6 Ways to reverse under eye puffiness and eye bags naturally
It's often said that your eyes are the first thing that people notice about you...and, unfortunately, they're also the part of your body that can truly age you beyond your years. If you have dark circles or droopy "bags" under your eyes, you may look sick, tired, and much older than your chronological age.
The good news is that, often, your eye woes are not caused by sickness, exhaustion, or even old age, but rather by health issues that are completely treatable!
To help you navigate the possible causes and decide what safe, noninvasive treatments to try, I'm going to explain the most common factors that can alter the appearance of the tissues around your eyes.
Cause #1: Nasal Issues
The skin under your eyes is about one-fourth the thickness of the skin elsewhere on your body, so it's quite delicate and translucent, easily revealing the bluish cast of underlying veins.
One of the most common causes of dark circles and puffiness is enlargement of those veins, and one of the most common causes of the enlargement is nasal congestion from a cold, a crying bout, sinus problems, house mold, or allergies.
The veins in your eye area drain through the veins in your nose, and stuffiness in your nasal passages impedes venous drainage, resulting in a backup.
If you have issues with nasal drainage, there are some things you can do at home to clear your sinuses.
First, try using a neti pot.
Flushing your nasal passages with a neti pot can reduce inflammation and congestion in your passages. It can also remove millions of viruses and bacteria, making it easier for your immune system to fight whatever bug is causing the congestion.
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Flush your nasal passages every six to eight hours.
Second, try taking an herbal sinus remedy such as Now Bromelain and Mega-Zyme, which promotes your body's normal inflammatory response and supports normal mucus production.
Finally, reduce allergy-causing microbes in your house by using an air purifier, such as the Sun Pure Air Purifier on Amazon. If none of these treatments work, see your physician.
Cause #2: Fragile Capillaries
Capillaries (micro-thin blood vessels) deliver blood as close as possible to your tissues, then allow the nutrient-rich fluid (plasma) of blood to seep into the tissues through fenestrations—windows in the capillary walls.
This is called capillary permeability. If your capillaries are too permeable (meaning the windows open too wide), red blood cells (RBCs) slip through along with the plasma.
To clean up the spill, enzymes break down the RBCs, staining the tissues with hemoglobin, which turns dark when it's metabolized. It's like getting a bruise without the trauma.
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If this happens under your eyes, you'll have dark circles, possibly accompanied by some under-eye puffiness because cleaning up spilled debris is an inflammatory process. The same thing happens if your capillaries are overly fragile.
A common cause of excessively permeable and/or fragile capillaries is declining nutritional status, which often happens with age.
You can completely reverse this phenomenon if you make sure the following basic nutrients, which have been proven to restore capillary integrity, are included in your nutrient program:
► Zinc. Blood zinc levels in elderly patients with senile purpura (purple spots on the skin from capillary leakage) are significantly lower than in age-matched people without purpura. Make sure you get 15-20 mg of zinc per day.
► Mineral-buffered vitamin C is proven to prevent free-radical damage to capillary walls and encourage already-damaged vessels to heal (November 2004, European Journal of Internal Medicine). I recommend 1-3 grams daily in divided doses, taken with the following two bioflavonoids:
♦ Hesperidin, which is prominent in citrus fruits. Fragile capillaries improve with vitamin C or hesperidin, but when the two are combined, capillary strength is almost 100 percent restored (1955, American Practitioner and Digest of Treatment).
♦ Rutin, a bioflavonoid from buckwheat and other sources. Rutin strengthens and maintains capillary integrity and regulates capillary permeability. I recommend 400 mg twice daily.
Cause #3: Thinning Skin
Nutritional shortfalls can also accelerate the age-related decline in the sponge-like framework that supports the skin, including the collagen that plumps up that framework.
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As a result, skin becomes thinner and less elastic. If you've ever noticed how a pale pink balloon becomes a darker shade of pink when it's deflated, it's this same collapse that can contribute to under-eye circles by concentrating the skin's natural pigment.
Many nutrients have been shown to preserve and repair collagen, restore the underlying matrix, and bring significant improvement to aging skin.
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of postmenopausal women who for six months took a supplement designed specifically for aging skin, ultrasound measurements confirmed that skin thickness significantly increased, and independent observers agreed that dark circles and under-eye bags significantly faded ( European Journal of Clinical Nutrition).
The formula used in this study, called Imedeen Prime Renewal, includes soy extract; fish protein polysaccharide; extracts of white tea, grapeseed, and tomato; vitamins C and E; zinc; and chamomile, which contains alpha-bisabolol, an antioxidant with the ability to lighten excessively pigmented skin ( Journal of Drugs in Dermatology).
You can learn more about Imedeen Prime Renewal and find retailers in your area by visiting www. imedeen.us. You should know that you don't have to take all of the nutrients in this formula to benefit.
Go to your local health food store and buy one or two of them to see what results you get. If needed, add other nutrients to your regimen until you see the improvement you desire.
You can also find many of these nutrients in Twinlab Women’s Ultra Daily 120 caps or Twinlab Men’s Ultra Daily Advanced Multi-Vitamin and Mineral, 120 count.
Cause #4: Hormone Imbalance
Estrogen dominance can exacerbate bruising. This can contribute to hemoglobin-related under-eye circles. Adrenal depletion also can contribute to the problem, thanks to a conspiracy of effects including exhaustion, poor sleep, decreased physical activity, and emotional and physical stress.Salivary hormone tests can tell you if this is part of your problem. I recommend the Estrogen Dominance Panel or Postmenopausal Panel for a little older woman.
Ask your health care provider to contact the lab to set up an account and order test kits, or call them yourself and ask for the name of a nearby physician who already has an account.
The results will help determine whether you need additional support to restore hormonal balance.I think you'll notice significant improvement once you start implementing these solutions! ■
Cause #5: Sun Damage
A research study at Yale School of Medicine showed that menopausal women experienced increased bruising on sun-exposed skin, suggesting that sun damage accelerated age and hormone-related changes in the skin at the cellular level.
How do you balance your need for vitamin D—the "sunshine vitamin"—without harming your face and delicate eye area?
Use sunscreen on your thinnest, most commonly exposed and sun-damaged skin—your face, hands, décolletage, and forearms—and let the sun rain down for about 15 minutes a day on the thicker skin of your thighs, where subcutaneous fat provides the components necessary for vitamin D synthesis.
But remember, if you're planning on being in the sun for longer than 15 minutes, apply sunscreen all over. And be sure to avoid the sun's strongest rays between 10 AM to 2 PM.
Cause #6: Diet Detractors
If you switch to a vegetarian-emphasis diet, you'll help keep your estrogen levels in better balance. Avoid red meat in favor of free-range turkey and wild, cold-water fish (salmon, tuna, or mackerel) once or twice per week.
Eat plenty of dark-green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, and whole grains to boost your phytoestrogens, which are excellent for occupying estrogen-binding sites so that excess estrogen can be eliminated more easily.
Now that you know some of the underlying causes of under-eye circles and bags, I hope you'll try these noninvasive treatments before resorting to drastic cosmetic procedures or surgeries.
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