Are you getting sick of hearing people say that you look tired even when you got a good night’s sleep? Whether your eye bags are caused by lack of sleep, fatigue, genetics, or just part of the natural aging process, having a tired-looking eyes are the ones that get noticed first.
How do you get rid of eye bags (hilangkan kantung mata)? Before we are able to find a solution, we need to understand the causes – why eye bags get formed.
Causes of Eye Bags
There are several causes of eye bags, besides the fact that it can be genetics, you might not be aware that apart from the usual factors, it can be due to:
- Water retention
- Hay fever
- Hormonal changes
- Alcohol consumption
- High sodium intake
Even crying can cause your eyes to swell. So, what might be the solution to removing eye bags?
Have you heard of blepharoplasty surgery? It’s common term is called eyelift. This is a long-term method to remove any visible signs of fatigue and restore a more rested appearance to your eyes. As much as we all want to get this treatment, not all of us have the time, money, and courage to go under the knife, so minimal-invasive options are preferred to remove eye-bags (hilangkan kantung mata).
Hyaluronic acid-based fillers, such as those in the Juvéderm (Allergan) and Restylane(Galderma) ranges, as well as Belotero (Merz) are worth a shot when your eyes need a scalpel-free lift. The different variations can be used to smooth fine fines, fill under-eye hollows, and camouflage darkness.
Now that there are formulations made specifically for different issues and areas, eye rejuvenation with injectables can be completely customized for the most natural-looking results — and improvement can last for up to a year or more.
Another highly effective way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that appear when you squint or smile is Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, or Xeomin, the only three FDA-approved neurotoxins on the market. These injectable treatments minimize the muscle contractions that lead to visible wrinkles associated with facial expressions, and results last for three to four months until the muscle movement gradually returns.
They can also be used to smooth furrows between the brows and horizontal lines across the forehead, as well as to give the brows a little lift. Minimizing muscle movement in the upper third of the face can have a profound anti-aging effect on the eye area, and can also help to prevent visible wrinkles when the face is at rest.
Eye Patch Therapy
In the past, the only solution for seriously droopy or sagging eyelids was surgery, but that was before. You can use single-use stickers that will instantly improve the appearance of the eyes by undetectably hiding and holding up excess skin, in turn restoring a youthful eye contour.
Comprised of a medical-grade, latex-free, hypoallergenic material, they are available in six sizes — as well as a variety pack — to address different degrees of sagging. Once applied to the eyelids, you can use eye makeup as desired, although it is recommended that you use a primer first.
It can take a bit of practice to get the application just right, but once you do your eyes can see quite a drastic improvement for such a small investment.
If you prefer to stick with tried and true basics, cucumber slices and tea bags have long been used as quick fixes for puffiness and under-eye bags. Applying any form of cold compress will actually work to constrict blood vessels, which reduces the flow of fluid around the eyelids.
Cold cucumber slices and slices of raw potatoes are ideal because of their round shape. Cucumbers are also high in vitamin C, which can have a brightening effect on the eye area as well. Tea bags deliver additional benefits such as anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
The upsides of this home remedy approach include the facts that they are inexpensive, natural and you probably already have them in your kitchen. As for the downsides, results are temporary and less dramatic than professional treatments.