Keeping fit, losing weight, lifting the mood, and keeping the circulation ticking along are just some of the many reasons people are increasingly turning to rebounding for a health boost.
But could rebounding also help you reduce or even eliminate those pesky under eye bags that just won’t seem to shift? Although rebounding isn’t likely to eliminate under eye bags altogether, it could be an effective way to reduce puffiness under the eyes through a variety of means. The main way it is likely to do this is by improving lymphatic drainage and circulation in general.
There are plenty of anecdotal reports for enthusiastic rebounders claiming that reducing puffiness under the eyes has proved to be an unexpected but welcome side effect of bouncing regularly!
Let’s take a closer look at some of the common causes of under eye bags, as well as some of the ways a mini-trampoline could help you keep them at bay.
What Causes Under Eye Bags?
Despite the fact that they are an extremely common feature amongst adults, the exact causes for under eye bags appear to be complex and varied. There are actually many things about under eye bags that scientists aren’t entirely sure about!
What does seem evident, however, is that under eye bags tend to become more pronounced with age and that they are, for some people at least, an inevitable part of getting older.
Lack of sleep is also closely associated with under eye bags, particularly in the first waking hours of the day. We’ve all experienced what a few late nights can do to our face!
Where do under eye bags come from? Well, we all have small pockets of fat beneath the eye, mainly to protect, stabilise, and cushion the eyeball itself.
Bags under the eyes are often these pockets of fat becoming more visible, either because the pockets of fat swell or because the skin over them is not sufficient to disguise them.
In the mornings, extra puffiness could likely be to do with fluid having built up in the area overnight, causing the fat pocket to bulge slightly.
As a process of ageing, it would seem that the facial skin losing elasticity and thickness over time is what contributes to eye bags becoming more prominent.
It is also suspected that genetics play a part in whether or not someone develops eye bags as a prominent feature of ageing. However, scientists are yet to identify a gene directly responsible for this!
Does Rebounding Get Rid of Under Eye Bags?
How might rebounding help with all this? It’s worth noting that under eye bags are unlikely to be eliminated entirely by any form of exercise, including trampolining. Similarly, medicines, creams, and natural remedies are only likely to temporarily reduce, rather than permanently eliminate, their appearance.
However, there are a number of ways in which rebounding could help to minimise under eye bags and improve the overall health of facial skin.
The primary way is rebounding’s ability to stimulate and strengthen the lymphatic system. This is the complex bodily system of lymphatic fluid, lymph nodes, and other organs that helps maintain fluid levels in the body, fight infection, transport fats, and filter out waste products.
Rebounding is believed to help support the healthy function of this system.
If under eye bags are caused in part by a build up of lymphatic fluid, then helping to circulate and drain these fluids is likely to reduce puffiness.
At the same time, rebounding is also seen to improve blood circulation in the body. Over time, this can improve skin cells’ abilities to heal, rejuvenate, and revitalise.
If chronic under eye bags are made more apparent by a lack of healthy, flexible skin cells, then maintaining healthy blood circulation can help slow this process, keeping the skin tight, supple, and strong.
Finally, there may be other ways that rebounding can help reduce under eye bags developing over time. Production of collagen, the protein largely responsible for maintaining supple, firm, and healthy skin, can be reduced when cortisol levels are elevated.
Cortisol is often known as the ‘stress hormone’ and can be reduced by both regular exercise and relaxation techniques.
By reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and lowering cortisol levels over time, rebounding could in fact be helping your body produce more collagen and hair growth. Collagen production slows with the process of ageing, hence the general weakening of skin structures over time.
Nevertheless, there are healthy, organic methods of slowing this process, one of which can be rebounding when incorporated into a healthy routine.
An ex-triathlete, fitness coach and writer with a Masters in Sports Physiology. Fitness is my passion and I've had my fair share of home fitness equipment tried and tested!