Eye puffiness and under eye bags become common as a person gets older. This is because the tissues around the eyes and the muscles that support the eyelids become weaker. The fat normally found in the eye area also moves into the lower eyelids causing puffiness and eye bags. There is also a possibility that fluid will accumulate in the area that adds to the swelling. Under eye bags and puffiness are a cosmetic problem but in some cases can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. There are home remedies that can be used to reduce symptoms but if these do not work, it would be best to consult a health care professional. There are also cosmetic procedures available to get rid of the problem.
What Causes Puffiness and Under Eye Bags?
The primary cause of eye puffiness and under eye bags is aging where the muscles supporting the eyelids become weaker. This causes the skin to sag and the fat in the eye area shifts towards the area just below the eyes resulting in eye bags. Fluid accumulation can also occur due to dietary factors like high sodium intake making the area appear puffier. The other factors that can cause puffiness and under eye bags include:
- Changes in weather which can cause fluid retention. One example is during humid or hot days.
- A Fluid retention due to hormonal fluctuations like in the case of PMS.
- Not getting sufficient sleep or sleep deprivation.
- Dermatitis and allergies that can be identified when the puffiness comes with redness and itching of the eyes.
- Hereditary factors – some people have genes that make them prone to having eye bags and puffiness.
- The other causes are stress, crying, fatigue and sinus issues.
Does Diet Affect Puffiness and Under Eye Bags?
Because high sodium and salt intake can cause water retention, the diet has an effect on the puffiness and under eye bags of a person. Thus, it would be recommendable for people with the problem to reduce salt and sodium intake. This can be done by consuming less preserved foods and eating more natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. There are also some foods that can help get rid of excess water in the body like high-potassium foods (banana) and other natural diuretics.
Other Ways to Reduce Puffiness and Under Eye Bags
There are many ways to reduce puffiness of the eyes and under eye bags. Here are proven methods that can help get rid of the problem:
Apply Haemorrhoid Cream
This is an unconventional method used by celebrities like supermodels. It works to reduce eye puffiness quickly but can also be used to reduce the visibility of wrinkles. Haemorrhoid creams contain active ingredients that instantly reduce puffy areas fast. To lower the odour of the cream, mix it with some moisturizer before application. Do not get the cream into your eyes to prevent irritation.
Caffeinated tea contains natural tannins that have a mild diuretic effect helping get rid of the excess water in the body including the eye area. This is an old home remedy for water retention, but it is clinically proven to be effective. You can also soak two tea bags in hot water and let it cool then chill the bags in the refrigerator and apply directly on the eyes for about five minutes. This will refresh your eyes and reduce puffiness quickly.
There are different methods for using cold to reduce eye puffiness and bags. You can use metal spoons and cool them in a refrigerator then place the bowls of the spoons over the eyes for about one minute. You can also use the old method of applying cooled cucumber on the eyes for about 15 to 30 minutes.
There are also special formulations designed specifically to reduce puffiness and under-eye bags. These are marketed as eye creams that work to reduce puffy eye, bags, and other signs of skin aging in the eye area. Make sure the product is proven to be efficient and completely safe before purchase. Check the active ingredients carefully and make sure there is clinical evidence that they work and are free of adverse effects.
Eye puffiness and under eye bags become more frequent as a person gets older. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce eye puffiness. If the methods in this article do not work, there are cosmetic procedures that can be used to get rid of the problem quickly. In some cases, the eye puffiness and under eye bags may be caused by an underlying medical condition, so it is advisable to consult a health care professional especially if the problem is persistent.