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How to Get Rid of Fat Pockets Under Your Eyes
Most people have fat deposits under their eyes, but as some age, the fat deposits migrate toward the surface of the face and give a puffy, swollen appearance. While genetics play a major role in whether a person develops puffy bags under the eyes, other factors such as sleep and eating habits also contribute to the size of the fat deposits 1. One of the more common ways in which to permanently remove puffy fat deposits is cosmetic surgery, but this option may be too drastic for some people. In such cases, some minor lifestyle changes can improve the appearance of eye fat deposits.
Place a frozen or chilled eye mask on your eyes for 15 minutes each day. The coldness causes the skin to tighten up, which may reduce the eye puffiness. This can be done at any time of the day.
Get at least eight hours of sleep each night and make sure your head is slightly elevated above the rest of your body. A lack of sleep can cause tired, weak muscles which may increase the size of the bags beneath the eyes.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine and excessive salt as much as possible. All of these can result in water retention which may take place under the eyes.
Drink at least eight glasses of water per day to ensure your body stays hydrated. If your body gets a constant supply of water, it's less likely to retain excess water in various parts of the body, including the eye area.
Allergies may cause the fat deposits to swell. See a doctor if they begin to grow rapidly.
The coldness causes the skin to tighten up, which may reduce the eye puffiness. In such cases, some minor lifestyle changes can improve the appearance of eye fat deposits. If your body gets a constant supply of water, it's less likely to retain excess water in various parts of the body, including the eye area.
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