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To most people, it’s the eyes are actually the most mesmerizing feature in the human face.
This is what you’ll read in research polls and surveys.
These statistics reveal that most men and women find the eyes as the most attractive facial feature they look for in the opposite sex, so don’t let your most magnetic feature be ruined by eye bags.
And bags under the eyes are right to be called so, as these “luggage” can really weigh down your appearance. Eye bags give you a perennial stressed and sick look even if you slept well and feel vibrant and energetic.
A good skin care routine and expensive eye creams won’t prevent eye bags from making themselves felt if you don’t do facial toning exercises. Applying heavy concealer will neither help so much in hiding bulging under eye bags.
But this does not make eye bags reduction impossible to those who balk at having artificial procedures to treat them.
You just have to find out what caused them in the first place, then apply the necessary measures to either completely eliminate or improve these underlying conditions.
Possible Causes Of Eye Bags
The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your facial skin. It is for this reason that the first signs of aging appear in the eye area, and where fluid retention or extra fat appears more prominent.
Genetics may also play a big role in your tendency to accumulate fluids in your eye area.
But this hereditary predisposition to hold water in the blood vessels in your eye or periorbital area doesn’t mean your only recourse is surgical eye bag removal or blepharoplasty or less invasive procedures such as Botox injections, which will have a heightened ouch factor due to the very delicate and sensitive periorbital skin.
You can have a natural eye bag removal by changing your diet, lifestyle and by religiously doing facial exercises ten to fifteen minutes a day.
Eye bags can be caused by:
– 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
– Overworked eye muscles in the case of people with vision problems
Most of these underlying causes can be tremendously improved by proper nutrition. Some, however, would require medical attention.
Consult a competent alternative health practitioner or physician practicing complementary or integrative medicine to help you with your health conditions.
How To Get Rid Of Eye Bags
1. Eat whole foods as much as possible. Leave processed foods untouched in their shelves when doing your grocery. Consume watery fruits and veggies such as watermelon, cucumbers, apples, cranberry, asparagus and grapes.
Coconut water and green tea are good natural diuretics.
Potassium-rich foods such as bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, tomatoes, papaya and yogurt help keep your body (and face) from retaining water.
Getting lots of vitamins A, C and E from natural food sources such as carrots and dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, bell peppers, nuts, seeds and cold-pressed oils would also be highly beneficial.
Vitamin C and B6 supplements also assist in the body’s expulsion of extra fluids.
2. Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking enough water each day.
Raw fruits and vegetables also contain high amounts of quality, mineral-rich water that your body will need to purge itself of toxins and impurities that can lead to the formation of eye bags.
3. Avoid foods and beverages that encourage fluid retention such as alcohol, coffee, white sugar, cheese, fried foods, carbonated drinks, white flour, gravy, salt, soy sauce and foods that contain monosodium glutamate.
Steer away from food toxins such as artificial preservatives, chemical additives and pesticides present in inorganic produce.
Don’t go crazy over carbohydrate laden foods as these can also lead to facial edema.
4. Obtain extra iron by eating spinach, broccoli, dried fruits such as raisins, and sea vegetables such as kelp, dulse and laver. You can also take an iron supplement as an insurance policy.
5. Keep your sodium intake under tight control. The common rule is not to exceed 2,000 milligrams of sodium each day.
But since you are conscious of your rather pronounced eye bags then you might as well not go over 1,000 milligrams of sodium a day, which would entail mandatory label reading and sodium intake monitoring.
6. To reduce the appearance of bags under eyes, place both of your index fingers on the sides of your outer nostrils and apply gentle pressure on the two areas for ten seconds.
You can either steadily press these points or move your fingers in tiny circular motions. Repeat five times. Pressing on these acupressure points will initiate release of toxins that can manifest as under eye bags.
7. Fix your body clock and follow a facial exercise regime. Going to bed on time, sleeping for seven to eight hours, keeping stress in check and doing facial exercises that minimize under eye bags will not only tighten the eye ring muscles.
These will also improve circulation in the eye area, which can help lighten the appearance of dark circles. Face exercises for the muscle ring around the eyes ring also smoothen crow’s feet and other wrinkles in the periorbital area.
Upper eyelid bags or hooded lids will also get their treatment through the practice of face exercises.
8. The cold cucumber remedy has the reputation of being merely anecdotal but those who put cold cucumber slices regularly swear by its efficacy. Slice a cucumber and freeze 2 slices for half an hour.
Meanwhile munch on the remaining slices with a freshly made low sodium dip or a simple raw apple cider vinegar and black pepper dip. Apple cider vinegar is another all-natural remedy for water retention due to its high potassium content.
After thirty minutes have elapsed get the 2 cucumber slices from the freezer. Lie down and place both on closed eyes for fifteen minutes.
Don’t let eye bags steal the spotlight from your eyes. Let your peepers shine by effectively treating bags under eyes as outlined in this article.