How To Get Rid Of Bags From Under The Eyes

We all develop under eye bags at some point in time, male or female it makes no difference. From newborns to seasoned seniors, we will all get them at some point in our lives. When we are young the bags under our eyes come and go, but as we age they seem to stay longer and longer as the years go by.

We think the bags under our eyes are unsightly and they make us appear a bit older when they are present. You do not have to live out your days plagued by the luggage under your eyes. I bet you are wondering how to get rid of bags from under the eyes. Take a walk literary walk with me, and I’ll tell you how.

What Causes Bags To Form Underneath Your Eyes

As you age the tissues around your eyes, including some muscle tissue that support your eyelids, become weak. The fat that helps support the eyes may move into the lower eyelids. This causes the lids to look puffy. Fluid can accumulate in the space beneath your eyes, thus, adding to the swelling.

Symptoms of under eye bags

  • Mild swelling
  • Saggy or loose skin
  • Dark circles

What Causes Bags to Form Under Your Eyes In The Morning?

When you sleep fluid collects in the tissues beneath your eyes, if you get too much sleep the bags will appear swollen.

Common Causes Of Bags Under The Eyes

Allergies/ Sinus Issues

Allergies and sinus issues not only make your nose stuffy, but they can cause the sinus tissues to swell. Swelling of the sinus tissues can appear as puffiness under the eyes.

Using Tobacco Products

Tobacco has nicotine in it. Nicotine delays wound healing and accelerates the aging process. The nicotine in tobacco wreak havoc on your natural sleep patterns, when your sleep pattern is disrupted this can cause fluids to collect underneath your eyes. Smoking produces substances that break down the elasticity of the skin and collagen. Collagen helps keep the skin firm.

Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol may be a liquid, but it dehydrates the body. When a person is dehydrated the skin under the eyes becomes saggy and weak, thus, causing bags to form.

Eating Salty Foods

When you eat salty food your body is more likely to retain fluids.

Failing To Remove Makeup

When you don’t remove your makeup before going to sleep it can irritate the tissue beneath your eyes and causes swelling.

Too Much Exposure To The Sun

Too much sun exposure damages the skin, and the collagen that helps keep the skin firm.

A Few Ways To Diminish The Bags Under Your Eyes

Get Some Much Needed Sleep

Proper rest helps eliminate the appearance of bags under your eyes.

Stop Smoking

Get in a program with proper support and quit smoking.

Improve Your Diet

Eat a well-balanced diet and decrease your salt intake.

Wash Your Face Before Going To Bed

Remove all of your makeup and wash your face with a mild face soap or cleanser.

Remedies To Get Rid Of Under Eye Bags


The lactic acid of milk on skin reduces pigmentation. It helps heal dry skin, it has been known to heal acne and it can relieve sunburn.

How Does Milk Remedy Under Eye Bags?

The fat that whole milk contains soothes the puffiness in your eyes, and amino acids help reduce the swelling. Milk helps restore the water in your eyes.

How To Apply

Soak a cotton ball ( I prefer to use a cotton pad as they lay flat on your face when your are leaning your head back or laying down) in cold milk.

Apply the cotton ball or pad to your skin for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse your face with cold water.

Oils That Help Remedy Under Eye Bags

As you all know, I am an advocate for essential oils. I use them daily on my skin and hair. So it should be no surprise that they ended up here. There are an abundance of essential oils that remedy under eye bags, but I am listing my go to oils. This will further aid you in your journey on how to get rid of bags from under the eyes.

Lavender oil

Lavender oil lessens acne. It helps lighten skin and it is known to reduce wrinkles. Lavender oil reduces inflammation in the skin.

How To Apply

I normally just dip the tip of my finger in the oil and rub a light helping of oil on my lower eyelid.

Let it sit overnight and wash it off in the morning.

Rosemary Oil

Benefits Of Rosemary Oil

The nutrients found in Rosemary helps protect the skin cells from damage this is caused by the Sun and those free radicals we always hear about. Rosemary has natural antiseptic properties, and it is a great disinfectant for the skin.

How Does Rosemary Oil Combat Under Eye Bags?

Rosemary oil contains anti-inflammatory properties these properties are called Caffeic acid and Rosmarinic acid. They both have rejuvenating effects. They also act as a diuretic, reducing swelling. It aids in strengthening capillaries and reduce inflammation.

Caffeic Acid

This can be taken orally. It is found in plants which include vegetables, fruits, herbs, coffee beans, plant based spices and other things we eat and drink. Caffeic acid acts as an antioxidant and it prevents oxidative stress, thus, preventing DNA damage caused by free radicals.

Some foods that are high in Caffeic acid:

  • Coffee
  • Wine
  • Turmeric
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Cabbage

Rosemarinic Acid

Rosemarinic acid is very similar to Caffeic acid in all of its ways. Some foods, mostly spices, that contain Rosemarinic Acid:

  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Sweet Basil

How To Apply Rosemary Oil On Skin

I apply the Rosemary Oil onto one of my fingertips, just choose a finger, Then apply it under your eyelids.

You don’t have to use a large amount of the oil. Use Just enough to cover the designated area.

Leave it on for half a hour, then wash it off with a mild facial soap.

Over time, you will see a big difference.

Cypress Oil

Benefits Of Cypress Oil

Cypress Oil has decongestant abilities. It helps improve skin discoloration, and reduce puffiness. The scent is pleasant to the senses while calming inflamed skin. Lastly, it has astringent properties which accelerate healing of the skin tissues.

It also promotes vitality and boosting energetic feelings. Cypress oil is known for aromatic and topical benefits. It is composed of monoterpenes, this can improve the appearance of oily skin. It can be applied topically to the skin to give an energy boost.

How does Cypress Oil Rid Your Eyes Of Its Under Eye Bags?

Cypress oil is an anti-inflammatory, it will reduce redness and swelling.

How To Apply

You can use a cotton ball, your finger, or a cotton pad to apply this oil. I let most of my oils sit on my skin overnight. Do a patch test to ensure the oil is not too potent for your skin. If this oil is too potent for your skin then dilute it with a carrier oil like JoJoba oil.

Hydrate your body

Drink plenty of water to flush toxins out of your body. I personally try to drink 3 liters of water a day, not all at once, but throughout the day. I start drinking water as soon as I wake up in the morning and I try to be done drinking water about 3 hours before bed. This way you have enough time to empty your bladder, so you won’t make middle of the night bathroom runs.

My Final Thoughts

There are a lot of ways on how to get rid of bags from under the eyes. If I wrote about them all it would take a person all day to read my article, I have just scratched the surface in my research and I will continue to look for different methods and post them in my blog over time. I aim to help and educate at the same time. We all suffer from under eye bags. I hope the information provided helps someone. Leave a comment below and tell me about your under eye bag problems. I am happy to read your comments and provide feedback.

14 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Bags From Under The Eyes

  1. Paul says:

    Great post, Ye’Keiseaya.

    Is there anything that Nature cannot cure, given sufficient time?

    I am very pleased to see and hear that the trends are moving towards a more “natural way” of healing. 

    Your post brings this into the fray quite well. Thanks for the solutions to many of these common, age old nuisances. 

    A good knowledge of herbs, and natural products and methods, is never a bad thing.

    Is there anything that you can do slow down my aging? lol,

    Is it too late to find my fountain of youth?

    Thanks for the kind thoughts.


    • YeKeiseaya Fugerson says:

      Alas, there is nothing I can do to slow down your aging, lol. I wish I could slow down mine as well. Yes, I do my best to provide a wellspring of knowledge.

  2. Travis says:

    I have been looking for ways to get rid of the bags that have started to form under my eyes. I had no idea how many things we do on a daily basis could lead to these bags, thank you for the information. I will begin to use the remedies you have mentioned, the bags are not bad yet, but I do not want them to get worse!

  3. Juan Saladin says:

    I’ve suffered for this since ever. 2 primary reasons in my case have been allergies, probably cigar smoking, and sleep deprivation.

    I’ll give a try to the milk-soaked cotton balls (and… why not, a glass of wine too) tonight. Now the problem is less severe as my allergies have become under control with medication. I really dislike the oily sensation over any part of my body (so oils treatment wouldn’t work for me).

    Thanks a lot to come up with an “easy to read” post like this. As you mentioned, there are too many other options out there, more or less effective for each one of us as final users.

    • YeKeiseaya Fugerson says:

      I really aim to help people. I understand that you don’t like the oily feeling my husband doesn’t like to feel oily either. And I know all too well about allergies, I suffer from them myself.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I’m currently in my 20s, I don’t usually wear makeup and I don’t smoke nor I drink, the reason behind the bags under my eyes has always been an overly exposure to stressful situations and the lack of sleep. I wasn’t even aware that milk can actually help with that. Can any type of milk help or an specific one is better? 

    • YeKeiseaya Fugerson says:

      You want to use a whole milk with the full fat. The fat is very important in this situation. I also would recommend goat’s milk.

  5. Alejandra says:

    Thanks so much for sharing great information to get rid of bags from under the eyes.

    I was talking with my sister about finding a solution as both have some problems getting bags under the eyes and we have been testing some products that don’t seem to help.

    What I liked of your post is that you recommend some natural ways to try as to try the milk and stop having salty products on our diets and drink more water.

    But I also like you recommend the use of essential oils, I will try the lavender oil and the rosemary oil. Do I need to apply the rosemary oil the same way as the lavender oil?

    • YeKeiseaya Fugerson says:

      Yes, you would apply it the same way. We all have different skin types, so I recommend that you do a skin patch test on your face. I do my skin patch tests behind my ear right below the earlobe, I know it’s not the face, but the skin the relatively the same there. I do this just in case my skin doesn’t react well to an oil or moisturizer or a facial cleanser.

  6. Isaac says:

    Great article, Ye’Keiseaya.

    I definitely suffer from bags under my eyes a lot. I think it was mostly from a lack of sleep, but I also use antibiotic cream on my face to treat acne, so maybe that’s also a cause. I think it kind of looks cool, but I also understand that not everyone wants to go around looking like a zombie.

    There seem to be a lot of simple ways to treat this problem but I think the most interesting one is applying milk directly to your face. I’m lactose intolerant so I can’t drink milk, but I wonder if I would be affected by applying it to my face. 

    You also mention drinking lots of water, which is funny because I get a lot of comments on my gallon-sized water bottle that I empty every day. You can get such a container at any grocery store with the label “distilled white vinegar.”

    Thanks for this informative article. I know I’ll be trying some of the techniques you listed and hopefully they’ll help.


    • YeKeiseaya Fugerson says:

      I had a boyfriend who thought the zombie look was nice. To each, his own. I don’t think that applying milk on your face would do any harm or upset your stomach. For some reason I cannot drink a gallon of water straight from a jug. I trick myself by breaking it down into liters. It works for me.

  7. Carmen says:

    A wonderful article that I think many people are interested in. The tips are excellent for removing bags from under the eyes. Currently I do not have, but now I explain why. I use coconut oil enhanced with lavender oil and oily vitamin E. From your article I learned that lavender oil gets rid of the bags under the eyes. And sleep enough lol.

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