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How To Get Rid Of Bags Under Eyes

Eye Bags

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To most people, it’s the eyes are actually the most mesmerizing feature in the human face.

This is what you’ll read in research polls and surveys.

These statistics reveal that most men and women find the eyes as the most attractive facial feature they look for in the opposite sex, so don’t let your most magnetic feature be ruined by eye bags.

It’s your eyes that should catch attention, not the bags under them.

And bags under the eyes are right to be called so, as these “luggage” can really weigh down your appearance. Eye bags give you a perennial stressed and sick look even if you slept well and feel vibrant and energetic.

A good skin care routine and expensive eye creams won’t prevent eye bags from making themselves felt if you don’t do facial toning exercises. Applying heavy concealer will neither help so much in hiding bulging under eye bags.

But this does not make eye bags reduction impossible to those who balk at having artificial procedures to treat them.

You just have to find out what caused them in the first place, then apply the necessary measures to either completely eliminate or improve these underlying conditions.

Possible Causes Of Eye Bags

The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your facial skin. It is for this reason that the first signs of aging appear in the eye area, and where fluid retention or extra fat appears more prominent.

Genetics may also play a big role in your tendency to accumulate fluids in your eye area.

But this hereditary predisposition to hold water in the blood vessels in your eye or periorbital area doesn’t mean your only recourse is surgical eye bag removal or blepharoplasty or less invasive procedures such as Botox injections, which will have a heightened ouch factor due to the very delicate and sensitive periorbital skin.

You can have a natural eye bag removal by changing your diet, lifestyle and by religiously doing facial exercises ten to fifteen minutes a day.

Eye bags can be caused by:

Loss of skin elasticity due to aging
Droopy cheek muscles
Sinus infection or allergic rhinitis
Thyroid or kidney problem
Fatigue and lack of sleep
Hormonal imbalances
Food and dust allergies
Iron deficiency
Caffeine addiction
Smoking
Menstruation
Pregnancy
Overworked eye muscles in the case of people with vision problems
Toxicity

Most of these underlying causes can be tremendously improved by proper nutrition. Some, however, would require medical attention.

Consult a competent alternative health practitioner or physician practicing complementary or integrative medicine to help you with your health conditions.

How To Get Rid Of Eye Bags

1. Eat whole foods as much as possible. Leave processed foods untouched in their shelves when doing your grocery. Consume watery fruits and veggies such as watermelon, cucumbers, apples, cranberry, asparagus and grapes.

Green TeaCoconut water and green tea are good natural diuretics.

Potassium-rich foods such as bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, tomatoes, papaya and yogurt help keep your body (and face) from retaining water.

Getting lots of vitamins A, C and E from natural food sources such as carrots and dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, bell peppers, nuts, seeds and cold-pressed oils would also be highly beneficial.

Vitamin C and B6 supplements also assist in the body’s expulsion of extra fluids.

2. Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking enough water each day.

Raw fruits and vegetables also contain high amounts of quality, mineral-rich water that your body will need to purge itself of toxins and impurities that can lead to the formation of eye bags.

3. Avoid foods and beverages that encourage fluid retention such as alcohol, coffee, white sugar, cheese, fried foods, carbonated drinks, white flour, gravy, salt, soy sauce and foods that contain monosodium glutamate.

Steer away from food toxins such as artificial preservatives, chemical additives and pesticides present in inorganic produce.

Don’t go crazy over carbohydrate laden foods as these can also lead to facial edema.

4. Obtain extra iron by eating spinach, broccoli, dried fruits such as raisins, and sea vegetables such as kelp, dulse and laver. You can also take an iron supplement as an insurance policy.

5. Keep your sodium intake under tight control. The common rule is not to exceed 2,000 milligrams of sodium each day.

SodiumBut since you are conscious of your rather pronounced eye bags then you might as well not go over 1,000 milligrams of sodium a day, which would entail mandatory label reading and sodium intake monitoring.

6. To reduce the appearance of bags under eyes, place both of your index fingers on the sides of your outer nostrils and apply gentle pressure on the two areas for ten seconds.

You can either steadily press these points or move your fingers in tiny circular motions. Repeat five times. Pressing on these acupressure points will initiate release of toxins that can manifest as under eye bags.

7. Fix your body clock and follow a facial exercise regime. Going to bed on time, sleeping for seven to eight hours, keeping stress in check and doing facial exercises that minimize under eye bags will not only tighten the eye ring muscles.

These will also improve circulation in the eye area, which can help lighten the appearance of dark circles. Face exercises for the muscle ring around the eyes ring also smoothen crow’s feet and other wrinkles in the periorbital area.

Upper eyelid bags or hooded lids will also get their treatment through the practice of face exercises.

8. The cold cucumber remedy has the reputation of being merely anecdotal but those who put cold cucumber slices regularly swear by its efficacy. Slice a cucumber and freeze 2 slices for half an hour.

Meanwhile munch on the remaining slices with a freshly made low sodium dip or a simple raw apple cider vinegar and black pepper dip. Apple cider vinegar is another all-natural remedy for water retention due to its high potassium content.

After thirty minutes have elapsed get the 2 cucumber slices from the freezer. Lie down and place both on closed eyes for fifteen minutes.

Don’t let eye bags steal the spotlight from your eyes. Let your peepers shine by effectively treating bags under eyes as outlined in this article.

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  • Mrs Anne Jesuvant September 4, 2010, 1:09 pm

    Please let me know how to obtain the facial excercise books and what is the price please. Regards Annie

  • james February 18, 2011, 12:14 pm

    I am 23, and my eye bags really get me down, as people assume i have been taking drugs, or not having enough sleep. i am considering botox or surgery as i cant keep to the healthy diet etc. i live in sheffield uk. is there anyone i can consult here?

  • Yolanda March 11, 2011, 1:45 pm

    i have “an-eye-bag” since it’s only on one side. and throughout the day it becomes more visible. i heard about putting tea bags, does it work? *18, Johannesburg- South africa

  • shervey May 12, 2011, 11:34 am

    I’m 26 yrs old, working in a call center industry. I’m so worried about my eyebags because eveytime that where going to have a picture taking,I look like im on drugs.. can you please help me what other option that i can do to remove my eyebags?

  • Jessa June 12, 2011, 12:41 am

    I am only 15, but I already have major undereye problems!! I have dark circles, which i think are hereditary, but I am ok with them. What I am NOT ok with is the major puffiness. There are “dimples” at the outer edge of my eyes, and a faint puffy ring underneath my eyes. Also, a reddish edge to the big bags has become visible on my cheeks. It’s a nightmare; i look sick and sleep-deprived. Makeup helps a little bit, but at some angles my face just looks like a big puffy balloon. I have tried many natural remedies, such as potato, egg, etc….nothing worked. Cucumber only worked for a short amount of time. I have been trying to change my diet and drink tons of water, but I think it takes a long time and I am desperate for quick, lasting results. HELP PLEASE!!!

    • Ella August 31, 2012, 4:36 pm

      I have the same problem I am also 15! People will often ask me if i’m ill because it’s getting so bad. So bad that I went to the doctors about this issue they did a blood test and told me I had Anemia.

  • aysh June 27, 2011, 7:46 am

    i am having drooping eyelids and eyebags please suggest me natural remedies and some good cream to reduce the droopiness

  • mary jackson October 23, 2011, 4:16 pm

    I am 65 and I have had bags under my eyes for most of my life. they became noticeable when i entered my 30’s, this something that ran in my family…………is there anything i can do to get rid of them. i have tried potatoes, cumbers, all types of creams…..PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • edwin ramos October 28, 2011, 3:01 am

    i have eye bags for a yerar now and its getting worse,what should i do.putting tea bags and cucumber would really help my problem.

  • Eveline Smith February 2, 2012, 11:04 pm

    I am 16 years old and ever since I have remembered I have had eye bags. But recently they have been more noticeable I really do not know what to do, and I really need results please help me!!

  • barbara schomer May 2, 2012, 3:14 pm

    I have terrible big bags under both eyes, I cannot afford surgery, is there something else I can do to make them go away? any products on the market that work?

    Thank you

  • Aron December 3, 2012, 9:36 pm

    I am 26 and the last 2 months I have developed massive bags under my eyes.. I want to get rid of them. I can’t keep wearing glasses everywhere.. Please help. What can I do?

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