Skin loses some of its elasticity with age, and muscles within the eyelids lose tone, and the cheeks lose collagen, a protein that makes skin firm, causing what is known as bags under the eyes. In addition, fat can gather in the eyelid, and fluids can accumulate and cause swelling. Sun damage can make the problem worse. Puffiness around the eyes can also be caused by allergies or excessive consumption of salt. Smoking can aggravate the problem. Genetics may play a factor in bag formation and dark circles.
The most common reason is your fluid intake. Morning puffiness comes from water retention. Fluid collects under the eyes, especially when a person is horizontal. If you drink excessive amounts of alcohol, this is a natural reaction to it from your body. Alcohol caused dehydration worsens the effect by making the eye-bag skin look like crepe paper. You may not get enough sleep which also can cause that tired looking, baggy eye. Crying is also a cause of them. In this case, the excessive salt from tears causes the skin around the eye to actually retain more water causing that puffy look.
DARK CIRCLES: Aggravated by anemia, ill health, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance, poor blood circulation, and a poor diet consisting of too much fried, frozen and canned foods.
PUFFY EYES: Aggravated by hypertension, poor elimination, poor digestion, lack of sleep, too much sodium in the diet, too much late night drinking of any fluid.
TIRED IRRITATED EYES: Eye strain, lack of sleep, infection, allergies, overwork, stress.
BAGS UNDER THE EYES
Avoid drinking fluids before bed.
Limit your salt intake and avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG). Reducing the amount of sodium will naturally pull the water out of the eye area.
Do not smoke, and avoid second hand smoke.
Get plenty of sleep.
Place a washcloth dipped in ice water or a gel-filled compress over your eyes for 15 minutes once or twice daily.
See Allergies and take the self-test to determine allergens that may be causing the problem.
The best overall eye tonic is Eyebright (an herb). Make a tea of it and either use the tea bags or soak cotton balls or soft gauze in the tea and apply to eyes as a compress while lying down.
Witch Hazel is a natural remedy. Dampen a washcloth with witch hazel and place it over your eyes while lying down. Rest for at least 15 minutes.
Raw potato slices will help tighten baggy, puffy eyes. All you need is a potato and a knife or slicer! Slice 1/4 potato to fit over your eyes. Cut 2 slices or, if you prefer, 5 to 10 very thin slices, several for each eye. Either method works. Spritz eye area with water. Lying down, place the potato slices on your eyelids and leave in place for at least 10 minutes for best results. If you have sensitive skin, the potato juice may be irritating for some people.
A tea bag is also a puffy eye or eye bag remedy. Apply a tea bag that has been used over the eye while resting. It contains a natural element called tannin. Tannin will work to relieve the swelling quickly. Relax for at least 5 minutes.
Also, you can take knox gelatin, mix with small amount of boiling water, wait til it cools and apply with cotton balls under the eyes, relax at least 10 mins and rinse. Do every day. The geletin has vitamin K and will help reduce dark circles.
Hyaluronic Acid helps with bags, applied at night and first thing in the morning after you splash cold water on your face.
Herbal Remedies: Synthovial Seven, Pure Hyaluronic Acid, Hyalogic, 1 oz.
Herbal Remedies: Celadin Cream Skin Renewal With Hyaluronic Acid, NOW Foods, 2 oz.
I have heard that applying Preparation H Ointment (for hemorrhoids) on your eye bags will help them to shrink down. I assume it's because of the astringent activity of the ointment.
Use potato juice and soak it in a Chamomile tea bag then put tea bags on eyes you get double the benefits. You should also make sure you are getting enough Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Iron.
Cut four to six slices of fresh cucumber and dice; place in small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and one teabag full (approx 1-2 tablespoons) of Chamomile tea (cut the bag open and dump contents into bowl, or use loose tea leaves). Mix all ingredients. Take either 2 small squares of cheese cloth, or take a clean knee high nylon, cut 2 two inch long pieces, and tie one end of each. Spoon half the ingredients of the mixture above into each square or nylon pouch, and tie closed. Pat into a small, round, flat shape. Place in freezer until semi frozen (or rigid). Remove from freezer and place on eyelids for 20 minutes (or more, it actually feels really good). No more bags or dark circles. You can make these ahead and store them in a ziplock bag in the freezer to use whenever needed.
PUFFY, SWOLLEN EYES
Puffiness is extra fluid under the eyes. Drink lots of water to flush toxins. Sleep on your back. Clients with the puffiest eyes often sleep on their stomachs. Ask your health care provider about antihistamines. Sinuses and allergies can cause puffiness under the eyes. Then of course there are all the tea, cucumber, potato compresses you can utilize.
For puffy and swollen eyes, make a wet compress of 4 tablespoons freshly grated raw potato. Place on the eyes for about 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
To reduce swelling and for bags under the eyes, brew a cup of strong rosehip tea. Soak 2 cotton balls in the tea or use 2 tea bags, lie down and place over the eyes.
Take tea bags and soak them in warm water and use them as eye pads.
Soak cotton pads in cold milk and place over closed eyes for five to ten minutes.
DARK CIRCLES UNDER EYES
Cut a fresh fig in half, place a half over each eye.
Apply crushed Mint leaves around eyes for five to ten minutes.
Gently massage Almond Oil around the eyes before bed times, or a nutritive herbal oil.
Soak cotton pads in cold milk and place over closed eyes for ten minutes.
To lighten dark circles under your eyes, wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
The pistachio is the perfect nut to remove dark circles under the eyes. The Indian women who are the sources of the lore of this lovely book grind a few pistachio nuts with a teaspoon of milk and gently apply this to the delicate area around the eyes. Then they wash it off after half an hour. Like so many natural remedies, this one does not work overnight. It takes time and patience. That is why consistency and routine is so important. It is important to impart not only the remedy but also the understanding of why and how it works, so you will not be tempted to abandon it in haste. Use a mortar and pestle to grind the pistachios to a paste.
Avoid rubbing your eyes. This aggravates the problem and can damage sensitive areas around the eyes.
Pat on concealer. A concealer is more opaque than a foundation and meant to be used sparingly. For best results select a concealer that is just one tone lighter than your foundation. Or, if you are wearing concealer alone, match the concealer to your shade of skin. Since baggy skin tends to be darker, you want to blend it correctly, says Olive. Using an eyeliner brush, apply concealer to the dark areas, then blend with your pinky finger, patting very lightly. Finish with foundation and with light powder, or powder alone, to set the concealer.
TIRED, IRRITATED EYES
To soothe tired, irritated eyes, cut the end of a cold cucumber into 1/4 inch thick slices. Apply a cool slice to each eye.
Raw potato slices laid on sore eyes reduces heat and redness.
For eye puffiness, any tea bag (herbal is better, especially Eyebright), slightly cooled, placed on the eyes while you rest.
For tired or bloodshot eyes, soak sterile cotton balls or soft cloth in cold skim milk. Place over eyes for 10 minutes. Rinse entire face in warm, then cool, water.
cold tea bags will remove the tiredness from eyes but Witch Hazel will reduce the puffiness.
MEDICAL APPROACHES TO EYE BAGS, DARK CIRCLES, AND PUFFINESS
Dermatologists talk about a paradigm shift in eye-bag treatment. (These happen with exciting frequency in the fertile beauty sciences.) Instead of aggressively removing fat, many health care providers now favor filling in the area between lower lid and cheek by injecting fat or collagen, reducing the pouchy look from below. This can take less than an hour, and the cost ranges from $368 (for collagen) to $1,226 (for fat), according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Surgeons' fees for a blepharoplasty are about $2,500, which doesn't include the price of the operating room and anesthesia.
Another trend is the growing use of lasers, which are said to be able to shrink the fat pads and stimulate the production of collagen. The same lasers used to remove tattoos are now being used to erase some dark circles.
Even the old blepharoplasty is getting a face-lift. Some surgeons are experimenting with moving the fat pad back where it belongs and tightening the muscle that holds it in place, a procedure not yet widely accepted because of the risk that it might impair the eye's ability to look down.
Years ago surgeons took as much fat as possible, making patients look good short term, but as they aged, they began to look hollowed out. Youthful is not necessarily tighter. Youthful is fuller, more voluptuous, more three-dimensional volume. Alas, youthful is also more and more elusive with age. Creams help at 35, and fat injections help at 45. But when eye bags begin really to droop, they may need surgery, lasers and fillers, not to mention periodic touch-ups. That is, until the next paradigm shift comes along.
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEALTHY EYES
The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for those over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years old, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Vitamin A 25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Promotes healthy skin and hair.
Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels,
As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders.
Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels,
Multi-Carotene Antioxidant, Nature's Way, 60 Softgels
As directed on label. Lutein can help protect the retina from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light and free radicals. Needed for all eye disorders.
Lutein Supplement, Nature's Way, 20 mg, 60 Softgels,
Lutein Esters, 20 mg, 60 Softgels
As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders.
Visi Clear With Lutein, Bilberry, Zeaxanthin & Lycopene,
Vitamin B Complex 50-100 mg daily. The B Vitamins help prevent loss of eyelashes.
Ultimate B (Vitamin B Complex), Nature's Secret, 60 Tabs,
Vitamin B-100 Complex, w/ Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin)
As directed on label. The B vitamins help prevent loss of eyelashes.
Vitamin B-100 Complex, w/ Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps,
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin), 100% Natural, 100 mg, 100 Caps
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin)
As directed on label. The B Vitamins help prevent loss of eyelashes. Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.
Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B-3), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 mg, 100 Caps
2 Tablespoons daily. An excellent source of protein and a good source of B-vitamins.
Brewer's Yeast, Debittered, NOW Foods, 1 lb.,
Brewer's Yeast, NOW Foods, 650 mg, 200 Tabs
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Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels
Nature's Way Beta Carotene is 100% all natural from Dunaliella Salina.
CamoClear Soothing Eye Wash, Herbal Eye Wash, CamoCare, 10 Single Use Droppers
CamoClear Soothing Herbal Eye wash gives you instant, natural and long lasting relief for dry, tired or irritated eyes, due to dust, pollen, pollution, smoke irritants, sun glare, wind, swimming, air conditioning/heating and computer work.
Clear Eye Herbal Tea, 20 Tea Bags
To nurture the eye and pacify the nervous system, protect retina, and improve eyesight.
Clear Eye & Sharp Ear, TCM Formula, Shanze Xiaozhi, 60 Caps
Clear Eye & Sharp Ear Chinese Formulas are made of extracts from astragalus root, pueraria root, seashore vitex, common peony root, cimicifuge, phellodendron, licorice, cnidium, Chinese angelica root (Dong Quai) and ginseng.
Digestive Enzymes, 750 mg, 100 Caps
Since cooking destroys many of the digestive enzymes in food, taking plant fiber-based digestive enzymes aids in digesting even the heaviest meal.
Dry Eye Relief Eye Drops, Homeopathic, 0.33 fl. oz.
Eye Doctor recommended Similasan Eye Drops for dry, red eyes stimulate the eye's natural ability to fight dryness and clear redness due to smog, stress, age, contact lens wear, etc.
Essential Fatty Acids, By Deborah Lee
"Woodland Health Series". Describes the benefits and functions of the three essential fatty acids, linoleic acid, linolenic acid and arachidonic acid.
EyeFactor HA÷ for Healthy Vision with HA, Hyalogic, 120 Count
Hyaluronic acid makes up 95% of the fluid inside the eye. Acts as a shock absorber for the eye and also serves to transport nutrients into the eye.
Eye Support Formula With Bilberry, Lutein & Antioxidants, NOW Foods, 60 Caps
NOW "Health Care Provider Recommended" Eye Support Formula eye supplement offers a full range of antioxidant nutrients which may aid in maintaining some visual functions with Lutein and Bilberry.
Fisol Fish Oil Supplement, EPA DHA, Enteric Coated, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 90 Softgels
Fisol, enteric coated, fish oil supplement delivers 30% EPA and 20% DHA. The unique coating withstands stomach acid so Fisol dissolves in the small intestine and maximizes the body's absorption of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids.
Magnesium Citrate Complex, Nature's Way, 250 mg, 100 Caps
Nature's Way Magnesium Citrate is an advanced chelate from which enhances absorption of magnesium by providing excellent solubility.
Nature's Way Ginkgold Eyes Plus Lutein, 20 mg, Vegetarian, Eye Supplement, 60 Caps
Nature's Way Ginkgold eye supplement supports visual function and is the only Ginkgo extract shown to stimulate activity in all areas of the brain
Neuromins DHA Supplement (Docosahexaenoic Acid), Nature's Way, 100 mg, 60 Softgels
Neuromins brand high quality DHA Supplement is sourced from microalgae and fortified with Vitamin C and E.
Once Daily Multi-Vitamin With Iron, All Natural, Lactose Free, Nature's Way, 100 Tabs
Nature's Way Daily Multi Vitamin with Iron provides many of the essential nutrients that modern diets may lack. They are useful for protection, growth and maintenance of body systems as they age.
Selenium, 100% Natural, 200 mcg, 100 Caps
Selenium is an essential component of glutathione, the body's most potent natural antioxidant system. It is a popular choice in many antioxidant regimens.
Synthovial Seven, Pure Hyaluronic Acid, Hyalogic, 1 oz.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has been proven by numerous medical studies to alleviate pain and suffering from arthritis of the knee and other joints.
Taurine, Free Form, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps
Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid which is not utilized in protein synthesis, but is mainly found free in most tissues, especially throughout the nervous system.
Visi Clear With Lutein, Bilberry, Zeaxanthin & Lycopene, 60 Caps
Visi Clear Eye Vitamin with Lutein and Bilberry is one of the few products that provide both lutein and whole kale and Zeaxanthin, another powerful carotenoid, to maximize antioxidant activity.
Vision Formula With Lutein & Bilberry, Eye Supplement, 60 Caps
Vision formula with Lutein & Bilberry Eye Supplement supports normal eye function by utilizing Lutein, a key carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables, which protects the retina by blocking harmful blue light.
Vitamin A, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels
Nature's Way Vitamin A is 100% natural from fish liver oil. It contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
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An assortment of various B-12 products.
Zinc Chelate, 100% Natural, Zinc Supplement, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps
Nature's Way chelated Zinc supplement is 100% natural chelated with an advanced amino acid complex for superior absorption.
Herbal Remedies: Eye Problem Information
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF...
If You are having problems with your vision and/or suspect an infection of your eye.
If You have allergies that may be causing visual problems.
You have been exposed to toxic substances that are affecting your eyesight.
You or a family member (such as a child) is having problems distinguishing colors or find colors confusing. This member may need to be tested for color blindness.
You or a family member are having problems with vision and/or you suspect an infection. Call your health care provider immediately if you experience severe eye pain or a sudden change in your vision, such as loss of vision or double vision.
You have any increase of symptoms. You may need frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription. If you have blurred or double vision that develops slowly; are having a problem seeing because of daytime glare or have difficulty driving at night because of glare from headlights, you need to see your health care provider.
You have any unexpected or unusual symptoms. There may be underlying health issues that need to be addressed.
Are having vision problems that are affecting your ability to perform daily activities.
Call your child's health care provider if your baby does not look directly at or respond readily to faces or large, colorful objects by age 2 to 3 months or if your child scowls, squints, or shields his or her eyes more than expected when in sunlight, or light seems to hurt your child's eyes.
You and your family members should have your eyesight checked regularly by your health care provider to rule out any problems and to receive a prescription for contacts or eyeglasses, if they are needed. Preserve you vision... it is very important.
TYPES OF EYE PROBLEMS & DISORDERS
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Bags Under The Eyes
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