How to Get Rid of Dark, Puffy Eye Bags

Updated on November 12, 2019
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This article will break down what causes dark bags under the eyes and what you can do about them.
This article will break down what causes dark bags under the eyes and what you can do about them. | Source

What Are Eye Bags?

Eye bags are described as the mild swelling that appears under your eyes. It becomes more common as you get older. This is due to the fact that ligaments around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids, lose their strength as you age. Fats that support the eyes push forward into the lower eyelids, causing them to look puffy.

There are cosmetic procedures that can melt the fat inside the bags to reduce puffiness. These surgeries also remove excess skin from the upper eyelids.

Genetics, bad habits, and the natural aging process can all play a role in creating bags under your eyes.
Genetics, bad habits, and the natural aging process can all play a role in creating bags under your eyes. | Source

What Are the Primary Causes of Eye Bags?

No one likes looking in the mirror and seeing puffiness. It's a physical change that almost everyone over the age of 20 is familiar with. But the bags you see under your eyes when you're in your 20s will not be like the ones you will have in your 40s.

There are many different causes for dark and puffy eyes. If you notice that the bags come and go, then the cause is usually linked to poor diet, insufficient exercise, bad sleeping posture, and allergic reactions. If this is the case, you may be able to make them disappear with some home remedies and a change to your lifestyle. But if they're the result of aging, the options that are available to you call for needles or scalpels.

1. Genetics

One of the primary reasons people get eye bags is because their parents have them. It's hereditary, and other than a surgical procedure, nothing can be done about it.

2. Bad Habits

When you're young, insomnia, infrequent exercise, and eating salty foods cause water retention, and hence, eye bags. Sinus problems can lead to bags as well because the pressure strains the skin beneath your eyes. If you notice that you have puffiness in the morning, but that it disappears by noon, it is most likely a result of water retention. You can reduce the visibility by using an additional pillow to raise your head while you rest.

3. Aging

The fats in our faces are kept in place by connective tissues and muscles. As we grow old, these connective tissues and muscles lose strength. As a result, our skin sags and makes the fat more noticeable. Collagen levels also drop as we get older, which makes the skin lose its flexibility. As you mature, eye bags become a permanent feature. It's a natural aspect of aging and a thing all of us have to accept and understand.

Cucumbers can indeed be effective at reducing swelling around your eyes.
Cucumbers can indeed be effective at reducing swelling around your eyes. | Source

Is Putting Cucumbers on Your Eyes Effective?

You've probably come across many homemade remedies. While some of them might help, others are simply myths. Cucumbers, for instance, are effective in reducing eye bags that appear due to a poor lifestyle, but they will not work on puffy eyes that are a result of aging.

Eye bags treated with wrinkle fillers and eye lift.
Eye bags treated with wrinkle fillers and eye lift. | Source

Eye Bag Removal Options: Cosmetic Surgery

If you're determined to bid farewell to eye puffiness, you must explore all the options that are available. Embracing a healthy and balanced way of life will not be enough, and cucumbers will not be very useful. Cosmetic procedures, however, are quite effective and require less than an hour per session. Even better, all it takes is one shot or a few laser sessions. This all sounds a bit futuristic, but these professional procedures are practical options that are available to you if you so choose.

Temporary Cosmetic Procedures

Skin specialists can inject wrinkle fillers to minimize the appearance of eye bags. When used with Botox, the fillers make eye bags disappear and your skin will look years younger. Sadly, the benefits are short-term and the cost is expensive. An injection can last for roughly eight months. At several thousand dollars a shot, it might not be the most cost-effective option. An eye-lift, however, can last over two decades.

Procedures With Long-Term Results

An eye lift (blepharoplasty) is an effective procedure that removes or redistributes fat inside the eye bags. A surgeon will make a cut underneath your eye to remove the fat, and then sews the skin back together. It is an outpatient treatment that requires about an hour per eye. There is a two-week time recovery. The cost is around $6,000. This might seem expensive but the results last for over 20 years. Compared to the cost of injections, a blepharoplasty is more beneficial.

If the high costs of these solutions don't fit your budget, there are some home remedies you can try.

Placing something cold on your eyes, such as spoons, can help reduce the inflammation.
Placing something cold on your eyes, such as spoons, can help reduce the inflammation. | Source

How to Naturally Remove Dark Circles and Eye Bags

Eye bags are quite difficult to remove without cosmetic surgery, and we know how costly a single operation can be. The only practical option possible is to cover them up with makeup. But you may be wondering whether slices of cucumber and cold spoons could work.

Before we discuss the remedies, we must distinguish between eye bags and eye puffiness as they are two different things. Bags that form under your eyes due to aging cannot be improved without cosmetic surgery. However, puffiness or swelling that is induced by a salty diet, allergic reactions, and fluid retention can be cured with several home remedies.

Use Something Cold

Placing cold cucumbers, tea bags, tomatoes, and spoons on your eyes help to reduce puffiness. This is because cold temperatures confine the blood vessels, which reduces swelling.

Use a Pillow

If your puffiness is the result of fluid retention, you may be able to minimize the appearance of eye bags by sleeping with a second pillow to elevate your head. This position helps drain the fluid out of your face.

Hemorrhoid Cream

Another widely used home remedy is hemorrhoid cream, but you must take precaution. It might help to diminish the appearance of eye bags, but you're very likely to suffer from irritation due to the strong active ingredients.

The Best Method Is Eating Healthy, Exercising Often, and Sleeping Well

In our later years, gravity ends up being our most powerful enemy. It fights us in all situations, and sometimes we have no other option but to back down. Thankfully, modern science can help us improve our appearance. However, the best course of action to minimize the appearance of eye bags is to eat healthy, exercise, and get an adequate amount of sleep .

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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      3 years ago

      Dermalmd under eye treatment serum is working for me, Bags under the eyes are disappearing in just weeks, but started to work almost immediately, and the best at all is not causing me any allergic problems.

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      useful hub for women out there! I bet most of us have eye bags. With these tips, we could reduce the bags in no time. Thanks for stating the differences. There are so much to learn from your hub. Voted useful


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