Bulging eye bag or puffy eyes make us look old and tired. We hate them with a passion and can’t wait to be rid of our excess baggage.
As a result, many of us turn to unorthodox and sometimes unheard of methods in an attempt to eliminate these eye bag problems.
Unorthodox Reduction Method of Eyebags
A few years back, it was circulated online that people use a medicine, Preparation H, to reduce their puffy eyes. It restricts the blood vessels, which could get rid of the redness for a while. This medicine contains 1% hydrocortisone, an anti-inflammatory that might temporarily reduce puffiness in theory. But do you know that Preparation H is actually a treatment for hemorrhoids? There is no medical proof that it works, plus if you accidentally get some of it into your eyes, you might have more trouble on your hands than eyebags.
The Popular Cooling Eye Mask
Besides cucumber slices, tea bags, under eye patch and other funky gadgets for reduction of eye bags, the most popular one is the cooling eye mask. It is sold everywhere and it comes in cute designs as well. But do check out if the anti-freeze agent used is safe to use.
Back in 2008, 10 hot/cold packs marketed under three brands sold in Singapore were voluntarily recalled after laboratory tests revealed that they contained a toxic anti-freeze ingredient, ethylene glycol. It was estimated that about 2,000 pieces of the affected products were sold to consumers.
Cooling packs should contain a non-toxic substance, propylene glycol, as the anti-freeze ingredient instead of ethylene glycol, which is toxic. When or should the packs rupture, ethylene glycol is harmful or fatal if swallowed. It can also cause serious effects if inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may also cause allergic skin reactions.
More than Meets the Eyes
Eye bags are the appearance of the lower eyelid fat pads. As we age and lose facial volume, the bags are revealed or become more obvious. Too much sun can also make the skin around your eyes sag or wrinkle, making the appearance of eye bags even worse. So start wearing sunscreen on your face and eye area now to minimise photo-ageing.
Other sensible things to do like removing makeup before sleeping, drinking enough water and going easy on alcohol can help prevent the issue from getting worse but cannot eliminate it completely.
In the past, people can only turn to surgery to have their eye bags removed. But not everyone can afford or even want the downtime that comes with invasive treatments. Thanks to advances in medical technology, we have more options to turn to.
Dermal fillers Having the right amount of filler injected in the undereye area “blends” your eye bags with your upper cheeks by reducing the hollow under your bags and shadows cast on your cheeks by your eye bags.
Ultherapy Undereye dermal fillers are best complemented by lifting and rejuvenating treatments like Ultherapy, which uses focused ultrasound to lift and firm sagging skin. When skin is volumised coupled with the filler injection, the appearance of eye bag is reduced.
Other skin firming treatments can also be used to help rejuvenate the areas around the eyes to reduce the appearance of eye bags. It is best to speak with your doctor on what works best for you. So, instead of trying to get rid of excess baggage on your own, why not get someone else to help you with it?