Do Eye Creams Really Work? | Benefits of Using an Eye Creams to Get Rid of Under Eyes Bags

The delicate skin around our eyes is often the first place to show signs of aging, stress, and fatigue. Dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles can make us look tired and older than we feel,  but there are many solutions to reverse these signs of aging. 

What Causes Under-Eye Bags? 

Under-eye bags and dark circles are caused by a deepening crease to the skin around the eyes, known as the tear trough, which is frequently exacerbated by a loss of support in the mid-face or malar area. To effectively treat the under eye area and reduce puffiness, a comprehensive approach addressing two key zones—the tear trough (zone 1) and the mid-face (malar area, zone 2)—is essential.

The primary factor contributing to under-eye bags is not the skin changes but the condition of the support system below the skin. The creases we observe are mainly due to the loss of support beneath the skin.

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How do eye creams work to reduce under eye bags, puffiness, and dark circles? 

  1. Hydration Enhancement: Eye creams are crafted to boost hydration in the under-eye area, enhancing hydration and fluid balances, which can in turn diminish the visibility of under-eye bags.
  2. Inflammation Reduction: Many eye creams include ingredients that aim to reduce inflammation, irritation, and swelling, directly targeting the inflammation that contributes to under-eye bags.
  3. Improved Circulation: Certain eye creams contain ingredients that adjust blood flow to the under-eye area, impacting fluid levels and potentially reducing bags.
  4. Collagen Improvement: Ingredients in eye creams, like retinol, may bolster skin turnover and texture, thereby making the under-eye bags less noticeable by improving the skin’s overall quality.
  5. Skin Barrier Improvement: Strengthening the skin’s barrier, eye creams can shield the under-eye area from external factors such as sunlight or irritants while helping to maintain optimal fluid levels within the skin.
  6. Nutrient Support: Eye creams enriched with vitamins or antioxidants can bolster skin health, mitigate skin damage, and address signs of aging in the under-eye area
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  7. Frequency of Application: Introducing eye creams gradually and monitoring their effects is crucial due to the under-eye area’s sensitivity to changes in skin effects, hydration, and possible allergic reactions.
  8. Potential Side Effects: Caution is advised with eye cream use, as repeated or long-term application may alter the skin’s natural microbial balance, similar to the gut’s flora, which can lead to negative effects if the skin’s healthy equilibrium is disrupted.

Remember, it’s always best to visit a medical specialist in the skin (Dermatologist), eye area (ophthalmologist), or allergist to get the proper topical medication when using an eye cream. 

What options do you have to get rid of bags around your eyes? 

Surgery treatment options offer two main choices: blepharoplasty and fat transfer. Blepharoplasty (plastic surgery) involves cutting, removing, or repositioning tissues beneath the skin to even out the area, which must be weighed against the potential for the area to appear differently and age differently post-surgery. Fat transfer, involving fat harvesting from one body part, such as the buttocks, and transferring it to the under-eye area, might result in a puffier appearance and does not anatomically substitute for bone loss.

Cosmetic dermal filler (EyeRise™) works by comprehensively restoring the support system in both under-eye zones, repositioning the skin back to its original, more rested position. While the longevity of hyaluronic acid and firmer fillers is less than surgery, they are best for those not seeking permanent changes, and a natural appearance  to the under-eye area. These fillers reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and stimulate collagen production in the area. Moreover, under-eye fillers can be adjusted over the years to align with aging-related changes such as fine lines and wrinkles. 


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