How To Get Rid Of Eye Bags That Make You Look Tired, Worn Out and Older
There are many different factors that can contribute to dark circles or puffy bags underneath your eyes. These can include genetics, not getting enough sleep, dehydration, and more. However, there are eye creams that help combat eye bags and dark circles and other things you can do to get rid of eye bags.
What Causes Eyes To Bag?
Eye bags are caused when the supporting tissue structures and muscles around your eyelids weaken. This makes the skin sag. Also, the area below your eye can retain fluid, causing that area to look swollen and puffy.
Other common causes are allergies, the aging process, fluid retention, lack of sleep, and smoking, as well as medical conditions relating to the eyes.
How to Get Rid of Bags Under Your Eyes
Use Retinol Products
Retinol, is a derivative of vitamin A and helps to increase collagen production. It has anti aging properties that reduce wrinkles, fine lines and helps the skin renew making it look younger and plump. As it boosts collagen, it also helps thicken the skin. As we age our skin thins especially on the face and under the eyes. Thin skin looks older as it is less firm.
Please note that Retinol can cause skin to become sensitive, so you must use a Retinol product that is specifically designed for the under eye area as the Retinol concentration could be too strong and irritate your skin.
Use An Eye Cream That Contains the Necessary Ingredients
The ingredients in an eye cream are crucial to whether you can get rid of your eye bags. When you buy an eye cream, look for the following ingredients.
- Vitamins A and C
These vitamins have anti aging properties. Vitamin C helps to improve skin elasticity and collagen production which is vital to firming and tightening the skin.
Peptides are an effective ingredient to combat under eye bags and dark circles. Peptides are building blocks that make up protein. Peptides can penetrate the skin barrier and send a signal to your body to produce more collagen.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, also known as Argireline has as a Botox like effect, it helps relax your muscles to prevent wrinkles. Whilst it is not as strong as anti wrinkle injections, daily use is beneficial for the under-eye area.
Collagen is a protein that is produced naturally in the body. It is a protein that is a building block of the skin and helps skin to repair. As we age our collagen production decreases.
Collagen can help reduce wrinkles as it smooths out the skin, increases elasticity and strength over time.
- Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in our bodies. It is a moisture enhancing ingredient that draws in water from the body, making the skin more hydrated. It is essential in skin care. It plumps the skin.
Ceramides are lipids (fats) that have a protective function and mimic the skin’s natural moisturizing system. Basically, they keep moisture in.
They also act like grout (what you use in between tiles) and fill the gap between skin cells in the top layers of skin. For this reason, they help to retain moisture and protect the skin from external aggressors such as allergens, pollution, and chemicals.
When To Apply Eye Cream
Apply eye cream after cleansing, toning, and applying serums.
Other Ways About How To Get Rid Of Eye Bags
Using a good under eye cream can help to get rid of under eye bags, but there are other things you can do at home too. If your eye bags are genetically inherited, you will need to make lifestyle changes to help make a significant impact.
Use A Cold Compress
Cooling the under eye area reduces blood flow and in turn, reduces inflammation and swelling.
You can use anything that is cold, like an ice pack, cold spoons, or chilled cucumber slices. Place them on your eyes, while your eyes are closed, for approximately 5 minutes.
Microneedling, is collagen induction therapy, that is, it stimulates new collagen in the skin. It is a treatment that treats a whole range of skin issues such as wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sagging, and under-eye bag. It is an anti aging, skin rejuvenating treatment.
Micro needling is done using a Dermapen (Dr Pen), derma roller, or derma stamp. Micro needling creates lots of tiny pinpricks in the skin which causes the skin to go into healing mode. This process creates more collagen.
Microneedling at a depth of .5 mm or less can be done at home, and microneedling at a depth of .50 mm+ should be done in a salon or by a cosmetic nurse.
Sterile serums are used in the treatment and Hyaluronic Acid is a safe product to use.
After micro needling the skin will feel tight and itchy and be visibly red. Aftercare is essential while the skin heals, and you should not use any retinol, Vitamin C, or chemicals until the skin is healed. Micro needling is not a quick fix, but with a series of sessions, your skin will be greatly improved.
Smoking speeds up the aging process. Inhaling Nicotine causes the blood vessels to narrow. This reduces oxygen flow and nutrients to our skin cells.
Smoking is especially bad for the under eye area. It can bring on premature aging, which includes deep creases and puffiness under the eyes. The longer you smoke, the worse it will be.
Eat Less Salt
Eating a diet with lots of salt will lead to fluid retention, and excess fluid is a contributor to eye bags.
Fluid retention will contribute to your eyes being puffy.
Manage Your Allergies
Take an antihistamine for any known allergies. Allergies can make your eyes puffy, red, and irritated. A reaction is caused by your immune system in response to the presence of an allergen.
Allergies have been known to cause puffy eye bags and dark circles under your eyes.
If you already have a low salt diet and have no allergies but still have eye bags, it is best to visit your doctor to get your kidneys and thyroid checked out to make sure there are no undetected health issues.
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