How To Reduce Puffy Eyes

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How to Cure Baggy Eyes

Three Parts:

If you struggle with baggy eyes, you aren’t alone. Walk into any drugstore or beauty supply store and you’ll find dozens of creams and potions that promise to reduce and conceal baggy eyes. They can make a person look tired, older, or unwell. Before you spend a great deal of money on fancy serums or moisturizers, try these approaches. With a few different methods, you can work on actually curing your baggy eyes by addressing the root causes.


Making Dietary Changes

  1. Reduce your salt intake.If you’re a big consumer of salty foods, this might be contributing to the bags under your eyes. The seasoning causes fluid retention, and the delicate skin around your eyes is very vulnerable. Eating a lot of salt can make your eyes look puffy and swollen.
    • Take notice of when the bags under your eyes are at their worst. What did you eat the day before? If you polished off a large thing of salty fries with dinner and woke up with swollen eyes, you may have found the culprit.
  2. Cut back on alcohol.When you drink alcohol, you mess with the hormone that helps our body absorb water properly. You may have noticed this if you’ve ever woken up parched after a night of drinking with big, puffy eyes. When the water in your body isn’t being absorbed like normal, it can collect in the delicate skin around your eyes, causing them to swell.
    • If you are going to imbibe, choose something that has less sugar in it, such as a dry red wine. Avoid drinking flavored liqueurs that are loaded with sugar, such as Irish cream and apple schnapps.
  3. Drink more water.A major reason for baggy eyes is dehydration. Think of it this way: when your body feels like it isn’t getting enough water, it will cling to the water that it does have. One place where your body will collect and hold onto water is your eyes. Start drinking more water, and you can reduce your body’s fluid retention.
    • The recommended daily intake of water is about 13 cups (three liters) for men and nine cups (2.2 liters) for women.
    • If you have trouble drinking that much water, try flavored water or unsweetened tea or coffee.

Changing Lifestyle Behaviors

  1. Get more sleep.When you have large bags under your eyes, lack of sleep is usually the first suspect, and for good reason. When you don’t give your body enough rest, it will start acting up. Fatigue can cause inflammation, and as you’ve learned, your eyes are easy targets. The blood vessels around your eyes dilate, and your skin looks swollen and puffy.
    • Teens should be getting 8-10 hours of sleep nightly, adults need 7-9 hours, and older adults should get 7-8 hours.
    • If you don’t get enough sleep 1 night, even taking a 20 minute nap can help you to feel and look more rested.
  2. Quit smoking.Your eyes are only one part of the body that smoking can adversely affect. Not only do cigarettes weaken and dehydrate the skin around your eyes, but it can also lower the quality of sleep you get at night.Both of these things increase your chances of getting bags under your eyes. Kick the habit and your eyes (and lungs and wallet) will thank you.
  3. Remove your makeup before bed.It can be tempting to skip the face wash and crawl into bed after a long day. However, sleeping in your makeup can contribute to puffiness around your eyes. Makeup residue can clog pores, cause irritation, and make the skin around your eyes look inflamed. Use a gentle makeup remover and wash your face before bed to help reduce this problem.

Considering Other Factors

  1. Treat your allergies.If you suffer with allergies, you may deal with a whole host of eye issues, from excess watering, itchiness, and redness. Allergies can cause baggy eyes both by the irritant and the consequent rubbing. Talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for your allergies, or try an over-the-counter medicine to help combat your symptoms.
  2. Avoid crying before bed.If you’ve fallen asleep crying after a particularly depressing movie or an argument with a significant other, you know this can make your eyes look puffy and irritated the next day.If you can, avoid the nighttime tears! Save your sad movie for another time, or do your best to hold back. If you do cry, rinse your eyes with cold water before bed to calm the inflammation.
  3. Protect your eyes from sun damage.When skin is damaged by the sun, it loses its elasticity. This is why people often warn that excessive sun can cause premature wrinkling. When your fragile skin around your eyes loses elasticity, it can accumulate fluid and puff.Make sure when you apply sunscreen to your face, you do not neglect your delicate eye area. Purchasing sunglasses with high UV protection is also critical.
  4. Elevate your head while you sleep to promote fluid drainage.Sleeping flat on your back can cause fluid to collect around your eye area and this may cause your eyes to look puffy in the morning. Try elevating your head with a couple of pillows, a wedge pillow, or an adjustable bed.
  5. Deal with genetics.Sometimes under eye bags are simply hereditary. If you utilize these tips and tricks and still have baggy eyes, it may be a natural part of the aging process. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with them forever, though. Rinse your face with cold water every morning to reduce any extra inflammation, and then grab a great concealer to help reduce the appearance of these bags.
    • There are certain cosmetic surgery options that help with baggy eyes. While these are obviously more expensive and invasive, they can do wonders for genetic eye bags that just cannot be minimized.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    My eyes have swollen up overnight. How can I treat them really quickly?

    Licensed Cosmetologist
    Laura Martin is a Licensed Cosmetologist in Georgia. She has been a hair stylist since 2007 and a cosmetology teacher since 2013.
    Licensed Cosmetologist
    Expert Answer
    Apply a cold compress, such as a cold tea bag, to your eye area. The combination of cold and caffeine are especially effective because they will work together to restrict blood flow.
  • Question
    Why do I suddenly have eye bags?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If the eye bags came out of no where, consider any lifestyle changes that have occurred. Did you enter allergy season? Have you gotten less sleep? Have you been drinking less water or drinking more alcohol? Try to figure out the root cause of the puffiness, and then treat accordingly.
  • Question
    What should I do to get rid of the dark circles around my eyes?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You need to get enough sleep. Then, you can make a mask from tumeric and milk, and apply it under your eyes. Wash of after 5-10 minutes, and it should help with the dark circles around your eyes.
  • Question
    I have bagginess, I think from allergies, but now there is a little fatty deposit/soft cyst in the area, what do I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can try placing a wet/hot cloth over your eyes, but I would really have a doctor or dermatologist take a look. They can rule out anything serious and probably prescribe something to get your allergies under control.
  • Question
    I'm 11, and I can't get rid of these bags. My mom tells me it's genetic because she has them. I don't wear makeup, and I don't smoke or drink. What can I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Your mom may be right about the genetic component. Make sure you're getting enough sleep.
  • Question
    I got bags about 2-3 years ago and I don't know why. I used some cream to get rid of them but it's not working. My mom tells me it's genetics because she has them. What can I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can use some concealer, a lighter color than your skin tone. Blend it in and it should help.
  • Question
    I've had baggy eyes since I was 9. My mom says it's because I cried a lot as a child. I'm 23 years old now -- is it too late to cure them?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You may not be able to get rid of them, but there are many beauty products like foundation and concealer which can beautifully match your skin tone and cover up those nasty bags.
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  • If you do wake up with baggy eyes, cold compresses can help reduce inflammation and puffiness.

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