Bags under your eyes — whether from aging or a poor night’s sleep — can be hard to cover with makeup and even harder to get rid of. A cosmetic surgeon can perform a blepharoplasty procedure to lift eyelids and remove fat from under the eye, but this procedure involves cost and recovery time and isn’t always necessary. Instead, you can practice facial exercises to improve the appearance of sagging eyelids and eye bags.
Here are some facts about eye bags!
- The space below the eyes can accumulate fluid. That’s why that area can appear puffy and swollen!
Fluid retention is thus a cause for eye bags. For e.g. changes in weather like hot climates, hormone levels, consuming salty foods etc.
- Fat that is usually confined around the eyes can move into the area below your eyes. This is why there is a protruding pouch below it, otherwise known as EYE BAGS!
- Did you know that eye bags are also related to aging? When the tissue structures and muscles start weakening.
- Make sure to get enough sleep too, because not enough of it may contribute to eye bags!
- Some allergies or skin conditions like dermatitis can make eye bags worse, especially if redness and itching comes with the puffiness.
- Had eye bags your whole life? It could be running in the family! Hereditary also plays a part in your appearance, and eye bags are no different.
- Apart from all the above and not so surprisingly, gravity also plays a part in causing eye bags! The longer you are exposed to the gravitational pull (i.e. as you age) that pulls down all of Earth’s matter including your skin, the more your facial features will sink.
Causes of Eye Bags:
- Loss of skin elasticity due to aging.
- Droopy cheek muscles.
- Sinus infection or allergic rhinitis.
- Thyroid or kidney problem.
- Fatigue and lack of sleep.
- Hormonal imbalances.
- Food and dust allergies.
- Iron deficiency.
- Caffeine addiction.
Best Exercises for Eye Bags Reduction:
1. Lower Lid Elevator:
How To Do:
- Place your index fingers under your lower lids.
- By using only the muscle power of your lower lids, lift the weight of your fingers without wrinkling your brow area.
- Hold the pose for at least one second, and repeat 20 times.
- Perform the routine twice a day.
2. The V Exercise:
How To Do:
- Press both middle fingers together at the inner corner of the eyebrows, then with the index fingers, apply pressure to the outer corners of the eyebrows.
- Look to the ceiling, and raise the lower eyelids upwards to make a strong squint, and then relax.
- Repeat six more times and finish by squeezing eyes shut tightly for 10 seconds.