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I'm just wondering if you have any idea on what is the best way to get rid of under eye bags quickly besides cosmetic surgery or botox. I've tried all kinds of eye creams to fix puffy eyes over the years but nothing really helped. I always seem to have heavy baggy eyes in the morning and despite having enough sleep (about 8 hours) every night, they still won't go away. I'm only in my twenties but my stubborn puffy under eye bags made me look much older than my age. Help! – Samantha, Nebraska.



10 Quick Fixes to Reduce Morning Puffy Eyes


Hi Samantha,

There are a variety of different reasons why you get those ugly swollen puffy bags under your eyes. It can be something that you can't control like aging and genetics, or due to bad lifestyle habits such as smoking, overworking your eyes for prolonged periods of time (in front of the computer and reading), stress and not to mention insufficient sleep.

Having too much salt in your diet, excessive alcohol drinking and hormonal changes during menstruation can also contribute to prominent under eye bags. All of these things can make you retain water around the thin skin below your eyes, causing them to really puff up like little pillows, especially in the morning.

If your under eye bags are really bad and you're losing sleep over them, my best advice is to have them removed surgically through a procedure called blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty not only removes excess fat and skin around the eyes to get rid of eye bags permanently, but also improves saggy or droopy upper and lower eyelids. Botox are great for wrinkles and fine lines, but it won't help eye bags and can actually make them worse.

There are, of course, a few no-surgery-no-pain home remedies that you can use to temporarily tighten the skin around and underneath your eyes so as to naturally reduce the appearance of under eye bags.


How to Remove Morning Puffy Swollen Bags Under the Eyes Quickly?

1. The best thing you can do to reduce puffy eye bags in the morning is to splash your face with cold water after waking up as it stimulates circulation and help your body get rids of toxins.

Then lightly massage or gently tap the puffy areas on your upper and lower eyelids with fingertips to disperse trapped fluids under your eyes.


2. To avoid waking up with puffy swollen eyes, try not to drink too much water before bedtime and sleep with your head slightly elevated on a pillow. If you lie flat during sleep, fluids can accumulate around your eyes, giving them a puffy swollen appearance.

Remember what I said earlier about salt and water retention? So go easy on foods and snacks that contain significant amounts of MSG (monosodium glutamate; also disguised as hydrolyzed soy protein) such as canned soups, instant ramen, savory biscuits and potato chips. I'd also suggest you avoid eating heavily salted, MSG-laden Chinese food at dinner as it can cause you to wake up with puffy swollen eyes the next morning.


3. One simple yet highly effective home remedy that is widely popular among many natural beauty enthusiasts is to apply cold thin cucumber slices over closed eyes for about 10-15 minutes.

Chilled cucumbers work wonders for puffy eyes because they act as a cold compress to constrict the blood vessels under your skin and reduce swelling while cooling the skin around your eyes.


4. Raw potato slices and apple slices can also be used in the same way to relieve swollen eyelids and swelling under eyes.


5. If you don't have any of the kitchen ingredients mentioned, tea bags will also do the trick. The tannin found in the tea may help temporary tighten the skin taut under your eyes and reduce the puffiness.

I personally prefer to use organic green tea bags for swollen-looking eyes as they contain epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a major polyphenol that has potent anti-inflammatory action on the skin. Chamomile tea and chrysanthemum tea are also great for treating puffy eyes.

Soak 2 tea bags in hot water for about 30 seconds. Then cool them in your refrigerator for 20 minutes or so. If you're super impatient like me, toss them right in the freezer.

Lay down with your head elevated and place frozen or chilled tea bags on your eyes for about 5 minutes.


6. Another natural way to treat under eye puffiness and tighten swollen eyelids is to apply egg whites. It's a good idea to add 1-2 drops witch hazel to an white egg (beaten until stiff) to prevent it from drying out too rapidly.


7. If you love to pamper your eyes with something little more relaxing, try this rosemary anti-puffy eyes home remedy. Rosemary herb is especially good for soothing swollen tired eyes since it helps reduce puffiness and dark circles under eyes while fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

Place 1 organic green tea bag in a cup and fill it with hot water. Leave to cool for a few minutes and then stir in the juice of 1 orange and 1 teaspoon manuka honey. Next, add 1 sprig of finely chopped rosemary and mix well. Pour tea mixture into a small ice cube tray and pop it in your freezer.

Once frozen, wrap a few ice cubes with a slightly damp small face cloth. Hold it under your eyes for 5 minutes and remove. Repeat several times to reduce fluid retention and swelling around your eyes.


8. For a super easy quick fix to reduce bags under eyes temporarily and keep the swelling down, place a chilled metal spoon over each closed eye for a few minutes or until the spoon loses its chill.


9. The skin around your eyes is very delicate and thinner than elsewhere on your face so use a good eye cream daily to moisturize, firm and prevent baggy eyes in the morning. If you also have dark circles under your eyes, look for an eye cream that has botanical skin lighteners such as licorice and kojic acid. Try Cosmedicine Eye Specialist Essential Moisture Treatment with licorice extract.

You can also use Vitamin E oil and lightly massage the oil around your eyes at night. Some people say dabbing pure castor oil along the eyelids not only removes puffiness but also make their lashes grow longer and thicker.


10. If you like something a little more fancy than spoons and eye creams, my suggestion is use an eye rollerball. There are various makes available in the market in different brands such as Clinique, Garnier, Loreal and Simple. Each has a rollerball end to massage the eye area while moisturizing. I keep my anti-puff eye roll-on in the fridge so that it's really cold. It instantly soothes, relaxes and invigorates tired eyes.



By Tiffany Moore

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