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THE SKIN JOURNAL

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Focus & Fixes - Bags & Puffiness

22 January, 2018

Focus & Fixes - Bags & Puffiness

Continuing from dark circles, today we'll talk about eye bags and puffiness.


What causes puffiness?

The natural thinnest under the eyes exaggerates any fluid build-up beneath, causing eyes to look puffy. Propensity for this build-up is usually hereditary or age-related, as skin laxity causes fat pats normally inside our eye sockets to move forward.


Daily routine focus

Actives that help relief eye bags fall under two main groups

  1. Discourage fluid retention e.g. certain speciality peptides and plant/marine extracts
  2. Strengthen dermis strength by promoting collagen formation e.g. Vitamin C, AHAs

Other tips

Other things we can do to help reduce fluid retention around the eye area are

  • Consume foods rich in potassium - bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes and white beans
  • Limit sodium/salt intake
  • Drink plenty of plain water throughout the day
  • Apply cold compress (or anything cold)
  • Gentle lymphatic drainage massage

Admittedly, eye bags treatment are limited in variety and effect. However, because of the thinnest of the under-eye area, any slight improvement makes a big difference in appearance.