How To Get Rid Of Eye Bags Naturally
Genetics, aging, and water retention, as well as conditions like kidney and liver disease, can cause bags under your eyes. Getting enough sleep; elevating your head (with an extra pillow!) while you sleep; cutting down on salt; applying a cool compress, cucumber slices or tea bags over closed eyes can help. So can avoiding common allergens like dust, mold, and pollen.
Your eyes are probably the first thing that people notice about you. And bags under your eyes can make you look tired and unattractive. So let’s take a look at what could be causing these and what you can do about them.
What Causes Under Eye Bags?
- Genetics plays a role in giving you under-eye bags, so if your parents had puffy eyes you could also develop them around the same age.
- As we age our skin starts to sag and pockets of fat around our eyes shift to form a puffy under eye bag. 1
- The fatty tissue under our eyes can retain water, so factors like salty food, or allergies which encourage water retention can give your eyes that puffed up look. 2
- Puffy eyes can sometimes point to kidney disease. So do check in with a doctor if you have additional symptoms like the need to urinate more frequently, itchy and dry skin, muscle cramping and swollen ankles and feet.3
- Liver disease may lead to fatty deposits around your eyes too. And additional symptoms like trouble sleeping, dry mouth and eyes, pain in your abdomen, and dizziness may warrant a visit to the doctor.4
What Can You Do About It?
Here are a few tips on how you can tackle those unappealing under eye bags:
1. Sleep Well
Getting a good night’s sleep may go a long way towards taking care of those under eye bags. Though the amount of sleep needed might differ from person to person most adults need anything between six to nine hours of shuteye a night. Try keeping to a regular sleep schedule if you have trouble getting to sleep. Winding down before bedtime by indulging in a warm relaxing bath, or by reading a book can also help you fall asleep.5 6
2. Cut Down On Salt
Excess salt can lead to water retention and puffy eyes. And the fact is most of us have too much salt.7 So stick to about a teaspoon (6 g) of salt a day and you might find that the bags under your eyes ease up.8
3. Apply A Cool Compress
Apply something cold under your eyes for ten to twenty minutes. The cold temperature will reduce swelling. You can try rubbing an ice cube wrapped in a damp washcloth under your eyes or even apply a couple of teaspoons which have been chilled in the fridge.9
4. Use A Cucumber Slice Eye Mask
Cucumber slices have been used for ages to relieve puffy eyes. Chill a cucumber in the fridge and slice off a couple of thin circles. Now close your eyes, place a slice over each eye, and relax for a few minutes. Cucumber contains caffeic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which can help with water retention as well as soothe irritated skin. As an added bonus this remedy might also work if you have dark circles under your eyes. 10
5. Try Tea Bags
Tea has tannins which are natural astringents. Close your eyes and place a cool, damp tea bag on each eye for two to five minutes to take care of puffy eyes.
6. Use An Extra Pillow
Laying flat on your back encourages more fluids to collect around your eyes because of gravity. So sleep with your head elevated. Adding an extra pillow might help you avoid waking up with puffy eyes.12
7. Take Care Of Allergies
Allergies can give you puffy eyes. The best remedy is to avoid substances that trigger your allergies. Some usual culprits include dust, mold, and pollen. A saline nasal wash made by mixing half a teaspoon of salt and a bit of baking soda in a cup of warm water may also prove to be useful. Your doctor may also prescribe medication that can help you deal with allergies.13 14
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