Where Did Those Bags Come From

Under eye puffiness is frustrating and the bane of many women. There are several things that can cause them to appear or look worse. The skin under the eye is the thinnest on the whole body, and even small changes can cause the area to look dark or swollen. An important clue to whether or not this puffiness is easily treatable, is the regularity with which it appears.

Does it appear suddenly and in conjunction with hay fever? A certain food? Application of your favorite mascara? It could be secondary to allergies, which cause swelling and congestion of the blood vessels underlying the under eye skin. Rarely, sudden appearance of eye bags can indicate a more serious condition, such as kidney disease, sinusitis, or a thyroid condition. Consult your doctor.

Does your under eye puffiness occur cyclically or in conjunction with your monthly period? PMS can cause bloating and water retention, which can exacerbate under eye swelling. Hormonal imbalances can lead to under eye puffiness.

Eye bags can also be caused by chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or chronic vitamin deficiencies, which cause you to look like you're carrying baggage around under your eyes. Make sure you are getting a good balance of B-vitamins, folic acid and protein. Under eye puffiness can also be exacerbated by chronic lack of sleep or exercise, watching too much TV, and you guessed it: stress.

Lastly, under eye bags can be hereditary, and have to do with conformation of your eye socket and distribution of fat underlying your skin. Take a look at your parents: if you see eye bags that look like yours, chances are they are due to a genetic conformation of your eye sockets, and you are better off making peace with your genetics.

Read our, "How To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes," to find out how to look your best!