How to get rid of under eye bags?
Many surveys have found that a lot people think that the eyes are the most attractive part of the human body so why would you let your under eye bags spoil them? Eye bags are a very common problem yet it is not always an easy problem to get rid of. There are many different ways to remove your eye bags: natural methods, cosmetics, creams and even surgery. Although surgery and Botox are a fast and easy ways to take care of your puffy eyes problem, repetitive usage of these procedures can be very expensive and can cause harm to your body in the long run. That is why we will be mostly discussing natural ways of taking care of your puffy eyes problem.
The first thing that we suggest you to do is to find a moisturizing eye cream which will reduce the size of your eye bags and make them less noticeable. These creams are fairly cheap to obtain and can make a big difference in a short amount of time. But do not forget that creams will only reduce the puffiness of your under eye bags and are a temporary fix. The most important thing you should do is to find out what is causing the puffy eyes.
What are the possible causes for eye bags?
There are many different causes for eye bags. The most common cause is fatigue but they can also be caused by stress, bad eating habits, health problems, etc. We combined a small list of causes below:
- Coffee Addiction
- Iron Deficiency
- Loss of skin elasticity | Aging
- Kidney Problems
- Overworked Eye Muscles
- Sinus Infection
- Hormone Imbalance
Once you have figured out the cause for your dark under eye circles or puffiness, you should immediately start working on getting rid of whatever causes it. You could also visit your doctor who will help you to determine the cause for your eye bags problem as well as give you some tips on taking care of your eye area.
Steps to follow
Keep your body hydrated. It is important to keep your body hydrated by drinking water and eating watery fruits and vegetables. It will avoid bodily water retention which is one of the main causes for eye bags. Watery fruits are especially important because they contain mineral-rich water which will help your body to get rid of bad toxins faster.
Eat Whole Foods. Whole foods contain all kinds of vitamins and minerals which will not only help you get rid of eye puffiness but can also reduce the chances of heart disease, cancer and make you much healthier in general. You can obtain vitamin A from yellow and orange types of fruits & vegetables such as carrots, oranges, cantaloupe, spinach, etc. Vitamin B is is very common in green types of fruits & vegetables as well as nuts. Vitamin C can be found in green and orange fruits & vegetables. It is very important to make sure you consume enough vitamin C and B6 because they also aid in bodily fluid expulsion. If you are lacking one of these vitamins you can take vitamin supplements that are usually sold in your local pharmacy or can be found online.
Avoid foods with toxins and other chemicals. Try to eat less foods that contain additives, artificial preservatives and pesticides. Look at the ingredients of the product before buying it. If it contains too many things that you don’t know of, a good bet would be that it is not a healthy product. These chemicals are usually contained in fast-foods/frozen meals and are harmful for your body if consumed in large quantity.
Avoid anything that encourages fluid retention. Drinks like coffee, soda and alcohol cause fluid retention and will aggravate your eye puffiness. Taking too many of these products will cause your body to dehydrate and therefore enter a water retention cycle. Consuming a lot of sodium can also have the same effect so try to keep your sodium intake at about 1,000 milligrams per day. Do not eliminate sodium intake completely since that may cause severe health issues. The key is to take everything in moderation. We would recommend you to drink about 8-10 glasses of water per day which should help your body shed any extra bodily fluids.
Adjust your biological clock. Make sure you get enough sleep at all time. It is recommended to sleep about 7-8 hours a day. Sleeping less will certainly cause fatigue and therefore make dark under eye circles to appear. You should go to sleep at about the same time every day. If you have trouble falling asleep and sleep during the night as well as during the day, this may also cause under eye bags.
There are a couple of things that you can do that will decrease the appearance of dark under eye circles. Here are a few remedies that you can try at home:
Cold cucumber remedy. This method has not been scientifically proven but people who use it say that it does work. Maybe its worth a try?
Take a cucumber out of the freezer, it is important for it to be cold. Cut two slices from the cumber, lay down on a couch or where you feel conformable and place both cucumber slices on your eyes. Remain like that for about 15 minutes and then take off the cucumbers. If you find the results satisfying, repeat every few days. You can also try applying wet tea bags or sliced potatoes the same when you did with the cucumbers.
Massage the top of the nostrils. Place both of your index fingers on each side of your nostrils and massage tenderly for about 15 seconds. Repeat five times. This will help your body to release toxins that are accumulated in the under eye area.
Get more pillows. Use more pillows to raise your head at night while you are sleeping. By raising your head, you stop the bodily fluids from running down into your under eye area accordingly reducing the puffiness of under eye circles.
Use a moisturizing eye cream. Buy a moisturizing eye cream and apply it to the area once every day or as instructed. Using a cream is a fast and easy way to cover up and reduce the visibility of the eye bags.
It really is quite amazing what life can do to the appearance of one’s eyes. Natural and premature aging, pollution, smoking, late nights, less than clever choices in diet, too much alcohol, too much coffee to keep us going through the day, not enough water and all the stresses experienced throughout a life time show themselves in dark circles, eye bags, wrinkles, need I go on?
Out of all the things life can do to the skin around eyes, eye bags are the hardest to cope with. This is why it is best to prevent them before the condition gets any worse.
Where to Start? Before any kind of creams or treatments for puffy eyes or eye bags will be able to have an effect, a more sensible life style including healthier diet, lots of restful sleep, less stress, less alcohol, no more smoking and more water, more fresh air and more exercise needs to be put into place.
Choosing a Cream. Then, and only then, is it time to find a good, effective eye cream capable of reducing or even removing that puffiness and eye bags. This, naturally, means knowing what to look for.
Basics. The basic thing to look for before all else is a pure, natural eye cream. While many eye creams are quite capable of treating the surface symptoms, at least for a while, a natural cream is more likely to produce lasting results.
Natural ingredients are less likely to cause irritation, and a cream specifically designed to deal with the sensitive eye zone will have fewer ingredients, too. Apart from that, they are also more likely to penetrate deeper into the skin, attacking problems from the very building blocks of the cells outwards.
To effectively treat damaged skin and reduce eye bags, creams have to have a range of specific ingredients. Note that not all of these ingredients have to be in a cream for it to be effective. One or two of the following ingredients can be enough. Also, some companies develop their own mixtures that might not have any ingredients from the list below but their creams can still be effective.
- Vitamin E: Free radicals, which are oxygen molecules that are unstable, cause a lot of damage in particular to the skin around the eyes by breaking down collagen. Vitamin E is able to both block and repair this damage and stimulate the natural production of collagen, thus strengthening the skin.
- Retinol: This agent, a peptide, stimulates the skin’s cells into producing fibroblasts. As more fibroblasts are produced, more collagen is produced. Retinol will also help to reduce fluid build-up, a main factor of swelling.
- Haloxyl: Another natural peptide, Haloxyl is helpful in reducing eye bags by penetrating deep into the skin’s cells and stimulating natural processes.
- Eyeliss: This copper-based peptide fills in wrinkles and eliminates puffy swelling.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a good anti-oxidant source, assisting the fight against free radical damage. In addition, it stimulates elastin production. Elastin is needed by the skin to maintain elasticity.
- Elements: Copper and zinc also help to stimulate elastin production, while iron assists in the distribution of vital oxygen to the cells. Selenium assists in the successful reduction of puffiness.
- Vitamin K: This particular vitamin is extremely beneficial for reducing discoloration and swelling, as is vitamin B complex.
- Emollients: Ingredients like Sweet Almond or Jojoba oil make excellent emollients, keeping the skin naturally hydrated, smooth and soft.
- Caffeine: Strangely enough, when added to creams caffeine does actually assist in reducing excess fluid, thereby reducing swelling. It also constricts capillaries, reducing redness as a result.
- Ginseng: Extracts of Ginseng improve pore condition, enhance blood flow by stimulating circulation and subsequently aid oxygen distribution.
Summary of Desired Effects. To put it in short, a good eye cream formulated to reduce eye bags should have the ingredients necessary to combat free radical damage, stimulate circulation, collagen and elastin production, reduce fluid build-up, moisturize, nourish and soothe the skin. That is quite a list of tasks.
Day or Night?
The next question is whether to choose day or night creams.
Day Cream - A day cream will typically provide a bit of first aid to get the skin through the day. Most of the action is surface based and mainly focused on providing moisture.
Night Cream - This is where the real action is provided. Night creams are formulated to provide maximum nourishment and effects while the skin is going through the natural healing processes occurring during restful sleep.
Applying Eye Creams
Following instructions. The main thing to remember is that the instructions given by the manufacturer should be followed. Applying a day cream at night will have some effect, but nowhere near as much as a night cream. Equally, applying a night cream in the morning will see less results because the skin is being bombarded with external pollution, sunlight – which does impede the function of Retinol and other peptides – dust, dirt and who knows what.
Cleansing first. Naturally, the skin should be cleansed and all traces of make-up should be removed before a night cream is applied. Expecting nutrients to be absorbed through a layer of concealer or foundation will achieve little.
Amounts to use. Good eye creams come in tiny pots or tubes not because manufacturers are stingy with it, but because only tiny amounts are required. Slapping on half of the pot in one go will not improve the action. The skin will only take what it can easily absorb. As a rule, just a tiny dab on the end of the finger will be sufficient for each eye.
Gently does it. Eye creams do not have to be rubbed in vigorously. In fact, it is necessary to just gently dab it on. The skin here is extremely sensitive and very thin at the best of times. Rubbing the cream in too hard will cause more damage, rather than repairing any of it. So a tender touch is required. It won’t take long for the cream to be absorbed by the skin, especially if only the actual amount necessary is applied.
Regular Routine. Applying eye cream once a month or so will not produce results. Daily, or rather nightly application is essential.