In my opinion, one of the promising effects of attending college is the formation of new habits. Many of these new habits may have to do with a students’ change in sleeping patterns and behaviors. Between “going to bed early”, at around 1:30 AM, and studying for that 8 AM exam the morning of, there would clearly be consequences. For example, your daily hours of sleep would decrease, and the need for caffeine and naps throughout the day would increase (there can even a decline in grades due to tiredness and procrastinating).
These new habits may even have a noticeable effect on your physical appearance. Suddenly, there may be giant dark circles puffing up just for the whole world to see whenever they make eye contact with you. With this dramatic description, the new habits formed may create under eye bags. But what else may cause the formation of under eye bags?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the mild swelling or puffiness of your under eyes occurs when the muscles surrounding your eyelid begin to weaken. The fat and tissue that supports the muscles slowly move into your lower eyelid, causing the appearance that they are getting puffy. Sometimes you eyes may look puffier than usual. This is because addition fluid is being accumulated in the already puffy eyelid.
Now that we know what under eye bags are, what causes them? Some people may believe that the cause of these dark, puffy, circles is tiredness from lacking a good night sleep. But, Dr. Diane Berson, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, believes otherwise. She explains that dark circles are results of heredity and genetics. In addition, under eye bags can be a result of aging. Aging may make skin thin, causing dilate blood vessels.
One of the most relatable and interesting causes, in my opinion, is something as simple as the changing of seasons. A group of beauty scientists studied the eyes of 5,000 women throughout the seasons. They analyzed factors such as increases and decreases in puffiness and darkness. The scientists found that under eye bags of the women were, “significantly darker during the colder months”. With this data they concluded that there is a link between sunlight and bags. This relationship is correlation not causation since there is most likely a third variable involved. The confounding variables that the scientists predict include a lack of sunlight bringing about paler skin, therefore emphasizing the bags and a lower level of Vitamin D.
With these causes in mind there are still many more. Eye puffiness may increase during allergy season or well you are very stressed out. When it comes to stress, parts of your body weaken and may even swell, one body part being your eyes. Also, consuming large amount of alcohol and sodium before going to bed may cause puffy eyes when you wake up. This is due to water retention, or as many people call it, “bloating”. Puffy eyes may also be a result of medical conditions to the eye, such as blepharitis. Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids due to bacteria, clogging of the eyelids, and allergies. Clearly, there are many causing of under eye bags and it is up to us to keep good hygiene in order to prevent them.