effort.
Since your skin is already doing you a favor going into overdrive in the evenings, why not help it along with something like the Miracle Tea Eye Creme from JUARA?
This amazing eye cream was formulated specifically for under-eye bags, puffy eyes, and other similar issues. It saturates your delicate skin with nurturing illipe butter, calming chamomile, and antioxidant turmeric and tea ferment.
The firming five flavor berry will tighten the skin so those tired eyes look more rested. Clove flower, which has been used for years in Indonesian spa treatments, both brightens and evens skin tone by inhibiting the melanin synthesis that can cause hyperpigmentation.
Beauty-boosting botanical oils (like rice bran, candlenut, and avocado oil) deliver a whole host of skin-loving nutrients and vitamins that rejuvenate the entire eye area. It even manages to prevent some of the signs of stress and aging before they appear.
This aptly named Miracle Tea Eye Creme truly has it all. Besides, where else have you heard of a turmeric eye cream?
Throw some shade on yourself
Sun exposure can make the body produce more melanin (which is the pigment that gives skin its color). On the body, this may turn into a tan, but it can lead to dark circles under the eyes.
As mentioned above, UV rays from the sun cause oxidative damage, leading to wrinkles and age spots. Prolonged exposure, or repeated exposure over time, can also increase your chances of other health problems.
Though there are skincare products that contain ingredients to help fight free radical damage, it's even better if you can reduce sun exposure in the first place.
Try to avoid direct sunlight during the middle of the day when the ultraviolet rays are strongest, generally from 10 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m. You can also wear protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses to protect the skin under your eyes.
You should wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher when you know you'll be outside for any length of time. Still, for that delicate skin under the eyes, it's really recommended to avoid excessive sunlight. Your future's bright, so wear those shades.
Cool Compresses minimize dark under-eye circles & eye bags
Bags under eyes can be part of the natural aging process, so why not use a natural remedy to push back a bit? Cool compresses - even a soothing enzyme mask - can temporarily reduce some swelling and feel refreshing.
We've all seen images of people relaxing with cucumbers covering the eye area. Well, they are definitely onto something.
There are a few reasons cucumbers can minimize the bags under your eyes. Oftentimes, our under-eye bags are bigger because of temporary inflammation. Cucumbers may reduce this swelling due to the presence of lignans, which are bioactive polyphenols.
Cucumbers also contain the compound silica. Silica can have beneficial effects for our connective tissue, which supports this area prone to sagging.
In addition, the vitamin k in cucumbers may address dark circles, and lighten the area around the eyes. Cucumber can also heighten hydration, which always does a body good.
A cool damp washcloth on the eyes is likely to have a positive effect - but cucumbers, or something with caffeine - can do double duty. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, which can minimize under-eye bags. You can try a cool compress of chilled caffeinated black tea bags, and see how it works to reduce under-eye puffiness. Do this while sitting upright, or at least with your head slightly lifted.
Using a cool compress with green tea bags will have the added bonus of antioxidants, which help fight free radicals and address other issues such as firmness.
And speaking of tea...we'll gladly spill it when it comes to one of our favorite skincare products.
JUARA’s Tamarind Tea Toner delivers intense moisture and balancing botanical extracts exactly where they're needed most. This silky yet oil-free formula can be a lavish and luxurious addition to your beauty ritual.
You only need apply a few drops of the toner after you've cleansed your face in order to promote a healthy skin barrier and better moisture retention. Once it absorbs completely, you can carry on with your other moisturizing serums or creams.
As with all JUARA products, this toner is inspired by the ancient Indonesian wellness tradition of Jamu.
Tamarind is a healing fruit often used to improve hydration levels and calm the complexion. The white, green, and black tea extracts are potent antioxidants that fight free radical damage. Rice bran is rich in vitamins and reduces redness, while other ingredients like hyaluronic acid help plump up the skin and make it appear much smoother.
All of this can reduce swelling, shrink the bags under your eyes, and help you appear more youthful.
Also, it's much more effective and luxurious than certain home remedies like hemorrhoid creams. While those creams contain phenylephrine to constrict blood vessels, they are not formulated to address any of the other symptoms of stressed and tired eyes.
Avoid known allergens & don't smoke
Allergies can often cause under-eye bags. Certain products, like soaps, hair dyes, and lotions may be allergens. See if you can isolate the cause of the allergy, or speak with a doctor about symptoms.
If you have already identified the culprit, try to keep your allergy symptoms at bay avoiding triggers and taking the recommended medications. Rubbing your eyes can exacerbate the issue, so try to avoid that as well.
There may be other factors contributing to under-eye bags, such as lack of sleep (mentioned above), or smoking.
Smoking can cause allergic reactions, and it also contributes to collagen loss. This collagen loss thins out the already delicate skin under your eyes, and unfortunately, makes blood vessels more visible.
If you don't care for dark circles or eye bags, then do your best to quit smoking (or don't start!). Of course, it's easier said than done, but it will improve your health in several ways, so there's no time like the present.
Drink more water & consume less salt and sugar
Staying sufficiently hydrated is important for your overall health. You may have noticed how your face looks different when you aren't consistently drinking enough water.
Water helps flush toxins out of your system and improves elasticity.
Consuming a lot of water helps keep you healthy. Sadly, the same can't be said for alcoholic beverages. Sure, a glass of wine may contain some antioxidants, and beer is made with barley and all that, but excessive consumption of either can do more harm than good.
Moderation is key.
The same goes for food. Eating a lot of salty foods may cause you to retain water, which can lead to swelling. High sugar consumption has also been linked to chronic inflammation, or swelling.
Foods that have excess salt and sugar (which includes a majority of processed foods) are likely to cause fluid retention and more puffiness under the eyes.
Luckily "less" doesn't mean "none." You can still enjoy flavorful meals and a healthy amount of sweets, but where you can cut back on salt and sugar, you should.
Medical Treatments & Reconstructive Surgery for under-eye bags
For the most part, eye bags are formed when the area under the eyes begin to sag and create pouches. The fat pads then slip down and fill in that space. Excess fluid can also pool in this area, causing bags and making the lower eyelids look swollen as well.
Sometimes, though, swelling and puffiness can be an indication of other serious health conditions.
If you experience swelling that's severe, persistent, painful, or itchy, you should see a doctor. They can diagnose an allergy, rule out an underlying medical condition, or identify other health issues. They may also refer you to an ophthalmologist, which is a doctor who specializes in eye and vision care, or an oculoplastic surgeon.
If you feel like you've tried everything and your under-eye bags are still bothering you, there may be other options available. Various wrinkle treatments and skin therapies can be used to improve under-eye puffiness. Such treatments may include laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or dermal fillers.
Chemical peels remove the superficial top layers of the epidermis. The chemical solution dissolves older skin cells to reveal a brighter, fresher complexion.
Laser treatments can be used to tighten the area under the lower eyelid, and also reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Dermal fillers can reduce dark circles and bags, and improve the look of under-eye hollowness.
Of course, there are surgical options available to help get rid of eye bags, but that is a more serious procedure and brings with it a much longer recovery period. There are risks with the above treatments, of course, but eyelid surgery would be a step beyond, with its own benefits and risks.
Blepharoplasty is a type of eyelid surgery that helps reduce puffiness or remove bags under the eyes. It can also be done on the upper lid to deal with droopiness.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is generally an outpatient procedure during which the eye surgeon creates an incision inside the lower lid or under the lashes. The surgeon will then remove or redistribute excess fat and get rid of extra skin through the incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. The surgeon then rejoins the skin with small dissolving stitches.
If you are considering moving forward with cosmetic eye surgery, you should keep in mind that most procedures will not be covered by medical insurance if they're done with the primary purpose of improving one's appearance. You'll have to speak with your doctor and review the complete details of health benefit plans before proceeding.
If surgery, lasers, and peels are unappealing, there are some other options you might want to try.
Check out this video with some face yoga exercises. It only takes a few minutes to target some of those smaller muscles around the eye, encourage lymphatic drainage, and stimulate blood flow.
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