What are eye bags?
Eye bags, also known as pouches, are visible pockets of accumulated fat below the eyes. They usually become noticeable when tired or otherwise stressed, which decreases the body’s ability to circulate blood properly. Eye bags can also develop with age, most often in people who have a hereditary tendency toward them.
How do you get rid of eye bags?
Several methods may be employed to reduce or eliminate eye bags, including exercise, massage, creams, and even surgery. Surgery is effective but risky, so many turn to less invasive options. A few options include:
Exercises like Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi increase flexibility in surrounding tissues helping to encourage lymphatic drainage.
Lymphatic drainage massage
Lymphatic drainage massage involves a gentle massage that helps the lymphatic system drain the fluid that accumulates. However, massage will not be as effective without a healthy diet and exercise.
Eye cream rich in caffeine can help reduce eye puffiness. In addition, caffeine constricts blood vessels which reduces swelling. The downside to using creams is that they may take weeks or even months before any noticeable change.
One natural remedy that has shown to be effective is a cold compress. A cold compress can lessen swelling and inflammation. Applying a cold compress for 10 minutes several times a day should show results in a few days.
Another popular remedy is using used tea bags. The tannins in the tea help constrict blood vessels, reducing puffiness. Teabags can also help to lighten dark circles under the eyes.
Cucumbers are often used as a home remedy because they have anti-inflammatory properties and help cool and refresh the skin around the eyes. In addition, putting cucumber slices on your eyes for about 15 minutes can help reduce puffiness and give you an instant pick-me-up.
Lastly, lemon juice is high in Vitamin C and can help reduce dark circles under the eyes. To use, mix lemon juice with water, then apply the mixture to your face using a cotton ball or pad. Let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Will eye bags ever go away?
As you age, your body’s ability to circulate blood decreases, resulting in more pronounced eye bags, especially if hereditary factors are at work. Also, smoking increases puffiness by cutting circulation due to nicotine constricting blood vessels. Suppose you are worried about developing under-eye bags. In that case, there are several things you can do now that will prevent future issues, including reducing stress levels, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. Eye cream rich in caffeine may be useful, but you must consult your eye doctor before using any products.