Limit salt intake, manage allergies, change sleep positions, remove makeup before bed, drink alcohol cautiously and protect the eyes from ultraviolet rays to reduce under-eye bags. Use cool compresses on the eyes, such as cucumbers, tea bags or chilled spoons, to ease puffy eyes.
The area around the eyes holds high volumes of sodium, which is why eyes are often puffy after a dinner high in salt content, so limited salt intake can help reduce puffiness. Remedy allergies that cause puffy and watery eyes with over-the-counter medicines. Use a neti pot to flush the sinuses by pouring salt water from the container into one nostril and allowing the mucus to drain out of the other nostril.
Sleeping on the back and with extra pillows prevents fluid from collecting under the eyes. Remove eye makeup before bed to prevent puffiness the next morning. Avoid heavy drinking to prevent the alcohol from pulling the water out of the skin and weakening the skin around the eyes. Drink water before going to bed, and use a moisturizing product in the eye area after indulging in alcohol to prevent bags. Use hats, sunscreen and sunglasses to prevent ultraviolet rays from causing the skin around the eyes to sag.
Some medical conditions, such as allergies, may cause bags under the eyes. Allergies may also cause the skin around the eyes to become discolored. A physician can provide allergy medications that treat the swelling. Lifestyle changes, such as sleeping with your head elevated and reducing sodium intake, can also reduce the appearance of bags.
Eye surgery can be performed to remove the fat and excess skin that cause the appearance of eye bags, and such surgeries are typically done on an outpatient basis. Chemical peels and laser resurfacing are other medical procedures that you can use to treat bags under the eyes.