Top 16 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Eye Bags July 13, 2016

Are you scared to look at the mirror because of those swollen eye bags? Do you feel unattractive because the baggy skin around your eyes adds years to your face?

Puffy eyes are definitely not a sight to behold. They make you look tired, sleepy, and older too. Tiredness is actually one of the most common causes of having under eye bags. Stress and water retention are the other common causes. Getting rid of puffy eyes is something that you can easily do at home. With these simple solutions, you can say goodbye to those unsightly eye bags.

Keep reading to know the easy-to-do and natural remedies for eye bags.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

  1. Tea Bags
  2. Essential Oils
  3. Witch Hazel
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Coffee Grounds
  6. Cold Spoon
  7. Baking Soda
  8. Cucumber
  9. Egg White Mask
  10. Aloe Vera
  11. Petroleum Jelly
  12. Potato
  13. Salt Water Or Saline
  14. Strawberry Jam
  15. Lemon Juice
  16. Vitamin K

1. Reduce Puffy Eyes With Tea Bags

(a) Warm Tea Bags

You Will Need
  • Tea bags
  • Warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak two tea bags in warm water for around five minutes.
  2. Put the warm tea bags over your eyelids.
  3. Cover them with a soft cloth and leave them for about half an hour.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat the process a few times a day and your eye bags will soon start disappearing.

Why This Works

Applying tea bags on the puffy area is an age-old method of getting rid of dark circles. It does not really matter whether the tea is green or black. The caffeine in it helps to reduce the swelling that is usually caused as a result of fluid accumulation in the area (1).

(b) Green Tea Bags

You Will Need
  • Green tea bags
  • Cold water
What You Have To Do
  1. Refrigerate the tea bags.
  2. Place the cold tea bags on your eyelids for 10 to 15 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat the process a few times in a day to see faster results.

Why This Works

Green tea contains antioxidants that rejuvenate the skin around your eyes and help decrease swelling, redness, and puffiness of the retina. It contains tannins that help reduce eye inflammation (2).

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2. Essential Oils For Puffy Eyes

2. Essential Oils For Puffy Eyes

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You Will Need
  • 1 drop lavender oil
  • 1 drop lemon oil
  • 1 drop chamomile oil
  • 1 teaspoon water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the essential oils and blend them well in the water.
  2. Gently massage this oil under your eyes before going to bed. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this every night to remove the eye bags and puffiness.

Why This Works

Lavender oil has a calming and soothing effect on the skin and nerves in your under eye area (3). Lemon oil aids in relieving stress and also contains natural antioxidants. These will make the skin under the eye healthier and toned (4, 5). Chamomile possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties that will reduce the puffiness effectively (6).

Caution

Be careful while massaging as the essential oils can cause irritation if they enter the eye.

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3. Witch Hazel

3. Witch Hazel

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 tablespoons witch hazel
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak cotton pads in cold witch hazel for a minute.
  2. Wring out the excess and place the pads on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

Witch hazel is a natural astringent and it also has a tightening effect on the skin (7). You can easily get rid of swollen eyes with this remedy.

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4. Coconut Oil

4. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need

Extra virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Using clean fingers, massage the oil around your eyes in a clockwise and anti-clockwise motion for a few minutes.
  2. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this every night before going to bed.

Why This Works

Lauric acid and other components of coconut oil possess anti-inflammatory properties (8). It also provides essential nutrients to the skin (9). Regular application of coconut oil will help you eliminate the eye bags.

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5. Coffee Grounds For Puffy Eyes

5. Coffee Grounds For Puffy Eyes

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coffee beans
  • A pinch of black pepper powder
  • 1 teaaspoon coconut oil
  • Cotton or face wipe
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients and carefully apply the mixture under your eyes. Be extra careful to not get any of it in your eyes.
  2. Leave it on for 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Gently wipe away with wet cotton or a face wipe.
How Often You Need To Do This

You can do this a few times a week for instant relief from puffiness.

Why This Works

The caffeine in the coffee has anti-inflammatory effects and will reduce the swelling and puffiness (10). The black pepper powder will enhance blood circulation and make the skin cells present in the under eye area healthier (11). Coconut oil will moisturize the skin and give it a natural glow.

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6. Cold Spoon

6. Cold Spoon

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You Will Need

4 or 5 steel teaspoons

What You Have To Do
  1. Place the teaspoons in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
  2. Place the spoon on your eyes with the curved side facing downwards. Hold this position for about 15 to 20 minutes.
When You Need To Do This

Use this cold compress method twice a day for best results.

Why This Works

Cold steel teaspoons help to relax the blood vessels and reduce the swelling in the under eye area (12) .

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7. Baking Soda

7. Baking Soda

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the baking soda well in the water and soak the cotton pads in it.
  2. Remove the excess water and place the pads on your eyes. Leave them on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the pads and rinse your face with cold water.
  4. Pat dry and moisturize.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

Baking soda promotes blood flow and reduces eye bags. It is a natural exfoliant that imparts a glow to the under eye skin (13).

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8. Cucumber

8. Cucumber

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You Will Need

Cucumber slices

What You Have To Do
  1. Place the slices in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Remove them from the refrigerator and put the cold slices over your eyelids.
  3. Leave them on for 10 to 15 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat it several times a day.

Why This Works

Chilled cucumbers are one of the best home remedies for treating puffy eyes. Cucumbers, as is well known, reduce irritation, while the cooling effect reduces swelling (14). This remedy is not only helpful to treat eye bags, but also helps to get rid of dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes.

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9. Egg White Mask For Puffy Eyes

9. Egg White Mask For Puffy Eyes

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You Will Need
  • 1 egg white
  • A soft brush or a cloth
What You Have To Do
  1. Whip the egg whites in a bowl thoroughly until it becomes stiff.
  2. Using a soft brush or a cloth, apply the egg white under your eyes and let it dry for some time.
  3. Wash it off using lukewarm water after 15 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Try this home remedy once a day and you will see results within a few days.

Why This Works

The most uncommon ingredient that you can use to treat eye bags is the egg white. Egg whites contain skin-tightening properties that help to banish under eye bags and wrinkles (15).

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10. Aloe Vera For Puffy Eyes

10. Aloe Vera For Puffy Eyes

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You Will Need

Fresh aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Carefully apply the gel under your eyes and let it dry for eight to 10 minutes.
  2. Rinse with cool water.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera contains essential vitamins and antioxidants. It not only reduces the puffiness under the eyes but also tones the skin and has anti-aging effects (16).

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11. Petroleum Jelly For Puffy Eyes

11. Petroleum Jelly For Puffy Eyes

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You Will Need

Petroleum jelly

What You Have To Do

Massage the jelly under and around your eyes for a few minutes before going to bed.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this every night till you get rid of the eye bags.

Why This Works

Petroleum jelly repairs, heals, and moisturizes the skin (17). It also diminishes the swelling, irritation, and soreness (18).

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12. Potato

12. Potato

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You Will Need
  • 1 potato
  • A soft cloth
What You Have To Do
  1. Peel a medium-sized potato and grate it.
  2. Collect the shavings in a cotton cloth and tie it up.
  3. Place this cloth over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Use this remedy twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

Potatoes are not only good for your eyes, but are also great for inflamed or swollen joints. These tubers help to ease the inflammation under the eyes (19).

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13. Salt Water Or Saline

13. Salt Water Or Saline

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You Will Need
  • 1 quart warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Eye pads or cotton balls
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the salt with the warm water in a bowl.
  2. Soak eye pads (or you can even use cotton balls) in this warm saline water and place them over your eyelids. Keep them on for some time.

Make sure that the cloth is a clean one, otherwise you will do yourself more harm than good.

How Often You Need To Do This

Follow this procedure every night before sleeping.

Why This Works

Saltwater reduces inflammation (20). However, stay away from food containing a high concentration of salt as salt-intense foods can cause puffy eyes.

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14. Strawberry Jam For Puffy Eyes

14. Strawberry Jam For Puffy Eyes

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You Will Need

Organic strawberry jam

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply the jam carefully under your eyes and leave it on for 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Rinse with cool water.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this once every day.

Why This Works

Strawberries contain polysaccharides that possess anti-inflammatory properties (21). Daily application will help you get rid of puffy eyes.

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15. Lemon Juice

15. Lemon Juice

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon full fat milk or cream
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the lemon juice with milk or cream.
  2. Soak the cotton ball in this mixture and apply it gently under the eyes.
  3. Let it air dry. Then, rinse with cool water.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

The vitamin C in the lemon juice will remove all toxins from your tired and puffy eyes. Lemon also possesses anti-inflammatory properties (22). This remedy will also help you get rid of dark circles under your eyes as lemon juice contains acids that have skin-lightening properties (23). Milk hydrates and nourishes the skin (24).

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16. Vitamin K For Puffy Eyes

16. Vitamin K For Puffy Eyes

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Deficiency of Vitamin K in the body can cause your eyes to swell up and form eye bags. It is essential to have a healthy diet that includes vitamin K-rich foods, such as green leafy vegetables, broccoli, sprouts, carrots, strawberries, and liver. Vitamin K is essential for healthy circulation of blood in the body.

So, this was the list of the best home remedies for puffy eyes or eye bags. Let us also look at some frequently asked questions about puffy eyes.

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FAQs

1. What kind of tea bag is good for puffy eyes?

You can use a regular tea bag or a green tea bag to get rid of puffy eyes. Both work excellently to reduce puffiness and baggy skin.

2. What causes a puffy eye?

We all have fat in our body that is held in place by muscles and ligaments. But, as we get older, the muscles start weakening, and everything starts to sag – making the fats more visible. This happens to our face as well. The collagen levels decline with age, causing the skin to lose its elasticity and sag. One of the major reasons people get eye bags is because it’s hereditary. Some of most common causes of puffy eyes are as listed below:

  • Lack of sleep and fatigue
  • Stress
  • Aging
  • Salty food
  • Lack of exercise
  • Dermatitis
  • Sinus infections
  • Fluid (water) retention
  • Crying (25)

3. Why are my eyes so puffy in the morning?

We do not realize this, but blinking is an essential exercise for the muscles around our eyes. While we sleep, we do not blink, and this can result in fluid retention in the under eye area. This causes swelling or edema. This puffiness in your eyes usually goes away by itself once you open your eyes and start blinking.

 4. How to get rid of puffy eyes from crying?

We have listed many home remedies that you can use to get rid of puffy eyes. If crying is the reason for the puffiness, we recommend using cooling and soothing remedies that will also ease the burning sensation and irritation that has resulted from crying. Some of the remedies that you can use are tea bags, cold spoon, cucumber, and aloe vera.

It is important to care for your eyes and keep them healthy to prevent infections and other grave conditions.

Now that you know how to get rid of eye bags, you don’t have to go about looking like a raccoon anymore! Do try these quick fix home remedies to bid adieu to eye bags.

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  • Deepakshi

    Hi maanasi!! like this article!! thanks for share dear!!

  • Vaibhavi

    And the solutions are so simple! Baggy eyes have been making me look terrible for so long now. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Home remedies rule!

  • Maanasi

    @stylecraze-7658d0dd31ff8ec12a3933f064e000a1:disqus and @vaibhavi Glad you guys liked the post. Home remedies do rule- they are simple and always work!