Solutions for Under-Eye Bags

by Holly Smith

Puffy bags under the eyes are a common cosmetic issue for women and men and become more noticeable with age. Under-eye bags are the result of weakening tissue, migrating fat and fluid retention, according to the Mayo Clinic. To reduce under-eye bags you can try natural remedies, over-the-counter creams or cosmetic procedures.

At-Home Remedies

Tackle under-eye bags by applying a cold compress or a cold spoon. After brewing green tea, wait for the bag to cool and then dab it on under-eye bags. The antioxidants in the tea will help sooth irritation.

Getting eight hours of sleep while using a pillow can decrease the size and appearance of under-eye bags. Salt can cause fluid retention so cut salt intake. Decrease the dark appearance of under-eye bags by dipping a soft cloth in milk and applying it to the bags. Or dip cotton balls in milk, apply to the under-eye area and wait 20 minutes before removing. Close eyes, cover with sliced cucumbers and lie on your back for 20 minutes before removing. Gently massage almond oil or vitamin E under the eyes.

Over-the-Counter Products

There are many over-the-counter creams designed to diminish under-eye bags. Some creams contain antioxidants to fight irritation, SPF to ward off further sun damage, or products like caffeine to perk up the under-eye area. Other common ingredients in these under-eye creams include vitamins, botanicals, peptides and yeast extract. Look for creams that stimulate circulation in the eye area and decrease puffiness.

Skin Nutrition with Phytomins Firming Eye Cream reduces puffiness and bags while stimulating circulation and improving skin elasticity. This cream also reduces inflammation and soothes the eye area with plant-derived vitamins. Reviva Eye Complex Firming Cream is another over-the-counter product designed to decrease bags. This product uses a botanical formula to tone and detoxify the under-eye area while improving circulation. Clinique All About Eyes Serum has a roll-on applicator that massages the eye area while decreasing puffiness. It contains antioxidants, botanicals and caffeine. Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Antiwrinkle Eye Cream reduces puffiness and stimulates circulation with antioxidants and yeast extract.

Cosmetic Procedures

Blepharoplasty is a surgery that removes eye bags. This procedure removes loose skin and relaxed tissue while tightening the skin, according to the Harley Medical Group. Blepharoplasty can be performed to remove under-eye bags and to tighten drooping lids. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, requires stitches and will cause light scarring.

Thermage is a non-surgical treatment that addresses under-eye bags. This procedure uses radio frequency to stimulate collagen and tighten skin.

IPL Photofacial is another non-invasive procedure that uses lasers to stimulate collagen production to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags.

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About the Author

Based out of Kansas, Holly Smith has been an active writer and reporter since 2003, working primarily in online news. She has written for "Kansas Liberty News" the "K-State Collegian" and worked as an on-air reporter for "Manhattan Matters" and the "Educational Communications Center." She holds Bachelors of Arts in print journalism and electronic journalism from Kansas State University.