The eyes (and beyond) are definitely the most problematic of all areas of the face, the thin nature of the skin surrounding the eyes is responsible for two major under-eye problems, puffiness and bags! You can usually guess someone’s age just by taking a glimpse at their eyes, the number one age indicator, as the initial signs of aging creep into that area for starters.. What I am about to discuss below will be an eye-opener to many, differentiating between under-eye puffiness and under-eye bags will teach you many ways of avoiding one before the other comes as a result..
Long story short; long-term under eye puffiness will lead to under eye “bags”
Under-Eye Puffiness Defined
To begin with, puffy eyes are considered a temporary condition, as they are most prominent for the first 2-4 hours after you wake up. The good news is that by preventing certain causes that lead to puffiness is your safest bet of avoiding them.. You’re definitely familiar with the night- before- the- day- after situation.. Those late sushi dinners with a galore of salty soya sauce, those days you spend yawning when sleep deprived, nasty allergies and sometimes crying. All the mentioned and other factors are considered culprits.. Chronic puffiness will lead to under-eye bags!
Under-Eye Bags Defined
The term “bags” refers to loose, sagging skin under the eyes that has lost its firmness. Bags are considered a permanent condition, which starts out in the early years as under eye puffiness and over time, the connective tissues that attach the skin to the orbital bone deteriorate. This results in a pouch of fat known as “fat pads.” Under eye bags begin to show in the mid-40s when the skin naturally starts to lose its tone. Chronic puffiness over the course of many years will stretch out the skin tissue and cause it to no longer spring back. Unfortunately, anti-puffiness eye creams will not give improvement. At this stage, it’s impossible to restore the loss of elasticity once the bag is formed. Cosmetic surgery can remove the fat pads and tighten up the skin. It’s considered to be the most tried-and-true solution for the most noticeable improvement.
How To Maintain Tight, Firm And Intact Under-Eye Skin
We all know that prevention is key to many rewarding results.. How to play it smart before it’s too late; in other words, how to prevent puffiness in order to avoid bags on a later stage.. Below, 10 worthy tips..
1 || Get Your Thyroid Checked
Under eye bags may be related to a thyroid function. Hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid) causes myxedema which makes changes to the connective tissues, that can cause loss of tone in the under eye area. A sluggish lymphatic system and kidney or liver problems may also be a culprit. Consult with your doctor.
2 || Avoid Yawning By Getting Plenty Of Sleep
I previously mentioned yawning, as one of the unknown aging habits we all tend to naturally do! Being tired at night results in yawning and yawning will make the eyes tear and swell up. The excess fluids around the eyes will cause puffiness which weakens elasticity under the eyes accelerating under eye bags. The goal is to keep the skin tissue tight and intact.
3 || Control Your Allergies
Some people really suffer from allergies, treating or at least controlling you allergies will save you one of the biggest contributors to under-eye puffiness (and eventually bags).
4 || Avoid Smoking
No one ever explained this better than Renee Rouleau, so I will refer the statement below to her explanation..
“Smoking inhibits circulation and is the major cause of oxidative stress in the body resulting in the weakening of collagen and elastin fibers. It’s thought that heavy smokers are nearly five times more likely to be wrinkled than non-smokers—and the eye area is the most affected. The reason for this is because when cigarette smoke is blown out, it often travels upwards and gets directly into the eyes. This not only causes squinting but lipid peroxide (released in cigarette smoke) is the main free radical that destroys the skin’s barrier function. This is why for smokers (and for anyone, for that matter) should use a well-formulated antioxidant serum to keep the skin firm and intact.”
5 || Avoid Using Rich, Oil-Based Eye Creams
I personally used to be a victim of abundance! I used to generously apply greasy, oily and thick eye creams thinking that I was doing my eyes a great favor, just to notice that the morning after my eyes looked nothing like I expected or wanted; puffy and to make things worse inner eye redness! Your eye cream should contain moisturizing rather than oily ingredients, particularly peptides, those active ingredients that help keep the under-eye skin intact.
6 || Reduce Puffy Eyes With Anything Cold
Works all the time! Cold temperatures constrict blood vessels, preventing the flow of fluid into the tissues. This should help quickly diminish puffiness in the process. Some people like to put a spoon in the freezer and use this to target the under eye area. This works, too. The idea is that anything really cold will be beneficial.
7 || Keep Your Head Elevated While You Sleep
The flat nature of the body laying for 7-8 hours automatically causes improper drainage of the fluid around the eyes. Once you wake up and are in an upright vertical position, your puffy eyes should improve. Sleep on two pillows at night to encourage proper drainage to reduce unnecessary fluid retention in the morning.
8 || Shower In The Morning, Ditch The Hot Tub At Night
As relaxing and tempting a hot tub after a long day may seem, always remember there’s an opportunity lost while doing so.. Choosing to shower over soaking in a hot tub is a process that causes heat from the water to dilate lymphatic vessels to help assist with drainage of fluids, wastes, and toxins that build up in the vessels. Showering upright while the water is directly hitting you with force helps to stimulate excess fluids to move out of the eye area. When you get out of the shower, splash your skin with very cold water to then shrink capillaries to reduce puffiness. So, technically you’re opening up the vessel walls with hot water, and then closing them with cold water. If you opt to bathe at night, then you miss out on this whole process that can reduce puffy eyes. Get it?
9 || Yes, You Are Allowed To Exfoliate Your Under-Eyes!
Gently though! Not only do you want to prevent puffiness, but you also want to keep the skin cells healthy. This means exfoliating around the eyes to prevent dry cell build up that leads to crepey-looking eyes. Many people aren’t aware that exfoliation can make a big difference in the eye are looking smoother.
10 || Avoid Salty Foods At Night
This is a big one if you want to wake up without puffy eyes. The sodium in foods encourages water retention under the eyes resulting in excessive swelling of the eye tissue. If you are trying to avoid puffiness under the eyes, it’s best to avoid salty foods at night and drink a lot of water to flush your system.