Remedy for Bags Under Eyes

by Mel Frank

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Bags under the eyes are unpleasant, and can make a person self-conscious about her appearance. There are quite a few remedies for bags under the eyes, from a simple cold compress, to expensive medical procedures. Find the remedy that best fits your budget, and your under-eye bags will be gone in no time.

Cold Compress

A cold compress is one of the easiest, and least-expensive ways to remedy bags under the eyes. While freezable gel eye masks are available at any drug store, priced at roughly $5 to $10 per mask, a homemade cold compress will work just as well. If you decide to purchase a gel mask, place it in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill, then place it over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. These are convenient, as they have holes cut out around the eyes, and a strap that wraps around the head, making it easy to continue on with daily chores while wearing the mask. Alternately, a homemade eye mask can be made with a wash cloth, and 5 to 10 ice cubes. You can dampen the wash cloth with cold water or leave it dry, and wrap the ice cubes inside. Lay the compress over the eyes for 10 minutes, and skin will be stimulated and rejuvenated almost immediately, reducing under eye bags.

Tea Bags

Tea bags are a great remedy for bags under the eyes, and this is also a great way to repurpose a product that would otherwise be thrown away. Brew a pot of tea (preferably green tea), and place the used tea bags in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Take out two tea bags, and place over each eye for 10 to 15 minutes. This will immediately diminish dark circles and bags under the eyes. Green tea is preferred, because it contains EGCG, a known anti-inflammatory, which will also reduce eye puffiness. The tea bags can be refrozen or refrigerated, and can be reused until the bags start to wear out.

Botox or Collagen injections

Botox and collagen injections are a more costly remedy to consider, but will have longer lasting results than the quick fix of tea bags and cold compresses. These injections will typically keep bags under the eyes at bay for at least six months before another injection is required. Juvedern and Restylane are two other options to consider when thinking about cosmetic fillers. Ask your skin-care specialist what option is right for your particular case.

Lifestyles Changes

Healthy diet, proper rest, and water intake are three of the most important ways to keep the body healthy and reduce bags under eyes. Foods high in sodium should be avoided, as sodium is known to make the body retain water, thereby causing eye puffiness and bags under eyes. The body also requires an average of six to eight hours of sleep each night to function properly. Finally, remember that dehydration is one of the main causes of under-eye bags. Drink at least six 8 oz. glasses of water each day, to prevent dehydration and keep the skin healthy and resilient.

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About the Author

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.