Can Massage REDUCE Under-Eye Bags?

Woman with under-eye bags and dark circles.

You may feel very self-conscious if you have under-eye bags. Can anything be done to help correct the appearance of under-eye imperfections?

As a general rule, lymphatic massage has the ability to reduce or eliminate the appearance of under-eye bags. Usually, under-eye bags can appear if there is accumulated lymph fluid in the lymphatic ducts under the eyes. Different types of massage can clear stagnant lymphatic fluid under the eyes.

If you are considering trying massage in an attempt to improve your under-eye bags, you are in the right place to give you the confidence you need to start a massage routine for your eyes.

Can Eye Massage Reduce the Appearance of Under-Eye Bags?

It can feel very distressing if we look in the mirror one day and see puffy circles under our eyes. Some well-intentioned people may comment on our under-eye bags suggesting that we should eat and drink better or get more rest. However, these comments may make us feel even more self-conscious if we are already doing these things and despite our efforts, we STILL have under-eye bags.

There are many different reasons someone may develop puffy under-eye bags. Allergies, heredity, aging skin, crying, and our hormones are just some of the reasons under-eye bags may appear. A diet high in processed foods can contribute to puffy eye circles in a very short time.

Dehydration can be a big factor in under-eye bags since the body tries to hoard water in the body if it isn’t getting enough daily hydration. Poor sleep or bouts of insomnia can also contribute to under-eye bags. The body does most of its repair work at night when we get adequate good quality sleep.

The good news is massage has an unbelievable ability to minimize or completely eliminate the appearance of under-eye circles especially if we have taken steps to correct the contributing factors.

In particular, Lymphatic Drainage Massage proves to be the most successful at doing away with under-eye bags. We have many lymphatic ducts that run through our face. Many of these lymphatic ducts are found around the eyes because that’s where our sinus cavities are located. The sinus cavity is a BIG part of the lymphatic system.

There are different ways to accomplish lymphatic drainage with massage. You can use your bare hands, jade roller, gua sha tool, acupressure, and acupuncture are different massage modalities that can achieve lymphatic drainage. These all accomplish the task of removing stagnant lymph fluid from the lymph vessels in the face which in turn minimizes or eliminates the appearance of under-eye bags. Yay!

Can Massage FIX Under-Eye Dark Circles?

The reasons for dark under-eye circles are almost identical to the reasons for under-eye bags. Under-eye bags and under-eye dark circles are closely related to each other. It’s very likely that if you have under-eye bags, you may also suffer from darkness under the eyes. These can look like dark shadows that appear under the eye.

Dark Circles Can Look Cute

Remember the likely cause of under-eye bags? Right, so stagnant lymphatic fluid means there’s also poor blood circulation in that area. The lymph vessels rely on muscle contraction for movement to move lymphatic fluid so the body can eliminate wastes. If the lymph has become stagnant, we can assume that there may be muscle atrophy in that area as well. Meaning, the muscles are not getting good blood circulation.

Using massage on the face, focusing on the sinuses most likely will have a profound impact on the appearance of dark under-eye circles. Especially massage that brings good blood circulation to the muscles of the eye area.

Massage targeted for dark under-eye circles can use a little more pressure than the kind of massage that is only for lymphatic drainage. However, it’s important to remain with a gentle touch and lighter pressure than you would use on the muscles of the rest of your body since the skin of the eye area is very fragile and delicate.

How Often to Perform Eye Massage for Under-Eye Bags?

Now that you are super pumped to try massage for your under-eye imperfections you might be wondering how often you can safely do this. The good news is you can do this safely up to twice a day. That’s if you want to do it that often.

To begin with, it would be good to start with a daily lymphatic face massage for no more than 30 minutes. After seven days, you can reduce the frequency of your face massage to four times a week. After the second week, you can reduce the frequency to three times a week.

For lasting results, you will want to aim to do a lymphatic face massage three times per week. It’s important that you use good quality pure oil for the face if you do choose to use oil. I highly recommend this facial oil-

SVA Camellia Seed Oil 4oz.

It’s made from the seed of the green tea plant and it’s AMAZING for sensitive acne-prone skin. The high concentration of antioxidants it contains will aid in the healing of the skin under your eyes.

Whatever your face massage routine frequency becomes it’s more important that it’s something you feel you can maintain and that it feels like self-care. If your routine is too frequent or too long it will feel burdensome and you will likely abandon the practice altogether. It’s your face and you get to choose what is going to be best for you.

If you have been considering invasive or surgical measures to improve the appearance of under-eye bags, you may want to try using massage to achieve an improvement first. You may find that you will not even need to go to the medical spa for harsh and expensive treatments for your under-eye bags.

Many skincare products are targeted to improve the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles. These often have very limited success, if any success at all. These products can be very expensive and ambiguous as to what’s really inside the bottle and how much since skincare products are not FDA regulated nor are required to be accurate in their labels.

The wonderful thing about using massage to get rid of your under-eye imperfections is it’s relaxing, inexpensive, and has whole-body benefits. Enjoy the process and become a more beautiful you!

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I've been practicing Massage Therapy since 2014. I'm a health and wellness enthusiast. I'm always learning and experimenting with different techniques, recipes, and healing modalities. I believe that we need to approach health and wellness from a WHOLE-listic point of view and understand that it will constantly be changing and is never stagnant. We are all unique and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another person. As I grow, change, and experiment I will share what I have learned as it may help someone else in need.

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