A lot has been said about the eyes. They say that it is the window to see our true nature and that it is the most attractive feature on the face. That is the reason why we have to take care of our eyes. Not just so that our vision can stay clear but in order to make them look good.
Eye Bags and What They Are– One of the most common things that can take away from the attractiveness of the eyes are eye bags. This happens when the skin that surrounds the eyes starts to sag and form wrinkles. The skin can then take on the appearance of loaded pouches. They can take on a puffy look and seem like they are loaded with fluid. Having eye bags can give a tired worn down appearance and it can make you look a lot older than your real age. In severe cases they can even make you look like you’re sick.
What Causes Eye Bags- There are so many factors that can cause the appearance of eye bags. Genetics as usual is blamed for it, but there is nothing we can do about that. Another factor that we have no control at all is aging. The occurrence of eye bags becomes more common as a person approaches thirty years old. At that age the elasticity of the skin is greatly reduced and the muscles that hold up the facial skin become weakened, causing the skin to sag gradually. The skin directly under the eyes are thinner than the rest of the facial skin, combine that with the fact that fluid tends to accumulate there and you end up with an ideal condition for eye bags.
Those who eat salty and sugary foods are also under the threat of getting eye bags because of their unhealthy diet. Other things that can cause it include thyroid problems, allergies, smoking and over exertion. Of course we should never forget the most common reason that comes to mind when we see people walking around with luggages under their eyes, and that’s lack of sleep.
What Can Be Done to Prevent and Remove Eye Bags?– Surgery is always an option in order to remove eye bags. One procedure is known as Blepharoplasty and it is done on the eyelids. The problem of course is that surgery can cost a lot and it involves a lot of inconvenience since the pain and the inflammation caused by the procedure can last for a few days. The best way that you can remove eye bags and also prevent their appearance is to make changes in your lifestyle so that they are not going to appear again.
I have mentioned that consuming a lot of salty and sugary foods can contribute to the development of eye bags, so stay away from that. Doing some moderate exercise can also help. It is also common knowledge, but knowledge that a lot of people are not following, that getting enough sleep can go a long way in preventing bags from developing under your eyes. If you are a smoker then you should quit now as that habit can contribute to the sagging of the skin and the formation of wrinkles.
Home Treatment for Eye Bags- We have gone through the common causes for eye bags and the ways that you can fight back. There are some other things that you can do in order to reduce the eye bags that you have. These are certain treatments that you can do on your own without hiring the help from professionals. These are treatments that use common everyday items that you find at home or least things that you can easily get.
Tea Bags for Eye Bags- This is one of the most common home remedies that are used for treating eye bags. The caffeine in tea is supposed to constrict the blood vessels around the eyes and the anti-irritants it contains can also help to soothe the swelling and inflammation of the skin tissues. This practice is usually done by letting two tea bags soak in hot water for a few minutes. Let them cool down and wait until the warmth is just enough for you to place it on your skin to give you a warm pleasant feeling. Lie down and place the tea bags on your eyes having squeezed out most of the moisture but leaving them still damp. You can cover them with some light cloth.
The problem with using tea is that there has been no real scientific study confirming its effectiveness. It has not even been proven that the natural caffeine content can penetrate under the skin. Still since there is no risk of injury or harm in doing it you might as well try it to see if it has any positive effects.
Potatoes, Cucumbers and Other Vegetables- There is a long history of potatoes and other tubers being used for treating inflammation and puffiness especially in European folk medicine. You can peel and grate them, then place the resulting pulp in a piece of clean cloth and place that on your eyes. The starch found in the potato acts to treat the puffiness of the skin. Using cucumber for treating inflammation on the skin surrounding the eyes is another common home remedy. You can just cut two cucumber slices and place them on your eyes. Aside from the cool soothing effect that they have, cucumbers also have properties of being a natural astringent which means that they can constrict the blood vessels and reduce the puffiness of the skin tissues that they come in contact with.
Cold Water- Splashing cold water on your face is something that you might be doing everyday, but are you aware that it can treat the puffiness of the skin around the eyes? A simple splash of cold water in the morning can have that benefit. The great thing about this method is that you can do it right away.
Salt- Although we have mentioned that salty foods can be cause for the development of eye bags, salt on its own can be used to treat it when applied topically. It can help reduce the puffiness of skin. You can dilute ¼ teaspoon of table salt on half a quart of warm water and then apply the solution using cotton balls. Just be careful that the solution does not reach your eyes as it can be irritating. This is best done while you are seated.
Simple Massage and Rest-You can also try gently massaging your eyes and letting them rest regularly during work periods. The stress and strain caused by long periods of staring into a computer screen can cause wrinkles to form around the eyes. This step can also help to preserve your vision.
There are those who say that having eye bags is an inevitable part of growing old. That does not mean you can not do anything to reduce its effects. The home remedies that we have listed can help in some ways, but if you have tried them and there is no significant reduction in your eye bags then that might be the time that you have to consult a doctor or a skin care specialist. You might need some professional help.