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Get rid of those Eye Bags and Look Great!


Get rid of those Eye Bags and Look Great!

... Amrita S/LearnUnbound:

For most of us, getting up with eye-bags in the morning is a nightmare…more so if it refuses to go as the day gets older. Eye-bags make us look tired, depressed and a lot older than our actual age

So what are these Eye bags? Scientifically, termed as Periorbital puffiness, eye-bags refer to the swelling of the tissues around the eyes. This region is called an orbit. An orbit is that socket in which an eye sits. So the swelling in the tissues in that area is what we call eye-bags.


Some of the most common causes of Eye-bags include: .

Lack of Sleep: The most common cause which is associated to eye-bags is lack of enough sleep. This is probably because if one sleeps very less in a given day, then the next day there will be visible puffiness around one’s eyes. It’s interesting to note that not only lack of sleep, but oversleeping can also cause eye-bags to form around one’s eyes.

Aging: With aging, the tissues around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids, weaken. Normal fat that helps support the eyes can then move into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling

Excessive consumption of salt: Excessive consumption of salt (or salty foods/drinks) encourages the retention of fluids in the area around the eyes. Large amounts of sodium in processed foods is also to blame for eye-bags.

Stress is another cause of eye-bags. Excessive use of tobacco and alcohol is bad for you if you are looking to get rid of eye-bags. These contain toxic materials that contribute significantly to stress and depression, fatigue and retention of fluids.

Allergic reactions: To certain things may lead to leaks in the subcutaneous capillary beds, which result in eye-bags.

Heredity: Under-eye bags can run in families. So blame it to your genes.


Bags under eyes are usually a cosmetic concern and don't require specific treatment. Home and lifestyle treatments may help reduce or eliminate puffy eyes. Medical and surgical treatments are available if you're concerned about the appearance of under-eye swelling. However, first one may try out some home remedies to get rid of Eye-bags though temporarily:

Cold Water Remedy: A splash of cold water constricts the blood vessels and starts the fluid circulation thus reducing swelling in no time. You can even put some ice in water to make it really cold. Use this for a few seconds only.  

Spoon Remedy for Eye Bags: Place a few spoons in refrigerator and when they get very cold, place two spoons on both the closed eyes and repeat.

Chilled Tea Bags Treatment: Take ice cold water in a cup. Dip two tea bags in it, squeeze and place on the closed eyes. You can use black tea, chamomile or green tea bags. These help constrict blood vessels to reduce swelling around eyes.

Soothing Cucumber Slices on Eyes: You can place slices of chilled cucumber on your eyes and relax. Repeat. The astringent properties of cucumber makes your blood vessels constrict to diminish the eye bags.

Potatoes Slice Treatment: The anti-inflammatory starch of potato helps in reducing puffiness under eyes. Cut a potato in round slices and place two slices on both of your eyes. Leave them for 15-20 minutes and wash with cold water.

Massage around Eyes with Hands: This is perhaps the easiest home remedy for reducing eye puffs. Puffiness under eyes are caused by excessive fluids that get trapped around your eyes. When you gently massage the area around your eyes, you help displace the trapped fluid and make it go away from under the eyes. Massage light the right way:

Salt Water Treatment: While more salt in your diet can lead to formation of eye bags, the salty warm water compress can reduce the same eye bags. Follow the below steps for this remedy.

Drink Plenty of Water: When your body retains water, it results into swelling here and there including under eyes. So keep your body hydrated, drink lots of water. When your body gets deprived of water, it starts accumulating water as a defense. When you drink lots of water, it will automatically release water resulting in reduced puffiness.

Get Enough Sleep, maintain right position: . Sleep at least for 7-8 hours as per your body’s demand. Also watch for your sleeping position. Keep your head elevated when you sleep so that the fluid doesn’t build up under eyes due to gravity pull. Do not sleep on stomach; it’s better to sleep on your back for the same reason. Sleeping on sides can also make one of your eyes puffy in the morning.

Medical Treatment(Source:  Mayo Clininc)

Therapies: Various wrinkle treatments are used to improve the appearance of puffiness under the eyes. These include laser resurfacing, chemical peels and fillers, which may improve skin tone, tighten the skin and rejuvenate the look of bags under the eyes.

Eyelid surgery: Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is an option to remove bags under eyes. During blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-roe-plas-tee), the surgeon cuts just below the lashes in your eye's natural crease or inside the lower lid. The surgeon removes or redistributes excess fat, muscle and sagging skin. He or she then rejoins the skin with tiny dissolving stitches along the lid's natural crease or inside the lower eyelid. The procedure is usually done as an outpatient procedure.

In addition to correcting bags under eyes, blepharoplasty can also repair:

  • Baggy or puffy upper eyelids
  • Excess skin of the upper eyelid that interferes with your vision
  • Droopy lower eyelids, which may cause white to show below the iris — the colored part of the eye
  • Excess skin on lower eyelids

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