Are you wondering why your restful sleep has not worked well to remedy your eye bags?
It’s because there is less significance between sleep deprivation and eye bag formation. Most of the time, you might have failed to identify the real cause of your eye bags that keep you struggling from regaining your youthful and radiant look. If it’s not lack of sleep, then what could it be?
What’s The Real Cause of Eye Bags?
The skin surrounding the eyes is the thinnest compared to the other parts of the body. Hence, it is easily affected by the flow of fluids in and out of the body tissues. When fluids accumulate underneath this skin surrounding your eyes, it will look puffy, which is commonly called eye bags. These can be caused by allergies, high salt intake, excessive alcohol intake, sleeping position, certain medications, and an underlying disease or due to aging.
Allergies, sinus infection, colds, hay fever and alike can cause nasal congestion. The veins (blood vessels) around the eyes that drain into the nose usually dilates (diameter widens), which increases blood flow and inflammation towards the nasal and eye areas resulting in a build up of fluids under the eyes. Puffy eyes caused by allergies are accompanied by itchiness and redness.
Foods and drinks that are high in salt content is another common cause of eye bags, particularly if you have taken them during dinner or right before bedtime. Eye bags are formed due to fluid shifting caused by the process called osmosis. In osmosis, fluids move from an area of low salt concentration to an area of high salt concentration. Since the skin in the periorbital region (surrounding the eyes) is thin, then the fluid accumulation is more obvious compared to the other body areas. The same principle is applied when you cry. Tears have high salt content, which makes it taste salty. So, more fluids or water are attracted towards your eyes when you’re crying.
Excessive alcohol intake
Alcohol intake can also give you eye bags. This is often associated with the dehydration that alcohol can bring about. When you are dehydrated, the skin around your eyes becomes weak making it sink and form a pouch under your eyes.
Formation of eye bags has been commonly associated with lack of sleep and sleeping position. However, as mentioned earlier, it is not sleeplessness that gives you eye bags or if it can, there is less evidence yet. Considering the law of gravity, it is your sleeping position that matters most. When you sleep on your side or your abdomen, the pull of gravity promotes accumulation of fluids under your eyes resulting in eye bags.
Medications or underlying disease
Yes, medications are meant to treat certain signs and symptoms or even disease. However, medications can have side effects either mild or severe. One of the side effects can be fluid retention, which is the primary factor that causes eye bags. The examples of medications that cause fluid retention are antihypertensives (high blood pressure treatment drugs), corticosteroids and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Moreover, fluid retention is also an indication of certain health problems, particularly kidney and liver disorder.
When you grow older, the skin surrounding your eyes will become loose and thin, which allows fluid accumulation resulting in eye bag formation.
6 Do-It-Yourself Solutions for Your Eye Bags
Once you’ve identified the real cause of your eye bags, use any of the following home remedies that best suits you. If an underlying disease causes your puffy eyes, treating the disease would be the best solution and that requires a medical intervention.
Solution #1: Treat allergies.
It is best to identify what causes your allergies first. Is it caused by certain foods, beauty products, soap, animal dander or anything else? There are over-the-counter anti-allergy medications or antihistamines. However, it would be safer to consult your doctor. There are certain diagnostic exams that can be done to identify as to which food or materials are you allergic with.
Solution #2: Use neti pot.
A neti pot is a tiny teapot-like device used to irrigate the nasal cavity and can help you get rid of eye bags, especially if they are caused by allergies or a swollen nasal cavity. This will help relieve nasal congestion and fluid accumulation, which is a contributing factor to the formation of eye bags. Watch the video below on how to use the neti pot.
Solution #3: Change sleeping position.
The best sleeping position to get rid of eye bags is supine. This means you are lying on your back and not on your abdomen. You may also elevate the head part of your bed or put additional pillows to elevate your head.
Solution #4: Apply a cold compress.
Another simple way to get rid of eye bags is the application of cold compresses over the periorbital area (site around the eyes). Fluids often leak from dilated blood vessels. On the other hand, the cold temperature can constrict (decrease diameter) the veins or blood vessels, which will reduce the blood flow and swelling at the site where it has been applied. A cold compress can also inhibit further leaks of fluid under the eyes and promote reabsorption of fluids into the lymphatic system.
Solution #5: Adequate sleep.
Despite some studies emphasizing that sleep has nothing to do with eye bags, still several medical practitioners recommend an eight-hour good night sleep. If you noticed, having adequate sleep can make your eyes look vibrant. Besides, there are several benefits of sleeping well aside from the possibility that it can help you get rid of eye bags. Sleep is a basic need to stay healthy. Our cells ability to rejuvenate and repair is most efficient when we are at rest or sleeping.
Solution #6: Reduce intake of salty foods and drinks.
One of the ways to know if a food has high salt content is its salty taste. You may also check the label for the Sodium (salt) content. Foods that are usually high in salt are anchovies, bacon, cheese, chips (junk foods), ham, noodle snacks pots, prawns, salt fish, sausages, pasta sauces, and pizza. There are too many to mention actually. You don’t have to ban them from your diet, but a limit would be helpful to solve your eye bag problem.
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