Using Eye Creams to Reduce Under Eye Bags, Dark Circles & Wrinkles

There are hundreds, if not thousands of different creams promising all kinds of miracle results in the effective removal of wrinkles and eye bags. The first thing any person suffering from bags under their eyes has to understand is that there are no miracle cures, no matter what the package promises.

Even the best of creams can only do so much in reducing the puffiness of eye bags. As a rule, prolonged and regular application, as well as probably a few life style changes, will be necessary to achieve visible results.

Trying to figure out which eye cream to choose to combat tired, puffy looking eyes and eye bags can be confusing to say the least. Knowing what to look for in a cream to ensure the best possible results certainly helps and we have listed a few of the things to look out for here.

Important Factors When Choosing Eye Creams

  • Ingredients Whatever the ingredients, it is vital that a cream consist of only the purest, most natural and high quality ingredients possible. Oil based products can irritate skin around the eyes more than assist it, and should be avoided.
  • Hypo Allergenic If the package does not clearly state that the product is hypo allergenic, it should be left on the shelf. Some creams may actually be too rich, especially for the zone aroound the eyes, and aggravate problems, rather than solving them.
  • Ph Balances Any creams to be considered should also be Ph balanced. Too much one way or the other can again irritate the sensitive eye zone and cause more problems than it solves.
  • Collagen and Elastin A good, effective cream should have ingredients designed to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin within the skin’s cells.

Specific Ingredients

  • Vitamin E Eye creams that contain vitamin E are particularly effective in blocking and repairing damage by free radicals. This is extremely helpful in reducing both discoloration and swelling.
  • Aloe Vera Many creams contain aloe vera. The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera provide a soothing, cooling effect positively assisting in the reduction of puffy areas. Applying a pure aloe vera gel is even more effective.
  • Retinol Retinol is an agent found in a large variety of creams. It stimulates the production of fibroblasts, which are in turnĀ  responsible for the production of collagen. Retinol also assists in the reduction of excess fluids, one of the main causes of swollen eyes.
  • Peptides The loss of collagen, a normal sign of the aging process, can be combatted with creams containing peptides, which stimulate the collagen-producing cells and assist tightening of the skin, thereby reducing eye bags.
  • Ginseng Creams containing extracts of Ginseng or gynostemma are known to improve the condition of pores, as well as stimulating skin circulation, enhancing the flow of blood and ensuring that sufficient oxygen is delivered into skin tissue.
  • Vitamin C Skin needs elastin to remain tight and healthy. The production of elastin within skin cells is assisted by creams fortified with vitamin C.
  • Copper This element also aids in the production of elastin, as does zinc. Creams fortified with these elements are therefore particularly benefiial to reducing eye bags, as they promote elasticity allowing the skin to spring back after being stretched by temporary swelling.
  • Vitamin K This is another vitamin beneficial in reducing puffiness and discoloration. Vitamin B complex and the element selenium are equally beneficial in these aspects.
  • Sunscreens One of the best ways to avoid premature aging and resulting eye bags is to keep the skin around the eyes well protected from UV rays. Using a high factor sunscreen that is fortified with both vitamin C and anti-oxidants will assist in this effort.

Life Style

As stated earlier, there are many very good creams currently available on the market. None of them will, however, bring lasting results unless a certain healthy life style is adopted.

  • Healthy Diet Part of a healthier life style is a healthy diet. This should consist of foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as being low in fat and salt content. Salt in particular needs to be reduced, as it encourages fluid retention, a sure way to grow eye bags.
  • Caffeine Caffeine not only dehydrates theee body, causing fluid to be retained, it is also a stimulant that will alter normal sleeping habits and patterns. As such, it is one of the main culprits in the developing of eye bags and intake should be greatly reduced during the daytime, and totally avoided in the evenings, especially shortly before going to bed.
  • Smoking Nicotin has some serious effects on the skin as well as the rest of the body, and giving up will ensure both better health all around and clearer, healthier skin.
  • Alcohol Alcohol is fine in small doses, but should always be followed by drinking generous amounts of water, as it dehydrates the body and encourages fluid retention. It also has a tendency to disturb normal sleeping patterns, increasing one’s chances of developing eye bags.
  • Sleep Restful sleep is one of the main factors when trying to avoid or reduce eye bags. There is nothing like a good, comfortable night’s sleep to allow the body to regenerate and rejuvenate. If this means purchasing a new bed to ensure comfort, it will be well worth the expense in the long run.
  • Exercise Exercising, not only the whole body, but in particular the facial area, will also assist in promoting youthful looks and reducing puffiness by toning muscles, positively promoting skin elasticity and stimulating circulation.

Eye bags can definitely be reduced, if not removed, with the help of carefully chosen creams, but implementing some major changes in life style by adopting some healthier ways will certainly assist them in becoming successful treatments.

Continuing to cheat oneself out of sleep, smoking and drinking heavily will hinder, if not totally counteract, the benefits which can be reaped from using good eye creams and make the whole effort a waste of both time and money.

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