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What Causes Under Eye Bags and What You Can Do To Help Treat Them?

Under eye bags — or mild swelling or puffiness beneath the eyes — are the bane of most women’s (and some men’s) existence. Though rarely a sign of a serious underlying medical condition, bags beneath the eyes can pose a real cosmetic concern, as they’re difficult, if not impossible, to hide with makeup. If you live with dark circles, loose or sagging skin or puffiness beneath your eyes, you may wonder what causes it and, more importantly, how you can treat it. You’ve come to the right place.

Under Eye Bags: Causes

Many people assume that under eye puffiness and dark circles are the result of too little sleep. While that is the case in some situations, chronic under eye drama is typically a side effect of aging. As you grow older, the muscles that support your eyelids grow weaker. The fat that helps support the eyes then moves down into the lower eyelids, resulting in the tell-tale puffiness. In some cases, fluid accumulates in the space beneath the eyes, increasing the swelling.

There are additional, environmental causes of under eye swelling and puffiness. Those include the following:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Eczema
  • Sun exposure
  • Pigmentation problems
  • Allergies
  • Smoking
  • Genetics

Treating Under Eye Bags

Treating undereye bags really all depends on the cause. That said, you can perform many of the remedies at home and with items you already have in your kitchen, pantry or medicine cabinet. Lifestyle changes can also help to keep puffiness and swelling at bay. Below are some remedies to try today:

  • Apply Tea Bags: Both green and black tea are said to contain antioxidants that help to reduce swelling, even on contact. Steep two bags of tea for three to five minutes, remove from the water, place in the refrigerator and let chill for 20 minutes. Once 20 minutes is up, remove them, squeeze out the extra liquid and place beneath your eyes for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Reduce Salt Intake: Salt is a major culprit for swelling and fluid retention. Keep salt to a bare minimum, and not just for your appearance, but also for your health.
  • Get Plenty of Sleep: Sleep deprivation is one of the number one causes of under eye circles and puffiness. If you notice under eye bags in conjunction with fatigue, you may need to get more sleep.
  • Use a Cold Compress: Just like an icepack can reduce the swelling of an injury, a cold compress can help reduce under eye swelling. Use cucumbers, a frozen teaspoon, a bag of frozen veggies or just a wet washcloth to help reduce the swelling.
  • Stay Hydrated: Dehydration is another major cause of under eye bags. If you’re not drinking nine to 13 glasses of water a day, you may have pinpointed the cause.
  • Take Allergy Medications: If your under eye bags coincide with allergy symptoms, the puffiness may just be a side effect of allergens in the air. Take your allergy medication as recommended to keep symptoms to a minimum.

The aforementioned solutions are short-term fixes. If you want long-term relief from dark circles and under eye puffiness, use a product that targets under eye issues. Shop our collection today. 

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