Fluid Retention

This generally means that body fluids have settled overnight in the eye area. Generally you can trace bags under eyes to activities of the previous day. Perhaps you drank too much fluids at bed-time or ate salty foods. Usually the swelling subsides after a few hours and the fluid is re-absorbed by your body.

Allergic Reaction

You had plenty of sleep but still wake up to puffy eyes. Bags under eyes can also be attributed to an allergic reaction. Perhaps you’re allergic to a food you ate or the feathers from your down pillow. Hormonal changes during menstruation also lead to puffy eyes.


Yes, you are aging and your skin is not as it use to be. More permanent symptoms of bags under eyes are caused by normal aging. As you age, skin around the eyes becomes thinner and its elasticity weakens, causing underlying fat to bulge out.


Be aware of the type of puffiness you have around your eye. If it resembles round pouches rather than puffiness it can be a sign of a thyroid condition known as Grave’s disease or a kidney problem.