Collagen is the protein that's mainly responsible for our skin's elasticity. After our 25th birthday, we start losing collagen at a rate of around 1.5 percent every year. That means by the time we're 40, our collagen levels will be almost a third lower than they were 15 years earlier [source: Doherty]. It's not surprising, then, that this is the age most people start developing bags under their eyes.
Home Remedies for Bags Under Eyes
Once you have under-eye bags, they're almost impossible to get rid of without cosmetic surgery, and we know how expensive that can be. The only thing you can really do is cover them up with makeup. I know what you're thinking, though. What about cucumbers and cold spoons? Let's be clear about this. Under-eye bags and puffiness are not the same thing. As we mentioned earlier, bags form under our eyes with age because our ligaments and skin weaken, allowing fat to push through. This is different from the puffiness that can be caused by a salty diet, allergies and fluid retention. If your "bags" are actually just puffiness, there might be a few home remedies that can help.
For those of you who have been waiting patiently, this is where cucumbers, tea bags, potato slices and spoons might be able to help. When any of these items are cooled and placed on the eyes, they can help reduce puffiness for one simple reason. Cold restricts blood vessels, which can reduce swelling. If your puffiness is the result of fluid retention, you might be able to alleviate it by sleeping with an extra pillow to elevate your head at night. It will help drain the fluid out of your face.
Another popular home remedy for under-eye puffiness is hemorrhoid cream, but you should be careful with this one. It might be able to reduce the appearance of those bags, but you're more likely to end up with irritated eyes instead. You're better off trying to live a healthier lifestyle and using hemorrhoid creams for hemorrhoids.
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