Under-eye bags are puffy areas under the thin skin below your eyes. These bags can be caused by aging, as skin is no longer strong enough to support itself as well. Another cause is a buildup of fluid under the eyes. Neither cause of bags under the eyes is a reason for alarm. The best plan of attack is to know how to both reduce the bags and conceal any remaining puffiness.
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Start with a good night’s rest. Lack of sleep can cause puffiness. A solid eight hours of sleep each night can prevent bags under your eyes.
Apply any of the following cold items to your eyelids and the area under your eyes: cucumber slices, cold tea bags or cold metal spoons. If using the tea bags, soak them in cold water for a few minutes before applying. Cold reduces circulation under the eyes, allowing puffiness to go down.
Lower your sodium intake and eat foods high in potassium, such as bananas, to reduce fluid buildup.
Apply eye creams or gels under your eyes if home remedies don’t work as desired.
Apply concealer to cover any remaining puffiness.
References and ResourcesMedline Plus: Facial Swelling
Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center: Revealing Secrets: Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Beauty Questions
UC Davis Health System Facial Plastic Surgery: The Art of Aging Gracefully