We cannot deny that even the most beautiful face can be threatened by sagging bags under the eyes. They give us a sick look and have a negative impact on our self-esteem. Each of us has faced this problem and no one is insured against eye bags and dark circles. There are a lot of reasons for their appearance and some people are just genetically predisposed to have puffy eyes. Lifestyle is also very important. Late bedtime, spicy food, salt, fizzy drinks are all enemies of beautiful eyes.
Over the years, facial skin, especially under the lower eyelids, thins, darkens and relaxes which leads to unpleasant puffiness and older looking face. So it is no wonder that one of the most common corrections on the face is the removal of bags under the eyes. Plastic and reconstructive surgery is certainly a permanent solution (scarless eye bag removal surgery being one of the most popular choices). But can we do anything to prevent them? If you want to know some ways to do that keep reading.
What causes you to have bags under your eyes?
Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment
If you want to get rid of eyelid bags, first you will have to find out what is the exact reason for their appearance. Here are some of the common causes:
- The natural ageing process. One of the most common causes is ageing. As the years go by, a number of degenerative processes are taking place in the body, such as a decrease in bone density, decreased collagen synthesis, hormonal changes and others. Like it or not, with age the skin relaxes. As a result, wrinkles, eye bags and dark circles appear on the face.
Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment
- Genetics. This aesthetic problem can be also heredity. So you might be simply prone to having eye bags because they run in the family.
- Fatigue and lack of sleep. Yes, bags under the eyes are often obtained for these reasons. And when we get tired, we usually add other factors – such as coffee which helps to remove fluids in the intercellular space (not accidentally after a cup of coffee we feel thirsty). Another additional factor is too much computer work, as well as the forced position at the desk with the head tilted forward.
- Fluid retention. You’ve slept wonderfully, but despite this, you wake up in the morning with bags under your eyes. Why is that? Apart from the lack of sleep, the food you eat also plays a significant role in the appearance of eye bags. Eating too much salty food in the evening almost always leads to puffiness in the morning. Prolonged horizontal position during sleep and slower kidney function at night will help fluid retention in the face.
- Allergies. The allergic reaction often leads to bags under the eyes. Two of the most common causes are pollen, which gets not only in the nose but also in the sclera of the eye, and allergy reaction to cosmetic products.
In rare cases, bags under the eyes are related to a serious medical condition. According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and research eye bags are usually harmless and don’t require medical care. However, it is always better to consult a specialist for help.
Change your daily habits
A few small daily habits can make a big difference when it comes to preventing eye bags. Here are some tips and prevention strategies:
- Reduce allergy symptoms. Try to decrease your exposure to allergens. Your eyelid skin, especially underneath the eyes, is the thinnest skin in your body and due to that you actually see the blood vessels underneath it very easily. That’s part of the problem when you have allergies. The simplest thing that you can do is to minimize your exposure to allergens.
- Wash your face with water. It sounds very easy, isn’t it? If you know you are allergic to pollen and grass, it is important to wash your face after you’ve been out. It will help you to get rid of all of the allergens that just kind of around your face. You may also use a neti pot to remove the derbies from your nose.
- Follow up with your medical doctor. It is really important to ask your doctor about prescription allergy medications if your bags are caused by allergies. If the over-the-counter remedies are not working your doctor might be able to do allergy testing and specifically get at what it is you are allergic to.
- Don’t rub your eyes. Rubbing the eyes causes inflammatory and makes your eyes itchier. That rubbing motion and traction on the thin skin of your eyelids is going to make them look swollen and puffy.
- Sleep more. Try to sleep at least eight hours a day. It will be better for both your body and for your appearance. You may also add an extra pillow to have a little bit elevation to one side. It helps the fluid from underneath your eyes to pool down towards your feet so that it doesn’t build to those sensitive areas around your eyes.
- Skip the salty food. The other thing that you can get a handle on is your salt intake. Eating too much salty food is going to increase the fluid absorption and get the fluid to retain right under your eyes. It is good to clean up your diet a little bit and make sure you drinking plenty of water.
- Use sunscreen. The skin on the face, especially around the eyes, is very sensitive and UV rays can easily damage it. Sunscreen must be used throughout the year even in the wintertime.
- Light massage. Your fingers can be magical, especially when it comes to swollen eyes. Massage the area under the eyelids with light movements and taps. There is no set duration, but it is desirable not less than 3 minutes. You will feel the swelling go down almost immediately.
- Use vitamin E. Mix a few drops of vitamin E in water and stir. Soak the mixture in two swabs or cotton and place them on the circles or puffy area.
Get a professional treatment
Drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep will go a long way in reducing puffy eyes if they are caused by fatigue, certain food or lack of sleep. But meanwhile there some causes for eye bags such as ageing and genetics that may pose a long term threat and can’t be easily prevented. As you age (it’s just going to happen naturally) the mid-face loses structure and you may get fat deposits of under the eyes. Professional therapies and wrinkle treatments are crucial for preventing eye bags and dark circles. These may include mesotherapy, dermal fillers, chemical peel, laser resurfacing and so on. Professional laser resurfacing treatments will not only improve the appearance of bags and puffiness but will also reduce the wrinkles and improve the skin tone.
Can eye bags be surgically removed?
Sometimes even the most effective procedures are not able to help and you have to think about blepharoplasty – surgery to correct the eyelids. This intervention is considered relatively elementary. Blepharoplasty eye bag removal surgery is done under local anaesthesia and leaves no external scars on the lower eyelids. It is an outpatient procedure where the surgeon cuts right below the lashes or inside the lower eyelid to remove excess fat and sagging skin. Then the cuts are closed with dissolving stitches. Possible side effects from the surgery treatment are bruising and swelling that will disappear in a few days. After blepharoplasty, the face is refreshed and looks younger. But the most important thing is that after such an operation the bags disappear permanently.
How do you naturally get rid of bags under your eyes?
Some home remedies can help reduce the swelling and puffiness in the under-eye area:
- Cold spoon. Take a spoon and put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes. After removing it, hold it on the eye bags until it is warm again.
- Cucumber slices Cut the cucumber into circles and place it under your eyes for about 30 minutes.
- Green tea bags. Pre-soak two bags of green tea in cold water. Then place them under or over your eyes. Stay with them as long as possible so that the effect of the tea is stronger. After removing them, wash your eyes with lukewarm water.
- Potatoes. We all know about their beneficial effects on tired eyes and their ability to speed up our blood circulation. Cut the potatoes into circles to place on the problem area. Stay with them for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse eyes with lukewarm water after removing the potatoes.
- Ice cubes or cold compress. Apply them to your under-eye area for a few minutes. This is a proven method for reducing puffiness under the eyes.
To sum up
Whether it is hereditary or stress, allergies or lack of sleep we, unfortunately, do get puffiness underneath the eye. However, through small changes in your daily habits in combination with proper care for the skin around the eyes and professional treatments you can reduce the appearance of bags under your eyes. If you want more drastic and permanent results, you can even try eyelid surgery such as blepharoplasty.