Read on to find out what the main causes of under-eye bags are and what you can do to diminish their puffy appearance.
What causes bags and puffiness?
Aging: The effect of aging weakens the skin. When this happens, fragile lymph vessels can leak and cause an accumulation of fluid resulting in the formation of pockets under the eyes. Under-eye skin is five times thinner and more fragile than anywhere elsewhere on the body.
Fatty deposits: Fatty deposits from the eyeball, which normally help to lubricate the eye, can build-up in the lower eyelid causing inflammation.
Tears: Crying, allergies or any other condition causing tears and runny eyes can block lymph vessels and swell the lower eyelids.
Poor lifestyle habits: Fatigue, alcohol, tobacco, poor diet and stress all increase the risk of developing under-eye bags. These factors can lead to inflammation and disrupt lymphatic vessels.
Heredity: Sometimes you’re born with the gene and will be susceptible to bags and pockets even when you’re young and healthy.
Treatment for bags and puffiness around the eyes
- Cold therapy. Apply chilled tea bags, sliced cucumbers or an ice pack to your eyes. The coolness will reduce inflammation of the vessels and stimulate the evacuation of fluid build-up.
- Control your allergies and seek treatment for any condition causing weepy, runny eyes.
- Sleep on your back as much as possible to prevent the accumulation of liquid.
- Moisturize your skin every day (creams with vitamin E) to retain elasticity; be very gentle when applying any product to the fragile eye area.
- Wear sunglasses and sunscreen every day to protect the skin around your eyes.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Improve your diet by reducing alcohol, salt, fat and sugar consumption.
- Quit smoking.
- Get enough sleep.
- There is a wide variety of creams sold in pharmacies and department stores that can help reduce the appearance of puffiness under the eyes.
- Some of these creams are very expensive and you’ll need to apply them every day for the best results. Still, this solution remains more affordable and less invasive than injections or surgery.
- A relatively non-invasive procedure, hyaluronic acid injections are becoming more and more popular. Injections offer a temporary solution and reduce the appearance of puffiness for about six to twelve months.
Eye surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is an operation to remove the excess fatty deposits that cause pockets. As with any cosmetic surgery, results are not 100 per cent guaranteed and as you continue to age, your pockets may also re-emerge over time.