Naturally Remove Eye Bags
Edited by Geraldin Carniyan, Anonymous, Lynn, Eng and 2 others
If you've got under eye bags, puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles, you know that these things can make you appear older, tired or haggard, even if you've gotten a full night's sleep. As we age, this is often caused by weakening tissue around the eyes and migrating orbital fat. In other cases, eye bags are caused by accumulating fluid in the area below the eye, or they're simply hereditary. If you've tried all of the anti-puffiness creams and lotions at the drugstore and haven't found the solution yet, there are several natural remedies and lifestyle choices that are quite effective in combating stubborn eye bags. These solutions can help you save money, and you might already have some of the ingredients in your kitchen.
What Causes Eye Bags and Dark Circles?
To find the most effective methods of treatment for eye bags and dark circles, you need to know what's causing them. Check out this list to find out some of the most common causes of eye bags and dark circles so you know where to start.
While it feels so good to rub our tired and itchy eyes, doing so breaks the tiny capillaries beneath the skin, resulting in puffiness and redness. It also stimulates the development of melanin, resulting in discoloration and darkening of the under eye area.
Airborne allergies such as dust, smoke and pollen can result in dark circles, redness and puffiness. Food allergies that are caused by dairy products, wheat and many others can also do the same. Some people are sensitive or allergic to certain skincare products and creams, which can result in irritation, puffiness and redness around the eyes.
Lack of sleep.
Lack of sleep is a common cause of eye bags and dark circles. This is because people tend to look more pale when we lack sleep, and hollows around the eyes become more apparent.
Eye bags are an inevitable sign of aging. As we age, the natural elasticity of our skin decreases, causing it to sag and wrinkle. Our facial muscles lose strength as well, resulting in saggier under eyes, puffiness and dark circles.
When we're not getting adequate fluids, this often shows up in the under eyes as dryness or darkness because the skin is so thin and delicate there. The dryness accentuates the appearance of puffiness and wrinkles.
Too much sun exposure leads to an increase in the skin's melanin production, resulting in darkness. It can also cause wrinkles and sagginess.
Smoking causes a wide array of health problems and accelerate aging. This is especially apparent around the eyes, as it causes dryness, wrinkles and sagging skin.
Eating too much salty food causes water in the body to accumulate in the eye area, resulting in puffiness and eye bags.
Drinking alcohol causes dehydration, resulting in dryness, puffiness and eye bags.
Natural Treatments for Eye Bags and Dark Circles
Say goodbye to dark circles and eye bags with these natural treatments. Try combining several of these methods for the best results.
Rejuvenate the eye area with cucumbers.
Cucumber has naturally cooling properties that help rejuvenate the under eye area, but it will work even better if you put it in the refrigerator for an hour before slicing it. Cut the cucumber into thin slices and put them on your eyes for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your eye area after, and use a soft cloth to pat it dry.
Brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness with potato slices.
Cut a potato into thin slices and place them on your eyes. Alternatively, grate the potato and place it into pieces of gauze or cheesecloth, and place them on your eyes. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse the eye area and pat it dry with a soft cloth.
Reduce puffiness with tea.
If you're on a tight budget and need an effective solution for your tired and puffy eyes, black or green tea bags are one of your best bets. Tea bags contain caffeine, anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, which are known to reduce puffiness, soothe and protect the skin. After soaking your tea bags for a cup of tea, squeeze out the excess liquid and refrigerate them until cold. Place them on your eyes and let them sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry with a soft cloth. For a quick facial mist that helps wake up your eyes and soothe your entire face, brew some strong green tea, let it cool then fill a small spray bottle. Keep this in the refrigerator and use it to lightly spritz your face or eyes when you're feeling tired. This also helps control oil on hot, humid summer days. Replace it once a week.
Soothe and tighten your eye area with rose water.
Rose water has been known for its astringent properties that tighten skin and progress its elasticity. It also smells so nice which makes you more relaxed. Grab a cotton pad and soak it in the rose water. Squeeze out the excess water and place it on the affected area of your eyes for 10 minutes. Rinse your eye area after and use a soft cloth to pat it dry.
Wake up your eye area with mint leaves.
Mint leaves have properties that soothe the eyes and eliminates dark circles and under eye bags. Mint's cooling effect refreshed your eyes and helps them look more awake. Crush 2-3 mint leaves until they're a paste-like consistency, and apply them to the affected area for 10 minutes before rinsing. You can also place the leaves in a food processor or blender to get this consistency. Use a clean, soft cloth to pat your eyes dry.
Wash your face with cool water.
If you have tired, puffy eyes upon wakening, try washing your face with cool water rather than warm. You can even get a pitcher of cold water from the fridge and use it to rinse your face. This is an effective way to tighten your pores and it shrink down your puffy eyes. You look awake, refreshed and ready to face a new day.
Use a cold compress.
Dampen a clean cloth with cold water and place it over your eyes. Relax for at least 5 minutes. This should help bring down any swelling around the eyes.
Apply sunscreen every day, even if you're not spending a lot of time outdoors. Even a quick walk outside or a ride in the car on a cloudy day can result in accumulated photo damage that's especially apparent around the eyes. Most moisturizers, foundations and BB creams contain sunscreen, so check the label to make sure they're at least SPF 15.
Sleeping not only helps restore your body, it's also one of the best ways to naturally remove your dark circles and eye bags. Aim for at least 7 or 8 hours per night. It's best to sleep on your back with your head elevated by pillows to prevent fluid accumulation under the eyes.
Drink more water.
Most people aren't drinking the recommended amount of water every day. Drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water each day will keep you hydrated, and it will help keep your skin moisturized from the inside. It can also help flush out toxins from your body and reduce fluid congestion that leads to puffiness and dark circles.
If your eye bags are caused by allergies, avoiding known allergens can make a huge difference in their appearance. Use an air purifier, dust and vacuum your house regularly and take allergy medication to reduce your exposure to allergens. If you have food allergies or you're sensitive to certain skincare products, avoid those, as well.
DIY Cucumber or Potato Eye Pads
These DIY cucumber or potato eye pads are easy to make, and they work just as well if not better than some drugstore products at a fraction of the price.
- Cucumber or potato
- Cotton pads
How to Make Cucumber or Potato Eye Pads
Juice a cucumber or potato, and pour the juice into a bowl.
Take two cotton pads and soak them in the bowl quickly. Squeeze out the excess cucumber or potato juice.
Place the eye pads in a sandwich bag and put them in the freezer to maintain their juice.
You can make as many eye pads as you wish with the remaining juice and eye pads.
Put them in the freezer to maintain their moisture.
Use two eye pads every morning after showering to make your eyes look brighter before you start your day. When you get home at night, include this in your nightly rituals to soothe your eyes from a long, tiring and stressful day at work.
Tips, Tricks & Warnings
- Eye bags and dark circles can be reduced with daily exercise because it increases blood flow and prevents congestion of fluid in our bodies. This can reduce or even eliminate eye bags.
- Always remove your eye make up before bed so harsh cosmetics ingredients won't have a chance to sit on your skin overnight. Not removing your makeup contributes to darker circles, and it might also irritate your skin.
- Limit your intake of salty foods and alcohol. If you absolutely must have a drink or eat something extra salty, drink extra water to prevent dehydration.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Recent edits by: Rebecca M., Eng, Lynn