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5 Tips to Reduce Under-Eye Bags

By Nisreen Khatib

Do you feel tired and old because of the under-eye bags you have? You’re not alone; many people find it hard to feel energetic when their eyes are tired and puffy.

One of the main reasons of the formation of under-eye bags is the water retention in that area. Water is drawn to your face, under your eye, when the salt concentration in that area is high, whether because of crying (i.e. tears) or eating salty food a lot.

Other important reasons include: the lack of sleep hours, suffering from allergies, too much drinking of high-caffeinated beverages, and aging.

No matter what the reason is, there’s always a solution for reducing or getting rid of under-eye bags:

  1. Drink a lot of water: As mentioned earlier, under-eye bags can appear due to the high concentration of salt in that area. Drinking much water works efficiently to reduce salt concentration and thus treat your puffy eyes.
  2. Chilled cucumber/potato slices: You probably have heard about applying cucumber or potato slices on your under-eye bags, but what you might not know is that they should be chilled. The cool temperature helps sooth the area. Place the chilled, raw cucumber/potato slices on your closed eyes, especially on the puffed area, for 15-20 minute, and you will notice the difference after that.
  3. Chilled teabags: Teabags can help reduce the puff under your eyes due to the tannin in them. All you have to do is moisten the teabags well in boiling water, allow them to cool on a plate, and place them gently on the puffed area for 25-30 minutes. After you remove them, the under-eye bags will be notably reduced.
  4. Treat your face kindly: The under-eye skin is too thin and sensitive, so it needs a careful treatment from you. Don’t go to sleep while wearing makeup, and wash your face and eyes gently: avoid scrubbing when cleaning them, and dry them by patting on them with a soft towel.
  5. Change your sleeping position: This may be new to you, but sleeping position matters when it’s about water retention in the under-eye area. If you sleep on your stomach or on your side, you should start sleeping on your back so that you stop fluid to collect under your eyes while you’re asleep. If you’re already a back-sleeper, try sleeping with two pillows under your head. Changing your sleeping position might be difficult at the beginning, but the result is worth a try!

These tips can be really helpful for you to treat the puffed areas under your eyes. Most importantly, the major solution is commitment, and loving your body wholeheartedly.

Courtesy of our collaborators Challange 2 Change   awm6
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