This articles was written on inspiration of one of our clients, whom we will call Catherine, who had a complaint about black rings and circles under her eyes. She found great help from our eye gel, but we decided that many people might be interested why this happens. We have tried to discuss all relevant factors that may cause this problem, and hope you find it useful.
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Bags under eyes are a very common problem experienced by many people and is an extremely aging character trait to have.
The same goes for dark black rings under a persons eye not only is it unattractive, but also gives an impression of ill health and general tiredness.
Some medical people do not take bags under eyes as a problem seriously, since it is seldom a life-threatening situation but for the person living with this, it is no joke.
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Most people, out of desperation will look at the surgical removal of bags under their eyes, but this procedure is either unacceptable to most people, or because of the costs involved, out of the financial reach of most people, since medical insurance classifies this as cosmetic surgery.
Although our herbal product is most effective in helping with the treatment, remedy of this problem as well as black rings and marks under them, it does have limitations, since other factors could be causing it, which has to be looked at as well to effect a remedy of the problem.
We must firstly keep in mind that the skin around your eye area is the most fragile in the entire body, and for this reason, it must be treated with the utmost care and when using any product on it, the product must comply with certain criteria such as being
made from the purest ingredients
must be active enough to help re-vitalize the connective tissue in this area to help the production of new elastin and collagen for a smooth un-marked skin.
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People suffering from a thyroid problem (also referred to as a goiter) normally have very baggy eyes - if you have any qualms about your thyroid not functioning effectively, or if you have any symptoms of an over - or under active thyroid please consult your doctor immediately.
As we age the fragile skin around our eyes start to lose its elasticity, and here we can look at nutrition to assist us in our fight against aging, as poor nutrition contribute to aging as well.
Although a product like our eye gel will assist in re-vitalizing the collagen and elastin in the skin around the eyes, you do need vitamin C in your system in order for collagen to be formed.
In the absence of vitamin C in the body, collagen CANNOT be synthesized. To only take in 60 mg of vitamin C per day - the recommended daily allowance (RDA) - will NOT achieve much it will only prevent beriberi.
To assist in collagen formation and re-vitalizing your fragile skin around the eyes - please consider taking an extra vitamin C (ascorbic acid) supplement, after checking with your medical practitioner.
When taking a vitamin C supplement, look at one that contains bioflavonoids (vitamin P) as well, as these bioflavonoids add to the potency with which the vitamin will perform its work.
Plain tiredness will also add to the problem of bags under your eyes, and especially to those ugly dark circles under the eyes.
Have a look at the amount of hours you sleep and also check on the amount of hours you work in front of a computer terminal or watch television both these actions place a tremendous strain on your eyes.
Eye drops will relieve the blood shot look of your eyeball, but will do little to soothe the tired eyes as such.
Some people recommend a daily supplement of grape seed oil to help relieve eyestrain, as some people do find relieve by adding this anti-oxidant to their diet.
To relieve strain, look at having a regular soothing treatment, which can easily, and inexpensively, be done at home.
Some people believe in placing sliced figs or slices of cucumber on their eyes and although it does work, it may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals.
If you are looking at an alternative treatment to freshen your eyes, try the following:
Take two pieces of cotton wool, large enough to cover your eyes, and soak it in rose water (an inexpensive product that you can buy at the pharmacy / chemist / drug store) and place it over your closed eyelids while lying down.
If doing it during the day close your drapes / curtains and if doing it at night switch off your lights. I found that doing it in the dark really gives your eyes a relaxing break for both your eyes and your stressed out body. Switch off your television during this period of rest, and rather listen to your favorite soothing music. Relax your for at least 20 30 minutes.
Another soothing way to relieve the tiredness is to take two teabags, place in a cup, and pour boiling water over it. Remove the bags with a spoon after the tealeaves starts giving off their color, and place it in a saucer. Cover the teabags with plastic kitchen wrap, to prevent it drying out, and place in your refrigerator to cool down.
After it has cooled down, (but not too cold, as too cold could damage your eyes) remove from the fridge and place on your closed eyelids, as described above.
Eye exercises may also be of great benefit to the general health of your eyes, but first check with your optometrist or eye specialist before starting such a program. A wise old yogi once showed me the following exercises and it may be worth your while to try them.
Sit relax and while breathing normally but deeply, and look at a spot between your eyes, above the bridge of your nose. Keep looking at this spot for a count of five, and then relax the eyes. Next look at the tip of your nose, also to the count of five and relax.
After doing these two exercises try the following:
Relax and look straight in front of you. While inhaling look right as far as possible, without turning your head, and when exhaling, return the eyes to the front position. Relax and when inhaling again look left as far as possible without turning your head, and when exhaling return your eyes to the front again. Repeat three times.
The last exercise would be done by sitting up straight and looking down, and while inhaling to slowly roll your eyes to the right and then to the top, in a circular movement. When your eyes have reached the top, looking towards your eyebrows, start exhaling while moving your eyes left and downwards in a circular movement. Repeat three times. This exercise can also be done by cupping your palms over your eyes to block out the light but take care that the inside of your palm does not touch your eyes or eyelashes.
These exercises must be done slowly and with concentration, but before starting them, please check with your health practitioner is they would be suitable for you.
Fluid retention can be a major cause of swollen eyes, and here you will have to look at your general health and any other underlying medical condition. Diuretic pills (to remove excess water from your body) can be helpful, but many people do have side effects from them.
Vitamin C is a natural diuretic and an increase in this vitamin will not only assist in removing excess water from your body, but will also assist with collagen formation as discussed above. I am sorry to keep harping on the importance of vitamin C, but in my book it is one of the most amazing and underrated vitamins around, which can have a great effect on your general well being.
If you are ingesting a lot of salt, either directly or indirectly, it could add to your problem with water retention. Try and cut down on eating raw salt, and check food labels as well, as processed food can contain large amounts of salt check for sodium on the label.
Although orthodox medicine does not always belief in the benefits of going on a detoxifying diet, I have personally witnessed the effect such a cleansing diet can have on the general health of a person, and particularly on black rings / circles under the eyes.
It would be wise to check with your medical professional before going on such a diet, but a break in your normal diet pattern, and giving your body a bit of a break, could do you the world of good.
Some natural healers do belief that black rings under the eyes and bags under your eyes are indicative of a toxic build-up in the body and although some people might not agree with this belief, a cleansing diet as such, now and again, is not a bad idea.
You might not smoke yourself, but even secondary smoke can affect the way your eyes look. Most people will have a violent reaction to smoke, such as the eyes turning bloodshot or watery, while others will manifest their allergy as swollen eyes.
If smokers surround you, try and introduce as much fresh air as possible, and if you yourself smoke, take (you guessed it!) extra vitamin C, as smoking kills off large amount of this vitamin, every time you light up.
It seems that allergies are becoming more and more prevalent and although some medical people might not agree with me, I do think that our un-healthy, stressed filled lives, surrounded by chemicals additives and preservatives, and environmental pollutants are contributing factors to the increase of allergies.
The reason for this statement is the fact that with so many stressors or triggers around, the body simply cannot cope with the large amount of gunk, and give up the fight, with resultant allergic conditions.
But be it as it may your swollen eyes might be indicative of some allergen that you are either surrounded by, or are ingesting.
You might not have a major medical reaction to an allergen, such as wheezing, couching, sneezing or a closed chest - you could simple have a slightly stuffy nose, or swollen eyes most of the times.
Tests can be done to determine environmental or food allergies with a simple skin scratch test, a blood test or more alternative types of testing such as a muscle resistant test or a heart pulse test.
If you have any of the tests done, and they come up positive for any item that you could avoid as far as possible, go the extra mile and try to cut the allergen out of your sphere of living be that either environmental or food in origin.
Environmental allergies are sometimes difficult to fight if you suffer from a dust mite allergy for instance, you will have to ensure that your house if virtually dust proof, and that all drapes, mattresses, carpets and all other soft furnishings are treated with a mite and dust controlling solution, and that air conditioning filters are kept spotlessly clean.
If you are allergic for seasonal items, such as pollen, you could ask your medical practitioner for assistance during that time, with an allergy-fighting drug of some sort but be careful of such medication containing cortisone as this ingredient may cause more problems than what it solves.
And once again, look at vitamin C to assist in fighting allergies this humble little food supplement can help alleviate the symptoms to a great degree. And remember to look for the added bioflavonoids.
When selecting cosmetics or skin care products be extra careful to choose a range that will not cause an allergic reaction, and that has been formulated with this in mind. Our gel has been specially formulated with this in mind and also contains herbs to soothe some allergies.
If you apply eye cream, or any facial cream incorrectly, it may cause your eyes to be puffy and swollen especially in the morning.
Make sure the creams are not applied to the center corner (near your nose) of your eyes, as the cream could impact and obstruct a tear duct, which will cause swelling of the eye.
Our herbal eye gel will not cause such a reaction.
If you find that your eyes are more swollen in the morning, have a look at maybe increasing height of your pillows, by adding another cushion when going to bed. The raising of your head could assist with draining excess fluids as well.
Facial massage, and specially massage treatment around your eyes can assist in draining of fluids around your eyes.
Although massage can be most beneficial it must be done correctly, with concentration and not be rushed through.
First clean your face well and then use a very light textured oil or cream as massage medium to prevent stretching or stressing this fragile skin.
You might want to look at almond oil, since this oil is wonderfully emollient, without being heavy and greasy. Another oil that you might consider is jojoba oil, but because of the high cost of pure jojoba oil, it might work out a bit expensive.
You could also look at massaging with plain aqueous cream, since it is very economical and is also great to work with.
When doing facial massage, please keep your touch SOFT and do not stretch the skin it must be done gently.
If you have long hair, tie it away from your face before doing any facial massage to prevent the oil or cream getting into your hair.
When you are finished doing the massage, remove the oil from your eyes by gently washing the area with a very gentle cleanser, or remove the excess oil by blotting it with a tissue. Make sure to remove excess oil or cream from the corners of your eyes, otherwise, as stated above, you might land up with eyes that are even more baggy or swollen.
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