Undereye bags can be a major cause of frustration for some, especially when magazine covers are plastered with celebrities donning perfect, smooth skin. Swelling occurs under the eyes for different reasons, such as genetics, fluid retention, allergies and reactions to medications. Unfortunately, the only way to remove undereye bags is surgically. However, there are simple things you can do at home to diminish undereye puffiness and tighten the skin under the eyes.
Eat a balanced diet that is low in sodium and drink the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.
Sleep on your back to prevent water from pooling under your eyes overnight. Always attempt to sleep at least eight hours.
Place two spoons in the freezer before retiring. In the morning, lay on your back and place the backs of the spoons under your eyes. Keep the spoons in place for several minutes or until the puffiness is reduced. The cold temperature constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling.
Apply a hemorrhoid cream under the eyes once daily, preferably in the mornings. The anti-inflammatory agents in the cream helps reduce swelling.
Soak a washcloth in cold green tea and place it over the eyes. Allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The tea will increase circulation and reduce swelling. Do this once a day.
Spritz your eye area with water. Place raw potato or cucumber slices over the eyes. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes to reduce puffiness. The potatoes also will help lighten undereye circles. Do this three times week or as often as desired.
Gently tap your ring finger under the eye, moving from the inside corner to the outer corner. Do this 10 to 15 times per eye, once a day. It helps increase circulation and releases built-up fluid.
Dab raw egg whites onto the skin under the eyes and allow it to dry. Rinse the area with warm water and pat dry. The egg whites will tighten the skin and the B vitamins in them will promote circulation and reduce puffiness.
Avoid allergens, such as cigarette smoke, that can irritate the eyes and increase swelling.