BeautyHow to remove eye bags

How to remove eye bags

The bags that usually appear under the eyes, which usually appear as an obvious and uncomfortable puffiness, tend to become a very common cosmetic concern on many occasions. Fortunately, in most situations, no treatment of any kind is required or needed.  It is enough, for example, to rest a little more (recovering lost hours of sleep), take care of the diet, hydrate ourselves properly and practice physical exercise (to reduce fluid retention).

However, in some cases, eye bags can be a sign of an underlying health condition or medical problem, which can be minor or serious. In fact, some specific health problems can cause the area under the eyes to darken, so treating the problem that is causing it can go a long way in helping the area to soften and the uncomfortable discoloration to diminish. or even disappear.

In any case, as we will learn in detail throughout this note, the reality is that there is a wide variety of factors that, directly or indirectly, can more or less influence the formation of those uncomfortable bags under the eyes. Genetics or aging can, for example, end up weakening the tissues around the eyes.

This can cause, for example, the fat to end up moving towards the lower eyelids, causing them to show and look puffy. And, as we mentioned on a previous occasion, the skin that we find in this area is, in general, much thinner and more delicate.

Useful tips to remove eye bags

When it comes to taking care of the skin around the eyes, and above all, reducing or eliminating bags under the eyes, there are no miracles that can make them disappear overnight. On the contrary, it is necessary to possibly change the lifestyle and also opt for some tricks and natural remedies that can be of great help in this regard.

In fact, although today you can find a huge number of products that claim to help eliminate bags under the eyes, reducing puffiness, they do not always work.

And, as many experts agree, while drinking more water or applying a cold compress can be helpful tips for quickly reducing bags under your eyes, the only way to reduce puffiness long-term is to wear out some changes in our lifestyle.

Cold compresses

Did you know that you can quickly reduce bags under your eyes as simply as using a cold compress? This is because by applying cold to the area under the eyes, it can be extremely helpful in helping the various blood vessels to constrict rapidly, allowing for relief, albeit a temporary one. In addition, it has become one of the most popular traditional remedies, especially due to its easy application.

Although cold compresses can be purchased at many cosmetic and herbal stores, they can also be easily prepared at home. Do you know how? We will discover it for you below. You just need:

  • Cold water
  • fresh cucumber
  • A wet washcloth or compress

To prepare it, you just have to keep a little cold water in the freezer for an hour (but, obviously, without it freezing). Meanwhile, cut a fresh cucumber into slices and set aside.  To finish, you just have to soak the wet wipe -or compress- in cold water and place it in the area under the eyes, leaving it to act for at least 30 minutes. Then, if you wish, you can apply the fresh cucumber, with your eyes closed, leaving it to act for another 15 minutes.

Green tea bags

The green tea is not only to drink, too, applied to the skin, can help reduce both dark circles and bags under the eyes, thanks to the caffeine in tea contains powerful natural antioxidants able to increase and improve the flow blood to the skin. In addition, it can also slow down the aging process, and protect against UV rays.

In the case of green tea, in fact, as a study conducted some time ago showed, it has been touted by researchers for its possible anti-inflammatory qualities. And how to enjoy its benefits? Take note:

  1. Prepare a green tea as usual. For example, put the equivalent of one cup of water in a saucepan over heat and bring to a boil. When it reaches this point, turn off the heat, put two bags of green tea in the hot water, and let it infuse for 3 to 5 minutes. Once this time has passed, let the bags cool in the fridge for 25 minutes.
  2. Finally, squeeze the liquid out of the sachets and apply it to the area under your eyes.  Then, put the green tea bags in this area and let them act for at least 30 minutes.

Hydrate properly

As we mentioned at the beginning, hydration is essential when it comes to improving the puffiness under the eyes. And we cannot forget something very important: water tends to represent about 60 percent of our body weight. Hence, it may not surprise us that dehydration is a cause usually related to the appearance of bags under the eyes.

Therefore, increasing our water consumption should help in a positive way. But how much is recommended? Some experts advise men to drink at least 13 cups of fluids a day, and about 9 cups of fluids a day for women.

Wear sunscreen every day

Ultraviolet rays have a direct action on the skin, and although they provide us with essential vitamin D for our body, they can also have unwanted effects. For example, when we do not protect ourselves properly, it can cause a series of dermatological problems, such as: premature aging or skin cancer. And, also, it can influence the appearance of dark circles and bags under the eyes.

Therefore, we should apply broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever we go outside, even when the sky is cloudy (it’s autumn or winter), or we don’t go to the pool or the beach.

Sleep for 8 hours (at least)

Rest, as we have already mentioned, is equally essential. In fact, it’s not just how you sleep that matters, but how much you sleep. And it is true that the few hours of sleep cannot cause bags under the eyes, it can make our complexion tend to become paler.

The best? The ideal is always to try to sleep 8 hours each night, that is, 7 or 8 hours.

Opt for foods high in vitamin C

As we age, both the muscles and the different tissues that support the eyelids begin to weaken, which is why both the skin and the fat generally located around the eyes begin to give way.

Fortunately, diet can also play a role, especially in a positive way. For example, it is advisable to increase the consumption of vitamin C, which can be very useful for our body to be able to absorb a greater amount of hyaluronic acid, an essential acid that we find naturally in the body, although it is true that its amount decreases over the years.

In addition, foods with a high content of vitamin C and amino acids can be very helpful when it comes to producing collagen, since they increase the levels and values ​​of hyaluronic acid.

Among the sources with the highest content of vitamin C, the following stand out: oranges, lemons, red peppers, kale, strawberries, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Reduce the consumption of salty foods

Taking a lot of salt, or too much sodium, can cause our body to end up retaining a greater amount of water. In fact, consuming too many salty foods can be a direct cause of the appearance of bags under the eyes.

Why? Very simple: salt causes our body to retain a greater amount of liquids. In addition, we must not forget that it can end up causing other health problems and disorders, such as strokes and heart disease.

However, some nutritionists of recognized prestige and experience, such as Julio Basalt, recommend replacing common table salt with iodized salt, since it becomes one of the only ways we have to provide our body with iodine., an essential mineral for its proper functioning (and, ultimately, for our health in general).

It is recommended to carefully read the food products that we are going to consume, to know how much salt they contain. In fact, one helpful way to immediately reduce the amount of salt you eat is to avoid packaged and processed foods. And replace them with fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole foods.

Opt for retinol creams

Retinol is an ingredient that can help improve collagen deficiency, one of the most abundant proteins in our body, and which is the main component of the connective tissues that make up different parts of the body, among which is the skin. In other words, among its most outstanding functions, we find that it helps to provide a certain structure to the skin.

Retinol creams have been found to be of some help in treating a variety of skin problems, particularly ageing, acne and psoriasis. And, in the case of bags under the eyes, it can be useful to reduce their formation.

Creams with a higher concentration of retinol must have been prescribed by a dermatologist, although it is possible to find different products with retinol over the counter, but at much lower concentrations.

Regardless of whether we opt for one version or another, this cream is generally applied to the skin once a day, about half an hour after the skin has been thoroughly cleaned.  However, they are not suitable during pregnancy.

Use of antihistamines

Allergies can be a common cause of the formation of both bags and dark circles under the eyes. In addition, it is usually very common that they are accompanied by other common symptoms, such as itching, watery eyes and an uncomfortable and annoying redness, as a consequence of the reaction caused by the response of our immune system to the presence of some allergen, or to some element that irritates them.

If you think that the bags under your eyes may be mainly related to allergies (because, for example, you tend to suffer from respiratory allergies with some regularity), it is best to consult your doctor about the possibility of taking an antihistamine medication, a drug often used to relieve allergy symptoms, especially conjunctivitis and hives.

They can be bought at the pharmacy, and are generally divided into two main groups:

  • Antihistamines that can cause drowsiness. This is the case of chlorphenamine, hydroxyzine and promethazine.
  • Non-drowsy antihistamines. That is, they are less likely to cause drowsiness (sleep) after administration. Loratadine, cetirizine and fexofenadine stand out mainly.

On the other hand, it is also essential to avoid allergens that may be causing allergy symptoms. In this sense, a good idea is to go to an allergist’s office to undergo allergy tests, which will help us in a very positive way when it comes to discovering which elements we tend to be more allergic to (for example, pollen, dust, to the hair of certain pets such as cats or dogs…), and act accordingly.

Use of anti-blemish creams

Many of the anti-blemish creams that we can find on the market today, and that are sold over the counter, contain an ingredient known as hydroquinone, an agent commonly used in the dermatology and cosmetics sector for its skin-lightening qualities., so that, by whitening it, it can be very useful when treating different forms of hyperpigmentation.

Of course, the creams, gels and other products that we can buy on the market without a prescription usually contain 2% hydroquinone. If higher concentrations are needed, a dermatologist’s prescription is necessary.

It acts as a skin lightener by being able to reduce the amount of melanocytes -producers of melanin- that are present in the place or area to be treated. Therefore, when there is hyperpigmentation, it means that there is a greater amount of melanin as a result of an increase in the production of melanocytes. Hydroquinone acts on them, controlling them and helping the skin acquire a more uniform tone over time.

But how could hydroquinone help diminish or reduce bags under the eyes? Precisely by  interfering with the production of melanin, it can be very useful in reducing the appearance of circles under the eyes and dark bags.

However, some precautions are necessary. First of all, in order to really see results, it is essential to use the cream regularly, daily, for at least four weeks (although it may take several months to see much more complete results).

It is also essential to apply it only at night, since the most beneficial effects of hydroquinone are usually reversed when the skin is exposed to sunlight, and can even stain it.

Please note:  Sometimes hydroquinone creams or lotions can cause some minor skin problems, such as irritation or dryness. If any reaction occurs, it is essential to stop treatment and consult your dermatologist about other options.

Always use a sunscreen

The use of sunscreen is always essential to care for and protect the health of our skin, regardless of whether we are concerned -or not- to prevent or reduce the formation of dark circles and bags under the eyes.

Why? Very simple: protecting the skin from the not-so-positive action of ultraviolet rays can help prevent premature aging, discoloration and, most dangerously, skin cancer.

Therefore, the regular use of sunscreen can be very helpful if you have dark circles or bags under your eyes, as it prevents discoloration, and also premature aging, which, as we have mentioned, is usually a common cause for the formation of wrinkles and bags.

Microneedling

Also known under the name of collagen induction therapy, Microneedling consists of a treatment that would help reduce pigmentation problems (such as bags under the eyes and dark circles), wrinkles and scars.

During the procedure, very fine microneedles are used, which are used in order to pierce the skin and generate a lesion -totally and completely controlled-, which would help rejuvenate the skin in those areas where the needles have been used.

Given that five to six sessions are required, each of which must be applied approximately one month apart, it stands to reason that it is not a recommended option for those who want to see quick results.

It is also not without risks, although, luckily, the recovery time is usually relatively fast. Sometimes bruising and bleeding, infection and scarring can occur.

Dry brushing

Dry brushing becomes an enormously popular traditional remedy when it comes to relieving tired and aching legs, when applied to this area, but the truth is that used carefully on the face, it can also provide excellent benefits.

It becomes in fact a useful method to gently exfoliate the skin, using a special brush with firm but soft bristles. Not surprisingly, it can be part of the daily skin routine, stimulating blood flow, reducing the flaking of dry skin and providing greater firmness.

But did you know that it can also help reduce bags under the eyes? Using the dry brush for four minutes can be useful in removing excess liquid accumulated in the area under the eyes.

Of course, since this area tends to be much more delicate, it is necessary to opt for a small brush with as soft bristles as possible. Then, when applying it, gentle upward sweeping movements should be carried out.

Use a jade roller

The jade roller consists of a small tool made of this precious stone with a striking and characteristic green color, whose shape is very reminiscent of that of a mini-paint roller.

We have already talked to you about the jade roller on occasion. And, according to specialists, it could provide benefits and results similar to those offered by the application of dry brushing.

Its price, it is true, is not very excessive, especially if we take into account some of the benefits it offers. For example, it promotes lymphatic drainage and increases circulation, which can be a very useful aesthetic remedy against bags under the eyes.

In addition, its application is as simple as it is simple: you just have to move it towards the upper and outer part of the face, applying it with light pressure to massage the area to be treated. As easy as effective.

It is also possible to enjoy its qualities even when we do not have bags under our eyes.  And is that facial massage providing many positive benefits. And it is that it can be applied as if it were a massage, with upward movements to promote -and improve- circulation, paying special attention not only to the eye area, but also around the fine lines of expression that usually form in the forehead and between the eyebrows.

On the other hand, it is possible to replace the jade roller with a rose quartz roller, which, according to specialists, would provide even more benefits, since it helps reduce both inflammation and redness.

The best aesthetic treatments to remove bags under the eyes

Topical creams

Although in a previous section we talked about the use of anti- blemish creams, useful for lightening and whitening the skin, the truth is that topical creams have become one of the most used medical treatment options by many people.

In most cases, creams with a whitening effect or action are used, which can help reduce hyperpigmentation so closely related to the dark appearance of both dark circles and bags under the eyes. And, as we have mentioned, in addition to hydroquinone they also usually contain other effective compounds in this regard, as is the case with tretinoin. They may even contain a combination of both.

Chemical peel

Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment that tend to work much better for people experiencing hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, as well as issues related to discoloration.

They basically consist of an exfoliation process that penetrates deeper into the skin, so that the upper layers begin to detach, thanks to the fact that it stimulates collagen, thus increasing cell turnover. This allows to reveal a much newer and fresher skin.

These types of peels use alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid or even lactic acid, which help reduce hyperpigmentation located under the eyes.

Of course, to achieve a better effect, it is possible to use a chemical peel in combination with topical creams with whitening action.

Kojic acid

Kojic acid is a product of natural origin that comes from different types of fungi, specifically from two species. In addition, it is also a by-product when certain foods ferment, such as soy sauce, traditional Japanese sake, or the popular rice wine.

Its use in aesthetic treatments is due to its qualities to inhibit and prevent the formation of tyrosine, which consists of an acid necessary for the production of melanin, which, as we have already mentioned, is the pigment that gives color to the skin. skin, hair or eyes.

Therefore, by inhibiting the natural production of melanin, kojic acid can become an effective treatment for dark circles and bags under the eyes, by exerting a lightening effect.

However, it has some side effects that should be taken into account, such as skin redness and contact dermatitis. This last condition, in fact, is considered one of the most common, and manifests itself with irritation, itching, inflammation of the skin, pain, rashes and redness.

Topical vitamin C

You may think that vitamin C is only useful for preventing colds and flus, by increasing and strengthening the immune system in a completely and completely natural way. But the truth is that, in addition, it can become one of the best defenses against dark circles and bags under the eyes.

By helping to strengthen the skin, vitamin C is especially useful against bags, by influencing the construction of collagen, which, as we have seen, makes the skin not only more tense and resistant, but also elastic.

On the other hand, vitamin C is not only useful in this regard. For example, vitamin A is essential to enjoy a much healthier skin. Moreover, when there are decreased or reduced levels of this vitamin, the skin tends to become thin and dry very easily. Thus, when this occurs in the area under the eyes, it is common for dark circles to also form.

It also acts as a natural antioxidant, with useful anti-aging effects. The same goes for  vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant that protects the body, and our skin, from the damaging action of free radicals, which are often associated with many of the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and thinning of the skin. skin.

The unknown vitamin K is also another of the vitamins that we can find in many topical creams with action against dark circles. In fact, did you know that vitamin K deficiency is often considered a common cause of dark circles? It works by strengthening both veins and capillaries, being essential to promote healthier circulation and better blood coagulation.

Azelaic acid

Azelaic acid is a dicarboxylic acid that can be derived from foods such as wheat, barley or rye, although it is also commonly made in the laboratory, especially for use in skin care products.

According to different studies, azelaic acid would help gently exfoliate the skin, helping to unclog pores and refine the skin’s surface. On the other hand, with antioxidant qualities, it can be useful to treat hyperpigmentation that tends to form under the eyes. And what is even better: it is safe when used for a long time.

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty (Lower Eyelid Surgery)

Under the name of lower eyelid blepharoplasty, also known medically under the name of lower eyelid surgery, it consists of a procedure that is used in order to eliminate bags under the eyes, sagging and wrinkles that usually arise in this delicate area of ​​the face.

Specifically, it can be of great help in treating some of the following aesthetic problems: dark circles under the eyes, asymmetry of the lower eyelids, baggy or sagging area under the eyes, as well as wrinkles. All this thanks to the fact that it softens and tightens the skin under the lower eyelids.

It can be carried out alone, as an individual aesthetic procedure or treatment, or in conjunction with other treatments, such as an upper eyelid lift, a brow lift or, to a greater extent, a face lift.

It is performed under anesthesia, which can be local or general, and basically consists of a procedure that is especially useful when it comes to correcting excess fat, skin loss and wrinkles located in the lower eye area. This offers the possibility of softening the area of ​​the skin located in this area, providing a much more youthful appearance.

To do this, the specialist removes excess skin and fat, and sews the skin under the eye, to give this area a much tighter appearance. Incisions are usually made on the inside of the lower eyelid, or under the lashes. Once carried out after the surgeon has previously marked the area to indicate where to perform them, he will remove both excess fat and additional skin, before suturing the incisions and closing them with the help of small dissolvable stitches.

Of course, it is necessary that it be carried out by an experienced professional, since around the eye there are delicate structures, including not only the eyeball itself, but also the different eye muscles, so it must be carried out by a delicate professional. and precise.

Although it is a safe and effective procedure, there are some side effects that could occur, and that must be taken into account. The most common are bruising, pain and bleeding, as well as swelling and the sensation of having dry eyes. In any case, the usual thing is that most people improve between 10 to 15 days after having undergone this aesthetic procedure. Although full recovery usually takes about six weeks or so.

In addition, it is essential to follow the instructions indicated by the specialist to maximize the healing process. For example, in the first 48 hours after the procedure, using cold compresses can positively help reduce both discomfort and swelling.

Ideal facial masks for bags under the eyes

Coconut Oil Face Mask

Coconut oil is a wonderful natural ingredient for skin care. And, in this case, it becomes an excellent option as it is one of the most effective and beneficial natural products when it comes to eliminating both bags under the eyes and dark circles.

The preparation of this facial mask is extremely simple and simple. You just have to cleanse your facial skin thoroughly, using some kind of deep cleanser. Then, with dry skin, apply a little coconut oil to the fingertips, and only massage the area under the eyes, applying it with the help of gentle massages. Leave on for 20 minutes. Finally, remove the oil with warm water.

Sweet Almond Oil Face Mask

Like coconut oil, sweet almond oil stands out as another natural ingredient that is very useful for reducing bags under the eyes. And it is that it acts as a natural skin moisturizer, helping to reduce dark circles and minimizing, in addition, the appearance of the typical crow’s feet.

What do you need:

  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Preparation and application:

To make it, you only have to put the sweet almond oil and honey, in the amounts indicated, in a bowl or small bowl. Then mix both ingredients well, until they are combined and integrated. Finally, after using a deep cleanser to cleanse your skin, apply this combination of almond oil and honey, with the help of gentle circular massages.

If you wish, you can apply it at night, and leave it on overnight. Finally, when it’s time to take it off, just rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Rose water face mask

Rose water is a natural product made from steam distillation of rose petals. For this reason, it has a wonderful and very characteristic fragrance, and in addition to being used as a soft natural fragrance, it also provides excellent skin care benefits.

Specifically, it is useful to calm skin irritation, thanks to its anti-inflammatory qualities, so it is very useful in case of sensitive skin or to reduce and reduce irritation in certain skin problems and ailments, such as could be the case of rosacea or eczema. Hence, it is also useful for improving the complexion in general, and reducing redness.

To enjoy the qualities of rose water when it comes to reducing eye puffiness, simply soak a cotton pad or ball in it, apply to the area under the eyes (which you should have thoroughly cleaned beforehand), and leave to act for a period of between 15 to 20 minutes. It will give you a wonderful calming and relaxing effect. And, in addition, thanks to its delicate fragrance, it will not be necessary to rinse your skin to remove it.

Milk and Baking Soda Face Mask

The milk, as you probably know, is a staple in the diet of many people, both packed with  vitamins (especially vitamins A and D) and lactic acid. It is precisely lactic acid that provides some of its benefits when applied directly to the skin.

The creamy texture of milk, together with its mild acidity, helps it become a suitable ingredient when making different face masks. And, on this occasion, it could end up being very helpful when it comes to treating and relieving tired eyes.

What do you need:

  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda

Preparation and application:

In a small bowl or bowl, add both ingredients, and mix well until you get a smooth, cream-like consistency. Reserve in the fridge until completely cool.

When applying it, remember to cleanse your skin thoroughly first. Then apply this cool face mask around your eyes, leaving it on for 20-25 minutes. To finish, remove this wonderful homemade mask with the help of a little cold water.

Cucumber face mask

Fresh cucumber, as we have seen on some previous occasion, becomes an essential ingredient when it comes to enjoying much more renewed and, above all, fresh skin. And in addition to applying it just by cutting a couple of slices of cucumber, and placing them on your eyes, it is also possible to make an authentic cucumber face mask. For this we will use cucumber and honey, which also has nutritional and softening qualities.

What do you need:

  • fresh cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Preparation and application:

Wash a fresh cucumber well. Grate it well and let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. After this time, put it in a bowl or small bowl, add the skin, and mix well until a slightly sticky paste forms. Then, after thoroughly cleansing your skin, spread it evenly around your eyes, leaving it on for 30 minutes. Once the time has elapsed, simply rinse your skin with a little cold water.

Pineapple and Turmeric Face Mask

It is very likely that you will be surprised by the ingredients that we are going to use on this occasion to make this facial mask. And it is that, as we see, it is a wonderful tropical facial mask, and also slightly exotic.

What do you need:

  • fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric (turmeric powder)

Preparation and application:

If you have a pineapple at home, you can choose to carefully remove the hard part that covers it, cut it into pieces and blend it to obtain its juice. This is the best option, as it will give you wonderfully fresh pineapple juice. In a small bowl, or bowl, put some of the pineapple juice and the ground turmeric. It is advisable not to put too much juice, since the ideal is that it forms a light paste (so that you can put it on your face without fear of it disappearing).

Once you have achieved the desired texture or consistency, and after thoroughly cleansing your skin, apply the mask to the area under your eyes, being careful not to touch them.  Leave on for 30 minutes. To finish, once the time has passed, simply remove the mask with cold water.

Potato Mint Face Mask

Potatoes, or potatoes, are a nutritious food packed with vitamin C and potassium. However, did you know that it can also provide useful skin care benefits? Some people, for example, use it as a gentle exfoliant, either by rubbing the raw potato on the skin, or using potato juice. Apparently, potatoes help lighten dark spots, especially those related to sun spots, melasma (very common in pregnancy) and freckles.

What do you need:

  • 1 potato
  • A few fresh mint leaves

Preparation and application:

Peel the potato well and mash it until it forms a kind of puree. Add the minced mint leaves, and if necessary, puree everything again in a food processor. If necessary, add a little water to dilute the mixture.

Dip some cotton pads in it, put them in a freezer bag, and reserve in the freezer until the moment you are going to use them.

When you are going to apply this mask, cleanse your skin thoroughly. Then, place them over your eyes, leaving them to act for approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

Coffee face mask

Coffee becomes an excellent exfoliating agent. In fact, it is very likely that you already know it, especially if you have ever tried to make an exfoliating facial mask (where, precisely, this ingredient becomes one of the most common, thanks above all to its texture).

On this occasion, in addition to coffee, we will also use honey and vitamin E oil, which provides, by the way, excellent antioxidant qualities. Of course, we will not use ground coffee -since we are not going to use it as an exfoliant-, but first we will have to prepare the coffee.

What do you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • A few teaspoons of vitamin E oil

Preparation and Application:

First of all, we will start by preparing the coffee as you usually do every day when you make your delicious cup of coffee. Once cool, put the tablespoon of coffee in a small bowl.  Add the tablespoon of honey, and finally the vitamin E oil. Mix everything well, until the three ingredients are combined.

Then dip the cotton pads into this combination of ingredients. Put them in a freezer bag, just like we did with the face mask recipe above, and store in the freezer until completely chilled.

At the moment in which you are going to apply the mask, and after having thoroughly cleaned your skin, simply place these pads on your eyes, leaving them to act for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Egg White Face Mask

It is possible that this facial mask will surprise you, especially because of the ingredient that we will use in its preparation. But the truth is that today it is perfectly possible to find egg white in the composition of a wide variety of anti-wrinkle face masks. And, as you might imagine, the eye area is no exception.

Egg white, thanks to its composition, is useful for reducing the appearance of fine lines. In addition, in this specific facial mask, we will use vitamin E, a recognized essential nutrient with antioxidant action, which helps fight free radicals; It also stands out for its moisturizing qualities, which is why it is often used to treat different skin problems, such as psoriasis or eczema.

What do you need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 vitamin E capsule

Preparation and Application:

First of all, we will start by separating the egg whites from the yolks. This step is essential, since no trace of the yolk should remain in the egg white. Next, beat the egg whites until foamy. Mix with vitamin E oil.

At the moment when you are going to apply the facial mask, after having cleansed your skin with the help of a deep cleanser, with the tips of your fingers or with a makeup brush, apply this mask in the area located under eyes, but be careful not to touch your eyes (containing raw egg). Leave on for 10 minutes.

To finish, simply remove with plenty of cold water. Be careful, yes, not to touch your eyes.

However, if you are worried about applying raw egg – in this case, the white – on your skin, especially in an area quite close to the eyes, you can choose to substitute raw egg white for pasteurized egg white, which nowadays you can find in many supermarkets. However, it may not be as effective.

What are the main causes of bags under the eyes?

As we mentioned in the previous lines, there are actually very varied causes that can directly or indirectly influence the formation of bags under the eyes. Here we summarize which are the most common:

  • The aging. It is one of the most common causes, although despite being the most common, it tends to be easily forgotten. As we age, we experience a loss of collagen and fat. Collagen basically consists of one of the main components of connective tissues in the skin, apart from muscles and other parts of the body. In this way, lower levels of collagen cause the skin, as well as the underlying muscles, to lose elasticity and tone. And this sagging becomes even more noticeable in the area around the eyes, because the skin in this area is tremendously thinner.
  • Not getting enough sleep. Research found that not getting enough sleep can end up causing puffiness in the area under the eyes. In addition, it could also cause dark circles, red eyes, and droopy eyelids. The reason? The weakening of the muscles around the eyes, caused by lack of sleep, which can end up leading to a loss of collagen, which is the elastic tissue present in the skin under the eyes, causing fluid to accumulate in this zone.
  • Take a lot of salt. Too much salt – or sodium – in the diet is not good for the body. And neither for our physical appearance. Why? Very simple: excess sodium can cause our body to end up retaining water, which causes swelling of both the body and the face.  And because the skin around the eyes is thinner, it has a greater tendency to swell.
  • Mourn. Crying can cause swelling for a short period of time, causing fluid to temporarily collect around the eyes. When this happens, it probably usually goes away on its own.
  • Certain allergies. Allergies can cause fluid buildup around the eyes and in the sinuses. In addition, an allergic reaction can also cause the eyes to become red, watery, and itchy.  Among the allergies that most commonly cause these symptoms, we find: allergy to pollen, dust, environmental pollution, chemicals, fragrances associated with perfume and animal hair.

In short, we must not forget that excess fluid in the body can become one of the most common and usual causes, since this fluid can also accumulate in this area, causing the lower eyelids to look even more swollen, while shadows and discolored skin make up a whole that can end up making bags under the eyes look even more prominent.

And we must also mention other equally related, although less well-known causes, such as: eye fatigue, stress, certain thyroid diseases (chronic medical conditions), smoking and some inherited facial characteristics.

However, as we have already told you several times, the reality is that bags under the eyes are not a health problem, and they are not harmless either, although they do become an uncomfortable cosmetic or aesthetic problem. Of course, we cannot forget something fundamental:  sometimes they can be a sign, signal or symptom of an underlying medical problem. Therefore, if they suddenly appear and we have never had them before, and in addition there is no type of because that may be related (such as fatigue, lack of sleep or allergies), it is best to go to the doctor at the slightest doubt.

As we can see, when we want to remove eye bags, it is not only necessary to apply a series of certain home remedies. It is also essential to make a change in our lifestyle, taking care of what we eat, how much we rest, and the amount of water we drink, among others.

Can bags under the eyes be prevented?

As we have seen throughout this note, there is a wide variety of natural remedies and tips that can be extremely useful when it comes to reducing both dark circles and bags that usually, and over the years, tend to appear under the eyes. As well as many products available on the market that claim to be able to help lighten the area and puffiness under the eyes. But the question this time is: is there anything we can do to prevent, or at least avoid its appearance as much as possible?

As many experts say, it is true that applying cold compresses, some moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and increasing daily hydration are essential tips that can help reduce bags under the eyes quickly. But the reality is that the only effective way to reduce its appearance, especially in the long term, is to make some lifestyle changes. This is even more true when, in our case, the formation of bags and dark circles have been genetically inherited.

Luckily, there are useful tips that can be very useful when it comes to preventing, or at least avoiding as much as possible, the formation of bags under the eyes. Take note:

Always remove your makeup before going to bed

There is nothing worse for the health of the skin than keeping makeup and any other cosmetic product on the skin at bedtime. Although nothing will probably happen when you leave it on for just one night (for example, because you come home exhausted after a late-night party), the truth is that it increases the risk of clogging and clogging the pores, while at the same time The next day, other related symptoms and discomforts may appear, such as redness, increased sensitivity and dryness.

In the case of leaving mascara or any other makeup on your eyes overnight, the consequences can be even worse, since you can end up irritating them, experiencing an allergic reaction, or in more serious cases, developing an infection (with other symptoms such as swelling and redness).

On the other hand, other experts indicate that forgetting to remove makeup, and not cleaning the skin thoroughly after a whole day on the street -which in turn causes the accumulation of dead cells and environmental pollutants, as well as sebum or oil -, can end up damaging the skin and causing wrinkles, by exposing it to free radicals, which have the potential to generate oxidative stress, which, as has been shown, directly influences premature aging of the skin.

Opt for foods high in vitamin C

As we get older, and we age, both the muscles and the connective tissues that support the eyelids begin to weaken, so that the skin begins to sag, and the fact that we usually find around the eyes also disappears.

Why? In most cases, it is related to the decrease in hyaluronic acid, an essential acid that we find naturally in the body, but whose levels are reduced as we age.

Therefore, a recommended option is to increase the natural production of collagen. And how to do it? Opting for foods that increase hyaluronic acid levels, which will help in a tremendously positive way when it comes to enjoying -and creating- a much healthier skin.

Increasing the consumption of vitamin C (especially foods with a high content of this vitamin) can be very useful to help the body absorb more hyaluronic acid, and also to do so much more efficiently.

You can choose to increase your intake of foods that are especially rich in vitamin C, including citrus fruits (such as oranges, lemons, and limes), red bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, broccoli, and kale.

Increase consumption of iron-rich foods

Did you know that iron deficiency anemia can cause the formation of dark circles under the eyes, and in turn make the skin pale? Other symptoms such as extreme fatigue and tiredness, cold hands and feet, and brittle nails also arise.

It occurs when the blood lacks a sufficient number of red blood cells, cells responsible for transporting oxygen to the different organs and tissues of the body.

Fortunately, diagnosing the possible existence of iron deficiency anemia is quite simple for the doctor. It is enough to carry out a simple blood test, and assess whether the level of iron in the blood is low or not.

When cases are mild, it is easily treatable just by increasing dietary intake of iron. In case it is a little more moderate, iron supplements can be very helpful.

Among the main foods rich in iron that you can add to your diet, we can mention: red and lean meats (such as pork and poultry), legumes such as beans and chickpeas, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, shellfish, dried fruits such as raisins or apricots, and certain fortified foods, such as cereals or pasta.

Reduce salt intake

As we have already seen, excessive salt consumption influences the accumulation of fluids (fluid retention), and, in turn, the formation of bags under the eyes. In fact, when there is no other underlying health problem, it is often one of the most common causes.

On average, 9.8 grams of salt each day, which is practically double the 5 grams that, in reality, recommended to take at most the World Health Organization (WHO).

In this aspect, the American Heart Association advises not to consume more than 2.3 mg or less of sodium per day, although the ideal is not even to exceed 1.5 mg per day.

Therefore, it is vitally important to carefully read the labels of the food products that we usually buy in the supermarket, to discover how much salt they contain. And the same goes for the salt you usually use in the kitchen every time you cook.

Fortunately, there is a simple and immediate way to reduce daily salt intake as much as possible: avoid packaged and processed foods, and replace them with fresh and natural foods that contain, it is true, sodium in their composition naturally, but never in excessive amounts.

Rest well (and the necessary time)

Resting properly, and the recommended hours, is always essential when it comes to enjoying good health, and even enjoying a much healthier appearance. And it is that beyond the way you sleep, time is also an essential factor.

For your peace of mind, while it is true that little sleep is not actually a direct cause of the formation of circles under the eyes, limited sleep can make the complexion become much paler, so that, as a result, any dark circles or shadow that arises in this area will end up becoming much more evident, and visible.

In this sense, many doctors recommend at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. However, if you suffer from any type of problem when it comes to sleeping and resting properly, here are some tips that would be of some help:

  • Set the same time. It is ideal to try to create or establish a sleep schedule. Or, what is the same, a time to go to bed and wake up every day on a regular basis.
  • Dinner before. Going to bed immediately with a full stomach can make sleep unrecoverable, especially if we add to this heartburn, bloating and discomfort as a result of heavy digestion. Therefore, it is advisable to finish dinner at least two hours before going to bed. And, obviously, avoid copious meals.
  • Avoid any distractions. It is very likely that in your bedroom you have a television. Or if not, it is possible that in bed you always use your mobile phone or a digital tablet. It is best to replace them with a book. Or, well, avoid any distractions at least an hour before going to bed.
  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine consumption. Caffeine, being a chemical compound capable of stimulating the nervous system, is a useful option in the morning, when we want to feel that contribution of vitality and energy. But it would not be so advisable at night. In this sense, the ideal is to avoid drinks and foods with caffeine at least between 6 to 12 hours before going to bed. The same would happen with alcoholic beverages, in addition to being extremely unhealthy, they are not at all recommended to consume before going to bed.
  • Be careful with physical exercise. Although practicing physical exercise regularly is related to better health, and also to a better rest, practicing strenuous physical exercise hours before going to bed can end up affecting the quality of sleep. Hence, it is advisable to try, at least, to practice it during the morning or during the afternoon, but at times quite far from when we go to bed.

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