Anti-Dark Circles & Anti-Puffiness
Under-Eye Bags: How to Remove Them?
Puffy eyes and under-eye bags are common for both men and women. They are primarily an aesthetic inconvenience rather than a sign of a serious health issue. Simple remedies or cosmetics can help alleviate them.
Description of Under-Eye Bags
Under-eye bags correspond to swelling of the lower eyelid. They can be transient upon waking up or settle in more durably as part of aging. They should not be confused with dark circles, which are a darkening of the skin due to poor blood circulation or a hollowing due to thinning of the skin under the eyes.
Causes of Under-Eye Bags
One of the main causes of under-eye bags is aging and the accompanying aging of the skin. The fat, which is normally in the eyelids to help support the eyes, slides to the lower eyelid under the effects of gravity and loose skin. The skin also loses its flexibility and firmness. The lower eyelids can then sag, and under-eye bags develop.
Like dark circles, under-eye bags can also appear upon waking up. Overnight, lymph, responsible for transporting waste from the blood, can accumulate in the lower eyelid, causing temporary swelling. This swelling usually disappears during the morning, but bags may persist longer, especially if you have circulation problems.
Allergies of any kind, insect bites, or eye trauma can also cause eye swelling but go away with proper treatment.
Evolution and Possible Complications of Under-Eye Bags
Under-eye bags do not appear overnight. They establish themselves over time and increase with age. An unhealthy lifestyle, lack of sleep, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking accelerate the development of under-eye bags.
Treatment and Prevention: What Are the Solutions?
Under-eye bags are initially an aesthetic discomfort but are usually mild and do not require medical attention. However, you can consult your doctor if the swelling is severe and prolonged over time or if it is accompanied by redness, itching, or pain, and also if it affects other parts of the body, such as legs. A medical examination will rule out more serious causes, such as thyroid disease, infection, or allergy.
If the aesthetic aspect bothers you, there are simple remedies:
- Apply cold compresses to the eye area to reduce swelling.
- Take care of your lifestyle and, in particular, your sleep. Eight hours of sleep is ideal for most adults.
- Lightly elevate your head with a pillow at night to prevent lymph accumulation on the face.
- Remember to remove makeup before sleeping.
- Monitor your diet, especially salt consumption, as it promotes water retention.
- Finally, do your skin a favor and limit alcohol and cigarette consumption.
If the swelling persists, many cosmetic companies offer creams and lotions to reduce the swelling effect on the skin.
In the elderly, when under-eye bags are associated with swelling of the upper eyelids and impair vision, surgical treatment may be considered to reduce excess fat.