Puffy Eyes, Dark Circles, and Bags:

What is the difference?


The Importance Knowing the Difference   

What Causes Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?

What can you do?

Puffy Eyes

What can you do?


What can you do?

Dark circles are under your eyes happen when the skin beneath both eyes appears darkened. It's different from bruising around one eye from an injury or redness and swelling in one eye caused by an infection. Dark circles under your eyes usually are not a sign of a medical problem. They can be caused by extreme fatigue, oversleeping, lack of sleep, allergies, eye rubbing, excessive sun exposure including family history of dark circles can cause you to get them. Even staying up a few hours past your normal bedtime can cause them. Apparently, the structure of your facial features also plays an important role. Now, what is the importance of not looking like a raccoon?

The importance of not having dark circles is looking your best, youthful and not looking like you just came out of the boxing ring with Mike Tyson. When you don't have dark circles, you look more awake and you generally feel better about yourself. 

There are several ways in which people report that they have eliminated or reduced the appearance of dark circles under their eyes. We are all different, so some of these remedies may not work for you.

Before trying any treatment, it is always a good idea to talk it out with your doctor before trying them yourself.

  1.  Get to sleep, practicing good sleep hygiene. Sleep and sleep at least seven to eight hours per night

  2. Extra pillows, elevate the head when When you sleep, try additional pillows under the head to decrease swelling of fluid accumulation in the lower eyelids.

  3. Give it some cold, A cold compress may cause constriction of the blood vessels, which may result in a decrease in dark circles.

  4. Stay away from the sun, reduce sun exposure to your face.

  5. Skin cream moisturizer is another major way  that can help reduce dark circles. A prescribed retinoid creams should help. Creams and serums with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides to hydrate and stimulate collagen and elastin retinoid, vitamin E and aloe.

  6. Cucumis, one of my favorite skincare ingredients- chilling thick slices of cucumbers and then placing the chilled slices on the dark circles for about 10 minutes. Then rinse the area with water. Repeat this treatment  as often as needed. 

  7. Last but not least, Almond oil and vitamin E, Vitamin K and Tea bags.

Puffy eyes are usually the result of temporary inflammation that is often caused by seasonal allergies. This can also happen if you have had too much salt or alcohol, which can dehydrate you, resulting in water retention, which in turn causes swelling of the face. Lack of sleep also aggravates swollen eyes, due to the accumulation of fluid in the area. As a result, the swollen often gets worse in the morning and resolve in the afternoon while the accumulated liquid empties out with the help of gravity and time.

Making sleep a priority is the first step in reducing the appearance of swollen eyes, as well as drinking ample fluid to prevent dehydration. Apply ice packs when your eyelids are swollen. Apply cucumber slices or chilled tea bags over closed eyes. Use skin creams formulated for use around the eyes.

Bags are a slight swelling under the eyes, they are not “dark circles” nor “puffy eyes”.  They are caused by a combo of fat hernia and skin laxity. They are genetic and are common with aging. When aging sets in the tissues around your eyes along with the muscles that support your eyelids, get weaker. Normal fat that supports the eyes can set foot in the lower eyelids, giving the eyelids a puffed up look.

With bags under the eyes, there isn’t much you can do. , Usually, fillers can help with the issue and radio frequency cosmetic treatment is another alternative.

Lifestyle and home remedies such as a cool compress, don't drink a lot of fluid before bedtime and eat less salt in your diet. Also, don't forget to sleep.