Archive for April, 2009

Can Puffy Eyes or Eye Bags Be Removed?

Are you always troubled with puffiness or bagginess of the lower eyelid?

Or do you often ask on how do they develop under the eyes, and how can you get rid of them?

Theoretically, puffiness or bagginess are usually caused by loss of elasticity of the skin and muscle of the eyelid. This allows the fat, which normally lies beneath the eyeball supporting it, to push outward. This change is commonly referred to as eyelid bags. There are also textural skin changes in the eyelid that make the skin look old.

Puffy eyes or eye bags, as a result, also come in those that happen as a slide effect of allergies, too much salt, and fluid retention.

There are many non-surgical, topical, laser and other therapies that can remedy the superficial skin changes. However once the deeper changes have occurred in the lower eyelid, plastic surgery is required to correct them.

Other remedies?

Although, for the genetic and age-related nature causes of puffy eyes, the best solution is to surgically remove the solid fat pad. But to remedy the fluid retention, you may want to reduce the salt intake or refresh the eye areas with lymph massage.

Do skincare products really help?

Claiming that a eye cream can significantly correct lax skin and bulging fat in the eyelid is, a false advertising! Don’t believe it. There is no topical product that will ’drain the fluid from under the eyes and reduce the puffiness’ or ‘break down the fat’, as some of the most outrageous claims on cream jars would like you to believe. Although there are many products, some very high-end ones, making such claims on the basis of some herbal or other ingredient, sad to say the science has not progressed so far.

If you have both dark eye circles and eye bags 

You may not realize that the fat pad protruding from under your eyes, casting a shadow and thereby creating the dark eye circles. Most of the time, this darkness of the circle is not inherent to the skin and it is merely a shadow cast by the eye bag. Usually, the circle will disappear without a trace after the cosmetic surgery. 

Genetic cause

Look at your relatives. If you see bags under their eyes, chances are bags will be coming your way, too. They do not improve with time. They only get worse. The surgery to correct this problem is an easy procedure, and the results are usually excellent. Be sure to go to an experienced plastic surgeon; you do not want an inexperienced surgeon taking out too much fat from under your eyes.

My DIY Eye Soothers



Wouldn’t it be nice to give your eyes some pampering? Quick and easy kitchen cures, at the comfort of your home.

Puffiness : 2 rose hip tea bags

Place the tea bags in a cup and pour boiling water over them. When the bags have cooled, wring them out, and place one over each eye. Relax for 15 minutes and pat dry.

Dark eye circles : 1 green fig

Slice the fig in half and place one half over each eye. Relax for 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry.

Irritated : 2 cucumber slices

Place a disk of cucumber over each eye. Relax for 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry.

Sore and red : 2 potato slices

Place a potato slice over each eye. Relax for 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry.

Bloodshot : 1/4 cup skim milk

Place 2 cotton bails in a saucer of milk, wring them out, and place one over each eye. Relax for 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry.

Sources : beauty magic

How Sun Exposure Links To Inflammation


Technically, one of the most obvious examples of the inflammatory process at work is sunburn. Research has shown that various chemicals that regulate inflammation peak within four to eight hours of exposure to ultraviolet light. 

Countering inflammation is most important when you’re young, because this is when the inflammatory response is most active. Not only are your cells most vigilant at this time, but there are many years ahead of you during which the damage will accumulate. So when you read that most of the sun damage that will cause you wrinkles after fifty occurred when you were in your twenties, it’s not just that you might have spent more days on the beach, but that in your twenties your skin was more reactive.

Protecting yourself from the sun is the most obvious step in reducing inflammation.

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April 09
Beauty tip of the month


Using good skin-care products and developing a routine facial skin-care program will obviously help the skin look better. As the skin ages, production of intercellular cement decreases, which decreases the skin’s ability to hold water. This is dehydration, and it results in a rough-textured appearance. 

Many theories support the use of hydrating agents in lessening the signs of aging. Many researchers believe that good skin care with proper conditioners, free-radical scavengers, stimulating chemicals, hydrating agents, and sunscreens may help lessen the physical aging of the skin. 


Mark Lees                                                                                         Skin Care Beyond the Basics


April 09
To believe or not to believe


The sauna is an excellent way to deep-cleanse the skin. The steam gently dilates the pores and lifts out toxins, leaving your skin polished.


Catherine Maillard                                                                       Healthy Skin