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Skin Care Products > Articles > How To Get Rid Of Bags Under Your Eyes?

How To Get Rid Of Bags Under Your Eyes?

Posted On: - 2008-11-05 22:11:25


Puffiness or dark circles under the eye, also known as, “having bags under your eyes” are not uncommon. In fact, all women have encountered it at some time or another in their lives. The causes may be many, such as allergic reactions, poor diet, deprivation of sleep, genetic traits, vitamin-deficiency, excessive exposure to sunlight, stress, cigarette-smoking, or age.

Here are some ways you can get rid of them:

Sleep Well
Get plenty of sleep in order to give your eyes much needed rest and relaxation. Sleep deprivation makes your eyes work over time and cause bags underneath. This is because all the fats and fluids settles down and accumulates in the area, and because the skin underneath the eyes is very thin and fragile, the extra fluid becomes more prominent. An average adult needs about 8 hours of sleep every night. Compromising this, may lead to eye bags and puffiness.

Pamper your Eyes
Apply cucumber slices or cool tea bags to your eyes on regular basis. Tea bags contain tannin that reduces the swelling and discoloration of eye bags, while cucumber soothes the puffiness around the eyes. Cool cucumber slices or tea bags in the refrigerator overnight. The next day put them on your eyes for about fifteen minutes and notice the results.

Eat a Balanced Diet
A poor diet may carve the way for worsening under eye bags and puffiness. Deficiency of Vitamin K or B12 is known to be a major cause of this condition. Therefore, make sure you include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet along with plenty of water to get all the vitamins and minerals your body requires. Also, excess salt can aggravate the situation, so remember to decrease your salt intake.

Quit Smoking
Smoking is obviously bad for your health and can also cause under eye circles and puffiness. Smoking reduces the moisture levels of your skin, leaving it dry and flaky. Apply under eye cream comprised of retinol and Vitamin K to reduce the effects of smoking.

Avoid Rubbing your Eyes
Rubbing motion on the eyes and eye contours may break the tiny capillaries underneath the skin and lead to more dark circles and puffiness. This is why eye creams should be gently massaged onto the skin rather than rubbed harshly into the skin around the eye.

Take Care of Eyes while you sleep
Before going to bed at night make an effort to give your eyes their much needed rest and nourishment. Dampen a soft cotton cloth in cold water and squeeze it out to remove excess water. Now put this cloth over your eyes as you sleep. Not only will it give a cooling sensation to your eyes and eye contours but it also relaxes the nerves.

Visit a Doctor
Under eye dark circles and bags should not be taken lightly. They might be a consequence of vitamin deficiency in the body, allergies, or as side effects from disease. Visit your doctor to know the precise cause and treatment of the under eye bags.

Take Regular Breaks
Under eye circles and under eye bags can be caused by constant eye strain. Eyes tend to get tired by overuse and need adequate rest to overcome the exhaustion. Thus, learn to take regular breaks during work, especially so if you are working on computers or doing other such eye straining work.

4. Dr Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific. She has written several articles about acne skin care and anti aging skin care in addition to addressing topics of eye care.