When I ask my women patients to tell me the one thing that bothers them most about their appearance, a lot of them point to the skin under their eyes.
They think the puffiness and saggy skin makes them look run-down and tired… and older than they feel.
Most of them have tried every under-eye concealer on the market. But despite shelling out big money on Big Beauty’s products, these women aren’t getting the results they want.
That’s because no matter what the beauty industry promises, there’s just no good way to hide under-eye bags with makeup.
I teach my patients how to use miracle remedies from Mother Nature’s garden to tighten up the skin around their eyes. These remedies reduce puffiness. And they can help you look rested and refreshed in no time…
I’ll share that info with you in just a minute. But first I want you to understand why you get under-eye bags in the first place…
The skin in the delicate area around your eyes is very thin. And with every passing year, that skin gets even thinner. It’s one of the first places to show visible signs of aging.
Collagen is critical to keeping this skin smooth and tight. But as you age, collagen breaks down faster than your body can rebuild it.
Too much sun exposure makes things worse. It increases the level of enzymes that break down collagen in the skin.1 It generates free-radical damage.
As a result, the delicate skin under the eye becomes loose. It begins to sag. You start seeing little bags form.
Then poor blood circulation to the area can lead to inflammation and puffiness. Your under-eye bags grow even more!
Concealers just can’t hide this kind of damage. So don’t waste your money.
My patients at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine have had great results with natural plants and extracts. These natural ingredients have been proven to rebuild collagen. And YOU can get the same benefits right at home.
Banish eye bags with these 3 herbs
1. Coffea Arabica Seed Oil. The oil from green, unroasted Coffea arabica beans can help shrink under-eye bags and melt puffiness away. For one thing, it can double the rate of collagen production.2
Coffea arabica seed oil also contains caffeine that boosts blood circulation. Skin studies show caffeine improves drainage to reduce bags and puffiness.3
You can find pure Coffea arabica seed oil in health food stores or on the Internet. Look for oil that’s been cold pressed from green coffee beans. Apply just a drop to the delicate skin under your eyes to reduce bags, dark circles, lines and wrinkles.
2. Green Tea Extract. Powerful antioxidants in green tea (Camellia sinensis) help protect the delicate skin around the eyes from the damage caused by UV sunlight.
Green tea contains a potent flavonoid called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Studies show EGCG rejuvenates old skin cells and makes them act young again.4
I recommend a supplement containing EGCG. Look for a green tea extract standardized to at least 40% EGCG. Take at least 500 mg a day.
Also look for green tea in facial serums and creams. Or add some cold green tea to your moisturizer or toner.
3. Konjac Root. Konjac root (Amorphophallus konjac) is a powerful moisturizer. It contains about 40% glucomannan. When it comes in contact with water, glucomannan can expand up to 17 times in size.
When you apply konjac root to your skin, it soaks up and holds onto moisture. In laboratory tests, konjac retained so much water it increased the thickness of the protective stratum corneum layer of the skin.5 That’s important to boost the strength of the delicate area under the eyes. Look for natural products with konjac root in the ingredients’ list.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
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2. Velazquez Pereda Mdel C et al. “Effect of green Coffea arabica L. seed oil on extracellular matrix components and water-channel expression in in vitro and ex vivo human skin models.” J Cosmet Dermatol. 2009;8(1):56-62.
3. Herman A et al. “Caffeine’s mechanisms of action and its cosmetic use.” Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2013;26(1):8-14.
4. Stephen Hsu et al, “Green Tea Polyphenols Induce Differentiation and Proliferation in Epidermal Keratinocytes.” Journal of Pharmacology And Experimental Therapeutics 2003;306(1):29-34.
5. Schaefer K, “Konjac Root Wrinkle-filling-Spheres” CosmeticsAndToiletries.com. Retrieved 2/8/15