Whether brought on by stress, age or lack of sleep, bags under your eyes can be annoying and unattractive. However, a simple an inexpensive remedy can help dramatically: Preparation H.
Even if the idea of using something meant to be used on other body parts seems strange, give it a try and you will likely be impressed at the results.
What Causes Eye Bags
The bags under the eyes are caused by fat and fluid that naturally exists under the eyes. When skin is young and healthy, the fat is held back, but many factors can cause the skin to weaken and for the fat behind the skin to push forward, giving the appearance of bags.
As skin ages, it naturally loses some of the elasticity that keeps it taught. As this elasticity diminishes, the fat under the eyes can push forward.
Some people simply have stronger skin that holds its elasticity longer. Some people, however, are simply the product of two people with less strong skin. These people may develop eye bags quicker and more severely than others.
Not sleeping enough and poor stress management can cause the delicate skin under the eyes to form bags sooner.
A diet high in salt that causes water retention can also lead to puffier eyes. Likewise, not drinking enough water and staying properly hydrated can lead to the buildup of baggage under your lower lids.
If you suffer from allergies or sinus problems, your eye bags may develop more severely than someone without these conditions. That is because the swelling and deflating of sinus and glands in the face can cause the skin to weaken more quickly.
Why Does Preparation H Work?
Simply put, Preparation H works because it is designed to reduce swelling in sensitive areas.
Preparation H uses an ingredient called phenylephrine which reduces swelling. While it is designed to reduce swelling in blood vessels, it can also prove helpful in reducing swelling in other areas like under the eye.
Preparation H also uses lubricants in its medication that helps keep the skin under the eye moisturized. Keeping moisture in the skin helps keep the skin stronger and protects it against swelling when medication is not being applied.
How to Use Preparation H
To use Preparation H for eye bags, simply dab a small amount on to the skin under the eyes. Depending on the particular formula (some are creams, some are ointments) you may or may not be able to rub the medication all the way into the skin.
Leave the Preparation H on the skin until you need to wash it off for cosmetic reasons, like if you are going out and do not want shiny oil sitting under your eyes or you are going to put on makeup.
Depending on the severity of the bags, you will need to use Preparation H for several days in a row before any noticeable reduction of the bags occurs. Once your bags have gone down in size, use the medication every few days to maintain the tighter look of your skin.
Be careful of any side effects. Sometimes, using too much Preparation H or using it too often can cause a burning sensation. Also, take care not to get the medication into the eyes.