Bags Under Eyes: Causes and Treatments

After a long night with a sick child or studying for a huge test, we all have experienced those horrible bags under our eyes the next morning.  For the most part, bags under your eyes are temporary.  But for some, this problem can become an ongoing problem.

Mild swelling and puffiness under the eyes become common as you age.  Tissue around the eyes weaken with the loss of collagen as we age.  Fluid may accumulate under your eyes, adding to the swelling.

Symptoms of bags under skin include mild swelling, saggy loose skin, and dark circles.

Common Causes for Bags Under Eyes

Too much salt in your diet can cause fluid retention in the eyes and lead to puffiness around the eyes.  Try to use less salt and avoid salty foods.  Celery is a good veggie to curb salt cravings.

Fluids settle in the tissues under your eyes while you sleep.  Your sleep position can add to the cause of baggy eyes.  It is recommended to sleep on your back and to be elevated.  Getting enough sleep is also recommended.  Too much sleep can cause the bags to look swollen but getting not enough sleep can cause your blood vessels to leak and mix with the fluids that settle in the tissue. That can lead to dark circles.

Allergies and change of weather, can cause bags under your eyes.  The extra moisture that builds up in your sinuses cause the swelling in your eyes.

Removing your makeup before going to sleep will help with reducing bags under your eyes.  Not removing the makeup can irritate your eyes, causing the swelling.

Alcohol dehydrates your skin and cause your eyes to look sunken and dark.  Cigarettes also dry out your skin.  The chemicals in cigarettes are toxic and irritate your eyes.  Dark circles and bags as well as wrinkled, droopy skin are due to the toxins in cigarettes.

Top Ways to Treat Bags Under Eyes

Staying away from the things that cause the bags like alcohol or cigarettes. But when the damage is done, there are remedies and treatments you can do at home to get rid of the bags.

The cold spoon trick is a quick, simple remedy for getting rid of the bags under your eyes.  Just chill a spoon for 5 minutes in the refrigerator.  Then cover your eyes with the back of the spoon while lying down.

The same can be done with tea bags.  Brew a cup of chamomile, green or black tea, with two tea bags.  Then place the soaked tea bag over each eye.  Drink the brewed cup to also drain any excess fluid in the body.

Essential Oils are great ways to relieve the bags under your eyes.  Only apply the essential oil to under your eye.  And always dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil.  Recommended 2 drops essential oil, 1 tsp of carrier oil.  Do not apply to your eyelids.  Some of the top oils are lavender, cypress, rosemary, and rose geranium essential oils.

Drinking more water and avoiding salt will help tremendously with the bags under your eyes.

There are creams and makeup that can help hide the dark circles and reduce the swelling.  These remedies do take time, but doing these helpful treatments daily while avoiding things that dehydrate you will keep the bags away.  Let me know what has worked for you.  I love to hear from my readers and their personal experiences with the topics I write about.




24 thoughts on “Bags Under Eyes: Causes and Treatments”

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