How to Treat Bags Under the Eye Naturally

Retain your youthful face with four easy steps

Under-eye bags are a frustrating cosmetic issue that can make you look both more tired and older than you actually are. A poor diet, lack of sleep, allergies and genetics can all play a role in the development of puffiness and sagging under the eyes. While cosmetic surgery is a permanent fix, the pain and cost of an invasive procedure turn a lot of people away. Natural remedies for under-eye bags are inexpensive, easy and often available right in your refrigerator.

Step 1: Drink water, get sleep

According to Mayo Clinic, a diet high in salt can cause water retention, which exacerbates your under-eye bags. Cut back on your salt intake, and drink your daily recommended amount of water. Get your full eight hours of sleep. When you're sleeping, Mayo Clinic recommends you use two pillows or a wedge to keep your head elevated. This will prevent fluids from pooling in your face, especially in the under-eye area, and decreases swelling.

Step 2: Apply cold

There are a lot of home remedies floating around out there that all involve putting something on your eye: frozen spoons, cucumber slices, cuts of potato. The commonality here is that they are all cold.

According to cosmetic surgeon Ellen Marmur, M.D., of Mount Sinai Medical Center, it's the cold from these objects that is reducing the swelling, and not any inherent ingredient in the metal or the fruits. You can use any of those objects if you wish, or simply apply a cold compress to the area first thing in the morning to reduce swelling.

Step 3: Apply green tea bags

Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, an anti-inflammatory agent. Applying green tea bags to the eye area can release fluid and decrease puffiness that leads to under-eye bags, according to dermatologist Dr. Audry Kunin, author of The DERMAdoctor Skinstruction Manual. You can apply damp tea bags to the eye area, or use them frozen to get the added benefit of the cold.

Step 4: Take up yoga

Under-eye bags have several causes, two of which are fluid retention and sagging muscles due to aging. You can combat both of those causes with yoga.

Facial yoga involves slow exercises of the facial muscles to tone and tighten them. Most of the exercises involve making exaggerated facial expressions using light pressure from your fingers as resistance. The Yoga Facelift, by licensed aesthetician Marie-Veronique Nadeau, has several exercises for under-eye bags, as well as other cosmetic facial issues. Regular full-body yoga also has benefits for under-eye bags. Yoga’s inverted poses such as shoulder stand and back bends will increase circulation to the face, which will carry away excess fluid and help relieve swelling.

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