Genetics, aging, and water retention, as well as disorders like kidney and liver disease, can cause bags under your eyes. Getting enough sleep; elevating your head (with an additional pillow!) while you sleep; cutting down on salt; applying a cool compress, cucumber slices or tea bags over closed eyes can help. So can avoiding common allergens like dust, mould, and pollen.


Your eyes are possibly the first thing that folks notice about you. And bags under your eyes can make you look tired and unappealing. So let’s take a look at what could be causing these and what you can do about them.

What Causes Under Eye Bags?

  • Genetics plays a role in giving you under-eye bags, so if your parents had bloated eyes you could also develop them around the same age.
  • As we age our skin starts to sag and pockets of fat around our eyes shift to form a puffy under eye bag.
  • The fatty tissue under our eyes can hold water, so factors like salty food, or allergies which inspire water retention can give your eyes that puffed up look.
  • Puffy eyes can sometimes point to kidney disease. So do check in with a doctor if you have additional indications like the need to urinate more often, itchy and dry skin, muscle cramping and swollen ankles and feet
  • Liver disease may lead to fatty deposits around your eyes too. And added symptoms like trouble sleeping, dry mouth and eyes, pain in your abdomen, and dizziness may warrant a visit to the doctor.