Since the area of skin around the eyes is very delicate, it’s no surprise that many people complain about under eye wrinkles and eye bags. These can be some of the first signs of aging that an individual sees, and eye bags can actually act as a warning sign that it’s time to start taking better care of your skin. The thing to remember about eye bags is that they are not, technically speaking, the same thing as eye wrinkles or dark circles under your eyes. Eye bags can typically be attributed to several possible causes. Sometimes, eye bags really are genetic. Especially if you find that you’ve developed them fairly early in life, it may be that your genes are to blame. Another primary contributing factor is lack of sleep or poor sleep. It has not been proven, but some people even advise against sleeping on your cheek or face down on your pillow, hypothesizing that this can damage the sensitive skin around the eyes. Eye bags are also said to become more noticeable if you frequently indulge in heavy drinking. Alcohol is not easily metabolized by the body, and one of the side-effects of this is that capillaries become flushed and damaged. This paired with the disrupted sleep usually associated with drinking can easily lead to pronounced eye bags. Finally, excessive consumption of salty foods is thought to have some link to this under eye condition, due largely to the fact that high salt levels interfere with normal skin hydration. Again, this is often most noticeable in the development of eye bags, which may also be linked to dehydrated under eyes.
There are numerous topical creams that claim to have some effect on eye bags. Since, as we said before, skin around the eyes is some of the most sensitive, creams that work on other areas of the face may cause irritation under the eyes. Many of these creams feature the ingredient Haloxyl, which the manufacturers claim has a soothing effect on capillaries. However, if eye bags are serious enough there are also several surgical procedures that could be more effective. Especially when the condition is genetic, these procedures could actually be the way to go. Typically, this procedure is called a blepharoplasty. The details of this procedure will depend on the individual patient, and it can involve anything from re-sculpting skin under the eyes to removing excess fat deposits that have built up under the eyes. Recovery time from these procedures is said to be minimal and it is presumably a simple operation. Again, eye bags are a different problem than a condition like under eye wrinkles, which can be effectively be treated using topical creams.