What helps bags under the eyes disappear

Puffy eyes: what really works against bags under the eyes

Dark circles and bags under the eyes are often caused by stress and too little sleep. Especially as we get older, the skin doesn't cope so well with an unhealthy lifestyle. GALA explains how you can avoid bags under the eyes and what really works against them

A restless night, thoughts are circling and the next day puffy eyes look at you from the mirror. In addition to lack of sleep, stress, alcohol and cigarette consumption are the most common triggers for bags under the eyes. The body does not forgive an unhealthy lifestyle in the long term. In some cases, bags under the eyes can also appear due to age or can be inherited. In any case, they make the face look tired and disturb the subjective sense of beauty of many people. We explain what you can do about the annoying bags under the eyes.

Puffy bags under the eyes: how do they arise?

Even if many people think it, bags under the eyes have absolutely nothing to do with tears. No liquid but fat collects under the eye. This always occurs when the lymph flow comes out of its normal rhythm. The result: The area around your eyes swells. This effect becomes more noticeable with age, as the muscles and connective tissue wear out over time. However, bags under the eyes and dark circles can be reduced with a few tricks.

What can be done against bags under the eyes?

If you moisten your eyes with a few eye drops from the drugstore or pharmacy before going to bed, you can prevent bags under the eyes in the morning. Moisturizing creams with hyaluronic acid are ideal for caring for the delicate skin around the eyes. You can prevent swelling of the lower eyelid. Cool compresses or cooling gels offer quick, immediate help against bags under the eyes that have already formed.

Myth: hemorrhoid ointment for bags under the eyes

Allegedly, many stars swear by hemorrhoid ointment to get rid of annoying bags under the eyes. However, doctors advise against using these ointments on the face. Although the hemorrhoid ointment has a decongestant effect, it often contains additives such as cortisone or local anesthetics. The delicate skin under the eyes in particular is extremely sensitive to these products and can be damaged.

Five home remedies for bags under the eyes

If your puffy eyelids only appear for a short time, there are a number of home remedies that can relieve the puffiness of the bags under the eyes.

  1. Cold tea bags with black or green tea and coffee pods help. Just place these on your puffy eyes and let it sit for a few minutes.
  2. A quark mask can actually help against thick bags under the eyes. To do this, leave two teaspoons of quark on the whole face or just under the eye for about 20 minutes and then wipe the mask off with a lukewarm, damp cloth.
  3. Mix aloe vera juice (2: 1), nut oil and wheat germ oil (both 1: 2) in a bowl. Dip two cotton balls in it and place them on your closed eyes for about 15 minutes.
  4. Facial massages help reduce bags under the eyes. Using gentle pressure, stroke the skin under the eyebrow and then tap lightly on the area around the cheekbone. Repeat this a few times in the morning and evening.
  5. To avoid bags under the eyes, the best home remedies are always enough fluids (drink at least two liters a day) and enough sleep.

The right make-up for bags under the eyes

Even if the home remedies help, your bags under the eyes won't go away right away. You can't completely remove your make-up either, but with a few tricks you can at least hide dark circles and puffiness.

To do this, choose a concealer that perfectly matches your skin tone. If it is too light, the eye area around the bags under the eyes is even more emphasized - and that's exactly what you don't want. Also, avoid dark eyeshadow or black kohl on the eye. This makes your eye appear smaller and the swelling more present.

Better: Prime your eyelid with a natural light eyeshadow and apply a little darker eyeshadow in your crease. This gives the eyes more dimension and looks bigger. A light eyeliner on the waterline can also visually enlarge the eye and distract from the bags under the eyes.

Last help: surgery under the eyes

Anyone who suffers badly from their bags under the eyes and would like to get rid of them in the long term can consider an operation. The so-called lower eyelid correction can be carried out under local anesthesia in about an hour. During the procedure, the doctor removes the fat that has accumulated in the eye bags and tightens the skin. A specialist should clarify whether surgical removal of the bags under the eyes is necessary. The cost of such an operation varies between around 2,000 and 4,000 euros. If the bags under the eyes are less pronounced, laser treatment may also be an option.

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