Eye bags are not only unsightly, making you look old and tired, but, if left untreated, can stretch the skin causing permanent wrinkles.
Eye bags are simply a result of fluid retention and can manifest as dark circles under the eyes. They can be caused by lots of things or may be hereditary. In the main, they are a sign of stress, tiredness and fatigue or due to ‘hard living’ such as not getting enough sleep, drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, and smoking.
Unfortunately the skin under our eyes is very delicate and constant puffiness can lead to a more permanent sagging in this area.
Instead of just trying to conceal them and addressing their root cause, there are many home remedies that can help remove eye bags and rejuvenate the skin.
Potatoes are a natural astringent and have long been used to treat eye bags. Slice a raw potato and leave in the refrigerator for a few hours and then place the slices on your eyes. Keep your eyes closed and ensure the sliced potato covers the bags up completely. Leave it on for at least fifteen minutes. Potatoes also contain catecholase which is an enzyme that helps lighten the skin. Your eyes will be visibly improved after just one treatment, but regular use will see them completely disappear.
Cucumbers are a natural anti-inflammatory and are probably the most well-known home remedy for eye bags.
To apply, simply cut the cucumber into approximately 4mm slices and chill well before placing on your closed eyes. You should leave them in place for at least 25 minutes. You could even have a nap while they are on.
Spoons and cold water
Take four metal spoons and place in a glass of ice cold water for several minutes. Taking two of the cold spoons and placing on the eyes will help reduce inflammation. Alternate the two spoons every few minutes for a total of around 20 minutes and you should see an improvement in the appearance of your eye bags. The cold water will dilate the blood vessels and make the skin appear bright and healthy.
Put two green tea bags into a cup of boiling water and leave to reach room temperature. Once they are cool enough, place them on your eyes for approximately 15 minutes. The anti-irritant properties of green tea will improve the puffiness of your eye bags.
Another treatment which is easy and quick to prepare is taking a few drops of vitamin E oil and adding to bowl of cold water. Mixed well, soak a cotton pad in the mixture and place on your closed eyes for approximately 20 minutes. Not only will the vitamin E reduce the swelling but the oils will nourish your skin and your eye bags will appear tighter and smoother.