How To Get Rid Of Bags Under Eyes
The eyes are often the first thing others notice about us and is the most expressive part of the face. It is no wonder why the eyes are referred to as “the window to the soul.” As such, eye rejuvenation, undereye bags, and dark circles are common skin concerns discussed in the world of dermatology. Undereye bags and dark circles can often result in a tired and older appearance, which can be distressing. Undereye bags are usually a cosmetic concern, although underlying medical conditions like allergies can contribute to them. There are home remedies and lifestyle changes that can alleviate swelling, improve dark circles, and reduce fluid retention. However, undereye bags and eye puffiness can form due to the natural aging process or genetic predisposition. In these cases, non-invasive cosmetic treatments such as undereye fillers, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, or surgical interventions such as blepharoplasty may be necessary. We will discuss in depth the various at-home methods and cosmetic procedures available to improve undereye bags and lighten dark circles. The best first step in getting rid of undereye bags is to consult with an experienced, board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green in New York City.
Dr. Michele Green is an expert, internationally renowned cosmetic dermatologist with over 25 years of experience treating some of the most discerning men and women from around the world in her private dermatology office located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. Well-versed in skincare and a wide range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including Botox, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, Microneedling, and more, Dr. Green is well-known for providing patients with their ideal natural-looking, long-lasting results. When you consult with Dr. Green regarding under-eye rejuvenation, she will work with you to create a completely customized treatment approach that is catered to addressing your unique needs and achieving your ideal aesthetic goals.
What causes under-eye bags?
There are many causes of undereye bags and puffiness, including the natural aging process. As we age, the skin loses collagen and elastin, which are proteins in the skin that are responsible for support, firmness, elasticity, and youthfulness. Losing collagen around the eyes contributes to skin laxity or loose skin. The tissue and muscles around the eyes also weaken with age, and the fat that supports the eyes can move into the lower eyelids to make them appear puffy. This is often referred to as undereye bags. Because the skin around the eyes is thin and delicate, any minor changes, such as signs of aging, are noticeable.
Another cause of undereye bags is fluid retention. Puffiness in the morning is very common because fluid naturally gathers under the eyes while sleeping. This usually resolves gradually as you wake up and start blinking again. Eating salty foods can also contribute to fluid retention, as the body holds fluid to compensate for the increased sodium intake. Crying is another reason for puffy eyes, as the fluid can get trapped in the lower eyelids, also referred to as edema. Certain lifestyle habits like not getting enough sleep, smoking, and drinking can contribute to undereye bags and puffiness.
Swollen eyes can result from an inflammatory response to an allergen, infection, or injury. Some medical conditions, such as thyroid issues, renal disease, and dermatitis, can also cause the eyes to become swollen. If you are experiencing undereye bags and puffiness that do not resolve with home remedies, consult with Dr. Green in her NYC office, who can help determine the underlying causal factors of a pre-maturely aged undereye appearance and customize a plan for the best eye rejuvenation treatments.
Do under eye bags go away?
Depending on the cause of the undereye bags, the puffiness can be reduced through certain lifestyle changes. Maintaining a healthy diet low in sodium, getting enough sleep, and hydration can all improve the appearance of undereye bags. If puffiness in the morning results from fluid retention overnight, the undereye bags will gradually resolve when you start blinking again after waking up. A cold compress or an eye gel cooled in the refrigerator can be applied in the morning to stimulate vasoconstriction and reduce puffiness.
For most patients, cosmetic treatments will be necessary to achieve full eye rejuvenation and reduce the appearance of undereye bags. Dr. Green offers a myriad of non-invasive and non-surgical eye rejuvenation treatments and skincare products designed to reduce undereye bags and puffiness. Whether it’s eMatrix RF laser, undereye fillers, Botox, or Mesopeel Periocular, contact Dr. Green’s office in Upper East Side to find out which treatments will achieve your aesthetic goals.
What causes puffiness under the eyes?
A common cause of puffy eyes is fluid retention. Fluid retention typically occurs due to lack of sleep, allergies, crying, and a high-sodium diet. With age, there is a natural increase in fluid retention, and the excess fluid can get trapped in the lower eyelid, also known as edema. Consuming salty foods can contribute to fluid retention because the body retains the extra sodium and increases fluid outside of the cells. Because the skin in the under-eye area is thin and delicate, any small changes, such as fluid retention, are noticeable, creating the appearance of puffy eyes. Swollen eyes can also result from the body’s inflammatory response to an allergen, infection, or injury. Some medical conditions can also cause swelling around the eyes, such as thyroid disorders and sinus dysfunction.
Aging is one of the leading causes of puffy eyes as well. With age, the rate of collagen production slows, and natural collagen in the skin decreases, causing skin laxity or loose skin, along with fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen is an essential protein in the skin that provides structure, firmness, and a youthful complexion. The delicate and thin skin around the eyes shows slight changes, such as collagen depletion, tissue loss, and weakening of muscles around the eyes that cause the fat around the eyes to bulge out, creating a bubble-like appearance. Genetics plays a factor in puffiness under the eyes as well, as under-eye bags can be a physical characteristic that runs in families.
When you consult with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, you will have the opportunity to discuss in-depth with her your specific skin concerns and overall aesthetic goals. Dr. Green will physically assess the undereye area and work with you to determine if the appearance of the undereye bags is related to the aging process, pigmentation, an underlying medical condition, or other common causes such as lack of sleep. Dr. Green will then recommend a unique combination of the best specially formulated skincare products, in-office rejuvenating treatment options, and any helpful lifestyle adjustments (including getting enough sleep) to revitalize the appearance of the under-eye area for an overall more youthful complexion.
Why do I get puffy eyes in the morning?
You may notice that the area around the eyes is puffy when you wake up in the morning. This puffiness is due to fluid retention, as fluid gathers under the eyes as you sleep. This type of undereye bag is temporary and gradually resolves on its own as you start blinking after waking up. Blinking is like exercise for the eyelids, so when the eyes are closed during sleep, fluid can build up around the eyes and cause puffy eyes. You may find undereye puffiness in the morning is worse if you eat salty foods before sleeping. Salty foods cause the body to retain water to compensate for the high sodium intake, making fluid retention prominent around the eyes since the skin is thin and delicate. Suppose you have puffy eyes in the morning that gradually improve throughout the day. In that case, Dr. Green may recommend trying simple solutions such as using an extra pillow at night to elevate the head and prevent fluid build-up in the under-eye area, going to bed earlier to get enough sleep, or avoiding salty foods for several hours before bedtime. During your consultation with Dr. Green, she will physically evaluate the under-eye area and help you determine which revitalizing treatment options are best suited to improving your specific needs.
How to get rid of puffy eyes
If you are tired of looking tired with puffy eyes and undereye bags and home remedies are not achieving your desired goals, treatment options are available for the ultimate eye rejuvenation and anti-aging. The first step in getting rid of puffy eyes is to consult with a trusted healthcare provider, like board-certified dermatologist Dr. Green in her NYC-based office. Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the most discerning men and women from around the world with the best non-invasive treatment options for rejuvenation, including for the delicate under-eye area. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will carefully assess the under-eye area and consider your personal aesthetic goals to determine which eye rejuvenation treatments will work best for you.
Botox injections for eye wrinkles
Botox is an injectable neuromodulator derived from botulinum toxin type A that works by blocking nerve signals that stimulate muscle contraction to treat and prevent dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repeated facial muscle movements over time, such as raising and furrowing your eyebrows and smiling. Botox under the eyes is the ideal treatment option for these dynamic wrinkles, most commonly the crow’s feet around the eyes. By eliminating fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, Botox will rejuvenate the eye area and make you look younger and more awake. Dr. Michele Green was among the first dermatologists in New York to offer cosmetic Botox injections. She provides her patients with what has been described as the “best Botox injections in New York City” for decades. Dr. Green takes a holistic approach to cosmetic injections and embraces a ‘less is more’ philosophy, providing her patients with natural-looking rejuvenation.
Laser Resurfacing to treat lower eyelids
Laser resurfacing treatments are great non-invasive options that are effective in reversing aging and rejuvenating the eye area. Fraxel is a non-ablative fractionated laser that creates tiny micro-injuries to the skin to stimulate its natural healing processes and collagen production. Fraxel works well on fine lines, wrinkles, crepey skin, sun damage, and pigmentation in the undereye area. The Fraxel Dual, which Dr. Green utilizes at her NYC dermatology office, has two distinct settings in one laser to tackle various skin concerns with minimal downtime. Fraxel is not an ideal laser for darker skin tones, including Asian skin, as there is a risk of adverse side effects such as hyperpigmentation.
eMatrix sublative laser, however, is a “colorblind” laser that delivers radiofrequency heat deep into the skin to stimulate collagen production. Because the eMatrix laser does not target melanin or pigment in the skin and bypasses the epidermis, this laser is suitable for all skin types and skin tones. eMatrix has a specialized eye tip that is designed to treat the periorbital area to rejuvenate the eyes and diminish fine lines and pigmentation.
When you consult with Dr. Green at her private office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will work with you to determine which cosmetic treatment options are best suited to improving the appearance of under-eye circles, puffiness, and fine lines.
Chemical peels are great options for skin resurfacing, skin rejuvenation, anti-aging, and improving skin discoloration. During a chemical peel, the chemical solution containing various acids, including TCA, AHAs, and glycolic acid, is applied to the skin, which removes the outer layer of dead skin cells. This stimulates skin cell turnover to remove dull skin that holds pigment and reveal healthy, new skin that is more even in skin tone and texture. As a result, a chemical peel corrects skin discoloration, unclogs pores, and produces a vibrant and youthful glow.
Mesopeel Periocular is a specialized type of chemical peel that is catered to the delicate eye area. This unique chemical peel combines azelaic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, resorcinol, citric acid, and phytic acid to target hyperpigmentation, dark circles, undereye bags, dullness, and fine lines. Mesopeel Periocular treatments are quick, 15-minute procedures that do not require any downtime, making it a perfect “lunchtime” treatment for eye rejuvenation. After the series of Mesopeel Periocular treatments, you can look less tired and achieve youthful-looking eyes.
Plastic Surgery for under-eye-bags
If the undereye bags are caused by excess skin and fat deposits under the eyes, plastic surgery may be necessary to permanently remove undereye bags and eye puffiness. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, removes excess fat and skin on the upper eyelid and inside the lower lid. An experienced plastic surgeon will customize the blepharoplasty procedure to achieve a natural-looking result catered to your natural eye and facial contour. When you consult with Dr. Green for your under-eye area rejuvenation treatments, she will help you determine whether or not you would benefit more from a surgical rejuvenation procedure or non-invasive treatment options. If you are better suited to having plastic surgery, Dr. Green will refer you to a trusted, board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation.
How to prevent puffy eyes and undereye bags
There are a few risk factors for developing undereye bags and puffy eyes that are related to lifestyle habits and general wellness. Therefore, it is best to avoid the following the prevent puffy eyes:
- Smoking – Smoking, as a side effect of nicotine, constricts blood vessels, which affects circulation and inhibits the body’s ability to deliver oxygen. Other chemicals in cigarettes also damage collagen and elastin in the skin. Without an adequate blood supply, the skin cannot receive the nutrients needed to repair damaged cells and produce collagen. Therefore, the natural loss of collagen and elastin during the aging process is expedited because the skin’s ability to produce collagen is hindered.
- Excessive drinking – Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you lose water and dehydrates the body. When the skin loses moisture and nutrients, it becomes weak and flabby, causing undereye bags. The reason for bloating on the body, face, and eyelids after drinking alcohol is that the body tries to hold onto as much water as possible to compensate for the lack of moisture, leading to puffiness.
- Sun exposure – Prolonged exposure to the sun is one of the main contributing factors to premature aging, including the development of undereye bags. The sun’s UV rays damage collagen and elastin in the skin, affecting skin firmness, structure, and elasticity. This causes the delicate skin under the eyes to become loose and flabby. Hyperpigmentation on the skin is exacerbated by UV exposure as well, which can worsen dark circles. Therefore, be sure to apply sunscreen of SPF 50 daily and wear sun-protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat.
- Sleeping – Sleeping, in general, can contribute to eye puffiness because fluid settles in the under-eye area while lying flat with your eyes closed. This can be prevented by sleeping with your head elevated using an extra pillow at night. Lack of sleep and fatigue can also contribute to puffy eyes and dark circles, so it is important to get enough hours of quality sleep each night. Sleep is when the body and skin restore and repair any damage done during the day. Not getting enough sleep stimulates vasodilation, widening blood vessels and increasing blood flow which creates dark circles.
- Diet – Undereye bags can occur from fluid retention, in which fluid builds up underneath the eyes to cause eye puffiness. Eating salty foods worsens puffiness because the body holds onto water to compensate for increased sodium. Because the skin under the eyes is thin and delicate, any slight changes, such as fluid retention, are prominent and noticeable. Therefore, eating a well-balanced diet low in sodium can help prevent the formation of undereye bags and eye puffiness.
In some cases, undereye bags cannot be prevented, as dark circles, pigmentation under the eyes, and puffiness can result from genetics or the natural aging process. In this case, cosmetic treatments may be necessary to reduce the appearance of undereye bags.
How to get rid of eye bags naturally
One of the most common causes of undereye bags is fluid retention. While we sleep, fluid gathers under the eyes, causing puffiness when you wake up in the morning. Similarly, crying causes eye puffiness because the excess fluid gathers under the eyes, and eating salty foods cause the body to hold on to water to compensate for the increase in sodium, which contributes to puffiness. While eye puffiness from fluid retention resolves on its own, there are home remedies to expedite the process. Sleeping with your head slightly elevated using an extra pillow can prevent fluid from gathering around the eyes. In the morning, holding a cold compress on the eyes using a wet washcloth or cold packs constricts the blood vessels, decreasing blood flow to the eye area and minimizing swelling. Applying chilled green tea bags has the same effects as cold compresses with the added benefit of caffeine, a vasoconstrictor. If you have a favorite eye cream, put it in the refrigerator before applying it for a cooling effect. Avoid salty foods high in sodium to minimize fluid retention.
Lack of sleep and fatigue often causes eye bags and dark circles. Be sure to get quality sleep for the recommended number of hours at night. Adults should be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Smoking and excessive drinking can cause undereye bags and dark circles. Smoking damages collagen and elastin, two important proteins in the skin that provides structure and elasticity. Smoking expedites the aging process and causes premature aging. Furthermore, alcohol is a diuretic that dehydrates the body and causes the delicate skin around the eyes to look dull, weak, and flabby. Alcohol also causes puffiness and fluid retention, as the body holds on to water because of dehydration. Getting quality sleep, stopping smoking, and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption can all improve the appearance of undereye bags and eye puffiness.
Another factor that contributes to undereye bags and eye puffiness is the aging process and genetics. In these cases, interventions such as undereye and cheek fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or plastic surgery may be necessary to achieve ultimate eye rejuvenation. Before undergoing any non-invasive cosmetic treatments or invasive eyelid surgery, consult with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in Upper East Side to determine the safest, most effective eye bag treatment options for you.
How to get rid of eye bags in minutes
If you sometimes wake up with puffy eyes in the morning, there are quick interventions that can reduce swelling until the puffiness and fluid buildup naturally subsides throughout the day. Cold compresses using a washcloth with cold water are especially beneficial in these cases. The cold temperature stimulates vasoconstriction, shrinking blood vessels and reducing blood flow to the area to lessen inflammation and swelling. An ice pack, a frozen bag of vegetables, and refrigerated spoons can be applied over the eyes for a few minutes to alleviate the swelling. Be sure to avoid putting ice directly on the eyes and wrap it in a cloth or paper towel first, as ice is too cold for the skin and can cause a burn. Chilled green tea or black tea bags can be applied to the eyes as well. The caffeine in green tea acts as a vasoconstrictor to reduce blood flow and swelling. There are eye creams available over the counter that contain caffeine as well. The eye cream can be chilled in the refrigerator before application to enhance its efficacy in reducing swelling as long as its ingredients remain effective in cold temperatures.
Suppose the undereye bags and puffiness are due to genetics. In that case, the aging process, or underlying medical conditions, applying concealer to even out skin tone or undergoing in-office eye rejuvenation treatments are typically necessary to improve the appearance of undereye bags. The skin around the eyes is thin and delicate and should be treated as such. Before trying any laser resurfacing and skin care products for undereye bags, consult with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Green first to ensure they are the right treatment options for you.
How to get rid of dark circles under the eyes
Suppose your dark circles don’t resolve with getting enough sleep. In that case, Dr. Green offers various non-invasive procedures specifically designed for the delicate undereye area to help you look more awake and rejuvenated. Each treatment option works through different mechanisms to rejuvenate the eye area, and it is important to have a careful assessment of your eyes and aesthetic goals to determine if you are a good candidate for these treatments. Leave it up to experienced, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in NYC to customize the best eye rejuvenation treatment plan that is safe for you.
Mesopeel Periocular is a unique chemical peel manufactured by Mesoestetic for treating the periorbital area. This gentle peel contains azelaic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, resorcinol, citric acid, and phytic acid. These ingredients stimulate skin cell turnover to improve wrinkles on the eyelids, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, dark circles, and dullness. After a series of Mesopeel Periocular treatments, you can achieve a brighter, younger-looking undereye area that makes you look more awake and youthful. This quick and painless procedure requires no downtime, though applying sunscreen and wearing sun-protective clothing are crucial in achieving and maintaining the best results.
Dermal Fillers for undereye bags
If your dark circles result from age-related volume loss under the eyes or deep tear troughs that cast a shadow, undereye fillers may be the best option for you. Injectable dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero contain a smooth gel made of hyaluronic acid. This naturally-occurring compound immediately restores volume and brings moisture to plump the skin. Dr. Green prefers Restylane-L and Belotero for the under eyes because these fillers have a thin and flexible consistency that looks natural in the delicate undereye area. Dr. Green will prescribe a topical numbing cream to apply one hour before the injections to minimize any discomfort, and both Restylane-L and Belotero are manufactured with lidocaine in the hyaluronic acid gel to prevent discomfort as well.
Laser Resurfacing to treat under-eye bags
Non-ablative laser resurfacing treatments such as Fraxel Dual can be used to tighten wrinkly skin around the eyes as well as diminish pigmentation and discoloration in the undereye area. The Fraxel Dual is a fractionated laser with two distinct settings: the 1927 nm wavelength for pigmentation, skin discoloration, sun spots, and sun damage, and the 1550 nm wavelength for fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and skin texture. Fraxel works by creating thousands of microscopic injuries to the skin to stimulate skin cell turnover and collagen production. The controlled, fractionated laser energy minimizes the downtime to only a few days, and the laser treatment is relatively painless after applying a topical anesthetic. The Fraxel laser is ideal for skin types I-III and is not suited for darker skin tones and Asian skin.
eMatrix is another laser resurfacing option that utilizes bipolar radiofrequency technology to stimulate collagen production. The eMatrix laser was developed with a special tip for treating the delicate undereye area with minimal recovery time. Radiofrequency heats the deeper layers of the skin to induce collagen production to tighten the skin around the eyes, improve fine lines, and diminish pigmentation. Because the eMatrix laser essentially bypasses the epidermis or the surface of the skin, this laser is a great sublative laser option for all skin types and skin tones.
Skincare for the undereye area
Maintaining a good skincare routine utilizing beneficial active ingredients is key to achieving and maintaining a youthful and bright complexion. Because the undereye area is sensitive and delicate, skincare products for the eye area should be used with caution. One of the key ingredients to look for in eye creams if you are struggling with undereye bags and dark circles is retinol. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that has decades of research to support its anti-aging benefits. Retinol works by exfoliating the top layer of dead skin cells, stimulating skin cell turnover to reveal healthy new skin cells, inducing collagen production, and inhibiting melanin synthesis. These mechanisms improve fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and soften dark under-eye circles and pigmentation. MGSKINLABS, Inc. Line Repair is a popular retinol eye cream at Dr. Green’s office for these reasons. Retinol makes the skin more sensitive to the sun and UV rays, so it is very important to protect the skin from the sun using sunscreen with SPF 50 and clothing such as sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
Skin-lightening creams with ingredients such as hydroquinone and tranexamic acid can soften the appearance of dark circles and uneven pigmentation. Both ingredients work by inhibiting melanin production in the skin. Because the skin around the eyes is thin and delicate, and the ingredients may irritate the eyes, these skin-lightening ingredients should be used with caution and with the guidance of a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green.
Vitamin C is another ingredient that can improve the appearance of undereye bags and dark circles. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun and free radical damage caused by UV rays and pollution. Free radicals and oxidative stress are what cause signs of premature aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production to restore firmness and plumpness. For these reasons, MGSKINLABS, Inc. Vitamin C Serum is a fan-favorite for its lightweight and fast-absorbing formula and potent antioxidants. Vitamin C and other antioxidants, although beneficial in preventing sun damage, are not replacements for sunscreen and SPF and should be used in conjunction.
Keeping the eye area hydrated with moisturizers and eye creams (along with drinking plenty of water in general) can help achieve a rejuvenated appearance. Hydrating ingredients to look for include hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant capable of binding a thousand times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid, the main ingredient in dermal fillers, will create a plumping effect to improve the appearance of volume loss, improving dark circles caused by shadowing. MGSKINLABS, Inc. Hydra Repair is a pure, concentrated hyaluronic acid serum that plumps and hydrates the skin. Other hydrating ingredients include glycerin, ceramides, squalene, shea butter, and aloe.
How to get rid of bags under the eyes for men
The appearance of undereye bags and dark circles can be distressing for anyone, including men. Most men start noticing signs of aging around the eyes in their 30s or 40s, which makes them look tired and fatigued. Although underlying medical conditions can cause undereye bags, most eye puffiness and dark circles are caused by natural aging processes and lifestyle habits.
The most common cause for puffy eyes is fluid retention, which occurs more with age and happens while sleeping, after crying, or after salty foods. When sleeping or crying, excess fluid builds up under the eyes, which resolves on its own as you keep blinking. Because the eye area has thin skin, any slight changes, such as fluid buildup, are noticeable. Keeping the head elevated while sleeping, like using an extra pillow, is one of the ways to prevent undereye bags and puffiness in the morning. To relieve the puffiness when you wake up, apply a cold compress or refrigerated tea bags to the eyes to constrict the blood vessels.
Smoking and excessive drinking can cause dark circles and eye puffiness. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, preventing adequate blood flow and nutrients from being delivered to the eye area, making the under eyes look dull. Alcohol is a diuretic which dehydrates the body and eye area. When the body loses water, it tries to hold on to moisture (fluid retention) which can cause undereye bags. Lack of sleep also contributes to dark circles, so be sure to get quality sleep for the recommended number of hours. For adults, 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night is best. For a quick fix for dark circles, applying concealer for coverage is an option, even for men.
Using eye creams with beneficial ingredients can help rejuvenate the undereye area. Ingredients to look for include retinol for anti-aging and brightening, vitamin C for antioxidant protection and collagen production, and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides. Retinol makes the skin more sensitive to sun damage, so it is best to use it at nighttime, followed by sunscreen the next morning. Eye creams can be refrigerated, as long as the ingredients are not affected by cold temperatures, for a cooling effect to stimulate vasoconstriction and reduce puffiness.
If the undereye bags are due to the aging process or genetics, eye rejuvenation treatments may be necessary to achieve a more youthful and bright look around the eyes. For dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation around the eyes, Mesopeel Periocular chemical peel treatments may be the best option to lighten pigmentation with no downtime. If the shadowing of deep tear troughs causes dark circles, undereye fillers with Restylane or Belotero may be the best option to reduce hollowness and restore volume. For non-invasive eye rejuvenation treatments, laser resurfacing with Fraxel or eMatrix laser can help reduce fine lines and even out pigmentation and skin texture. For excess skin and fat pads under the eyes, eyelid surgery such as blepharoplasty may be necessary. If you are looking for ways to reduce undereye bags, eye puffiness, and dark circles, consult with experienced board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in her private NYC office to determine which treatment options are safest and most effective to achieve a more awake and youthful look.
Best Eye Creams
The eyes are delicate areas that show slight changes like fluid retention or aging. Consistent use of eye creams can help rejuvenate the eye area and maintain a youthful appearance. Key ingredients to look for in the best eye creams include retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides. Retinol has anti-aging and skin rejuvenating benefits, as it exfoliates, stimulates skin cell turnover, and induces collagen production. This helps to reduce pigmentation as the superficial layer of dead and dull skin holding pigment is removed, making way for healthy new skin cells that are more even in tone and texture. By stimulating collagen, retinol helps to reduce signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol should be used at nighttime as it makes the skin photosensitive, and it is very important to apply sunscreen the following day to prevent sun damage and premature aging.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects the skin from sun damage, free radicals, and oxidative stress caused by UV and environmental toxins, such as pollution. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help to calm the skin and reduce swelling. Hyaluronic acid, ceramides, peptides, and glycerin are hydrating ingredients that provide moisture and plump the skin to maintain skin health and reduce the appearance of fine lines to restore youthfulness.
MGSKINLABS, Inc. Intensive Eye Repair is a cooling eye gel that can be used in the morning and can be placed in the refrigerator for a cooling effect. It is specially formulated to diminish the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, and undereye circles. This eye gel looks flawless under makeup and helps makeup apply smoothly. MGSKINLABS, Inc. Line Repair is an eye cream with retinol that can be applied at nighttime for anti-aging benefits like collagen production and light pigmentation. MGSKINLABS, Inc. Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 50 is the perfect addition to an eye rejuvenation skincare routine to protect the delicate skin around the eyes from sun damage. This lightweight formula both hydrates and protects the skin and is a favorite at Dr. Green’s office for its flawless blend into the skin.
Skincare, Diet, and Sun for healthy skin
A holistic approach is best for maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Skincare, a healthy diet, lifestyle, and sun avoidance are a few fundamental elements contributing to skin health and a youthful complexion. A healthy body will show its wellness through the skin – if you feel fatigued and unhealthy, your skin most likely will be as well.
First, we will talk about the damage that the sun causes to our skin and the importance of sun avoidance for healthy skin. The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation that damages the skin on a cellular level, affecting DNA and, subsequently, the delicate processes that the skin undergoes for growth and repair. Too much sun can cause sunburn, and chronic exposure to the sun over time is the leading cause of skin cancer. UV rays also damage collagen and contribute to premature signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, leathery skin, and loss of elasticity. This is visualized in someone with a career in driving trucks, as the left side of their face is frequently exposed to the sun while driving and can look older than the right side of their face, which is typically in the shade in the vehicle.
Prevention is key when it comes to sun damage. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 daily, and reapply every 2 hours or after excessive sweating or getting out of the water. Stay in the shade or walk on the shady side of the street, and wear sun-protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat. The sun’s rays are typically the strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM, so it is best to stay indoors during these hours.
Diet and Lifestyle
A healthy diet is beneficial not only for overall wellness but also for healthy skin. A diet containing whole foods, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants can benefit the skin. Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, can help keep the skin thick and hydrated, as well as reduce inflammation that can contribute to acne breakouts. Fatty fish is also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant. Avocado is another good source of healthy fat and vitamin E. Other antioxidant-rich foods include blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, artichokes, beans, and broccoli.
Sleep is important for health, as it is a time for the body to repair and reset, and the same goes for the skin. Lack of sleep can contribute to dark circles, skin dullness, and premature aging due to the stress that it puts on the body because it cannot repair the damage done throughout the day. Stress, in general, can also contribute to skin sensitivity and trigger skin problems like acne.
Smoking has been known to cause premature aging and damage the skin and body. The carcinogens and nicotine in cigarettes damage the skin at a cellular level and break down collagen and elastin to cause fine lines, wrinkles, crepey skin, and dullness. Nicotine is also a vasoconstrictor, shrinking blood vessels and limiting blood circulation, which impacts oxygen and nutrients being adequately delivered to the skin. Alcohol can also affect the skin, as it is a diuretic that contributes to dehydration. The loss of water can show as dullness but can also trigger the body to retain fluid to compensate, leading to puffiness and inflammation. When you consult with Dr. Michele Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, you will have an opportunity to discuss in-depth your specific skin concerns and overall aesthetic goals. Dr. Green will work with you to identify any of the potential contributing factors to the appearance of a dark undereye area. She will then recommend a unique combination of treatment options and skin care products for revitalizing the undereye area for natural-looking, long-lasting rejuvenation results.
Skincare is important because it is a way to maintain skin health and prevent sun damage and aging. The skin is the largest organ in our body and should be taken care of as we do our bodies with a healthy diet and exercise. For those with busy schedules with limited time for a multi-step skincare routine, do not worry. A cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen with the right ingredients will help target specific skin concerns, hydrate the skin, and protect it from sun damage.
Ingredients to look for in skincare products vary depending on the skin concern you are looking to improve. Retinol is not only beneficial for anti-aging and stimulating collagen, but it also expedites skin cell renewal to improve dullness, even out pigmentation and texture, and exfoliate. Retinol is best used at nighttime because it makes the skin more sensitive to sun damage and sunburns, and sunscreen should be applied the following morning for protection. MGSKINLABS, Inc. Essential Antioxidant Infusion is a lightweight retinol formula that contains vitamins A, C, E, and other nutrients to help the skin renew and replenish overnight.
Another beneficial ingredient is vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects the skin from sun damage, free radicals, and oxidative stress caused by sun and pollution (it should be used in conjunction with sunscreen, not as a replacement). Vitamin C also has anti-inflammatory properties that calm and soothe the skin. MGSKINLABS, Inc. Vitamin C Serum is a fan-favorite for these reasons. Hydration is important for healthy skin, as it is for overall body wellness. Applying moisturizers will help maintain the skin’s natural protective barrier and prevents dryness to keep the skin refreshed and plump. For drier skin, the Absolute Recovery Anti-Wrinkle Cream is popular for its thicker formulation. For oily and acne-prone skin, the Ultimately Sheer Hydrating Lotion is preferred for its lightweight formula. When you consult with skincare expert board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, she will help you develop a personalized skincare routine that incorporates the specially formulated skincare products best suited to your skin type and the specific skin concerns you would like to improve.
How to start treatment for undereye bags today
Undereye bags, eye puffiness, and dark circles can all contribute to a tired and aged appearance. If you are tired of looking tired, and the home remedies you have tried are not helping you achieve your aesthetic goals and restore your confidence, Dr. Michele Green in Upper East Side is here to help. When it comes to eye rejuvenation and undereye bag treatments, it is important to seek an experienced, board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green. Dr. Green has over 25 years of experience and expertise in eye rejuvenation treatments and choosing the best non-invasive treatment options that are both safe and effective for your skin. At your consultation, Dr. Green will carefully assess the eye area and facial structure and evaluate your aesthetic goals to customize a treatment protocol that will leave you looking and feeling young.
Dr. Green’s holistic approach and “less is more” philosophy has provided natural-looking and long-lasting skin rejuvenation and anti-aging results for many patients from all over the globe. As an expert in cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Green specializes in skin care and non-invasive treatments, such as chemical peels, dermal fillers, Botox, and laser resurfacing. Her expertise and dedication to her patients are supported by consistently winning one of New York City’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, Super Doctors, and The New York Times. To get started on undereye bag treatments today, contact us online or call us at 212-535-3088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green in her boutique, private dermatology office in NYC.