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WHAT CAUSES UNDER EYE BAGS?
We’ve all had one or two late-nighters that make us look visibly tired in the morning, but it’s not always lack of sleep that causes under-eye bags to form (then stubbornly fade away). Unfortunately, as we grow older, we begin to slow down the rate of collagen and elastin production in our skin cells—the two proteins that are responsible for making our skin strong and voluminous.
Couple the lack of structural integrity in our cellular walls with the power of gravity, and you get an effect that appears to droop or sag. The tissues around your eyes that once held up your eyelids weaken and the fat that made your eyes appear plump begins to drop into your lower lids, causing them to look puffy. With fewer and thinner skin cells, dark tissue and blood vessels become more visible, so we turn to dark circle eye cream to combat the signs of aging.
However, it’s not just about how your body reacts to aging; certain lifestyle factors may also be contributing to your under-eye bags. Drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco also interfere with the health of your skin, causing the tissue to become weaker, dehydrated, and more susceptible to signs of aging, including bags under your eyes. In addition to consuming these substances, eating salty foods may be part of the problem. As you may know, consuming too much sodium can cause your body to retain fluid, even under your eyes—this may be part of what is making your under-eye bags so prominent.
As with many skin conditions, under-eye bags may be a result of extensive sun exposure. While this area might seem small and less exposed than other parts of the body, sun damage can even occur within the skin under the eyes. The fact that it’s an easy area to overlook can further exacerbate the problem over time.
Speaking of skin care, you may be more inclined to pack on the makeup to cover up bags and dark circles under your eyes, but that might actually be part of your problem if you don’t fully remove makeup before going to bed. While makeup may seem like the solution to blemishes in your complexion, when left on, it can irritate your skin, adding to your under-eye bag problem.
Sometimes, it simply comes down to factors that are completely out of your control, like allergies or your genetics. If one or both of your parents are more prone to have eye bags, chances are that you will be, too. If you have allergies, you’ve likely noticed swelling in your sinuses that makes it hard to breath and your face appear puffy. But that swelling isn’t just limited to your nose—it can also extend to under the eyes.
With all these factors contributing to your under-eye bags, it might seem impossible to correct this flaw so you can appear refreshed instead of tired, but don’t lose hope just yet.
HOW DO I GET RID OF BAGS UNDER MY EYES?
There are a variety of methods you can try to get rid of under-eye bags. However, many of them are only temporary to provide immediate relief. For a quick-fix, you can:
- Apply a cold compress or tea bags (the caffeine can help increase blood flow to the area)
- Taking allergy medication or clearing your sinuses with a neti pot (for allergy-related under-eye bags)
- Hydrating your body (preferably by drinking plain water)
These fast-acting solutions are great for surprise under-eye bags that show up before an important event, but they’re not an effective way to actually resolve the issue. Using specially formulated products for under-eye bags—like our firming eye cream—is the better option for long-term maintenance.
HOW LONG DO UNDER EYE BAGS LAST?
The sooner you start using an under eye bag cream, the better. The potent ingredients contained in the Colorescience line of eye treatments work better when they can protect your delicate skin and prevent damage from occurring rather than working retroactively to fix it.
Depending on your skincare routine, how often you use your eye bag cream, and the severity of underlying issues that contribute to your under-eye bags, they can improve immediately, stick around for a week, or take years to erase. But the good news is that you don’t have to feel stuck with them forever.
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF UNDER EYE BAGS?
Use Colorescience’s eye bag removal cream to naturally reduce the appearance of dark and puffy eyes. Many people also deal with the development of fine lines and crow’s feet around the corners of their eyes as the skin becomes dry and brittle; by pairing your eye bag cream with our wrinkle remover and tinted SPF, you can improve the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration while protecting your complexion from the sun’s aging effects. You can achieve greater coverage by adding our pigment corrector and mineral foundation to your makeup application.
WHAT TREATMENTS ARE THERE FOR UNDER EYE BAGS?
Colorescience offers several products for eye bags within our Total Eye® Collection that are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark and puffy bags beneath your eyes:
Our customers see immediate improvements thanks to their brightening effect, but it’s important to pair your regimen with daily non-toxic sunscreen application to prevent the sun’s harmful UV rays from doing any further damage to this delicate region of your complexion, where the skin is much thinner and prone to developing signs of age. It’s important to specifically use sunscreen that’s labeled as non-toxic because other formulas may contain harsh chemicals that can do equal harm as good.
Once these foreign compounds enter the bloodstream, they unleash a variety of consequences, including disruption to the endocrine system and hormonal regulation. Worse yet, chemicals such as oxybenzone not only penetrate all three layers of skin, but they’ve also tested present in urine and breast milk. That means these toxins are passed onto other immunity systems and ecosystems. If you think it’s not a warrant for concern, just note that one singular drop of oxybenzone in an Olympic-sized pool is enough to kill coral reefs altogether—that’s why Hawaii has led the way by banning chemical SPF outright. Here’s to you, Aloha State.
WHAT IS THE BEST CREAM FOR UNDER-EYE BAGS?
The quality of the under-eye cream, including the safety of the ingredients used, can make a major difference in the effectiveness of the product and the appearance of your skin. The best eye cream for eye bags should restore the health of the skin under your eyes, brighten and correct its appearance, and protect from further damage. These qualities can be found in our Total Eye® 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35.
When you use Colorescience products, you can rest assured that our under-eye bag creams are formulated with safe, nutrient-rich ingredients that achieve both immediate results and long-term improvement. With chemical-free, 100% mineral SPF 35, your skin will also be protected against UVA/UVB rays as well as environmental stressors like blue light and pollution.
HOW TO PREVENT BAGS UNDER YOUR EYES?
As we mentioned, there are many lifestyle factors that contribute to under-eye bags. Luckily, it is within your control to adjust these habits to help prevent the development of bags under your eyes and keep your skin looking as healthy and youthful as possible. To help prevent getting bags under your eyes, try:
- Getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night
- Using sun protection every time you leave your home—this includes both sunscreen and sunglasses
- Changing your eating habits by reducing the amount of salt in your diet
- Drinking enough water to keep your skin hydrated—you should be drinking 0.5 to 1 ounce for every pound you weigh
In addition to these preventive measures, remember to use one of our hydrating eye creams that are specifically designed to help with dark circles and bags under your eyes. With continued use and practicing better habits, you can see an improvement in your under-eye bags and your self confidence in no time!
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