Your eyes are a vital part of your body that portrays a great deal about your age and how fresh does it look. As you age your eyes are more prone to undergo several issues and puffy eye bags are one of them. Hence it is essential to take immediate care beforehand. Take proper amount of sleep, eat a balanced diet, and drink lots of water is all that you need to follow in your lifestyle. But don’t limit yourself to just all these self-care tips. No doubt they are helpful but implementing these in your lifestyle can still lead to puffy eye bags. According to board-certified dermatologist Robert Finney, MD, FAAD, “Under eye changes are inevitable as we all age (dark or bluish discoloration, depressed appearance, puffiness, bags, etc.) 

    There is a need to understand the causes of puffy eyes so you can treat them accordingly. Periorbital puffiness is the scientific term for puffy eyes which usually occurs due to the buildup of fluid around your eyes making your eyes look swollen and puffy. One of the major causes of puffy eyes is a lack of collagen. It occurs when wrinkles and fine lines start to appear under your eyes in the early days. But it does not impede there. Your veins become prominent as collagen decreases around your eyes leading to dark circles. The skin also fills in more fluid under your eyes which can also lead to puffiness also known as eye bags.

    To remove puffy eye bags you need to follow these tips we have shared down below.


    1. Apply Tea Bags

    Teabags can help with dark circles and puffy eye bags. Caffeine in tea bags is a great source of antioxidants that increases blood flow under your eyes. It also protects against UV rays and slows down the process of aging.

    Green tea is said to have anti-inflammatory effects and also contains vitamin K, which can lessen dark circles. To remove your puffy eye bags, put tea bags in brewed water for 3 to 5 minutes. Now place the tea bags in the refrigerator for about 15 to 20 minutes. Squeeze out the excess liquid and put them on your under-eye area.

    2. Use a Cold Compress

    Don’t dawdle around buying those pricey creams. Instead, use a cold compress for your under-eye bags. A cold compress can help constrict blood vessels that can reduce the inflammation and swell from your eyes in a jiffy. On the other hand, a Chilled teaspoon, cool cucumber, wet washcloth, and a bag of frozen veggies will help you in relieving your puffy eyes. You can also use an ice cube around your eyes. Simply wrap it up in a clean piece of cloth and pat it around your eyes. Avoid rubbing it. Do this thrice a week for better results. 

    3. Stay Hydrated

    Believe it or not, dehydration is considered the main root of every skincare problem. Your body might suffer dehydration due to drinking less water, causing the blood vessels around your eyes to enlarge leading to water retention. What happens is when your body is dehydrated tissues start to build up making your skin look plump. As the skin around your eyes is thinner, the effects are quickly evident. As a result, it will cause your eye area to appear darker, discolored, sunken, or hollow. Hence, it is recommended to drink 13 cups of water (for men) and 9 cups (for women) per day to make your eyes look as fresh as daisies.

    Watermelon and spinach are the fruits that you can eat to increase your hydration level due to their high water level.

    4. Take an Antihistamine

    Sometimes puffy eyes are caused by allergies. In that case, antihistamine would help in easing your puffy eyes. Antihistamine is used to treat allergic reactions. If you believe that your puffy eyes are the cause of some allergic reaction then you can take some over-the-counter medications such as Benadryl Zyrtec Claritin. These are considered safe for minor allergies. Avoid certain products such as soaps, makeup, hair dyes that can cause allergies, and if you are not sure of the cause then consult the doctor.

    5. Add Retinol Cream To Your Routine

    Using a specific cream that is made specifically for your eyes is the key as the ingredients used would be beneficial for your puffy eyes. So next time you go shopping add retinol to your buying list, as it will help remove your puffy eyes. Retinol is also known as vitamin A which can ease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve collagen production in the skin. Collagen is the main factor for maintaining your skin’s elasticity. It can also prompt the production of new blood cells.

    According to Christopher Panzica a licensed aesthetician from Brentwood, Tennessee “your skin cell turnover and collagen production slows,” “When applied topically, retinol help bring your skin cells and function back to a more youthful state,” he declares. He also added Panzica says, “retinol increases collagen production in the dermis to provide anti-aging benefits.”

    In addition, retinol comes in gel, cream, or liquid form. They can be used after cleansing your face.   

    6. Micro-needling

    Micro-needling is a process where your skin is punctured with miniature sterilized needles that causes small wounds on your skin. The purpose of micro-needling is to allow your skin to kick off its natural healing process and sending collagen and elastin to restore its tiny injuries. Not only it helps rejuvenate the skin but it also prevents wrinkle formation and skin issues such as pigmentation, dark circles, and under-eye bags. It is also known as collagen induction therapy that takes at least 30 to 60 minutes with several other sessions in line.

    After having this treatment you must avoid going to the pool or exercising for the next 72 hours. People with a history of keloids or the one who simply scar should avoid this treatment.

    7. Eat More Collagen-rich Foods

    If you are treating your eye bags on the outside then it is important to be taken care of on the inside. To get rid of your puffy eye bags eat more foods rich in collagen. As you age your body reduces the amount of vitamin C, jam-packed with antioxidants, which boosts collagen production. Good sources of vitamin C include Orange’s red peppers kale Brussels sprouts Broccoli strawberries.


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