Getting rid of pesky under-eye bags can become a problem starting as young as age 25. It's then that collagen and elastin production decreases, decreasing your skin’s tightness
and elasticity. Because there are so many muscles, tendons, and ligaments under your skin, skin texture and appearance are at greater risk of losing vitality. Instead of tackling topical products, we’ll look at a more comprehensive holistic approach so that you can live your best life.
Here are eight ways to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags:
1. Underlying health issues
Eye bags are triggered by underlying health problems that go undiagnosed. Be sure to check with your doctor or medical professional before proceeding with any solo health changes. Your bags could be related to a deeper, under-the-skin, issue. Our epidermis is connected to our entire body’s functioning, including our thyroid and our sinuses. Dysfunction of any of these systems in the body can impact your skin, causing inflammation and fullness under the eyes. The best way to combat this is to seek treatment for any possible underlying condition. It’s also good to consider that your period may be the culprit for the extra puffiness at certain times of the month.
We also know that you are what you eat. In essence, everything that moves through you shows up on you and your skin, especially salty foods. Salt is a water retention substance that affects how your skin feels and looks. If there's a lot of salt inside of your body, then water will try and counteract that depletion by moving towards the area. Foods that can help with hydration include Vitamin A and Vitamin C-rich foods like carrots, peppers, citrus fruits, and leafy greens. Collagen supplements could help as well with tightening and providing the necessary boost
. Pineapples are also great at reducing swelling and puffiness. Drink them as juices or eat them whole; regardless, make sure you’re getting a full day's worth of nutrition.
2. Avoid Substances
We all know what the experts say about alcohol and drugs. When you lower your intake of alcohol, you see results. Alcohol is difficult to ingest and digest, so fluid retention is higher. If you do drink, supplement with lots of water. If alcohol is a problem for you, consider a 12-step program and/or speak to an addiction specialist.
3. Allergy Awareness
Allergies can look very different in different people. Symptoms of allergies can include itchiness, redness, puffiness, and increased water in the eyes. Even with contacts, itchiness can irritate your eyes and increase sensitivity, causing fluid buildup. Of course, after seeing a doctor, you can try using antihistamines like Claritin or Zyrtec for seasonal allergies. This can reduce allergy-induced eye bags. Eyedrops with antihistamines may also help. Keep in mind that allergies can be caused by anything from the weather to a peanut allergy.
4. Increase relaxation
Decrease your stress and cortisol levels to smooth the bags under your eyes. Rest is critical in giving you a calm interior and exterior. If you struggle with insomnia, there may be a natural remedy out there for you. High-stress levels can also contribute to problems like acne. Try meditation and exercise to reduce your stress or speak to a doctor.
5. Water, Water, Water
You’ve heard it before. Are you drinking enough water? Staying hydrated goes a long way and keeps your eyebags minimal. If you have excess salt, or alcohol, or are not sleeping enough, eye bags will look worse and appear darker. Proper hydration enhances circulation and removes extra fluid under your skin. Keep a water bottle around you to remind yourself that water is power.
6. SPF, Anyone?
Another tool in the toolbox that’s become second nature is sun care. Wearing sunscreen daily encourages the skin to resist wrinkles and aging. Sun can break down collagen and elastic fibers in the skin, causing saggy, puffy textures and eye bags. Using an SPF30 at the minimum and wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the rays can help you reach that more youthful look.
7. The Right Ingredients
What’s in the products you put on your skin? Dermatologists recommend using tetrapeptide-5 and heparan sulfate to reduce the appearance of inflammation. With hydrating components in each ingredient, they work together to moisturize your skin. Mild retinol can also promote stimulation of collagen production. Some ingredients on your watch list are caffeine, coffee seed extract, cacao, tea extract, Vitamin K, Arnica, and feverfew. These will help your skin tighten and refresh.
8. In-Office Treatments
At Biologi, we also provide aesthetic procedures like Botox to increase collagen production. If you’re looking for something a little more professional and efficient, this may be the option for you. Lasers can also be great at tightening skin and reducing wrinkles and pigmentation. Lasers can help target under-eye bags as well as other skin issues.
Still, have more questions?
To learn more about our eye bag treatment, contact our aestheticians at Biologi Spa
today by calling (949) 942-1659
to schedule an appointment or a consultation today. Our experienced medical aestheticians are happy to discuss your concerns or questions —don’t hesitate to call us today. We are here to rejuvenate your skin so you can feel confident, ageless, and beautiful again.