When it comes to baggy eyes, under-eye dark circles, and puffiness, I’ve heard it all. It’s genetics, you need more sleep, cut down on salt, avoid sugar, use eye cream. You name it. Whatever remedy is out there, I’ve tried. Dealing with baggy eyes is no fun at all, and there’s no amount of makeup in the world that can cover puffiness. However, when you need a quick and effective remedy for baggy eyes, I’m your girl. Swipe right to read the natural remedies that have worked for me (and many others) in the past.
8 Natural Remedies for Baggy Eyes
I’m sure raw potato slices are not the first natural remedy that comes to mind for baggy eyes. Well, it turns out, potatoes have benzoquinone, which acts as a bleaching agent and helps improve the appearance of dark circles. They also have anti-inflammatory agents and are rich in vitamin A to help bring down puffiness and improve firmness.
How to use: Slice a raw potato and place them in a bowl with water. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Place the slices over your eyes and keep them for 20 minutes.
Most of you have heard of this one before, we’ve seen it in every spa scene on movies and TV-shows. Cool cucumbers are diuretic and detoxifying, which can help bring down the puffiness. They’re also rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and water to fight redness and irritation.
How to use: Place sliced cucumbers in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Take them out and place them on your eyelids for 15-30 minutes.
Green or Black Tea
Both green and black tea is rich in caffeine, which can help constrict the blood vessels in the delicate skin around the eyes. Both teas are also rich in tannins, which help stimulate blood circulation to bring down inflammation and redness.
How to use: Steep two tea bags in a cup. Remove the bags and let them cool down, then place on eyes for up to 30 minutes.
Think of egg whites as your natural lifting agent. As egg whites dry, they tighten and tone the skin. The tight effect can also help stimulate circulation, which brings down inflammation.
How to use: Beat one egg white and apply under your eyes using a brush or your fingers. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse with water.
Aloe Vera Gel
We’re not shy about our love for aloe vera at GR8NESS. This marvelous plant contains over 18 amino acids, it’s antibacterial, antifungal, and has countless healing properties. Aloe vera gel is a great tool to have to soothe tired eyes and prevent wrinkles by keeping the eye area moisturized.
How to use: Apply aloe vera gel to the eye area every night. Sleep on it and remove it with water in the morning.
Most-known for its effects on acne, witch hazel is fantastic at bringing down swelling and redness. But, when you place it in your fridge, witch hazel can be extremely refreshing, helping bring down the puffiness.
How to use: Soak a cotton pad with witch hazel and leave it in the fridge until it cools. Let it sit on your eyes for 5 minutes for an instant refresh.
When time is at essence, cold spoons can help depuff your baggy eyes in a matter of seconds. This is my all-time favorite trick to prep my eye-area for makeup. If you wake up with a bit too much puffiness under your eyes, this quick trick will save your life.
How to use: place two spoons on the fridge until they’re ice cold. Take them out right before using them and place them over your eyes.
Not necessarily your morning cold brew, although I guess you could save your leftovers for this. Caffeine is a marvelous ingredient to fight baggy eyes and dark circles. You should make sure your eye cream has caffeine in it to enjoy all its benefits.
How to use: Brew a strong cup of coffee, soak a few cotton pads and place them in the fridge. Apply the pads over your eyes and leave them for 15 minutes. Another option is to mix coffee grounds to egg whites for an ultra-firming undereye mask.