Get Rid of Dark Circles and Bags Under Eyes

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

So, we have all seen those images where they show the dark circles and bags under the eyes. But we don’t just want to see these; we want to see them disappear under our own eyes.

We want to see clear eyes with no bags or dark circles and we want to see the results as quickly as possible. You know it’s one of those “tell me something I don’t know” scenarios.”I know I have those unwanted features under my eyes. How do I get rid of them?” This is the vital information everyone is hunting for.

Before we tackle the problem of how to get rid of them let’s explore a few reasons of why they occur. They are related to natural changes in the human body and by environmental conditions.

Genetics is a Definite Cause

We have all heard the age old saying” Like Father like son.” What this really means if  dad has black circles and bags under his eyes his son will inherit the same characteristics. Bags under the eyes, are a result of fatty patches genetically passed on to the next generation.

Dark circles under the eyes are a little more complicated. There are a few reasons for these.Thin/Fair skin under the eyes can be passed on genetically. When this happens pools of blood will accumulate under the eyes.Then this accumulation causes weak capillaries to stretch and leak.  

Age is a Factor    

Mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes is normal with aging. The tissue supporting the eyelids grows weaker overtime then the normal fat supporting the lids will move into the lower eyelids. This causing the eyelids to look puffy.

Dark circles can appear when with age collagen thins and veins appear more dominantly. Sunbathing can speed this process up by breaking down collagen and changing the color of the skin.

Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies release histamines in the air. This will inflame blood vessels causing swelling. Allergies will cause “puffy eyes” making the eyes swell. Antihistamines can relieve these allergic reactions. We have now reviewed how black circles and bags under the eyes develop.

Ways to Get Rid of Dark circles under the Eyes

If you have black circles because of vascular issues then there are some very practical steps you can take to help alleviate these conditions. Double up on pillows at night when your are sleeping. This will stop the blood from flowing to your eyes. In the morning apply a cold compress for about 5 minutes; this will constrict blood vessels in your eyes which will also stop blood flowing  into your eyes.

You can purchase eye creams that contain caffeine which will also constrict blood vessel flow. Other good treatments are applying Arnica-based creams which may reduce anti-inflammatory symptoms under your eyes. This could reduce the black color under your eyes. Believe it or not you can buy creams, containing green tea or grapeseed oil, to help strengthen capillary walls which will prevent blood from leaking under your eyes. This will also help stop dark circles from developing under your eyes.

This is an interesting fact but if you change your diet you may help reduce black circles under the eyes. Eat about an ounce of dark chocolate and eat foods with Omega 3 fatty acids contained in them. (Such as salmon and walnuts.) This will in turn, improve the blood flow to your eyes.

Now, if we have black circles because of allergy-induced reasons you can stop this as well. Over-the-counter antihistamines will help alleviate dark circles under the eyes caused by allergies.

If thin-skin is the cause for dark circles under your eyes, there is hope for you as well. Try some collagen rejuvenating creams. Purchase “Retinol” which is known to build up collagen. Look for Vitamin C which can aid in collagen production and brighten skin. Please note that sunscreen should be applied daily under the eyes. If this isn’t done all the redeeming properties of the above remedies will be neutralized.

Potatoes Can Help

You may be thinking this is the craziest one yet! But this method really does work. Quite simply take one or two potatoes. Grate them and extract the potato juice. Get a cotton ball and soak it in the juice. Press that cotton ball over your closed eyes and make sure the juice covers the dark circles and the eyelids as well. Alternatively, you may use potato skins and put them over your dark circles.

Almond oil and Vitamin E are Deterrents

Almond oil is a strong natural remedy to reduce dark circles under the eyes. Gently rub the Almond Oil under your eyes every night before you retire for bed. Leave the application on overnight. The next morning wash it off with cold water. Follow this treatment every night until the dark circles are gone. Vitamin E can also assist in removing dark circles under the eyes. Follow the same procedure discussed above.

Natural Remedies for Under Eye Dark Circle Removal

Get a cucumber and cut it into big,chunky slices. Next, chill the slices for 30 minutes. Apply the cucumber slices to the affected areas under the eyes. Keep the slices pressed against your face for 10 minutes. Repeat this process everyday until the dark circles are eradicated. You cannot find a more natural remedy then cucumbers to reduce dark circles.     
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Another option is to mix equal parts of Cucumber juice and Lemon juice together. Soak two cotton balls in the mixture and  place under your eyes. Leave it there for 10 minutes. Follow this procedure daily until the desired results are achieved.

Rose Water

Rose what? Yes,Rose Water can help with this condition too. Rose water has many healing properties. It’s fabulous for skin care because it revitalizes skin and has a very calming effect on the eyes. It has mild-astringent qualities and it is valuable as a skin toner.

Be sure to get some cotton eye pads and soak them in rose water for a few minutes. Now, put those soaked eye pads over closed eyelids. Please leave the eye pads over your eyes for about 15 minutes. Follow this routine for a couple of weeks. Apply the eye pads twice daily.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has Vitamin C as one of it’s properties. This will help eliminate dark circles under the eyes. Pour lemon juice onto a cotton ball. Carefully dab the cotton ball, containing lemon juice, around the eyes. (Don’t get the lemon juice in the eyes it will sting the eyes significantly.)

Leave the lemon juice on for roughly 10 minutes. Apply this treatment around your eyes once daily for a few weeks. You will notice a change after this time. Note: If the lemon juice causes a burning sensation stop using it immediately.

Another  option is to manufacture a thick paste. Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of tomato puree. Next, take a pinch of gram flour (besan) and turmeric powder. Mix all the ingredients together until you have a thick paste consistency. Applying the paste around your eyes. Leave the paste on for 10-15 minutes. Try this 2-3 times for a few weeks. You will see results.

Remedies for Bags Under the Eyes

Don’t Salt that Food

It’s a fact that too much salt in the diet will cause puffiness in the eyes the next morning.  Try this simple home remedy-cut back on your salt intake. Water will carry the salt from areas of your body that has less concentrations of salt to areas that have extensive salt. Around the eyes is one of those areas. So just reduce salt  consumption in your diet.

Allergies Don’t Help

When allergy season hits so do puffy eyes. Allergies will inflate bags under the eyes in record time. This condition can be overcome. There are many over-the-counter allergy medicines to relieve the symptoms of bags under the eyes caused by nasty allergies.

Don’t Forget the Neti Pot

This will be one of the strangest remedies to use but it works! A neti pot looks like a small teapot. Fill the neti pot with salt water. (Cold salt water you don’t want to burn the inside of your nostrils.) Pour salt water in one nostril and let the water run out the other nostril. This may flush out extra moisture in the sinuses. The extra moisture is caused by seasonal allergies, infections and colds.

Don’t be a Gravity Sleeper

Do you want to get rid of those bags under your eyes? Then stop sleeping on your side or stomach. By sleeping on the stomach it causes moisture to accumulate under the eyes. This can form bags under the eyes.

Put more pillows under your head and sleep on your stomach. These techniques will defy gravity and the moisture will not be able to travel to the eyes. This is one of those scientific home remedies.

Get Rid of that Makeup

Did you know that if you retire to bed with makeup on it will cause the eyes problems. The chemicals in the makeup ingredients will make your eyes water during the night. This will leave you with “the bags under the eyes syndrome” in the morning. Be sure to remove your makeup every night before you go to sleep.

Moderate that Drinking

I know you don’t want to hear this one. But this is for your own health. One glass of wine is fine. But if you drink excessively over time there will be repercussions.Too much alcohol will extract moisture from the skin under the eyes. Soon the fragile area around the eyes will weaken. This will cause pouches to develop under the eyes. The pouches will last a lifetime. So if you do take a drink at bedtime. Put some moisturizer around the eyes. This will keep the areas around the eyes strong and hydrated.

Protect your eyes from the Sun 

This maybe one of the most overlooked areas on the body to be protected from harmful UV rays. If you bathe your face in the sunlight watch out. Too much sun around the eyes can cause skin to sag and wrinkle. The result permanent bags under your eyes. Take some commonsense steps to prevent this from happening. Wear hats, put on sunscreen and wear sunglasses to protect those delicate eyes.

Non-Smokers Unite

One more solid reason to never smoke or quit smoking. Incessant smoking will weaken the skin around your eyes. Result-You will have wrinkled, droopy eyes. There really is no remedy for this then to quit smoking. Smoking will add years to the skin under the eyes.

Swollen Eyes be Gone

Think about this one. Who wants to walk around in life with swollen eyes? No one wants to have bug eyes. So, if swollen eyes are developed you know that bags under the eyes aren’t far behind. So put some cucumbers, a cold compress or teabags over your eyes. Even cold spoons will do the trick. It doesn’t matter what you put over your eyes  just make sure they are cold.The cold temperature is what will reduce the swelling/ bags under the eyes.

Swab on that eye cream

Be generous with the application of eye creams around the eyes. There are millions of eye creams on store shelves screaming “Buy me”. Just find the right one for your eyes and apply it around the eyes generously nightly. Don’t apply old fashioned  hemorrhoid cream around the eyes. The eyes will let you know about their irritation quickly. Use Retinol eye cream for the best results.

Exercise those Bags Under the Eyes Away

Yes even exercising can help remove the bags from under the eyes. The skin around the eyes will benefit immensely from focused facial exercises. The skin around the eyes will tighten from these exercises. Applying light resistance/ pressure with your fingers during these facial expression/exercises will keep the bags from forming under the eyes.

Cover up Those Bags Under the Eyes

One simple remedy can help to cover up bags under the eyes. There are mineral-based choices or you can make them at home. Dab it around the skin of the eyes don’t rub it in. If you rub it in it will enhance the already noticeable bags under the eyes. Mix the cover up into the natural color of your skin. This way you will hide the bags under the eyes. Of course pick a tone that matches your natural skin color.

Nature’s Eye Cream is Calling

One point to remember is as we age the skin around our eyes dehydrates. This loss of moisture can be attributed to the loss of Collagen (A protein). This is why keeping the skin moist around the eyes is paramount. The hydrated skin will prevent bags from forming under your eyes. A great source of moisture is natural eye creams. Homemade eye creams are highly recommended by the medical profession. Apply the solution around the eyes once or twice daily.

Collagen to the Rescue

Aging brings a natural slowdown in the production of the protein Collagen in our bodies. Collagen is an abundant protein found in the skin, tendons, muscles, and bones. This all important protein is what gives skin its elasticity and stretching capabilities. This is what keeps skin looking young. It also helps with new skin production.

So what is one to do? You need to increase your collagen intake. This can be done by eating chicken bone broth,  taking collagen supplements and drinking collagen protein powder. Follow these treatments and you will prevent bags from forming under the eyes.

Be careful when applying any type of mixture or cream around the eyes. Always apply any treatment gently around the eyes. Foremost keep the fingers out of the eyes. If you notice that the conditions under the eyes are worsening or if you have increased irritation/inflammation under the eyes consult your doctor immediately.

Let’s Close Shop

Dark circles and bags under the eyes are an inevitable part of life and of the aging process. But they can be erased from around the eyes. By taking some common sense steps we can keep the areas under the eyes looking fresh/young for years. We can keep them clear of those unwanted dark circles and bags.

By following the treatments we talked about earlier in this article we can conquer the inevitability of dark circles and bags under the eyes. We just need to be diligent and disciplined in applying whatever remedy will work best for us.

Remember to keep your eyes, and skin protected when you are out playing in the sunshine. Get plenty of rest and keep the skin under the eyes hydrated. Be sure to keep your collagen protein  intake at normal levels. This is especially true as we grow older. So follow the guidelines we talked about above and you will keep the area under the eyes clear of dark circles and bags for years to come!    

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Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.