What causes them? Though you might hear the word “bags” used interchangeably with “dark circles” or “puffy eyes,” these distinct under-eye pouches are markedly different from either one. This structural puffiness is caused by a combination of fat herniation and skin laxity—they’re genetic and a normal sign of aging. They can appear as early as your late-20s or 30s—but apparently none of the SELFies who complained about bags actually have them, because the docs didn’t diagnose any instances of bagginess in our photos.


Peptides are the star of the show here, namely an amino-peptide complex, that penetrates 10 layers deep to help skin cells. "Peptides act as signaling mechanisms that tell the body to produce more collagen," says Dhaval Bhanusali, M.D., a dermatologist based in New York City. (As a reminder, collagen is the protein responsible for strong, firm, youthful skin, so more collagen equals fewer wrinkles. But this cream doesn't stop there; it also gently exfoliates and hydrates.
Protect your skin from the sun. Exposure to UV light speeds up the natural aging process of your skin, causing wrinkles and rough, blotchy skin. In fact, sun exposure is the No. 1 reason for signs of aging in the skin, including uneven pigmentation. Protect your skin — and prevent future wrinkles — by limiting the time you spend in the sun and always wearing protective clothing and a hat. Also, use sunscreen on exposed skin year-round when outdoors.
Specially formulated to support your skin’s natural regeneration process, this nighttime pro-collagen cream is a great option for anyone looking to take advantage of all of the time we spend catching z’s. The luxurious, moisture-rich texture of this nighttime cream feels wonderfully soft on the skin and helps to promote your skin’s natural abilities to restore elasticity and hydration. It delays the visible signs of premature aging.
Limit blue light exposure at night. Recent studies reveal that blue light emitted by electronic devices damages your skin perhaps even more so than UV. It also disrupts your sleep cycle–all in all, I notice that staring into my laptop late at night spells disaster for my eye area the next morning. Activate warm-light display on your laptop and phone after sundown. Close your electronics as early as possible at night and read a book instead, if you need to wind down!

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“While there are many expensive skin care treatments on the market, nothing is better at preventing both skin cancer and premature skin aging than sunscreen. Studies have shown time and time again that regular use of sunscreens prevents the development of skin cancers, including melanomas, which can be potentially fatal. In one recent yearlong study, regular sunscreen use was even shown to improve the cosmetic appearance of the skin, likely because protective skin was able to heal itself. The best treatment for aging skin is preventing ultraviolet light damage to begin with. Skipping one day will not result in too much loss, but if you regularly take a pass, your skin will ultimately pay the price.
Bags under the eyes are a common development of age and a frequent complaint among patients who no longer feel as youthful as they once did. To describe what happens a bit more, normal fat that helps support the eye sometimes moves into the lower eyelid, which causes the lid to appear puffy. Additionally, fluid may accumulate in the area below your eyes, which adds to the swelling.
It was pretty eye-opening (wink) to learn the differences between bags and puffy eyes and dark circles, since so many of us think we have them—even when sometimes we don't. I'm quite aware that $100 eye creams aren't for everyone (ditto for $1,000 fillers and other medical cosmetic procedures!), and for my own purposes, I'm likely going to stick with my already fairly intensive skincare regimen, rather than adding new products to the mix. I will rely on color correcting makeup and concealers when I'm looking for a quick bandaid for what seems to be a fact of life for most of us.
What can you do? Topical retinoids may help lighten the look of dark circles, Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologic surgeon at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in NYC, tells SELF. She says that using a prescription retinoid will help “thicken the skin and increase cell turnover,” which will make the underlying darkness less visible. Experts also recommend creams and serums with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides to hydrate and stimulate collagen and elastin production, plumping up the skin and pushing it away from the pooled blood. Antioxidants including vitamins A, C, and E can help to lighten dark under-eye circles. Try Insta Natural Eye Serum ($18) which is packed with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides and caffeine. Products with caffeine can also help “wake up” tired looking eyes by constricting visible blood vessels.
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