Old age also plays a major role in this. Velthuis: 'The fat under your eye is held in place by a connective tissue gun. This shot becomes slacker when you get older . Add gravity to it, and the fat sinks to the front, creating a wall.
When people complain about their bags, they usually talk about circles: the dark color under their eyes. Velthuis: 'In a circle we talk about the groove under the shore, the ditch. This is dark in color. This color can be genetically determined, but also because of a lack of moisture under the eye. For example if you have a shortage of fluid in your body. Or because your fluid management is confused for some reason due to illness or poor sleep. This makes the skin thinner under your eyes, and you look through the skin, as it were. Then you see the color of the gray bone of your skull, and the bluish blood vessels: that is the circle.
Fortunately, you can do something about your dark circles: sleep well, drink plenty of water and drink little or no alcohol or caffeine , so that you retain enough fluid. In addition, it helps to not smoke, and to eat varied and not too salty.
There are many 'remedies' on the internet that would oppose circles under the eyes. For example, by placing cold compresses or ice on your eyes. Velthuis: 'This may cause your circles to shrink due to the cold, and thus appear smaller. But after fifteen minutes that effect is gone again, because then you will not stop the cold. '
Wet tea bags and cucumbers on your eyes would also help to bring in fluid. Velthuis raises his question here: 'Those cucumbers might help. But as far as I know, there is no scientific evidence for this. In my opinion, the tea bags can only cause irritations. '
King of the 'wonder remedies' is a striking find of Hollywood, which is often used by stars and top models: hemorrhoids ointment. According to Velthuis, this is certainly a way to (temporarily) counter your circles. Only in the longer term this can only make things worse. 'Because', says Velthuis, 'hemorrhoids ointment irritates the skin a bit. That causes a swelling under your eyes, so your skin is less thin, and the dark color for a few hours away. But if you use this every day, you will get eczema and skin will flake and damage.
Finally, we are thrown out with serums, creams and moisturizing sticks from the major cosmetic brands that would attack dark circles. This can help, but according to Velthuis, hooks and eyes are also involved: 'Because these substances contain a high concentration of fruit acids, tissue is created, making it more difficult to look through the skin. But I do not recommend using it every day, as many people do. You can use it a few times a month to see if your skin can resist it. Then you can use it more often. In any case, you should not mix different creams, because you get eczema or hypersensitive skin. '
Fighting ramparts is another story. Contrary to what many people think, walls only consist of 10% moisture. The rest of the shore is filled with fat. Dr. Velthuis: 'You can partially massage this fluid away. You push your fingers from your nose to your cheekbones, in the shore. In this way you push the fluid into the lymph tracts, which then drain it. '