The smoothness and the color of your face play a major role in how healthy and beautiful you look. As you age, you might get this one thought invading your mind more and more often: how to get rid of fat pads under the eyes?

What are we talking about here?

Fat under your eyes is necessary for support. Sadly, as you age, the muscles around the area naturally weaken. The collagen and elastin in your skin starts to break down too.

This causes the fat to move into your lower eyelids and create a swollen look. The fat can also end up accumulating under your eyes and creating the infamous fat pockets. It can also include dark circles around your eyes, swelling eyelids, and saggy skin.

What are the causes?

Pay attention to the way your parents and grandparents age skin-wise and see if your condition can be simply genetics. Indeed, this is the leading reason for puffy eyes. In this case plastic surgery might be your best option.

Other major causes are your lifestyle choices, your mental health, and allergies.

Note that if your under eye skin is swelling severely, is itchy, red, and painful, you probably have a bigger problem than aesthetics. See a doctor and find out if it's not a sign of infection, thyroid disease, or a strong allergy.

How to remove fat pads under eyes?

1. External remedies

cubes of ice

  • One of the quickest and most effective ways to deflate the fat pads under eyes is to massage the area with green tea ice cubes.
  • You can use regular ice cubes too, but the caffeine and antioxidants in green tea really make a difference. Also try cucumber + lemon and chamomile ice cubes.
  • Start your day with a much refreshing ice water face dip or a few good splashes of cold water from the tap onto your face. This will wake you up, increase blood circulation, and tighten your skin.

2. Lifestyle

sun protection

  • Smoking is the number one enemy of a youthful skin. Just get on with it and stop smoking.
  • Getting enough sleep (7-9 hours) is almost just as important if you want to eliminate fat pads under eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses and use natural UV skin protection, such as jojoba oil, every day.
  • Try sleeping with your head slightly more elevated with an extra pillow. If it's not comfy, try lifting the whole upper body with pillows or bed risers. This keeps the fluids from coming up to your face.
  • Practice face yoga. It's a lot of fun, keeps your face muscles tight, and helps immensely with blood circulation.
  • Mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, insomnia or chronic fatigue definitely takes a toll on one's eyes. If that's the case, don't wait, see a psychotherapist or a psychiatrist.

3. Diet

eating healthy

  • Cut back on salt as it causes water retention. Keep alcohol and caffeine intakes to the minimum. Say no to refined sugar, fried and highly processed foods. All they do is harm your overall health, destroy your natural collagen, and age you badly.
  • Enrich your diet with foods that boost collagen production. These foods contain chlorophyll, vitamins A, C, E, amino acids, zinc, iron, and antioxidants. Shop for chlorella, spirulina, and dark leafy greens. Go for citruses, berries, tomatoes, red peppers. Look for healthy fats in avocados, nuts, and seeds.
  • Most importantly – stay hydrated! Drink enough water and make it more tasty and nutritious with slices of citrus fruit, cucumber, celery, ginger, or berries.

 4. Allergy control

clean house

  • Try to keep your home clean and tidy, dust as often as possible (without becoming too obsessive, that is).
  • Change your bed linen regularly.
  • Try neti pot procedures to control the bags under your eyes. It's a pot-like device that you use to clean out mucus out of your sinuses. You fill it with a distilled salt solution and wash one nostril at a time.
  • If nothing helps, see a doctor as you might need anti-allergy medication.
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Written by Audra Bajori
Audra is a writer, an ethical vegan, a compulsive self-experimenter and health-hacker, who plans on living for at least 100 years. She's also a cinephile,...
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