Who has not at some point or another heard these uncomplimentary words, “you look tired.” What that person is saying is “your eyes look tired.” Your eyes are one of the first signs of aging. Just look at pictures of yourself or of your family & friends from 10, 20 or 30 years ago and you can see how much the eyes age. You can see from the image above that our eyelids get heavier and so the size of our eyes get smaller. As we lose collagen and elasticity, the skin around our eyes thins out and results in heavy eyelids, hollowness, dark circles and bags and lines. Many people have asked me what I use to keep wrinkles at bay around my eyes. I honestly believe years of using Vaseline to take off my make-up has kept the surrounding eye area moisturized and hydrated. However, once I reached my mid-forties, I started seeing those fine lines and waking up to under eye bags. I noticed some days they looked worse than others and realized a few things affected it such as drinking too much coffee or alcohol, not drinking enough water or sleeping with my head flat and not slightly elevated.
There are a few eye products few that I high recommend and I have found give amazing results. It’s Derma-e Hydrating Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid (HA) (see the below link if you want to dive further into the scientific definition of HA) and Environ’s eye gel. I use an eye cream religiously morning and night and have found that more is not necessarily better. You need a pea-sized amount to gently dab from the outside of your under eye to just under the inside corner.
As for those stubborn under eye bags, I’ve yet to find any cream that can reverse the bag. Sure there are creams that can help reduce the swelling (I’ve tried everything from cold spoons, tea bags, refrigerated caffeine creams, eye gel patches, even Preparation-H (heck if it can shrink a hemorrhoid why not?) but they only seem better temporarily. From what I’ve learned, there are only 2 remedies to under eye bags: inserting filler below the eye bag to fill the hollowness or surgery to remove the bag….more to come about both of those topics.
Warrior tip: Have some left over eye cream on your finger, dab it around those pesky vertical lip lines.