Do you suffer from under-eye bags or circles? Under-eye bags are a natural effect of aging, but they can also be caused by lack of sleep, allergies, and habits that promote water retention. Under-eye bags are a cosmetic concern that can make people appear tired or under the weather. Learn how to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags with quick remedies, long-term strategies and permanent cosmetic solutions.

Method 1

Drink plenty of water. Under-eye bags are often caused by the retention of water due to high salt concentration in the area. You might wake up with bags after eating a salty dinner or crying; whether it's from tears or food, salt can draw water to your face and cause it to collect under your eyes.
  • Flush excess salt from your system by drinking water. Avoid salty foods for the rest of the day.
  • Stay away from drinks that cause you to become dehydrated, like coffee and alcohol.

Method 2

Soothe your eyes with something cold.[1] You've probably heard that placing cucumbers over your eyes will help reduce bags, but it's actually the cool temperature that soothes the area. Cucumbers happen to be the perfect shape, size and texture to treat under-eye bags, so go ahead and slice one up - just make sure it's been chilling in the refrigerator beforehand.
  • If you don't have a cucumber, wet a few teabags and chill them in the freezer or refrigerator before placing them over your eyes. Use a soothing tea, like chamomile or peppermint, so you get the benefits of aromatherapy at the same time.

Method 3

Put on some concealer. In the short term, concealing under-eye bags and circles with a little makeup is the quickest and most effective solution. The right makeup can greatly reduce the appearance of bags and keep you looking fresh all day. Follow these steps to apply concealing makeup:
  • Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone. If your under-eye bags are dark, you could also go one shade lighter. Apply the concealer with your finger or a cotton ball. Make sure you dab it on lightly instead of rubbing it into your skin. The makeup will conceal your bags more effectively if it stays on the surface of your skin.
  • Follow the concealer with a brush of powder to help it set and stay in place all day. Use a matte powder (not one with shimmer) and a blush brush to apply a little powder under your eyes.

Method 4

Use teabags. The tannin in the teabag can sometimes help ease down under-eye bags.
  • Boil water and dunk two teabags into the hot water.
  • Bob it up and down until they are soaked through.
  • Remove and allow to cool on a plate. If wished, cover face, nose, eyes, with paper towel or face washers.
  • Lie down somewhere comfortable. Place one soaked teabag over each eye. Put your feet up, relax for a few minutes.
  • After a little chilling out, remove the teabags. Hopefully, things will look a little less puffy when you check the mirror again.