Why the puffiness?
We often associate puffy eyes with crying or lack of sleep, but there are other common reasons for the bags that seem to accumulate during stressful times or when we age.
Puffiness or “bags under our eyes” are generally caused by a combination of physiological events happening upon us at once – combined with some genetic and hereditary poor luck.
Chronic puffy eyes are seen as the accumulation of fluid build-up below the eye sockets. This can be the result of lack of sleep, stress, chemical or caffeine use, or lack of physical exercise.
Associated discoloration can leave symptoms of “dark circles” under the eyes that are often an associated symptom caused by damaged or leaking capillaries that seep blood into underlying and thin tissue beneath the eyes.
A secondary cause is gravity and free-radical aging and damage. Natural aging and gravity pull down on thin tissue layers beneath the eyes and cause sagging. Adrenal fluid can accumulate in sagging skin and produce a baggy or puffy appearance.
What solutions are available?
While the proverbial solution for puffy eyes is the cold steak from the refrigerator, there are additional options to consider. But, by the way, the cold steak can be helpful. The cold meat helps reduce swelling and helps coagulate any light bleeding the may be occurring. My preference is using frozen peas…easier to handle and not as messy.
For general long term treatment however, using a cream for reducing puffy eyes and dark circlesis recommended. They typically address multiple symptoms or causes simultaneously.
First, they help reduce swelling and fluid build-up. Two, they can help clear or fade discoloration resulting from light bleeding. Three, they often having firming agents that strengthen and firm sagging tissue beneath. Fourth, they use anti-oxidants to help protect and heal damaged cells, blood vessels and lymphatic fluid systems. Fifth, keeping the skin moisturized. Lack of moisture causes the skin to dry-out becoming thinner, wrinkled and less able to regenerate.
All in the effort to not only address the immediate reduction of symptoms, but to help prevent chronic problems with thin or thinning tissue and re-occurrence.