Why We Get Bags Under Our Eyes, and How to Get Rid of Them
Bags under the eyes rarely become a reason to see a doctor and are most often a cosmetic issue. If you are worried about having them and about the way they look, there are some things you can do to help solve the issue and correct the way your skin looks in this area.
5-Minute Crafts is telling you why we get bags under our eyes and how to get rid of them.
❗This article is for informational purposes only and does not replace expert advice. Always consult a doctor in case of any health problems.
Why we get bags under the eyes
“Bags” are mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes. They are normal and often appear with age when the tissues around the eyes weaken, including the muscles of the eyelids. The fatty tissue that supports the eyes can droop, causing the lower eyelids to look puffy. Fluid may also accumulate under the eyes.
There are also other factors that can affect the appearance of bags under the eyes, such as:
- Lack of sleep
- Allergic reaction
- Accumulation of liquid in the tissue (like after sleep or after consuming salty food)
- The result of exposure to the sun
- Bad habits
Under-eye bags are characterized not only by swelling under the eyes but also by sagging, flabby skin in this area, as well as dark circles.
How to get rid of under-eye bags
- Cold compress
This can reduce swelling. To do it, you can use various objects, such as ice cubes or chilled spoons. Apply them to the area around your eyes for several minutes. It’s better to do it while sitting upright.
- Sunscreen products
The sun’s rays affect the skin due to ultraviolet radiation and are an important factor when diagnosing various skin problems. Therefore, the use of sunscreen can prevent premature aging of the skin and the formation of bags under the eyes.
- Cucumber patches
Cool cucumber slices reduce puffiness under the eyes by nurturing the skin and acting as a cold compress. They can also help you get rid of dark circles thanks to vitamin K. You can actually use them as an alternative to hydrogel patches.
- The residuals of cosmetics on the face
Swelling under the eyes can appear because you haven’t thoroughly cleaned your skin of makeup before going to sleep. Don’t make any exceptions and always wash your face properly before hitting the hay.
- Microcurrent therapy
By affecting the skin with microcurrents, you can reduce swelling and get rid of dark circles under the eyes. Regular therapy gives a noticeable result.
This substance contributes to the constriction of vessels, which is why it’s used as part of many cosmetic products designed to combat swelling under the eyes and dark circles. Alternatively, you can also apply chilled tea bags to the skin around the eyes for a short time.
- Aloe vera gel
Thanks to its antioxidant properties, aloe vera gel removes swelling under the eyes effectively. All you need to do is to carefully apply the gel to the skin around your eyes and let it get absorbed.
- Sleeping pose
Perhaps you are getting extra swelling due to the habit of sleeping on your tummy. Try changing your sleeping pose — lie on your back and add one more pillow under your head.
Make sure to consume more products containing collagen, vitamin C, and iron and watch the amount of salt you eat, as it can be the reason for fluid retention in the body during the day, resulting in the appearance of swelling under the eyes. Also, it’s better not to drink any liquid before going to bed.
Finally, you can always use cosmetic products, such as concealer, corrector, or powder, to visually hide swelling under your eyes. Of course, it will be easier to do it if you have used one or several of the aforementioned methods.
If you’ve tried all the methods but are not satisfied with the results, you can seek help from a professional dermatologist and/or cosmetologist who can offer other methods to help get rid of under-eye bags.