Slight swelling and puffiness under the eyes is usually called bags under the eyes. They are common as people age because muscle and skin weakens and gravity takes hold. The normal fat that is around the eyes will also drop into the loose skin and bags are formed. Fluid may also add to the problem. The good news is that you can reduce the appearance of bags or even get rid of them completely.
Bags under the eyes are unsightly for any aged person, but they are usually more of a cosmetic concern than the sign of any serious illness. A main cause is water retention because of excess salt around your eyes. This may be because you ate a salty dinner or cried a lot before going to bed. It may seem strange, but the way to eliminate the water retention around your eyes is to drink plenty of water. This flushes the salt from your system. It is also recommended that you avoid salty food for a day or two. If you have allergies, you may be more prone to bags under the eyes.
Bags under the eyes may be caused by your sleeping position. If you sleep on your side or stomach, you have a better chance of having bags when you wake up. These positions allow fluid to build up under your eyes. It may help if you gradually get used to sleeping on your back. You can also adjust your head with pillows.
The skin under and around your eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of your body. It needs to be treated gently. If you push and pull it a lot, it could stretch and create bags. It is also not recommended to wear makeup while sleeping. Wash your face before you sleep, so the chemicals in your makeup do not irritate your under-eye skin. Wash it and dry it gently before applying a moisturizer. The moisturizer helps the skin retain elasticity. It is also important to use sunscreen every day, even in the winter. The sun will quickly damage the skin around your eyes.
There are also some dietary habits that can cause bags under the eyes. Salty food is one. This includes the salt you add to everyday cooking. Drinking alcohol will also cause water retention in the skin under your eyes. These foods can have a long term effect and result in permanent eye bags if you eat them every day for years.
If the bags are caused by aging, cosmetic solutions are your best option. They may not respond to lifestyle changes. With locations in Acton and Fitchburg, the professionals at Medical Aesthetics of New England can explain all of your cosmetic options for reducing or removing the bags under your eyes. We offer non-surgical treatment options like laser skin tightening that can help to reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more about how we can treat your under-eye bags.