If you feel like you look tired all the time or people often ask you what's wrong when nothing is actually wrong, you've probably found yourself frustrated about under-eye bags more than once. If you suffer from puffy eyes, here are a few tips to help you look more refreshed when you walk out the door every morning.
Switch Up Your Sleeping Position
Let's start with an easy, but very surprising, insight. If you sleep on your stomach or your side, gravity could be working against you and your eyes. It's actually common for fluid to build up in the eye area from sleeping this way. Try flipping over and sleeping on your back for a few nights to see if that helps.
Set Down the Salt
When it comes to fluid retention, there's often no bigger culprit than salt. Try avoiding foods high in salt. Check the labels on the foods and drinks you consume - high sodium levels can come from some very unexpected places. If you put salt on food, use only small amounts of Himalayan sea salt. If you find yourself craving salt, you may be dehydrated or have low-functioning adrenal glands.
Address Your Allergies
Two of the biggest signs of allergies are the telltale line on the bridge of the nose and puffy eyes. Talk to your doctor about possible allergies if you think that may be the culprit. Don't forget seasonal allergies aren't the only ones that can cause problems. Allergies to products, chemicals and even food can have far-reaching side effects.
Cover Up With Caffeine or Cucumbers
If you find your eyes especially puffy, or the bags under them are more prominent than usual, there are two simple options for making a compress at home. The first is the popular spa day or sleepover treatment shown in almost every teeny-bopper movie: cucumbers. Applying cold cucumbers to the eyes for a few minutes can help make bags and dark circles less obvious for a while.
Caffeinated tea bags are another option. Steep the tea for a few minutes and then let the bags chill in the fridge for around 20 minutes. After squeezing out any extra liquid, place the bags under your eyes for about 20 minutes. The caffeine in the tea helps promote blood flow to the eyes.
Permanent Fix With a Professional Procedure
Most of the tips and tricks mentioned are only temporary fixes. If you are unhappy with bags under your eyes on a daily basis and are looking for a permanent solution, you may be a good candidate for lower eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty, or eye lift surgery, performed on the lower eyelids can correct bags under eyes caused by sagging tissue. To learn more about the procedure, visit our page dedicated to the Blepharoplasty.