Noticing bags under your eyes? You’re not alone. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons get asked about dark circles and under-eye bags all the time. The good news is that there are fixes for under-eye flaws. The first step is figuring out just what the problem is. Common ones are:
Seasonal allergies, a cold, or a sinus infection. All three of these things can lead to fluid building up in the thin skin under the eye.
A dinner heavy with salty food or a night of crying. Water always travels from areas in the body where there’s low salt concentration to tissues where there’s more salt. That principle holds true whether the salt comes from tears or from soy sauce.
Going to bed with makeup on. Sleeping in eye makeup can irritate your eyes, causing fluids to pool.
To calm puffy eyes, place cold spoons, slices of cucumbers, chilled tea bags, or even a package of frozen peas under your eyes. The cool temperatures— rather than any special properties of cucumbers or peas—reduce swelling. And, yes, placing a hemorrhoid cream under your eyes might help get rid of puffs, too.