home remedies for under eye bags
I got a question recently from Suz, a reader friend, about bags under her eyes. Here's what she said:

Q: I have “suitcases” under my eyes… heredity mostly.  I've tried cucumbers, tea bags,”miracle” applications. The only thing that works is egg yolk but you can't move a muscle in your face otherwise it cracks…ha,ha egg/cracks. Less liquids at night..blah blah. Any ideas other than expensive surgery?

While I am no skin expert, I did a bit of research to find some FCF solutions.

Here are some remedies I found for dark circles and bags:

Bags Under Eyes or Under Eye Bags are characterized by swelling or puffiness under the lower eyelids. Hereditary factors and aging are the most common factors associated with this condition. The skin under the eyes is quite delicate and hence more prone to bagginess.
Basically, the skin under the eyes appears swollen or baggy due to accumulation of fluids in the blood vessels present around the eyes. This makes the affected individual look unhealthy and tired.
  • Take a couple of Q-tips, dip both ends in water and freeze. In the morning, roll the frozen tips under and above eyelids. Works miracles for Puffy morning eyes.
  • Leave a spoon in the freezer for about 10 minutes, then take it out and apply to the under-eye area. Do this very carefully so the spoon doesnt get stuck. Do it to each eye for about 3 minutes
  • For a freshened set of eyes, take a wet wash cloth and sprinkle rosmary and other aromic herbs on  it. Roll it up and pop it in the microwave for about one minute. When you remove the cloth from the microwave, lay the roll onto your eyes and lay down breathing deeply. Remove the rag when it becaomes cold. Follow up by blotting a tissue all over the eyes to dry them.


Raw potato slices will help tighten baggy, puffy eyes. All you need is a potato and a knife or slicer!
To Make:
1. Slice 1/4 potato to fit over your eyes.
2. Cut 2 slices or, if you prefer, 5 to 10 very thin slices, several for each eye. Either method works.
To Use:
1. Spritz eye area with water.
2. Lying down, place the potato slices on your eyelids and leave in place for at least 10 minutes for best results.


  • Drink at least ten glasses of water every day.
  • Get 8 hours of sleep.
  • Close your eyes and cover your eyelids with slices of raw potato or cucumber for 15-20 minutes. Wash with warm water and apply a store-bought cream.
  • Grate a cucumber, squeeze out the juice, and refrigerate. Make a mixture of lemon juice, lanolin cream and cucumber juice and apply around the eye for 10-15 minutes.
  • Apply lemon juice on the black circles 2 times a day.
  • Apply a paste of turmeric powder with pineapple juice for dark circles under the eyes.
  • Apply crushed mint around the eye.
  • Apply almond oil under eyes.
  • Reduce your intake of vitamin A. Over dose of medications such as Retin A produces “excessive” vascularization.
  • Almond helps to remove dark circles and is an excellent “skin food”. Remove the cream applied around the eye after 10 min. No cream should be left on the skin around the eyes for long periods.


So there you go! I really hope these work. They would certainly be cheaper and easier than surgery! Let us know how it goes, and good luck. Thanks for the question, Suz!