You’ve probably spent a lot of time hoping that the next time you look in the mirror, those bags beneath your eyes will not be there. I spent years trying to get rid of mine. If you want to learn how to get rid of yours, I will be happy to share with you everything I learned through years of trial and error.
Just why, you wonder, do some people have bags and others never develop them? To a large extent, the answer lies in your genetic background. To predict when your bags will become fully developed or just how big they’ll get, look at your mother or father. It’s not fair! But there are ways to stop heredity in its tracks.
But How do you Get Rid of Dark Circles Under the Eyes?
Most often these puffy tissues come from physiological causes, even the inherited bags. For example, a chronic sinus condition that raises puffiness beneath the eyes can be something you developed because you have the same sinus structure as a parent. Sometimes these tissues sag because you have the same weak ligament support as your parent. And there are other causes.
Just like you, I heard advice from many people that I should get more sleep at night. But I’ve realized that the amount of sleep alone doesn’t really cause the bags. Experts on how to get rid of bags under the eyes will tell you that most bags are caused either by pads of fat that droop or from fluid in the tissues beneath the eyes.
The fatty deposits do not have anything to do with your own level of body fat. Everyone has some fat around the facial bones and cartilage, and it does serve to protect your face from coldness or trauma. However, if the ligaments that hold the bags in place are not strong which is the hereditary part then these bags will become more and more prominent as you age.
Other people discover that their body tends to accumulate fluid that creates this look of puffiness. These are the people who should proactively avoid extra salt in their daily diet.
I researched all causes of this problem in my efforts to eliminate my own under-eye bags. My family doctor gave me a clean bill of health from thyroid or kidney disease that could cause them. When I finally succeeded in my effort to stop smoking, I thought that would eliminate them. And I went to an immunologist to check for underlying allergies that might be the trigger.
If you’re like me, your research on how to get rid of bags under the eyes has led you to treatments such as cucumber slices or tea bags and even, specifically, green tea bags placed over your eyes several times daily. These are restful and provide immediate relief, but with no permanent cure.
Many people who are convinced their bags result from poor sinus drainage try all kinds of sinus cures, including oil pulling or nasal lavage. Oil pulling involves swishing sunflower or sesame oil in your mouth for up to twenty minutes to draw impurities from your sinuses. Nasal lavage is a technique using a pot to pour water into one nostril so that it rinses through your sinuses and ejects through the other nostril.
I came close to scheduling surgery for repair of these bags. This is a procedure called blepharoplasty, and it is as unpleasant as it is expensive. Many people have undergone this believing it is the only certain cure.