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Goodbye, Under-eye Bags!

Goodbye, Under-eye Bags!

beauty-side-goodbye-under-copyBy Hillary Stone

Puffiness and under-eye bags tend to worsen as aging skin loses its’ elasticity. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On addresses the root of the problem. Highly effective ingredients include Escin, to promote micro-circulation, Dextran Sulphate, whose decongestant properties fade the intensity of dark circles and Hyaluronic Acid, which has the capacity to retain up to 1,000 times its water volume and thus keep the skin hydrated. At the heart of the Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On is Vichy Thermal Spa Water, recognized by the French Academy of Medicine for its soothing, fortifying and regenerating actions on the body.

Dr. Ranella Hirsch, noted Boston dermatologist, explains the facts about under-eye bags, circles and puffiness:

Q: Are poor lifestyle habits the sole cause of under-eye bags and circles?

Dr. Hirsch: Not necessarily. Many people are genetically predisposed to under-eye bags and circles although poor lifestyle habits like not enough sleep and too salty diet can really exaggerate the issue.

Q: Why do the appearance of under-eye bags and circles seem to worsen with age and season?

Dr. Hirsch: Anatomically, the under-eye fat pad is more prone to bulge as we lose collagen with aging. This correlates with what is commonly known as under-eye bags. The discoloration under the eye reflects a combination of genetic predisposition, cumulative lifestyle habits, and seasonal allergies. The rubbing and itching caused by allergies can further worsen the discoloration over time.

Q: I’ve heard that drinking more water can help alleviate under-eye bags. Is this true?

Dr. Hirsch: A regrettable misconception. Although water consumption can provide many other health benefits, solely increasing your drinking volume does not work to remove under-eye bags. If it did, I suspect our reservoirs would lie empty year round.

Q: Can OTC products, like Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On really help?

Dr. Hirsch: OTC products cannot prevent bags from appearing in someone who is genetically predisposed to them, but they can certainly help reduce their physical appearance. I recommend them often to patients as part of an overall anti-aging management strategy.

In a clinical study* conducted by Vichy Laboratoires, the following results were reported after using Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On:

  • A 20% increase in hydration after just four hours
  • 62% of visible bags diminish in only one hour
  • After one month of use, 67% of users noticed softened dark circles

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On is available at www.vichyusa.com.

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