Are you tired of constantly looking tired? Eye bags can be a frustrating and stubborn cosmetic concern, and many people struggle to find a solution that works for them. While various temporary treatments are available, such as creams and concealers, these solutions only provide short-term relief.

Woman putting moisturiser on eye bags

If you’re looking for a more long-term solution to reducing your eye bags, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we will explore different ways to reduce the appearance of eye bags, including lifestyle changes and medical procedures at Aesthetic Skin Clinic. With these tips and tricks, you can say goodbye to tired-looking eyes and hello to a more youthful, refreshed appearance.

Causes of Eye Bags

Several factors can cause eye bags; let’s take a look:

  • Ageing. As we age, the skin around our eyes becomes thinner and less elastic, which can lead to the appearance of eye bags.
  • Genetics. Some people are genetically predisposed to having eye bags, and they may run in families.
  • Fluid retention. Fluid can accumulate in the tissues under the eyes, causing them to appear swollen and puffy.
  • Allergies. Allergic reactions can cause inflammation and swelling in the eyes, leading to the appearance of eye bags.
  • Lack of sleep. A lack of sleep can cause the skin under the eyes to become dull and pale, making eye bags more noticeable.
  • Diet. A diet high in salt can cause water retention and lead to the appearance of eye bags.
  • Smoking. Smoking will cause damage to the skin and lead to the appearance of premature ageing and eye bags.
  • Sun damage. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can cause damage to the skin around the eyes, leading to the appearance of eye bags.

Woman looking at her eye bags in the mirror

Overall, the causes of eye bags are diverse and can be influenced by a combination of factors. While some causes, such as genetics and ageing, cannot be controlled, lifestyle changes such as getting enough sleep, reducing salt intake, and repairing sun damage can help prevent or reduce the appearance of eye bags.

Prevention and Lifestyle Choices

As various factors can cause eye bags, they are sometimes preventable, especially for those in their early 20s or younger. While some causes, such as genetics, cannot be prevented or reversed, there are lifestyle changes you can adopt to reduce the appearance of eye bags in the future.

For example, always make sure you’re getting enough sleep. You’ll have heard the phrase beauty sleep countless times, and we can’t stress enough how important and true this is. Lack of sleep will cause fluid to accumulate under your eyes, leading to puffiness and bags. So, you should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

As mentioned, another factor that contributes to eye bags is allergies. Allergies can cause inflammation and swelling around the eyes, so if you’re experiencing this, talk to your doctor about allergy medications or other treatments that may help manage your symptoms.

Finally, several adjustments to your diet will help reduce the appearance of eye bags. For example, consuming high amounts of salt will cause your body to retain water, leading to swelling around the eyes. So avoid salty foods where possible, which the rest of your body will thank you for too! Additionally, make sure to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water will help prevent water retention and reduce the appearance of eye bags in the long term.

Woman drinking water smiling

Non-Surgical Treatments for Reducing the Appearance of Eye Bags

As discussed, eye bags can make us look tired and older, affecting our confidence levels, and non-surgical treatments to help with this have become increasingly popular in recent years. In addition, these treatments can offer a less invasive and more affordable alternative to surgery, providing effective results without the need for downtime; let’s take a look.

Professional Skincare Products

Skincare products containing caffeine, green tea extract, and vitamin K have been shown to improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation, which helps reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. Additionally, products with hyaluronic acid or other moisturising ingredients can help hydrate delicate skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

However, it is important to note that not all skincare products work for everyone, so you must consult a professional dermatologist such as those at ASC. We will help determine the best approach for reducing eye bags by analysing your skin and providing professional advice on the most appropriate products for your current skin and skin goals.

Facial Treatments

Here at ASC, we offer several facial treatments, each with its own list of incredible benefits; however, some are particularly great for reducing the appearance of eye bags. For example, our skin tightening in Belfast, Guernsey, and Jersey is designed to address the underlying cause of their formation, often due to a loss of skin elasticity and firmness in the area around the eyes. Skin tightening treatments work by stimulating collagen production and tightening the skin, which can help reduce sagging and improve the skin’s overall firmness.

Woman's eye bags before and after surgery

Surgical Eye Bag Removal

If you’re serious about reducing the appearance of your eye bags in the long-term, then surgery is always an option. However, you have to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for eye bag surgery before choosing this path, and the expert team here at Aesthetic Skin Clinic can help with this.

Our Blepharoplasty surgery in Jersey and Guernsey is an effective surgical eye bag treatment solution. The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic as a day case and often has a speedy downtime. Most swelling will subside after the first 48-72 hours, and bruising tends to last approximately 14-21 days. After this, the appearance of eye bags will have dramatically reduced, leaving you with a youthful, brighter appearance.

If this, or our other treatments discussed today, sound like something you would benefit from, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with our incredible team to book a discreet consultation and get started on your journey.