Tips for de-puffing your eyes

Bags are meant for travel, not your face! So let's dig in and understand why our eyes get so puffy and what we can do about it!

What causes puffy eyes?

Bags under eyes — mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes — are common as you age. With aging, the tissues around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids, weaken. Normal fat that helps support the eyes can then move into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling.

As you age, the tissue structures and muscles supporting your eyelids weaken. The skin may start to sag, and fat that is normally confined to the area around the eye (orbit) can move into the area below your eyes. Also, the space below your eyes can accumulate fluid, making the under-eye area appear puffy or swollen. Several factors cause or worsen this effect, including:

  • Fluid retention, especially upon waking or after a salty meal

  • Lack of sleep

  • AllergiesSmoking

  • Heredity — under-eye bags can run in families

How do we fix it?

Try some tea. Soak two caffeinated tea bags in warm water. Chill this mild diuretic for a few minutes in the fridge. Put one bag on each eye for five minutes to leave eyes feeling refreshed. The tea's caffeine helps constrict the eye's blood vessels, reducing your puffy eyes.

Apply hemorrhoid cream. It tightens puffy areas quickly and reduces wrinkles, too. Bothered by its strong smell? Before applying it, mix in some of your moisturizer to lessen the odor. Just be sure not to get it in your eyes; otherwise, you risk irritation or an allergic reaction. 

Slice some cucumber. Hit the produce aisle for brighter eyes and a refreshed feeling all over. Cut a few slices of cold cucumbers; they contain antioxidants that help reduce irritation. Lie down. For 30 minutes, place a slice over each eye. The coolness will help soothe puffiness.