How did I get these bags under my eyes?

One of the most common complaints, for anyone who looks older than their age, would be that of two pouches under the eyes that wreak havoc – eyebags. These saggy puffs that develop in a range of sizes are a result of issues like stress, allergies, overgrowth of protruding fat, and the more common causes – ageing and heredity. According to Mayo Clinic experts, bags under the eyes are rarely a sign of a serious underlying medical condition.

Our eyes are the windows to the soul so it is no surprise that they are protected and cushioned by fats. However, the trouble starts with the double whammy of gravity taking its toll and the ageing process playing catchup. Once the candles on our birthday cakes start increasing, the amount of collagen we naturally produce starts its decline. The delicate and soft areas around our eyes start losing their pliancy, thus creating saggy skin that can hold fluid as well as fats.

If you want to learn more about puffiness and why you get these bags under your eyes read the following lines.


As much as you don’t want to realize it, the bags under the eyes can be hereditary. If you have dark circles under your eyes, first you need to think about who of your family has a similar problem.

Why does the skin around your eyes get darker and puffy? The eye area of the face is extremely thin and delicate. When blood circulates through the blood vessels near the surface of the skin, it can cause a bluish tinge. And, logically, the more transparent your skin, the darker the circles under the eyes will be. Puffiness normally results from fluid leaking from the blood vessels.


It probably sounds very banal, but we know how important it is to drink enough water. However, people often forget it and don’t drink enough fluids. Therefore, we remind you again – hydration is important for the whole body, for health and beauty. And especially for the skin which is the largest human organ. In order to have enough hydration for the skin and especially for the area under the eyes, all other organs must first be well hydrated. To put it another way – the last glass of water for the day is for your skin. Don’t miss it.

Collagen loss

Collagen is the most common protein in the human body and it keeps our skin healthy and elastic. By the way, the visible signs of collagen loss on the face often mean that the intestines are not in perfect shape.

However, with age (on average around 30-35 years of age), our body gradually stops producing collagen and the first place where the loss of collagen is most noticeable is the area under the eyes. The loss of collagen causes our eyes to “sink”, which further enhances the blue circles, the lines there, and the unhealthy appearance.

Sun exposure

It is a difficult topic because it creates a real conflict between 2 important things – health and beauty. This is actually one of the most controversial topics in terms of health vs. beauty because it is very important for our health to get enough vitamin D, but at the same time, the UV rays coming from the sun literally destroy the skin really fast.

In reality, if you ask any dermatologist or beautician “what is the worst thing about the skin”, everyone will answer – the sun. According to researchers “any slight darkening of the skin, even the slightest, indicates damage to the skin and causes wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dark spots, and eye bags.” On the other hand, the lack of vitamin D, which our body synthesizes from sunlight has a number of benefits for our health. It brings us back to the question: for or against exposure to the sun, and are there any alternative options? Yes, and these include:

  • moderate exposure to the sun, so that there are no visible consequences, ie redness, burns, tanning, and so on. In general, it means no more than 10 minutes during the strong sunlight, and up to 30 minutes when the sun is weaker;
  • daily use of sunscreen, especially in the area of the face, neck and under the eyes, where the skin is most sensitive. Then the body will take care of the supply of vitamin D, and the face will remain protected.

Deficiency of minerals and vitamins

According to a study, one of the main causes of puffy eyes is a deficiency of vitamins and minerals which is also known as malnutrition.

The term malnutrition has become quite popular in recent years and unfortunately, it does not only refer to truly malnourished people who cannot afford any food, but it refers even to those who are overweight, but who do not eat proper food. So they do not get enough supplements and their body doesn’t function optimally.

Eye bags are normally due to deficiency of vitamin D3, vitamins C, K, and iron.

Allergies and intolerances

Allergies and intolerances are directly related to dark circles and bags under the eyes. Your eyes can be irritated by allergens floating in the air like pollen, dander, and dust mites. It is also possible for your allergies to be engendered because of food such as milk, nuts, etc. If you have doubts that this may be the reason for your problem, find out all about different kinds of intolerance. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment.

Eye bags treatments

In most cases, the bags under the eyes are hereditary that’s why more radical methods must be used to remove them. Sometimes even the most effective procedures are not able to help and we have to think about surgery to correct the eyelids. This intervention is considered relatively elementary.

The operation is performed under anaesthesia and does not leave scars. The face is refreshed and looks younger. Most importantly, after lower eyelids surgery, is that the bags disappear permanently.

Home remedies may help but they normally do not give much effect. Some popular natural ways to get rid of puffiness or reduce swelling are cold compresses, tea bags, cucumber slices, and so on. If home remedies don’t help, you should read our article on the best-reviewed eye bag removal and surgery clinics in Singapore.

To conclude

Skin elasticity is so crucial that once parts of our body start drooping, our hearts plummet at the same speed. The downward pull of the weight of the accumulated fats around the eye will cause a pocket to form over time thus resulting in puffy eyebags. However, not all eye bags are the result of fatty tissue. In some cases, chronic fluid retention or swelling can cause malar bags to form. These bags are different from regular eyebags, and not just because they hold fluid instead of fatty tissue.

If you press on the swollen bag and you feel the bone of the lower eye socket or cheek, chances are you have the more unfortunate case of malar bags which cannot be reduced by eyelid surgery whereas eyebags that tend to have more give in the tissues are more likely to be caused by fats and are, luckily, surgically removable.

Click here to find out where to get the procedure for eye bags removal in Singapore done.