In this post, we will be discussing Under Eye Bags Home Remedies, how to get rid of eye bags in minutes, how to get rid of under eye bags permanently without surgery, how to get rid of eye bags overnight, how to get rid of eye bags fast and the best under eye bags cream.
When it comes to eyes, fine line and wrinkles are the biggest concern for 85% of women (that’s according to a Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab survey of over 1,000 readers). And those two worries are followed closely by lack of firmness, dark circles, and under-eye bags. That’s why we were shocked to learn that over half of you don’t use an eye cream!
“Eye creams differ from face creams because they’re formulated specifically for the delicate eye area. It’s important to use one to keep skin hydrated and plump,” explains GH Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek. “Plus, some also contain brighteners to mask under-eye darkness and help you look more awake.” That’s why it’s worth it to invest in a great eye treatment to prevent signs of aging around the eyes (don’t forget to protect the delicate skin with a gentle sunscreen, too).
Under Eye Bags Home Remedies
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1. Cool Cucumber
Cucumbers have been used for years as a home remedy for puffy eyes because of their detoxifying and diuretic properties. They contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C), antioxidants, and flavonoids that can help soothe and support the skin [source]. Plus, since they’re often stored in the refrigerator, the cooling action can help decrease swelling and tighten skin, at least for a little bit of relief.
Place a cool cucumber slice on each of your closed lids, and take a rest for 15–30 minutes. Or try this cucumber rose eye mask blended to reach the inner and outer corners of the eyes. Afterward, you’ll feel nice and refreshed.
2. Raw Potato Slices
Try using sliced potatoes in place of cucumbers. Not only do they stay cool longer than cucumbers, but they also have astringent properties that may help reduce the water buildup under the eyes.
You can also make a finely ground potato poultice by grating 1–2 tablespoons of raw potato and placing it in a few layers of cheesecloth. Lay that over your closed eyes and reap the benefits.
We use milk in quite a few of our homemade skin recipes because it contains lactic acid, which increases skin firmness [source]. Dip a cotton ball into cold milk (I prefer whole milk, but any kind should do the trick) and squeeze off the excess. Place on each of your closed eyes to help tone under-eye tissue.
4. Green or Black Tea
Tea bags are another popular home remedy. Green and black teas contain caffeine, which tightens skin and prevents the excessive accumulation of fat in cells, a common cause of under-eye bags as we age [source]. Caffeinated tea also contains tannins, which stimulate blood circulation, and antioxidants that protect skin from the effects of aging.
To make it work, place two tea bags in a cup of hot water. Remove and let the tea bags cool to room temperature, then place them on your closed eyes for 15–30 minutes. Doing this once or twice a week can help tighten the skin under the eyes, as well as provide soothing benefits.
5. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea doesn’t have caffeine, but it does have significant anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties [source]. Chamomile is used to treat maladies all over the body, so no surprise that it also revives tired, puffy eyes and reduces redness. It can also provide relief for conjunctivitis and pink eye [source].
6. Egg Whites
Beat up an egg white mask and apply it with a brush or your fingers under the eyes (make sure not to get it in the eyes, and wash hands after applying). As it dries, it will tighten and tone the skin. Let it sit for 10–15 minutes, then gently rinse.
It can also stimulate circulation and reduce inflammation. For a serious de-puffing eye treatment, puree an egg white, some cucumber, and a tablespoon of rose water together. Dab under your eyes gently for cooling relief.
7. Aloe Vera Gel
It’s not just for burns! Aloe contains a myriad of antioxidants [source] and has numerous antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and other healing properties [source]. It can help soothe tired eyes by moisturizing the skin and providing relief. It might also help minimize wrinkles.
8. Rose Water
Rose water contains vitamin C and A, as well as flavonoids. It is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties [source]. It is also incredibly rejuvenating and refreshing. And you can even make your own rose water at home.
Simmer rose petals in just enough distilled water to cover them. When the petals have lost their color, strain the liquid and let it cool. Pour into a jar or bottle. Saturate a cotton ball with the cooled rose water and dab under eyes to reduce dark circles and refresh the skin.
9. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a well-known astringent often used to reduce swelling and redness. Chilled witch hazel is extra refreshing. After cooling in the fridge for a couple of hours, apply a bit to a cotton pad and let sit on closed eyes for 5 minutes for an instant refresh.
10. Cold Water
Wake up your face with a cool water wash first thing in the morning. It will definitely get you going! If your eyes feel extra puffy, dunk your face in ice water or dip a washcloth in cold water, squeeze out the excess, and lay it over your eyes. The cold water works as a vasoconstrictor to restrict blood flow to the area, which in turn reduces any redness and swelling.
11. Chilled Spoons
If you’re not a fan of cold water, try putting two spoons in the refrigerator before you go to bed. In the morning, you can just pull them out and place them gently over your closed eyes. It will produce the same effect as cold water. And while we’re at it, jelly teething rings are also great. 🙂
Erase late nights and tired eyes by adding a dose of coffee to your morning skincare routine. The caffeine in this homemade mask for puffy eyes acts as a diuretic to reduce swelling. Whip a teaspoon or two of ground coffee into an egg white and apply under the eyes. Or try a coffee-infused eye cream. You’ll shrink both eye swelling and fine lines.
13. Jade Roller
I swear by my jade roller for kicking eye puffiness to the curb. Massaging your face with a jade roller stimulates circulation, flushes toxins, and encourages lymphatic drainage, making skin look tight and lifted. When you are working around the delicate eye tissue, just make sure to keep a light touch and be as gentle as possible.
Turmeric eye masks are excellent for brightening complexions, evening out skin tone, and decreasing inflammation [source]. Combine with milk for a bit of gentle exfoliation. Mix 1 tablespoon turmeric with 1 tablespoon milk in a small bowl and apply to under-eyes using a cotton ball. Leave on for 15 minutes and then carefully rinse off.
15. Tap ‘Em Away
Gently tapping your under-eye area with the pads of your fingers (just imagine you’re doing “jazz hands”) can help circulate lymph and encourage the fluid under your eyes to drain. When applying an eye serum, be sure to gently press it into the skin under your eyes rather than just superficially slathering it on top.
Not only will it sink in better, but it can also help combat pesky bags. Just be sure you don’t tug at the skin, as this can make eye bags worse!
16. Essential Oils
Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties that can lessen the appearance of eye puffiness [source]. Try mixing 1–2 drops of argan, chamomile, rosehip seed, and lavender oils and gently applying to the under-eye area.
Just be super careful not to get it anywhere near the lash line or the corners of your eyes, as these oils can burn or make sensitivity worse. I apply it along the crease where my under-eye area meets the top of my cheeks.