Our faces help us to better communicate our emotions to the world, but they can give away valuable information about our physical state too. For example, dark circles and under-eye bags are indicative of late nights and too little sleep.
The following post is going to dig into the effects of sleep deprivation on facial appearance, focusing on puffiness. After that, we will briefly mention other common causes as well as talk about several steps you can take to fix the problem. Read on.
It's no secret that lack of sleep translates into a tired appearance. The facial region seems to be the most affected, showing as pale skin, swollen eyes, darker circles, and redder eyes. According to peer-reviewed studies, the damage can exacerbate into more wrinkles and hanging eyelids, as well as sagging corners of the mouth.
The fat tissues under the eyes might fill with water at night. This is because we spend more time lying flat and gravity causes liquids to pool around the eyes. As a result, we get swelling and puffiness.
Plus, the skin in that area is especially thin as opposed to other parts of the body, which means it's also relatively transparent. Not only that but the blood vessels are positioned much closer to their surface. When those two factors are combined, the skin can appear tinted.
As you skip your eight hours of sleep, the oxygen in the eyes decreases, which makes blood vessels dilate, giving you those bloodshot eyes. Deoxygenated or dilated, blood vessels become darker in colour and show more readily through the skin. This, in turn, causes dark circles.
Being sleep deprived, and constricted blood flow resulting from that respectively, isn't always to blame for your facial swelling. According to research, the number one culprit to this day remains genetics. Some people are predisposed to getting eye bags owing to hereditary factors that they don't have control over.
Thus, they are more likely to end up with a puffy appearance after a sleepless night than other folks, and they typically experience eye bags even when they are well rested.
Aside from that, there are many possible reasons for noticeable puffy eyes and dark eye circles, such as:
So, before you conclude that your eye bags and dark circles form when you are sleep deprived, you should talk to a dermatologist or another doctor to help identify the underlying cause. If you don't know what's triggering the condition, it's hard to find an effective treatment.
You can always book a consultation with Dr Shens to discuss if our Korean under eye bag removal surgery is the right option for you. There are also a few simple things you can do to minimise the appearance of eye bags and remove dark eye circles. Test them out to see if any of these work.
It's worth noting that if you have a genetic predisposition toward this condition, we're sorry to tell you, but none of the above suggestions will help you get rid of bags under the eyes at home. But don't worry, there are cosmetic treatments that can help, such as dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and of course surgery.