Unlocking Under-Eye Area: Myths, Quick Fixes, and Permanent Solutions

Unlocking Under-Eye Area: Myths, Quick Fixes, and Permanent Solutions

Posted by JQ on Jun 24th 2024

Hey Beautiful,

Let's talk about eyes!

Those windows to the soul deserve some TLC, especially the delicate under-eye area. But as women over 40, we've all seen those flashy ads promising miracle creams that banish under-eye bags and dark circles.

Here's the truth: while some creams might feel nice and provide temporary hydration, a 2013 study by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that most over-the-counter eye creams have minimal effect on puffiness or dark circles. Why? Because the skin around our eyes is super thin – about 10 times thinner than the skin on your cheeks – and it needs more than just a surface-level moisturizer.

So, what causes those under-eye bags and dark circles anyway?

The surprising main culprit is genetics!

Yep, just like your beautiful smile or your mom's laugh lines, under-eye circles can be hereditary. Other factors include the loss of collagen that naturally comes with aging, allergies, sun damage (which is why wearing sunglasses is so important!), and even dehydration.

And in most cases, eye bags cannot be fixed without surgery.

Now, onto the good news!

Quick Fixes for Brighter Looking Eyes:

  • Cool it down! Apply a cold compress, like a washcloth dipped in cold water, to the under-eye area for 10-15 minutes. This helps reduce blood vessel flow, bringing down puffiness.
  • Sleep it off! We all know this one, but sometimes it's the simplest things that make the biggest difference. When you're well-rested, your whole face looks brighter, including your under-eye area.
  • Use makeup! A good color corrector and/or creamy concealer can do wonders to camouflage dark circles. But make sure to wear a tinted primerunderneath it so you don't use too much eye makeup.

While there's no magic potion to permanently erase under-eye issues, there are fantastic options to significantly improve their appearance. 

Here are some temporary and permanent solutions you might want to consider:

  • Temporary Solutions: A cool compress, whether it be from a cool washcloth, a cool metal applicator, cold face roller, or cool tea bags can actually shrink blood vessels and reduce puffiness. Think of it like a mini air conditioner for your eyes! Another trick? Caffeine helps constrict blood vessels, so using a caffeinated eye cream will give you the best chance at reducing the appearance of dark under eye circles and puffiness.
  • Permanent Solutions: Lasers haven't just revolutionized the tech world, they're changing the beauty game too! Certain non-ablative lasers, like the Fraxel laser, can target the deeper structures under your eyes, stimulating collagen production and improving skin texture. This can lead to a firmer, smoother under-eye area, reducing the appearance of bags and wrinkles.

Multiple studies, including one published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in 2017, have shown non-ablative lasers to be safe and effective for improving under-eye puffiness.

Bonus Fact: Did you know that some studies have shown that allergies can actually contribute to under-eye circles [2]? If you have allergies that are under control, you might see a natural improvement in your under-eye area!

Share the Knowledge: Do you have any questions or tips for dealing with under-eye concerns? Share them in the comments below! And if you found this blog helpful, why not share it with your friends, too?

Remember, everyone's skin is different, so it's important to consult with an esthetician or dermatologist to find the best solution for you.

Bonus Tip: Did you know that blinking throughout the day or applying warm compresses helps keep your eyes lubricated and can even reduce puffiness? So go ahead, bat those beautiful lashes, ladies!

The more you know the more you glow!



  1. Study: The use of non-ablative fractional lasers in the treatment of moderate to severe periorbital wrinkles.
  2. Allergic Shiner

ps. for my latest video on more ways to treat eye bags, dark circles and puffiness, go here!