Anyone who thinks “swollen, tired, old” when looking in the mirror in the morning is very likely to suffer Bags under the eyes. These are mainly owed to the sensitive connective tissue around the eye, which is increasingly losing its firmness. That doesn't mean that only the surgeon can help. Or at least the miracle products of the cosmetics industry, which are touted with big words.
In order to avoid going to the surgeon, bags under the eyes can also be relieved with a combination of cold and caffeine.
With simple home remedies and natural active ingredients, equally visible effects can also be achieved in the short term. We researched what they are, how they work, what supports them and what miracle cure generations of models rely on.
Bags under the eyes are incorrectly understood as swelling in the upper and lower eyelids. The swollen upper eyelid makes the eye look smaller, the accumulation of fluid in the lower eyelid makes the whole face look puffy and literally casts shadows. There is one thing that bags under the eyes are not: A consequence of extensive or absent crying. They are also not filled with tears, but with a mixture of fat and tissue fluid, which is deposited more and more easily with increasing age and with connective tissue losing its elasticity.
The good news: In the short and medium term, bags under the eyes can be visibly reduced. Simple household or groceries are used - and in exceptional cases it is allowed to reach into the medicine cabinet for the big show. One always relies on the combined effect of promoting the lymph flow and tightening the tissue.
Help in five to ten minutes: Ideally, there is a small bowl in the refrigerator with the tea bags for breakfast or afternoon tea, provided that it is green or black tea, preferably combined with sage tea. Coffee drinkers are left behind unless they use a pad machine. Under no circumstances should the cooled brew be spread straight onto the eyes - sharp-edged coffee powder gets into the eyes too quickly and underneath the sensitive lids. If you have a lot of brew, cling film and about 20 minutes time, use the rest for cellulite wraps
The combination of active ingredients: cold and caffeine. The cold effect can also be achieved with teaspoons that are left for five minutes - never longer, otherwise there is a risk of freezer burn! - were placed in the freezer.
Instead of caffeine, you can also use other firming ingredients, which, however, should be applied very carefully and removed again after a short time: egg white and agar agar. A drop of honey can also be added to both. The rest of the facial skin also appreciates these mixtures. Agar-agar and egg white tighten, honey soothes.
Oils should be avoided for short-term use unless they are bound in liposomes. They are visually disruptive and, over time, most oils "crawl" into the corner of the eye. Solutions with oil are therefore only suitable as medium-term prophylaxis to be used in the evening.
Also very effective: ice cubes made from aloe vera juice. This can be used in cosmetics long after the expiry date - especially if it is frozen. The effect is enhanced by adding green tea.
The effect is increased if the frozen food contains a few drops of witch hazel extract, a concentrate of the medicinal active ingredient witch hazel. Witch hazel has a strong astringent effect, it visibly and noticeably contracts the pores. Therefore it is also the essential component of an ointment that has been selling well with models for decades.
According to advertising, however, the actual target group of the preparation is male. Guess? Hemorrhoid ointment. Due to the remaining ingredients, often paraffin and / or wool wax, it makes more sense to use the ice cubes and buy witch hazel extract at the pharmacy.
In the long term, dark circles are naturally counteracted by “getting enough sleep”, “less stress” and “balanced, vitamin-rich diet”. Alternative for lazy stressed people: Mix some sesame oil and the contents of a Q10 capsule with a very light lotion. Q10 and vitamin E from sesame oil are well-known anti-aging agents, supported by a protein complex recently discovered by the cosmetics industry.
One last tip against bags under the eyes: the muscles around the eyes play a crucial role and should therefore be trained several times a day. The most effective exercise: a smile that reaches the eyes.