Causes and Natural Treatments for Puffy Eyes and Under Eye Bags

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There are quite a few things that could cause your puffy eyes and under eye bags as well as those dark circles that form under your eyes.  Fortunately there are some simple natural treatments you can try as well as some over the counter products that have done wonders for others.

Causes of Puffy Eyes and Eye Bags

Water retention is one of the main causes of under eye bags.  Many women find that during that certain time of the month that their under eye bags show up and it is just one more thing to deal with.  There are some natural treatments that you can try to help to reduce or eliminate them which you will find further down this page.

If you are pregnant it is likely that this is the reason for your puffy eyes and under eye bags.  Hormone levels fluctuate, water retention level vary, and this is just one of the many things that you have to endure until your baby is born.

Is Lack of Sleep a Possible Cause of My Under Eye Bags?

In this ever hurried world we often do not get enough sleep and it is true that not getting enough of it does tend to show up as dark circles under our eyes.  If you are always tired due to lack of sleep (are you getting 8 hours or more every night?) it is likely that this is the main cause of your puffy eyes and/or dark circles under your eyes.

If this is the case, often the only remedy is to try and get more sleep if possible.   If your schedule does not permit it, there are some natural remedies you can try as noted below, as well as a product or two that you can apply as part of your daily makeup routine.

Is there a Natural Cure for Under Eye Bags?

A cure you ask?  Not really a cure, but some natural treatments that can help reduce the puffiness and dark circles include:

  • Fresh sliced cucumbers.  Yes, they really do work.  It isn’t just a fallacy.  There is a reason the high priced day spas use them as part of their facial skin care treatments.
  • Cold compresses.  Many women have found relief from their puffy eyes by simply placing a washcloth that has been soaked in cold water over their eyes for five or ten minutes.
  • Fresh sliced potato.  Similar to cucumbers, the lowly potato has similar effects in reducing puffiness under the eyes and can even help to eliminate or at least reduce those dark circles.
  • If you like green tea and have some green tea bags around you can try soaking them in some cold water and placing them over your eyes for several minutes.  (you can also try doing it with hot water) Many women have found these to work wonders in reducing their eye bags.
  • A cold spoon or other cold compress placed over the eyes for up to 20 minutes will often work wonders.

Another remedy that isn’t actually “natural” that you can try to at least give temporary relief if you are very careful not to get it in your eyes is to use a hemorrhoid cream such as Preparation H.  While we don’t recommend it due to the possibility of it getting into your eyes, some women have found it to help reduce the puffiness.  If you do decide to try it, use the cream version rather than the thicker oil kind as it is easier to spread a little bit thinner.

Puffy Eye Bag and Wrinkle Treatments.

The one thing you should know before buying any eye bag treatment product is to always deal with a company that offers an excellent money back guarantee.

One of the things about any sort of skin treatment product, especially ones that treat puffiness under eyes and under eye bags, is that there is not any one product that will work for everyone, and you should know that you may have to try more than one before you find something that provides the results that you are looking for.

One very popular product, while not completely natural can be purchased from  That product is called Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream and there are quite a few positive reviews associated with it.  Check it out and see if you think it may work to help treat your puffy eyes or under eye bags.

Another excellent, but higher priced over the counter treatment to help reduce wrinkles and those pesky under eye bags as well as dark circle is called Eyelasticity.  We recommend you check that one out too as it is quickly becoming the #1 eye bag treatment.

About Donna M.

Donna May is an at home skin care specialist who researches and writes about skin care products, does product reviews, and likes to discover new techniques for dealing with the many different kinds of skin issues that people develop over the course of their lives.