What It Is
The collection of fluid or fat in the pocket under the eye area.
What Causes It
Any number of things, most often diet or seasonal allergies, says Jeannette Graf, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in New York.
Eat, run -- and call the dermatologist.
Avoid foods that cause the body to retain fluid, such as table salt and dehydrating beverages (alcohol, caffeinated sodas, and coffee).
Exercise gets circulation going, causing fluid to drain quickly. Even a dash up a flight of stairs can help.
If puffiness doesn't improve as the day goes on, the problem may be fat deposits rather than fluid buildup. In that case, you may want to consider dermatologist-administered injections or minor surgery.
LancOme GEnifique Yeaux Light-Pearl has a cooling metal applicator.
Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector uses caffeine to de-puff.
Sibu Sea Buckthorn Age Defying Eye Cream contains vegetable extracts to minimize bags.
StriVectin-TL 360 Degrees Tightening Eye Serum can be used on the entire eye area.
Clarins Total Eye Concentrate helps to stimulate blood circulation.
Put an ice pack, a package of frozen peas, or cold spoons on your eyes to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. For added help, try cucumber slices, which contain soothing enzymes, or steeped chamomile tea bags, a source of anti-inflammatory bisabolol.
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