Dark circles or bags under your eyes are rarely a medical concern, but they can make you look like you haven’t slept in days even after a good night’s rest. Rather than complimenting you on the beautiful color of your eyes, others may ask you if you had a tough night. These unattractive bags are a common byproduct of aging, making you look older than you really are. Although lack of sleep is often the culprit, other suspects include fluid retention resulting from dietary salts, allergies, steamy weather, sleeping on your back, dermatitis and heredity. The condition typically responds well to simple home remedies.

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Tend to allergy symptoms if hypersensitivities are known issues for you. Avoid whatever sets off your allergies whenever possible. If other-the-counter products don’t help, consult your health care professional, who may offer suggestions or prescriptions. If you experience a sudden hypersensitive reaction under your eyes after using a particular personal product, stop using it and switch to something else. Common allergens include soaps, hair products, cosmetics, deodorants and hair dyes.

Soak a clean washcloth in a bowl of ice water. Wring it out, but leave it damp. Sit down in a comfortable spot and tilt your head back slightly. Cover your eyes and the bags below them with the cold cloth. Press your fingers gently into the areas around and under your eyes. Hold the compress in place. When the cloth begins to warm up, repeat. Continue for five minutes.

Soak two new teabags in cold water for about 30 seconds. Squeeze the water out of them gently. Have a seat and put a teabag on each eye and the area underneath it for 10 minutes. Use black, white or green teabags. These contain tannins, which help reduce puffiness and help tighten the skin — herbal teas won’t work. Rinse your eyelids thoroughly with cool, clean water immediately thereafter to prevent the tea from discoloring your skin. Discard the teabags when you’re through.

Close your eyes. Cover each eye and its bag with a cucumber slice for 15 minutes. Cucumbers will moisturize the skin as they soothe it and reduce swelling. Discard the slices.

Tap your under eye area gently with your fingertips to disperse the excess fluids that have accumulated there.

Apply a small dot of hemorrhoid cream to baggy areas under your eyes and rub it in gently. Take great care not to get any into your eyes. Hemorrhoid cream temporarily reduces swelling of delicate tissues such as bags under the eyes.

Plan the end of your day to allow for adequate sleep. Seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sound sleep nightly is considered normal for adults.

Grab an extra pillow and some throw cushions when you go to bed. Position your head so that it’s slightly elevated while you sleep. This will help prevent accumulation of fluids around your eyes while you sleep.

Tips

  • Put a wet washcloth in the freezer. Set your clock to arise a few minutes early the next morning. When you get up, retrieve the frozen washcloth. Lie down and press the cold cloth over your eyes and forehead for five minutes.