How to Treat Heavy Bags Under Eyes

Has anyone ever mentioned that you ‘look tired’ even if you’ve got a full night’s rest? It possibly may be due to the appearance of swelling under the eyes. It is common for persons to experience heavy bags under the eyes. Some persons may have bags due to genetics, while others may experience temporary swelling due to external factors. Fortunately, bags under the eyes do not impair one’s vision, but the appearance of bags may impact your self-esteem.

What Are the Causes?

Often, heavy bags under the eyes are a sign of skin aging. As you age, the tissue and muscle under the eyes begin to weaken. To make up for this, normal fat will move into the under eyelids to support the eyes, causing an appearance of puffiness. Fluid can also build up under the eyes, causing swelling. A few causes of heavy bags are:

  • Allergies. An allergic reaction can cause the body to release histamines. Histamines can cause eye redness, itchiness, puffiness.
  • Lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation can trigger fluid build-up to increase puffiness under the eyes.
  • Salty diet. Too much salt consumption in foods can cause water retention and swell under the eyes.
  • Dehydration. Lack of adequate water in the body can cause swelling under the eyes. Smoking and drinking beverages (i.e., coffee, alcohol, or soda) can add to skin dehydration.
  • Genetics. Heavy bags can simply be a physical characteristic running in your family.
  • Aging. Our skin loses elasticity, and under eyelids can experience weaker tissue and muscle. Normal fat moving under the eyelid to support the skin can cause the eyes to appear puffier.

The Remedies

  • Cold compress. Place an ice pack, or any cold item, on the eyes for a few minutes to reduce inflammation and blood flow.
  • Antihistamines. If you are prone to getting allergic reactions, try a daily antihistamine to reduce redness, itchiness, and eye swelling.
  • Reduce salt consumption. The American Heart Association recommends consuming 2,300 milligrams (mg) or less of salt each day.
  • Elevate your head while sleeping. Keep your head elevated to avoid the pooling of fluid in your lower eyelids, causing swelling and puffiness.
  • Eat foods rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C assist in collagen production and are also great for improving the skin. Whether consumed via supplements, foods, or topical oil, they will help repair and brighten the skin’s complexion.
  • Sun protective cream. Avoid overexposure from the sun can increase skin aging. When outdoors, make sure to always apply sunscreen or sunblock to prevent discoloration and skin aging.
  • Stay hydrated. Make sure to drink adequate amounts of water daily.
  • Drink less alcohol. Alcohol beverages contain lots of sugar, which can result in body dehydration and swelling under the eyes.
  • Retinol creams. Retinoic acid boosts collagen production, making the skin firmer and tighter.
  • No Smoking. Smoking causes dehydration and also increases skin damage and signs of aging.
  • Get enough sleep. Getting your full 8-hours worth of sleep every day will do wonders for not only your eyes but your skin.


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