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What Causes Bags Under Eyes? What Do They Mean?

What Causes Bags Under Eyes? What Do They Mean?

What Causes Bags Under Eyes? What Do They Mean?



The bags under your eyes say one thing about you: you’re tired. 

Whether the bags under your eyes came from lack of sleep or something else, there’s definitely a stigma associated with puffy eyes that naturally makes everyone think you got zero hours of sleep the night before (let the assumptions fly as to why). 

Dealing with under-eye puff is way simpler than dealing with your ex’s emotional baggage (thankfully). You can make some lifestyle adjustments and use better skin care products to help you fight them. 

We’ll cover what bags under the eyes actually are, what they say about your overall health and wellness, and how you can get rid of them fast with better products and lifestyle changes. 

What Are These Bags?

Bags under the eyes is a condition that involves swelling in the skin directly under your eye. This is the skin directly under your bottom eyelid (yes, you have one, and we’ll wait while you go fact check us in the mirror).  

Puffiness under your eyes can have different causes, and can even be heredity, but here are some of the most common.

Getting Older

You may only be approaching thirty, but the skin under your eyes ages faster than the rest of your skin. Even guys in their twenties can begin seeing the signs of aging around the eyes. The skin under the eyes is thinner and weaker than the rest of the skin on your face. 

As you age, the skin under and around your eyes begins to weaken and sag. When this happens, the skin forms pockets that are the perfect spot for fluid to collect. Fluid can collect in these pockets while you sleep, or even during your day. 

When fluid collects in these weakened areas, you will naturally have bags and puffiness under your eyes. 

Loss of collagen and elastin is another cause of bags forming under the eyes. Collagen and elastin are the basic tissues that make up your skin. These tissues help keep your skin looking youthful and filled out. 

As you get older, your skin cells produce less collagen and elastin, leaving an already weakened and saggy area of skin weaker...and saggier. It isn’t a good look.

If you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it can. Fat that normally resides in the lower orbital socket of your eyes can slide down and make its home in these weakened pockets of skin. This is more of a permanent problem, and not extremely common, so unless you are seeing bags under your eyes chronically, this likely isn’t the cause. 

Thankfully, you can treat the signs of aging around your eyes easily with the help of products that pack powerhouse anti-aging ingredients. Keep reading.

Sleep Issues

Sleep issues can give you bags under your eyes faster than practically anything else. If you aren’t getting enough sleep (between 7-9 hours per night), your eyes will not have enough restorative rest which can cause the blood vessels in your eyes to dilate. 

Dilated blood vessels allow more blood and fluid to collect and pool under your eyes, which can cause puffiness and bags. 

Alternatively, if you sleep too much, a condition called “oversleeping,” you can experience swelling and puffiness under your eyes from laying down too long. When you lie down, fluid collects under the eyes, and normally it goes away within a few minutes of waking. However, if you’ve really tied one on in the sack (we’re talking sleep-hangover level), you could experience puffy eyes for a longer period of time. 

Free Radical Damage

Because the skin surrounding your eyes is so thin, it’s more susceptible to free radical damage, which can age it faster, cause permanent damage, and leave you vulnerable to experiencing bags under the eyes and dark circles.

If you aren’t familiar with free radical damage, it’s okay. Here’s a small crash course on what it is, how it happens, and what it means to the skin surrounding your eyes. 

  • Free radicals are unbalanced molecules looking for an extra electron. When these molecules find balanced molecules, they rob one of their electrons. That healthy molecule is then damaged, which causes damage to the cell where it lives. 
  • Free radicals come from a wide range of sources. The sun, x-rays, cigarette smoke, air pollutants like smog, and even fumes from some household cleaners are all sources of free radicals that can harm your skin. 
  • When free radicals attack the cells of your delicate eye skin, it damages them much in the same way natural aging does, but it happens faster and sooner because of free radical exposure. In other words, you could end up with the eyes of a 70-year-old by age 40. 

You can protect your skin from free radical damage with antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in numerous foods and plant extracts and are often added to skin care products to help protect the skin from free radical damage. 

Antioxidants work as a shield against free radicals. They protect the healthy cell’s molecules by offering up one of their electrons to the free radical. Essentially, they take one for the team in the name of your good skin health. 

Partying Too Hard

We’d never tell you to pass up a good time, but if you drink excessively, you’re going to see bags under your eyes the next day. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, and causes you to retain water, which is why you wake up with puffy eyes (and a headache) after a particularly intense bender. 


Smoking is pretty damaging to your skin, and it can cause your skin to age faster than normal. Smoking is a source of free radical damage and can also cause an interruption to your normal sleep cycle; two main causes of puffy eyes in every single inhale. 

What to Do About Bags Under The Eyes

For most guys, bags under the eyes simply mean you’re getting older and not taking care of yourself as best as you possibly can. Luckily, there’s a fix. Using better skin care (or starting to use skin care if you don’t already) can help you tackle bags under the eyes and help you feel more confident. 

When searching for products for your eyes, it’s important to find ingredients that are proven to work to deflate those hot-eye balloons. A regular eye cream probably won’t do the job. You need something specifically designed to unstuff the puff. 

Lucky for you, Disco has everything you need to be a master de-puffer. Our repairing eye stick contains the ultimate in deflating ingredients. Here’s what’s inside.

  • Caffeine. Caffeine shrinks and tightens your skin when applied topically, making it the perfect solution for getting rid of under-eye puff. If your skin sags under your eyes from age, caffeine can help pick up the slack.

    Caffeine also has soothing properties when applied topically, which makes it an excellent choice for sensitive eye-area skin. 
  • Pycnogenol. This plant-based extract is taken from the French maritime pine tree. It’s a powerful antioxidant which means it’s going to help protect your skin from free radical damage. It’s able to shrink bags under the eyes and it’s also excellent at brightening your skin. If you’ve got puffy eyes and dark circles, this is the ticket. 
  • Niacinamide. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, which is an all-natural anti-aging ingredient. Niacinamide helps work to repair fine lines and wrinkles, making them less noticeable, and also helps fight against their formation. 

    This ingredient also helps troubled, blemish-prone skin, so if you’ve been hesitant to use an eye care product for fear of getting a pimple on that delicate skin, you’re safe. 

Our eye stick can be used morning, noon, and night. It’s a great tool to use on the go and easy to swipe on in a flash. 

The best way to get the most protection against free radicals and make sure your skin is hydrated and healthy is to use our eye stick with our entire line of skin care products. 

If you don’t have a skin care routine, we have what you need. Our products are all specifically formulated for a man’s skin. What you generally find on store shelves isn’t. Men’s skin is thicker, tougher, and has a different pH balance, so you need products that are designed to penetrate deeply. 

Disco’s entire line is vegan, sustainably sourced, and cruelty-free, so you can have peace of mind knowing you’re not hurting anything (at least not with your skin care). 

If bags under the eyes are weighing you down, let Disco’s eye repairing stick help you get your wings back. 




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