What are under eye bags?
The term “bags” refers to loose, sagging skin under the eyes that has lost its firmness.
Why do bags appear?
Bags start out in the early years as under eye puffiness and over time, the connective tissues that attach the skin to the orbital bone deteriorates resulting in loose, sagging skin. Bags start to show around the age of 50, when the skin naturally starts to lose its tone. For many individuals, bags are hereditary and for others it can be from years of allergies that caused them chronic puffiness around the eyes.
What can I do to help reduce bags?
Since bags are loose skin, it’s impossible to restore that loss of elasticity once the bag is formed. Cosmetic surgery will give you the most noticeable improvement.
What can I do to prevent bags?
To prevent bags, you must prevent puffiness:
-Get your thyroid checked. Under eye bags may be related to a thyroid function. Hypothyroidism (an under active thyroid) causes myxedema which makes changes to the connective tissues, which causes a loss of tone in the under eye area. Consult with your doctor.
-Get plenty of sleep. Being tired at night results in yawning and yawning makes the eyes tear. The excess fluids around the eyes will cause puffiness which weakens elasticity under the eyes accelerating under eye bags. (Read: Skin Tips for Reducing Dark Under Eye Circles)
-Control your allergies. One of the biggest contributors to under eye puffiness (and eventually bags) is from allergies.
-Avoid smoking. Smoking inhibits circulation and is the major cause of oxidative stress in the body resulting in a weakening of collagen and elastin fibers.
-Use eye care products containing skin-firming peptides. Peptides renew skin’s firming mechanisms to return skin to a more youthful-looking appearance. See our Firming Eye Therapy for lifting and tightening the eye area.
How do I reduce puffiness?
-Place a bag of frozen peas over the eyes. Cold temperatures constrict blood vessels, preventing the flow of fluid into tissues and diminishing puffiness in the process. (Read: Do Cucumber Slices on the Eyes Help Reduce Puffiness?)
-Keep your head elevated while you sleep. Sleep on two pillows at night to encourage proper drainage to reduce unnecessary fluid retention in the morning.
-Avoid salty foods at night. The sodium in foods encourage water retention under the eyes resulting in excessive swelling of the eye tissue. If you are trying to avoid puffiness under the eyes, it’s best to avoid salty foods at night and drink a lot of water to flush your system. (Read: Which Type of Food is Most Likely to Cause Under Eye Puffiness?)
So if you are someone who has many, many skin care products that leave you without any real results, it’s simply because you cannot reverse bags using topical products. So preventing under eye puffiness is key.
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Posted December 23, 2010 by Renée Rouleau
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