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Puffy Eyes, Bags Under The Eyes, Causes & Cures


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One cause of that puffiness under your eyes you see in the mirror in the mornings can be because of fluid retention that occurs normally during sleep, it may be worth trying to raise your pillows a little to elevate your head to prevent the gravitational redistribution of fluids.

However, there are other factors to consider for instance you may find your eyes seem to be puffy during pregnancy and hormonal changes to do with menstruation can also lead to the retention of fluid. These conditions can cause swelling around the eyes to be more prominent.

Excess amounts of salt in your diet can encourage fluid retention, don't rely too heavily on ready made meals and take-away foods, they often have high salt contents and of course are known to contain preservatives that prolong shelf life.

Over indulging in alcohol and tobacco can cause a build up of toxins in your body and surprisingly can lead to fatigue and hormonal changes that create fluid retention.

Allergies can also cause your eyes to become swollen, puffy looking and red.

If you are dehydrated, that can also be reflected in the appearance of the skin around your eyes. Don't wait until you become thirsty to take a drink by then you may well have already become dehydrated.

One of the more popular beliefs is of course that any problems to do with the appearance of our eyes are because of lack of sleep and there is truth in that. Sleep deprivation and interrupted sleep cycles are often common causes of bags under the eyes or dark circles under the eyes. Get to sleep at reasonable hours and ensure you get not only seven or eight hours of sleep but good quality sleep too. Not only will your eyes appear brighter but you'll fell a lot better too.

Some of the more common home remedies for bags under the eyes or puffy eyes are;

Placing A cold compress near the eye, the coldness constricts the blood vessels, preventing the flow of fluid into the tissues.

Sliced cucumber or potato can also provide short-term relief.

Reduce eye puffiness and maintain clear, moist skin by altering your diet to include foods full of natural vitamins such as the vitamins A, C & E.

In many cases bags under the eyes are as a result of the natural aging process. . . with age the pockets of fat beneath and supporting the eyes start to bulge as muscle that holds them in place begins to weaken. Collagen the protein that holds the molecular structure of the skin in place and helps to make our skin appear firm and taught begins to break down with age and our skin starts to lose its firmness. These are factors that begin the overall aging process that we notice in the form of lines and wrinkles but they can also be a cause of what are known as baggy or puffy eyes. That loss of muscle support is going to accentuate bagginess as the pockets of fat known as orbital fat pads drop and begin to overhang slightly.

It does not matter what your age is if you have already developed a good skin care regime, premature skin aging will not affect you to a great degree. If you are reading this and you do not have a sensible regime my advice is to start today for tomorrow may be too late.

Bags under the eyes should not be confused with drooping eye lids which is a condition known as Ptosis that occurs when the muscles used to raise the eyelid are not strong enough to function properly, perhaps because of damage/trauma to the muscle. Ptosis can often seem worse when tired muscles are not at their most efficient due to tiredness. Some people may have the condition from birth but is normally more common in the elderly, as muscles in the eyelids begin to deteriorate. one eye or both eyes may be affected.

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