10 Homemade Remedies To Get Rid Of Eye Bags

July 16, 2024 • By Penelope Torres

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how to get rid of eye bags

You have woken up, and the first thing you see in the mirror are those swollen and puffy eyebags? Do not worry! They do not impact your vision or health! Still, they have a dramatic aesthetic effect!

As we grow older, our bodies' collagen and elastin production reduces and our skin becomes more loose and puffy. This refers to those puffy eyebags as well that can be a constant problem that cannot go away. The skin around your skin is very delicate and starts to weaken and become even puffier in time and needs special care. We offer you many home treatments that offer you immediate results, and your skin will be so refreshed and rejuvenated without even visiting a dermatologist.

What Causes Eye Bags?

The skin complexion loss that comes with older age,  allows the fat to move into the lower eyelids from the upper eye area. That is why they look swollen or puffy. Another thing is that fluids can gather in this place, usually at night, and result in a product of edema (swelling). Also, with age, the muscles below your eyes weaken and your skin becomes thinner and wrinkled,  so they become more visible.

They can become more shadowy and darker and look like dark circles with time.

Some solutions to this problem do not require medical treatment as eye bags are not a health issue. But, if you think that your swelling and appearance need medical assistance ( they are red, itchy, and you feel pain), you should consult your doctor. This might be the result of some allergy or disease.

They are many factors that increase the chances of having eye bags:

  • You are smoking and this decreases collagen production and weakens the elasticity of your skin
  • You have allergy /sinus problems that sometimes might swell your eyes
  • You eat salty food (that retains fluids in the body)
  • You are prone to having eye bags due to genetics, and this runs in the family, so if your parents had them, there is a big chance for you to have them as well
  • You have sleeping issues and in this case, the fluids gathered in the tissue below your eyes, are mixed with the blood vessels that leak in that area
  • You don't remove makeup before going to bed and this irritates you're your eyes and makes them look puffy
  • You drink alcohol and this dehydrates your body and your skin becomes so weak that it starts to form the eye bags
  • Sun exposure as the sun can damage the skin and the collagen that support your skin's elasticity
  • Medical conditions such as thyroid disease
  • Environmental as air pollution (the effects of air pollution can be minimal to chronic discomfort and eye irritation. This mainly occurs if you wear eye lenses.)

How To Get Rid Of Bags Under Your Eyes

In the first place, you need to see what the cause is and why it appeared underneath your eyes. Many homemade remedies can help you to improve the appearance of eyebags. Sometimes you need to change your lifestyle and some of your daily habits with healthier ones. So, you will need to:

  • Change your diet

Start by avoiding salty food as it retains the water in your body. Foods rich in vitamin C and vitamin A (peppers and carrots) are helpful as they are water dissolvable. Another beneficial fruit is the pineapple, as it contains one digestive enzyme, bromelain that heals your skin and tissue. (1)

  • Eat food rich in collagen

Food rich in collagen is fish, chicken, citrus fruits, beans, avocadoes, beans, tomatoes, cashews, garlic, and egg whites. Food rich in vitamin C may help you with the absorption of hyaluronic acid, which decreases in our bodies as we get older.

  • Get some sleep

Rest rejuvenates your body and your skin. You can add one more pillow so that your fluids can drain away from your eyelids.

  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen on a daily basis

UVA and USB rays are responsible for skin cancer, and wrinkles, and reduce collagen and elastin, producing eye bags. The area around your eyes is even more vulnerable and doctors recommend applying sunscreen SPF30 minimum. (2)

  • Stop drinking alcohol

Alcohol dehydrates the skin, so you should decrease your alcohol intake or drink plenty of water with it if you drink.

  • Take allergy medications if needed

If you think that your eye bags are allergy-related,  consult your doctor and take prescribed allergy medications. Sometimes, you need to do allergy testing to see if you have problems with this issue and do not know its cause.

  • Add retinol cream to your morning routine

Retinol usually helps with collagen deficiency and is a vitamin A derivative and if you need a stronger cream, you need this to be prescribed by a dermatologist.

Medical Options

  • Under-eye filler

This is a popular facial rejuvenation and is a hyaluronic acid injection. It is used to improve the appearance of eyebags and you will see the immediate results. It will brighten and fill the under-eye area and it will look less tired and rejuvenated. You can have some side effects such as swelling and bruising for one or two days after this treatment, but this can be soothed using cold presses.

  • Eyelid surgery

You might need eyelid surgery to remove the excess fat in severe cases. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a surgical procedure used for the correction of the eyelids. Still, it can also be used for reducing the fatty deposits on the eyelids, the loose skin that appears on the upper eyelid and may impair vision, and the droopy lower eyelids.

How To Get Rid Of Eye Bags In An Hour

  • Apply tea bags to your eyes

You can use caffeinated tea bags that are rich in antioxidants and are – anti-inflammatory. One of the teas that contain many healthy bioactive compounds is green tea. In this case, you should chill the green tea bags in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes and squeeze the liquid before putting it on the eyes. Leave it on your eyelids for 15 to 30 minutes. (3)

This will shrink your blood vessels and reduce the puffiness quickly.

  • Apply concealer

You can buy a concealer and a color corrector that are great for removing the dark circles around your eyes. For example, a peach color corrector is great for puffy eyes. You can put the color corrector first and then the concealer.

  • Cold spoons

The cold spoon will ease your muscles under the eyes. It is a very easy trick, and you have to do is you have to put 1 or 2 spoons in the fridge for an hour and place them on the swollen areas for about 10 minutes.

  • Compressed ice cubes on your eyes

If you put ice cubes on the eye be extra cautious as the skin around the eyes is very sensitive and they can irritate it easily. So, it is advisable to wrap the ice cube in a cloth before applying it as a cold compress for about 20 minutes. You can do the same procedure using a damp cloth with cold water as well.

What Causes Under-Eye Dark Circles?

The area under your eyes may look bluish sometimes and it is very thin and the blood vessels are more visible. The two most common factors are genetics and skin coloration, as well as having a bony structure, prominent eye muscles, and very thin eyelids. (4)

Dark circles usually appear in people with white skin, while those with darker skin get even more pigmented circles, and the skin under the eyes is even more darkened. It is often confused with puffy eyes, which thickens the skin under the eyes, while dark circles look like shadowy rings underneath the lower eyelid.

One other factor that can influence the appearance of dark circles is:

  • Your facial traits
  • Fatigue
  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Age (as you get older, the loss of fat and collagen decreases under the eyes)
  • Seasonal allergies dilate the veins and they become larger and bigger
  • Spending time in front of screens as we strain our eyes
  • You are rubbing your eyes

How To Get Rid Of Dark Eye Circles

  • Eat an anti-inflammatory diet

Eat an anti-inflammatory diet full of fruit and vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains that is good for your overall health including the skin area around your eyes

  • Cut on your caffeine and wine intake

You should cut on your wine and caffeine intake to reduce the dark circles around your eyes and drink more water as it hydrates your body and is essential for your system.

  • Tomatoes

Eat tomatoes as they are rich in lycopene that protects your skin from harmful UV rays as shown in one study. (5)

  • Cold press

Use a cold press with the help of do-it-yourself methods and products you have at home ( cold spoon, cool cucumber, or a simple wet washcloth) and place on your eyes for a few minutes and see instant results.

  • Aloe vera

You can use other home remedies such as aloe vera that you can massage under your eyes before going to sleep.

  • Lemon juice

Mix tomato and lemon juice and apply this blend to the area underneath your eyes for about 10 minutes and rinse it off. You can use it twice a day for 2 to 3 weeks.

  • Cucumber

Place cucumbers as they are really cooling and refreshing. They are also rich in vitamin C which soothes irritated skin. Place them on your eyes, cut into slices for about 10 minutes and see the immediate results.

  • Grated potato

You can grate a potato and squeeze the juice out of it. The juice is cooled in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes and put on the eyelids with a cotton pad.

Medical Treatments

You sometimes need medical treatment as follows:

  • Chemical peel

This procedure is used for pigmentation problems where a chemical solution is used to improve your skin tone. But you need to be careful with them and they should be avoided in this delicate eye area.

  • Micro-needling

This is a procedure for inducing collagen. It involves puncturing the skin with fine needles, and it rejuvenates the skin by reducing the wrinkles, intense pigmentation, eye bags, and dark circles. One of the good aspects of this treatment is that you can see immediate results and is less expensive than laser therapy. It is usually performed in six sessions.

  • Laser treatment

Laser treatment is another offered treatment for reducing the dark circles under the eyes. It generates collagen to improve the wrinkles and resurfaces the skin revealing the new skin underneath. As this area is very delicate and laser therapy can injure the skin, it should be done by an experienced professional.

Removing Dark Circles Under Eyes for Men

Dark circles attack everyone, and you should take care of your skin no matter the gender. Dark circles, on the other hand, may look differently on people, that depends on the thickness and the color of the skin. One study has confirmed that the dermis of men is 10 to 20 % thicker than that of women and the signs of aging are not that visible, but the thickness of the outer skin layer epidermis is the same as for women. So, per these findings, we cannot say that men's skin is ticker and experience the same skin issues as women. (6)

Some dermatologists even point out that men have even bigger problems with dark circles than women as they have a broader face and their cheeks are not so high.

So, they should try the solutions mentioned above to try to reduce the dark circles around their eyes.


  •  As we grow older, our bodies' collagen and elastin production reduces and our skin becomes more loose and puffy. This refers especially to the skin around your eyes that are often wrinkled and eye bags and dark circles start to appear as we grow older. Fortunately, they do not impact your health and vision. Instead, they appear most often due to genetics or living an unhealthy lifestyle.  
  • There are some home treatments to improve their appearance and that can make them at home very easily. However, in case they are severe, medical treatment is needed and you will need to visit a dermatologist.

Penelope Torres

She is a health blogger that knows exactly what readers expect from her writings on nutrition, health and wellness. She inspires them to act and educate them on nutrition and healthy living using real and scientifically-based facts that support her ideas.
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