The puffiness or bags under your eyes is quite common as you grow older. With growing age, the tissue around the eyes, particularly some of the thinning muscles around the eye, weaken. This leads to puffiness. Most often, the bags under eyes are simply a cosmetic concern and not a sign of an underlying health problem.
A cosmetic reason for puffiness is that as the skin on the eyelids thins, skin cells beneath them start to sag and puff out. A popular cosmetic remedy to combat this issue is a thick eyeliner that is smeared on top of the lower lashes. This thick line draws the attention upwards towards the center of the eye, drawing the eye up, away from the crease. Another option is to use a water-based eyeliner, such as gel eyeliner. You can also use the water-based gel liner before applying the eyeliner, as it will stay longer and give better definition.
Age and lack of sleep tend to be the two major reasons for under-eye bags. While lack of sleep is a natural aging process, many of us cannot get enough sleep, especially in the winter when activity levels tend to drop. It is not uncommon for people to sleep less than six hours each night, which then causes the muscles in the face to relax, allowing under-eye bags to form. A natural aging process, the skin in this area becomes thinner with time and becomes more prone to wrinkles. Some people may not suffer from under-eye bags because they sleep six or seven hours each night, but these people usually have crow’s feet, lines around their eyes and dark circles underneath.
The medical condition that causes puffiness, however, is a different story. While puffiness sometimes goes away on its own, sometimes it can become permanent. This is why you need to try to combat puffiness by treating any underlying medical conditions, as doing so can often relieve the puffiness. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medicines to treat the underlying cause, but you should take note that most of these medications have unpleasant side effects.
As mentioned, puffiness is caused by decreased skin elasticity, and it can affect your face, neck and eyelids. The main cause here is aging, but some of the other reasons include lack of sleep, stress and irregular sleep patterns. If you are prone to under-eye bags, you should know that the medical condition called sleep apnea leads to decreased oxygen levels in the blood. This condition makes the muscles in the face relax, allowing under-eye bags to appear.
One of the best ways to treat puffiness is to use a good eye cream, especially if it contains anti-aging ingredients. Ingredients such as argireline are effective in treating this problem. Other effective treatments include Shea butter and Babassu palm wax. Both of these ingredients are great in soothing the skin and tightening the muscles underneath the eyes. These ingredients can also be used as concealers, which can help reduce the appearance of under-eye bags. It is important to note, however, that many of the eye creams on the market today contain strong chemicals that can cause serious side effects, so make sure to choose your products carefully.
Another great way to treat puffiness is to use a good concealer. Any concealer will work as long as it contains ingredients that can help make your skin look firmer and younger-looking. Common ingredients that can help achieve this goal include Vitamin E, which improve the appearance of fine lines; avocado oil, which make your skin feel soft and smoother; and silica, which reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Basically, any concealer that can help you improve the overall appearance of your skin tone will work best in reducing the puffiness that occurs with age.
If all else fails and you still have problems with puffiness or under-eye bags during allergy season, it may be time to visit your doctor for an allergy evaluation. Some people are prone to developing allergies, so it’s always a good idea to have your allergist or health practitioner check out the condition. The results of this test could determine what treatment options are best for you. Sometimes, medication is all that’s needed to eliminate or control these symptoms. If all else fails, however, you may be able to use an eye cream to smooth out your wrinkles and decrease the appearance of under-eye baggy skin.