How to get rid of eye bags and puffy eyes {7 Remedies}

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How to Reduce Eye Bags and Dark Eye Circles

Isn't that a cute adorable Panda bear sitting up there? Do you want to give it a hug?

But whoa! Take a good look at those eyes, it looks like Panda had not been sleeping too well, eh? Are your eyes like this with unsightly dark puffy eye bags (periodontal dark circles)? If so, I am sure you will want to eliminate and get rid of them completely, right?

Whether you like it or not, most of us will develop and get eye bags and crow's feet sooner or later. For some people, they are genetically predisposed to develop it earlier while for some others, it is just part and parcel of the ongoing aging process. Puffy eye bags are formed when ligaments and fat just below the eyes become weaker and begin to sag and droop which is also partly caused by the gravitational pull. Fluid retention under the eye is another cause of puffiness beneath the eyes.

This development continues unceasingly and through the passage of time, when the skin loses even more elasticity and the eye bags becoming even more puffy giving your eyes the dark circle appearance,making you a prime candidate for a Panda bear look alike contest. 

Other than the genetic factor of the aging process, other influences such as fluid accumulation, certain allergies, eczema, your sleeping position, cigarette smoking, certain medication and alcohol consumption can also exacerbate the puffy dark eye circle formation. So certain lifestyle changes can lighten the effect of puffy eyes.





















 

Here are some ways on how to get rid of eye bags or at least make them less noticeable and not so conspicuous.

1) Consume less salt - Do note that the consumption of salt can cause fluid retention and thus making your dark circle eyebags looking even more pronounced. So avoid salty foods and foods that are heavily laden with sodium whenever possible. One easy way is to stop snacking, especially snacks that are processed and come in packages as these are known to contain chemicals, preservatives and lots of salt (sodium). By doing this eyebag removal effort, you may even lose some weight if you are overweight.

2) Sleep with head higher up - When you are sleeping, fluid may accumulate and build up underneath the eyes, swelling up the eye bags in the morning. You can overcome this fluid accumulation by keeping with your head higher up by sleeping on two or even three pillows instead of on just a single one in order to drain the fluid downwards by gravitation.





















3) Exercise regularly - Regular exercise prevents fluid retention and improves blood circulation resulting in your skin being more supple and firm. Facial exercises and massages can help to strengthen your facial muscles and preventing eye bags from sagging. So get started on a regular exercise program as soon as possible and if it is within your budget, hire a personal trainer to guide you along to prevent any gym injuries and exercising correctly to achieve your fitness and beauty goals.

4) Drink more water - When I said drink more water, I mean good old H2O, not any sugary, preservative and chemical laden beverages. Drink more water as water can help to flush out the toxins and impurities from your body and thus keeping your skin supple, taut and fresh looking. However do avoid drinking just before going to bed at night as this can cause water retention when you are sleeping or waking you up in the middle of the night to visit the toilet.

5) Stay away from alcohol - Alcohol dehydrates the skin and will cause the thin and sensitive skin around your eyes to look even darker and sunken and giving you the dark circle zombie like look. Take a good look at a regular drinker's eyes and you will see what I mean. Besides, regular alcohol consumption can take a heavy toll on your liver as well.

6) Quit smoking - Smoking weakens your skin tissues causing wrinkles and fine lines to form and etch themselves deeply on your face. It also constricts the blood vessels so much so that your blood circulation is being affected making your skin looking dull and tired. Furthermore, the chemicals in the cigarettes are toxic and will cause you to age faster and looking more haggard prematurely.

7) Eyelasticity Age Defying Therapy - This is a gentle but very effective home eye brightening remedy. This therapy is said to reduce eye puffiness by as much as 32% in less than two weeks of application. You can try out this remedy to get rid of ugly eye bags and dark circle fast without undergoing surgery or other expensive aesthetic treatments. No more dark under eye puffiness forever. Read more and get the home therapy kit at Eyelasticity Age Defying Therapy.



 

 


For those who want to opt for the surgical method to remove your eyebags, it is relatively a quick and simple affair. Here we will discuss 2 types of eyebag removal surgical procedures among others.

The Trans-cutaneous Method - This surgical technique is executed by making a cut along your lower eyelid. After which, the skin is then drawn downwards to expose the eye bag fat and fluid. These fatty tissues, fluid as well as any excess skin thereof are then extricated. Once it is done, your surgeon will then move the lower eyelid skin into its original position and stitch it up.

The risks and complications of the Trans-cutaneous technique are usually over the incision of the skin. This is because if the cut went awry, it may cause a condition known as "eyelid retraction", meaning that the lower eyelid is turned outward. It may also damage the orbicularis oculi muscle, which is a muscle responsible for closing of the eyelids and of course, permanent scarring in the area being operated on.

The Trans-Conjunctival Method - This procedure in layman's term is also known as the "scarless eyebag removal surgery". This procedure can be carried out with only a local anesthesia and leaves no visible scarring at all as the name suggests. The reason being is that the cut is made from the inner side of the eyelid and as such, any scars if at all will not be seen visually. The eyelid fat and fluid from under the eye is then extracted and when that is done, the wound is then stitched up with self-dissolving stitches.
 

Since this technique is minimally invasive, recovery time from the surgery is quicker as in comparison to the Trans-cutaneous method. Furthermore, the risk of eyelid retraction is minimized by quite a fair bit.

For both types of surgery, there will be naturally be some bruising or swelling around the area operated on, which are of course expected. The downtime before the patient can be up and about, returning to work and attending to normal daily chores is usually within a week or so. However, why not try out Eyelasticity Age Defying Therapy to get rid of your eye bags before opting for the surgical method?






1) Can Botox injections be used to correct droopy eye bag conditions? - Doctors usually use botox injections (botulinum toxin) for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines on the face although the injections can also be administered to other parts of the body. For the former, botox is injected into the facial muscles to eliminate wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing parts of the facial muscles. As such, botox injections are not very effective at all for the eradication of eye bags and puffy dark eye circles.

2) My eye bag problem gets worse during my monthly menstruation cycle. How can I remedy this issue? - One of the reasons for getting puffy eye bags is the built up of fluid and the impurities therein. Your monthly cycle is your body's natural way to cleanse and detoxify itself from the impurities.

The problem is that when you age further, your body's natural detoxification process declines in its effectiveness and so is unable to detox itself as well as it did before and that gives rise to why your eyes are more puffy during your menstrual cycle. Since your liver is the primary organ for getting rid of the toxins and impurities, it is important that you take care of it so that it can function healthily.

So drink plenty of water which will help to flush out the impurities and take liver cleansing and strengthening supplements such as herbs like Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale), Yellow Dock (Rumex Crispus) and Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum). Do avoid consuming alcohol regularly as it affects your liver function very negatively.

3) Will taking collagen supplement helps to remove eye bags? - Consuming more collagen certainly does help to reduce puffy eyes and dark eye circles. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and it is largely found in your muscles, bones, skin, hair, nails and tendons. This protein strengthens the skin and gives it more elasticity and suppleness making you look brighter and more radiant.  

As we get older, we produce lesser and lesser collagen and elastin and this is one of the main reasons for you to get dark eye bags. Therefore by increasing your collagen levels with collagen rich foods and supplements can help your skin to rejuvenate itself more effectively and thereby reducing your wrinkly eye bags.

4) Why am I more prone to get puffy eyes and dark circles in the morning? - Yes, a lot of people do get puffy eyes when they wake up in the morning. So this is a common condition and usually this state of affair is only temporary in nature and the puffy eyes and dark circles will return back to normal within a couple of hours. For the unfortunate few though, the condition may last for a few days or at times even weeks.


The usual causes are fluid retention and allergies. Allergies can be treated by taking some over the counter antihistamines like chlorpheniramine and diphenhydramine. Hormonal fluctuations in the night and also pregnant women can get puffy eye bags in the morning quite often too.
 

You can use a cold compress to reduce the puffy eye bags. The cold compresses can be just ice and water water or simple tea bags. Most people prefer to use tea bags because of its tannin content which can constrict the smaller blood vessels around the eyes and in the process reducing the puffiness and dark circles.

Sleeping on your back with the head higher up like sleeping on two or three pillows can also help to prevent eye puffiness if your condition is induced by fluid retention. Taking a diuretic pill can also help, but avoid this option of treatment if you can because all medications do come with some negative side effects. Also since oral medications enter straight into your digestive system, they are then digested and circulated to various parts of your body by your bloodstream which do not need its efficacy at all.

7 Tips for removing puffy eye bags 

Traditional Chinese Medicine methods of removing eye bags video clip.

Exercising with a personal trainer

Regular exercise helps to prevent water retention and improves blood circulation which in turn keeps puffy eye bags at bay in addition to many other health and beauty benefits too.

Eyebags Removal Surgeries

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 About The Author - Chris Chew is the health, fitness and grooming consultant to the Mister International Organization, which is the owner and producer of the Mister International and Mister Singapore Pageants. He is presently sitting on the advisory panel of Personal Trainers In Singapore.

Chris is also the Director of food health and hygiene for food and beverage establishments such as Kingdom Food Group of restaurants.

This article was researched and presented here by Chris and is meant to be helpful to the readers. It is not meant to diagnose or suggest any treatment in lieu of your medical professional's advise.

Chris is based in the cosmopolitan tropical island nation of Singapore and is still training his clients for fat loss, muscle building and general physical fitness in his free time and he can be contacted
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