How to get rid of eye bags fast
Dark, puffy bags constantly hanging under your eyes? You may need long-term treatment to address the underlying problem and thus eliminate the bags permanently. However, there are some life-saving stopgap measures that can temporarily reduce, eliminate or conceal under-eye bags, and the effect can last for a few hours or even days. While they won’t solve the problem completely, they can help when you’re in a hurry to get rid of puffy eyes.
Use a cool touch to quickly eliminate under-eye bags
Apply a cold compress. Dip a clean, soft facecloth into cold water and wring out the excess water. Gently press under and around the eyes, making sure to cover the entire area. Leave on for 5 minutes.
Sit up straight while applying the cold compress so that the trapped fluid can drain out.
Cold compresses and other methods that utilize a cooling touch can constrict blood vessels and relieve discoloration and swelling of the skin under the eyes.
Apply an ice-cold spoon to your eyes. Place 4 stainless steel spoons in a chilled glass filled with ice water and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. Take out one spoon and carefully apply it to the puffy dark circles under your eyes and press gently. Leave on until the temperature of the spoon becomes the same as the skin temperature.
Return the used spoon to the ice water, then remove another spoon and apply it to the puffy under-eye area under the other eye.
If needed, continue to apply cold. Replace the spoon with a new one when it is warmed up. Leave on for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on how long it takes for the bags to disappear on each side.
Apply a cucumber to your eyes. Cut 2 slices of cucumber about 1 cm thick from a refrigerated cucumber. Close your eyes and put the cucumber slices on your eyes, covering the bags under your eyes. Sit up straight, lean your head back slightly and let your body relax, and leave it on for about 25 minutes.
Because of its high water content, cucumber is inherently cooling and nourishing, and is very effective in relieving puffy eyes. Cucumber also contains quercetin. This antioxidant blocks histamine and reduces the puffiness under the eyes caused by allergies.
Use cold tea bags. Soak two tea bags in cold water and chill them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to make them colder. When you are ready, close your eyes and place the tea bags on your eyes, covering the bags. Lean back with your body and head slightly elevated and leave on for 25 to 30 minutes.
Afterwards, wash your eyes and face with cold water and pat your skin dry.
Do not use tea bags that contain spices such as pepper and cinnamon. They may sting the eyes. Chamomile tea and green tea have natural healing properties and are suitable choices. Caffeinated teas can also restrict blood flow and reduce puffiness.
Quickly address the underlying cause
Take antihistamines. Puffy eyes can be the result of allergies. If you have other allergy symptoms, consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine.
Puffy eyes may also form during a cold or sinus infection. Over-the-counter medications to treat these conditions may also help eliminate puffy eyes.
Flush the sinuses. If the bags are caused by sinus problems and taking antihistamines hasn’t completely resolved the problem, consider using a nasal scrub to flush out the excess fluid trapped under your eyes.
Dissolve 1⁄4 teaspoon of fine non-iodized salt in 250 ml of warm water.
Pour the salt water into a clean nasal wash jug, tilt your head to one side, and pour half of the salt water into one nostril. Lower your forehead so that the salt water can flow out of the other nostril.
Switch sides and repeat the process, pouring the remaining half of the saline into the other nostril to cleanse the sinuses more thoroughly.
You can also use a saline nasal spray to clean your sinuses.
Apply eye cream. There are many eye creams on the market that are designed to eliminate puffiness under the eyes. Buy an eye cream that claims to work quickly to eliminate puffiness as fast as possible.
Retinol eye creams are a popular choice. They promote collagen production and work well over time, although they may not work immediately.
If you want to get rid of puffiness quickly, an eye cream containing caffeine may be a better choice. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and reduces inflammation and dullness of skin tone.
Eye creams containing arnica may also be useful. Arnica is a natural antioxidant.
Keep your body well hydrated. Make sure you are drinking the recommended 2,000 ml of water every day. Puffiness under the eyes can be caused by water retention, and dehydration can actually allow more water to be retained in the body.
During your efforts to eliminate under-eye puffiness, you should also reduce your intake of foods and beverages that may aggravate dehydration. This includes salty foods, alcohol, and caffeine.
Eliminate bags under your eyes overnight
Remove your makeup. Before you go to bed, remove any makeup you put on earlier in the day. While you sleep, residual eye makeup can leave the eye area moist and puffy the next day.
Try to use a real makeup remover to get your makeup off before you go to bed. Makeup remover has a special formula that will bind to the particles of makeup and get them off the surface of your skin, making it more effective than using regular soap and water.
If you don’t have a makeup remover, you can still wash your face with a regular cleanser and water. However, keep washing until all the eye makeup comes off completely.
Keep your head elevated while sleeping. Sleep with an extra pillow under your head. You can also raise the mattress on the head side of the bed, or simply raise the entire head of the bed. The most important thing is to keep your head above the rest of your body.
Keeping your head elevated helps drain excess blood, mucus and other fluids from your face, preventing them from being trapped under your eyes and forming puffy eyes.
Sleep on your back. If you are used to sleeping on your back or side, you may want to sleep on your back instead. Keep your eyes facing upward and use gravity to drain excess fluid instead of concentrating it around your eyes.
If you always naturally return to a stomach or side sleeping position at night, tuck a few pillows on the other side of your body to reduce the number of rolls.
Get enough sleep. When it comes to the formation of bags under the eyes, one of the more familiar causes is lack of sleep. Plan your sleep schedule ahead of time and make sure you can get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
Lack of sleep encourages the body to release cortisol. It is the “stress hormone” that breaks down collagen in the skin, causing the skin under the eyes to become more fragile and more prone to forming dark circles.
Cover up under-eye bags with makeup
Apply eye cream. Before applying makeup, put a little eye cream on the bags under your eyes. Wait a few minutes for the skin to absorb it before continuing.
Choose an eye cream that has moisturizing properties. For added effect, consider using an eye cream that contains retinol or caffeine.
Do not use an eye cream if you are prone to wheals.
Whichever eye cream you choose, it will help moisturize the skin and fill in the fine lines of the skin so that makeup does not get stuck in them.
Conceal under-eye bags with concealer. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone and apply a thin layer to the bags under your eyes. Use a makeup tool or brush to pat it onto your face without rubbing it in so as not to further irritate your skin. For best results, choose a creamy concealer with a light texture. Concealers with a heavy texture can sink into the fine lines under the eyes and accentuate skin imperfections.
Don’t use your fingers to apply concealer, as it’s easy to apply too much. It is best to use a small, flat-tipped brush.
Carefully brush on some bronzing powder. Although it’s only an optional step, brushing some bronzing powder on your cheeks can lighten the puffy bags under your eyes. Brush the bronzing powder onto your cheeks and use a regular powder brush to brush upwards to the under-eye area and blend into the skin.
The contrast created by the bronzing powder lightens the appearance of under-eye bags without applying it directly on top to cover them. Do not use bronzing powders with added glitter, they will accentuate the bags under your eyes.
Apply light eyeliner on the lower eyelid. Draw white, cream or light nude eyeliner on the inside of the lower eyelid. This makes the eyes appear brighter, the person looks more refreshed, and diverts attention from the bags under the eyes.
Finish by brushing on the powder. Using a brush with loose bristles, brush a small amount of translucent loose powder onto the under-eye area and cheeks.
The powder helps hold the makeup in place and prevents it from getting stuck in the wrinkles and fine lines of the skin around the eyes.
Wearing sunscreen and sunglasses regularly can prevent dull skin tone around the eyes or irritation of delicate skin.