5 Ways To Reduce And Remove Eye Bags And Dark Circles

Lately many of may have been seeing videos, commercials and even news broadcasts about a seemingly magical cream that claims to remove unsightly bags underneath eyes. Video proof was recently showcased on the popular ABC news program, “Good Morning America,” when they put this controversial cream to the test and gave it a mostly positive review. But in reality, this is only a short-term solution since the results only last for a couple of hours at most.

These annoying bags and dark circles are simply an annoyance, perhaps inherited and not really a sign of a serious medical condition that could affect our eyesight. So what really works when it comes to these dark circles and excess baggage that’s often found underneath our eyes? Here’s five examples of ways to reduce these bags and darkness without resorting to over-the-counter (or over the airways) remedies that may not necessarily work long term.


1. Stay Hydrated

In a recent post, we discussed the importance of hydration, specifically when it comes to drinking at least eight glasses of water per day in order to get the necessary amount of H2O into our bodies. As noted in this article, even with this type of daily saturation, our skin (especially around our eyes) is one of the last places this type of hydration actually occurs. A lack of water in our system can prevent many different types of health problems including purely cosmetic cases like those pesky eye bags.

2. Be Well Rested

Getting enough shut-eye (pun intended) each and every night is vital for many different types of medical dilemmas that can cause us serious problems, even those dark circles and bags found underneath our eyelids can be due to a lack of sleep. Putting in at least eight hours of pillow time is rewarding on many different levels, but so is cutting back on things that dehydrate our bodies like excessive salt intake, abusive alcohol consumption and heightened caffeine levels.

3. Tea Time

The tannin found in tea bags can also help reduce this type of baggage. To release these tannins, soak them in hot water first, but allow plenty of time for them to cool sufficiently before applying them to the area around your eyes. Other ingredients often found in tea bags like peppermint and chamomile will also help to soothe you with the use of aromatherapy during these calming eyecare sessions.

4. Allergies And Make Up

If you suffer from allergies, seasonal or otherwise, be sure to avoid your triggers and take appropriate medications if they offer relief from these symptoms. Speaking of allergens, some makeup products can exaggerate existing conditions or cause new ones to appear, especially around our eyes. So be sure to monitor their usage carefully and look for reactions that could cause baggage to appear more severe.

5. Be Kind To Your Eyes

Also, when it comes to makeup, don’t sleep with these cosmetics still applied on your eyes as well as your entire face. This additional time spent on skin can cause significant drying, irritation and could also cause eye bags, dark circles and wrinkles to appear more pronounced. Be sure to wear sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors to prevent further dehydration.

There’s always cosmetic surgery to correct these type of dilemmas, but these methods can be very costly, involve lengthy recovery times and come with significant side effects like bruising and even more swelling. Look for more natural solutions before you consider going under the knife!

Medical Groups Issue Independent Warnings About Toxic Chemicals In Common Products.

In the New York Times (11/29, SR9, Subscription Publication) “Sunday Review” column, Nicholas Kristof wrote that “two major medical organizations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products all around us,” contending that “unregulated substances...are sometimes linked to breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.” The Endocrine Society released a 150-page “scientific statement,” in which it warned that “‘mounting evidence’ also ties endocrine disrupters to infertility, prostate cancer, undescended testicles, testicular cancer, breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and neurological issues,” with the threat being “particularly great when unborn children are exposed.” Meanwhile, citing “a National Cancer Institute report finding that ‘to a disturbing extent babies are born ‘pre-polluted,’” the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) pointed out that “virtually every pregnant woman in America has at least 43 different chemical contaminants in her body.” The Endocrine Society has endorsed the FIGO statement.

Moderate Coffee Drinking Associated With Lower Risk Of Death From Certain Conditions, Including T2D

Moderate Coffee Drinking Associated With Lower Risk Of Death From Certain Conditions, Including T2D

CBS News (11/16, Welch) reports on a study (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2015/11/10/CIRCULATIONAHA.115.017341.abstract) published in Circulation based on data covering “almost 168,000 women and over 40,000 men,” some of them for up to 30 years, finding that those who drank fewer that five cups of coffee daily “had a lower risk of deaths from cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, type 2 diabetes [T2D] and suicide.”

NBC News (11/16, Fox) reports that the study found that those “who drink regular, moderate amounts of coffee are less likely to die from a range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease.” It also found no additional benefit beyond five cups per day and that the benefit appeared whether the coffee was regular or decaffeinated. The study found that people who drank coffee regularly were also more likely to smoke. Coffee drinkers who did not smoke were “between 8 and 15 percent less likely to die,” than non-coffee drinkers. The study did not identify whether coffee drinkers added cream, milk, or sugar to their coffee. The authors suggested that antioxidants may play a role, but said that the chief finding is that coffee drinking is not harmful.

CNN (11/16, Storrs) reports the effect is clear only among those who drink coffee and “never smoked.” Among those, there was a 6% to 8% lower death rate connected to drinking up to 3 cups daily, and a 15% lower rate among those who drank 3 to 5 cups, and a 12% lower rate among those who drank over 5 cups daily. One possibility suggested is that coffee drinkers “drink less soda,” while it is also suggested that the lignans and chlorogenic acid in coffee “could reduce inflammation and help control blood sugar,” and so “reduce the risk of heart disease,” which was 10% lower among coffee drinkers. In addition, coffee drinkers had a 9% to 37% lower rate of death from “neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and dementia.” They also had “between 20% and 36% lower rates of suicide.”

Reuters (11/16, Doyle) explains that the research did not allow for causal conclusions, but only associations among groups of people who drank varying amounts of coffee.

HealthDay (11/16, Norton) reports the study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. The data set came from surveys of “more than 200,000 US doctors, nurses and other health professionals” carried out over 30 years.

Short Sessions Of High-Intensity Exercise May Benefit People With T2D

Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Might Benefit Type 2 Diabetics

Research suggests brief but harder workouts may provide better blood sugar control

 HealthDay (11/11, Preidt) reports, “Short sessions of high-intensity exercise may provide more health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes [T2D] than longer bouts of less intense activity,” according to the results of a 76-patient study that was scheduled for presentation Nov. 10 at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting. Continue reading...

Drink At Least Eight Glasses of Water Daily

Water is not only good for your body, but it is great for skin as well. For one, it cleanses and purifies your body and has an alkalizing effect. It also plumps the skin, causing wrinkles and pores to, more or less, get filled in. Additionally, some of the structures in the skin that support collagen need water to work effectively. When your skin is adequately hydrated, it’s not as likely to become irritated or as prone to blemishes.

Because H2O is essential to every bodily function, the unfortunate truth is that water will reach every other organ before it reaches the skin. That’s why a good eight glasses is recommended daily. Remember to take in to account your size, the temperature and how active you are. If you’re exercising a lot on a hot day, you’ll need to adjust your water intake accordingly.

It’s also important to avoid drinking from plastic bottles unless they are BPA free. Bisphenol A is a chemical found in hard plastics and has been linked to a plethora of health issues including cancer, infertility and heart disease.

So be sure to stay hydrated not only for a healthy body but to keep your skin looking beautiful and young!

A Look Back at Dr. Jane at the 57th Annual GRAMMY™ Awards


Grammys host, LL Cool J took home the Healing Saint Luminosity Skin Serum and the Healing Saint Hair Follicle Stimulant

We were beyond thrilled to be in the official backstage lounge at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards to launch our Healing Saint products earlier this year. Dr. Jane mingled with presenters and performers and explained the science behind the Healing Saint Luminosity Skin Serum and Hair Follicle Stimulant. We had the opportunity to chat with and gift incredible talent like LLCoolJ, Ashanti, Lifehouse, Garcelle Beauvais, Mario, Ryan Cabrera and more. Here are just a few images that were captured during our three day adventure in Hollywood.

SheBrand founder Liz Dennery Sanders introduced Garcelle Beauvais to Dr. Jane

   Ashanti took a moment to chat with Dr. Jane

Ryan Cabrera stopped by to say hello 

Dr. Jane taught Mario about Wellness 360 products

Lifehouse relaxed at the Healing Saint booth with Dr. Jane

TLC's Chili with her Wellness 360 and Healing Saint swag

Bow Wow shows off his Healing Saint gifts

The ever-so-funny Tony Hale stopped by to make us laugh

Dr. Jane getting ready backstage with her team

Find the Good in Every Situation

Having a positive attitude decreases stress hormones and makes the bodily functions stay healthy. By actively deciding to see the positive, you’re not only reducing your risk of heart disease and cancer, but you’re also regulating skin-stressing cortisol levels.

There are so many ways to stay on the bright side of life. Here are just a few to get you started:

Give thanks every day
Whether you’re keeping a gratitude journal or meditating, staying thankful will always remind you that there are so many blessings in your life.

Celebrate the love in your life
Let those you care about know how much they mean to you. Nothing feels better then knowing that those around you feel happy and appreciated.

Stop and smell the roses
Get outside and realize that there is a great, big, beautiful world out there! Breathe in fresh air, bask in the sunshine or go for a hike. Nature is a perfect remedy for a mind reset.

As simple as it sounds, a smile can change your attitude and raise your confidence. It will not only brighten your day, but others as well.

By keeping stress at bay, you’ll push the breakouts away. And who doesn’t want to feel happy AND have gorgeous skin?

Get Your Beauty Sleep


In order to look your radiant best, make sure you get at least seven to eight hours of good sleep each night. Melatonin, our sleep-hormone, counteracts stress and acts as a free-radical-destroying antioxidant.

When you’re not catching enough Z’s, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol. Heightened levels of cortisol can lead to inflammation in the body, harming the quality of your skin and leading to an increase in the breakdown of collagen, not to mention hyaluronic acid, which gives your skin its glow.

Because tired skin sags, bags and loses luster, it’s important to give your body and skin the time it needs to repair, restore and rebalance so that you can wake up feeling, and looking, like a million bucks!


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