How Under-Eye Bags Develop
by Michele Rolla

When we think about under eye bags, an image of old age immediately comes to mind. Undeniably, as we age, muscles and tissues weaken, collagen production decreases and skin starts to sag. But, why do only some of us get these bags?


Major contributors to Under-Eye Bags 

Food Choices - Under eye puffiness is linked to high salt content, causing fluid retention.  That certainly does not mean one must give up taste when giving up salt. Here is a link to an article on ways to add taste and health benefits without using salt. http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/9-sodium-substitutes.html.



Dehydration causes eye puffiness. Here is a link to several tasty ways to stay hydrated without water if eight glasses of water is too boring or just doesn’t work for youhttps://www.glamour.com/story/hydrate-without-drinking-water 



Sleep, or rather lack of it. There is no scientific proof that sleep effects under eye bags, but lack of sleep will definitely impact the severity of your puffiness and can produce dark circles under your eyes. Sleep deprivation can lead to more serious eye health conditions. You can read more about it here. https://www.vspdirect.com/vision-hub/how-lack-of-sleep-affects-eyesight 



Allergies - Allergies cause the body to release histamines that cause the eye to swell and create puffiness. Many prescribed and over the counter anti-histamines can have less than desirable side effects. Here is an article exploring natural antihistamines. http://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/best-natural-antihistamines#1 



Heredity-Good old genetics. Genetics is a leading cause of Under-Eye Bags.  Chances are if your parents had under eye bags then you will too. There is not much you can do to prevent them. The only permanent fix is surgery. Looking at temporary non-surgical options may be the best answer for many people.

Additional References: 

Mayoclinic.org

Healthline.com

Livestrong.com

Acaai.org


11/16/2017