Anti-Dark Circles and Puffiness
How to Remove Under-Eye Bags?
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 problem. 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 with aging. They should not be confused with dark circles, which are a darkening of the skin due to poor blood circulation or hollowing due to thinning skin under the eyes.
Causes of Under-Eye Bags
One of the main causes of under-eye bags is age and the aging of the accompanying skin. The fat, which is normally on the eyelids to help support the eyes, slides to the lower eyelid under the effect of gravity and sagging 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 blood waste, can accumulate in the lower eyelid, causing temporary swelling. This swelling usually disappears during the morning, but the bags may persist for a longer time, especially if you have circulation problems.
Allergies of all kinds, insect bites, or eye trauma can also cause swelling of the eyes but disappear with appropriate 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, especially your sleep. Eight hours of sleep is ideal for most adults;
- Raise your head slightly with a pillow at night to avoid lymph accumulation on the face;
- Don't forget to remove makeup before sleeping;
- Monitor your diet and especially salt consumption, as it promotes water retention;
- Finally, do your skin a favor and limit the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes.
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.