If you’re on a mission to make your stubborn eye bags disappear, the good news is that there are plenty of remedies available. From treatments that disguise them to those designed to completely deflate them, and non-surgical to surgical solutions, there are plenty of options to explore.
But first, let’s find out what the luggage under your eyes or on your eyelids actually is. Some simple eye bag treatments will become obvious as soon as we look at how the bags form in the first place.
Eye bags are a natural part of getting older. As we age, the fatty tissue beneath the skin on our face breaks down. It does so unevenly, leaving the under-eye area with bulges of fat. In other cases, the fat supporting the eye socket starts to move downwards as it’s not properly being kept in place by the tissue structures that start to weaken over the years. As skin loses its elasticity and as fat is pushing its way down thanks to gravity, the results lead to eye bags.
Factors other than age can also increase the puffiness around your eyes. These include:
· Lack of sleep
· Too much salt in the diet
In some cases, even sinus problems or allergies can cause the skin to loosen over time and cause eye bags. Finally, the answer to your eye bags could simply lie in your genetic makeup. Extra fat under the eye or dark circles might run in your family and hence it might become a hereditary trait.
So how do you get rid of eye bags? Some of the causes already point to simple solutions such as drinking more water, getting more sleep or reducing the amount of salt in your diet. If this doesn’t make a difference, there are other things to try, ranging from face massages and cool patches all the way to permanent solutions via surgery.
One option can be to exercise your face using a few simple moves, such as face tapping. Using your middle fingers, gently tap along your under-eye area from the outer corners of your eyes to the inner corners and back again. Do this 2-3 times a day on a regular basis to help with the side effects of both fluid retention and muscle tissue weakness.
Face massage is another way to reduce inflammation and strengthen muscles. A useful tool for an effective under-eye massage is the jade roller. A metal frame with a handle is attached to a smooth jade stone which is then gently rolled onto the skin. This century old beauty tradition makes the skin firmer by improving circulation. Leave the jade roller in the fridge over the night and massage the under-eye area first thing in the morning to deflate puffiness.
Another popular eye bag treatment are cold compresses. Some of your favourite food items can become effective cooling eye patches. Cucumber slices are the best known eye bag ‘remover’, but anything from cool tea bags to tomatoes and lime juice, potatoes juice and even cold milk can help deflate under-eye bags.
Be aware that applying a cool compress to reduce puffiness is a temporary solution, as it usually only lasts for a few hours.
Although not an actual eye bag treatment, makeup, when done correctly, can effectively disguise eye bags. The key is to thoroughly prepare the under-eye skin before applying any makeup. Use a quality moisturiser and a hydrating primer to make sure the under-eye skin is a smooth canvas for the makeup to sit on. Next, using a small angled concealer brush, apply a high coverage concealer to the crease of the eye bag. Avoid applying concealer to the bag itself, otherwise you risk highlighting the area instead of disguising it. For a seamless blending, use a blending sponge and bouncing motions to buff the concealer into the skin.
If you want a solution that will last after you’ve taken the makeup off, another option for treating eye bags is injecting dermal fillers. Although adding extra substances to your under-eye area when you actually want to decrease any swelling might seem counterintuitive, the targeted area is not the eye bag itself, but the area below it. It aims to create an even surface and a smooth transition from the eye area to the cheeks. However, this is still a temporary solution as the injections usually last around a few months.
If none of the above eye bag treatments seem to make a difference, or you are looking for permanent results, a long-term solution is eye bag removal surgery.
The surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is designed to remove fat or excess skin from under your eyes or drooping eyelids. The effects are long-lasting, making it a good solution for people who have tried other methods and treatments in the past. And it’s not just for women – many men now choose to treat their eye bags via surgery.
There are several procedures available to treat eye bags - some of them work on the upper eyelid, others tackle the area beneath the eyes, while some can work on both together. As always when it comes to surgery, we recommend doing plenty of research first, and booking a consultation to discuss the results you’re personally looking to achieve.
If you would like more information on eye bag surgery at Transform, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.