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"Bags Under Eye" Busting Secrets That Really Work

 7 ways to get rid of under eye bags, according to experts. 

Whether we like it or not, most of us will deal with under eye bags and not all under eye bags are created equal. Sometimes they're caused by lack of sleep or eating high sodium foods, which can be a quick fix. Other times they're caused by a chronic issue or aging and nothing seems to work with getting rid of them. While there's a plethora of products that claim to reduce the appearance of under eye bags, many don't work, but there are a few tricks that do. Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with experts who revealed their secrets for actually helping the problem. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Facial Massage with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil

Dr. Cheryl Rosen, the Director of Dermatology at says, "Massage your temples and under your eyes with cold coconut oil every night before bed. This will help improve blood circulation and reduce puffiness."

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Green Tea Bags

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Dr. Jennifer Wademan an Optometrist with VSP suggests, "Brewing two green tea bags and let them cool in the refrigerator. When you lay them across your eyes for about 10 minutes, it promotes circulation and reduces puffiness."

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Avoid Certain Foods

fried foods

Dr. Wademan recommends "Avoiding foods and beverages such as alcohol, coffee, white sugar, fried foods, white flour, and salt. Also, keep the carbohydrates to a minimum. These foods can encourage fluid retention under the eye. Reducing your intake can help."

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Cold Cucumbers

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Penny Laurier, RD a registered dietitian and review board member at 10 Minute Homemaking says, "Put cold cucumbers on your eyes for a few minutes. There are a few reasons why putting cold cucumbers on your eyes reduces under eye bags. The most likely explanation is that the cold cucumber constricts the blood vessels in the area, which reduces swelling. Additionally, the cucumber's high water content helps to hydrate the skin and reduce puffiness. Finally, the cucumber's cooling effect helps to soothe and refresh tired eyes."

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Cold Compress

Ice cubes

Laurier states, "Use a cold compress on your eyes for a few minutes. Under eye bags are caused by fluid accumulation and the cold compress can help to reduce swelling by vasoconstriction.Vasoconstriction is the narrowing of blood vessels. When a cold compress is applied, the decreased temperature of the skin causes vessels to constrict.. This reduces fluid accumulation and helps to reduce swelling."

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Prop Up Your Head While Sleeping

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"Elevate your head while you sleep to help the fluid drain from your eyes," Laurier recommends. "Elevating your head while you sleep helps reduce fluid accumulation under your eyes, which can cause puffiness and under eye bags.When you sleep on your back, gravity pulls the accumulated fluids down towards your neck and upper body. By elevating your head, you help reduce the amount of fluid that accumulates around your eyes while you sleep. This will help to minimize the appearance of under eye bags in the morning."

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Topical Creams

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"Apply a topical cream or serum that contains caffeine or peptides which help tighten the skin and reduce puffiness," Laurier states. "There are a few reasons why topical cream or serum may help reduce under eye bags. The most likely reason is that the cream or serum helps to tighten and firm up the skin under the eyes. This can help to reduce the appearance of swelling and puffiness.Another possible reason is that the cream or serum helps to improve circulation, which can also help to reduce swelling and puffiness. Finally, some people find that using a cream or serum with caffeine in it can help to reduce under eye bags. Caffeine works by constricting blood vessels, which reduces the amount of fluid that accumulates around the eyes."

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Causes of Under Eye Bags


Laurier says, "There can be a number of causes for under eye bags, but the most common is fluid retention. This can be caused by a number of factors, including salt consumption, dehydration, and hormonal changes. Another common cause is genetics – some people are simply more prone to under eye bags than others. And finally, aging can also cause fluid retention and the formation of bags under the eyes.If you're experiencing under eye bags and you're not sure what's causing them, it's best to speak with a doctor to get to the root of the problem. There are a number of treatments available for fluid retention, so there's no need to suffer from this cosmetic issue unnecessarily."

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When Do Under Eye Bags Start Happening

Woman checking wrinkles in front of the mirror.

Laurier explains, "There is no definitive answer to this question as everyone's skin ages differently. However, generally speaking, bags under the eyes can start forming in people as young as their 20s. This is because the skin around the eye area is thin and delicate, and thus more prone to wrinkling and sagging over time."

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Lifestyle Habits That Contribute to Under Eye Bags

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"Under eye bags are often the result of lifestyle choices such as lack of sleep, dehydration, and smoking," says Laurier. "Lack of sleep is one of the most common reasons for under eye bags. When you don't get enough rest, your body produces more cortisol, a hormone that can cause inflammation and fluid retention.Dehydration can also lead to under eye bags. When you're dehydrated, your body holds on to water, which can cause your skin to puff up and form under eye bags.Smoking is another habit that contributes to under eye bags. Smoking causes vasoconstriction (a narrowing of the blood vessels), which reduces blood flow and leads to fluid accumulation." RELATED: Here's How to Stop Aging, Say Experts

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