How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes: Quick, Easy and Natural

Puffy eyes are not flattering. They can make your face fuller, you appear older and constantly tired. I will explain about the causes of eye puffiness and share tips to get rid of the swelling. The best scenario for eye bags is to prevent them by living healthy and by regular detoxing. But in case you want to get rid of your bags’s my favorite go-to fix:

Beware: If your eye is swollen and red, it might be infected. You could also have an allergic reaction, for instance from certain foods or eye make-up. That is not the type of puffy eyes we’re discussing here, and I advise you to have your physician take a look at it!

Puffy Eyes: skin, fat or moisture?

Swelling around the eyes can be caused by water retention, fat, and sagging skin and often by a combination of those.

Aging Process & fat tissue under the eyes

The accumulation of fat under your eyelids is unfortunately part of the natural aging process. Almost everyone has naturally a little fat tissue under their eyes. This fat is there to protect your eyes and is held in place by connective tissue in your face (ligaments). As you get older, the connective issue weakens. The result is that the fatty tissues tend to settle down a little lower, with thick, puffy bags that become more and more visible as a result.

Heredity and genes

The extent to which fat and moisture are visible under your eyelids, is largely determined by heredity. Your genes play a role in fat and fluid under the eyes. Do your parents suffer from swollen eyelids? Then the chances of you having to deal with them sooner or later are quite big. Thanks mom.


Your living habits also affect whether or not swelling will form. The following factors contribute to moisture around your eyes and thick eyelids:

  • Not enough sleep
  • Too much sleep
  • Too much salt
  • Drinking alcohol and/or smoking (affects the moisture level)
  • Fluid retention
  • Too many caffeinated beverages (psst, here are some alternatives for coffee!)


A lesser known cause is allergy. Chronic rhinitis and / or allergy can cause you to regularly experience swollen eyes. So if you have frequently suffer from a stuffy nose, sore facial skin and watery eyes, it is advisable to consult an allergist. Such allergic reactions can usually be well suppressed by avoiding the triggering factors and / or detoxing.

Diseases & (skin) disorders

Finally, there are certain diseases and disorders that can also cause puffy eyes. For instance:

How to get rid of bags under your eyes

We can distinguish between temporary solutions and (more or less) permanent solutions:

Healthy living

It is first of all warmly recommended to live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly and eat healthy so that you're getting all the vitamins and minerals for optimal skin. That way you reduce the risk of disease and moreover health disorders.

Sufficient drinking helps prevent fluid under the eyes

Also make sure you drink enough. It may sound paradoxical that water can counteract bags under your eyes. Sufficient hydration actually means that your moisture regulation can do its job optimally and excess moisture is removed. Proper hydration is extremely important to avoid fluid retention under the eyes.

Ninja health tip: to upgrade your water, mix up this amazing detox water​ that hydrates and burns fat at the same time.

Home Remedies for reducing swollen eyes

With these tips for a natural DIY puffy eye treatment your eyes will return to their normal size in no time!

Cool down 

The cheapest solution is to cool your eyes with ice cubes or two (dining) spoons briefly left in the freezer. It works like this: the cold will contract the blood vessels and this will reduce the swelling quickly through the sharp and sudden chill. Do not place the ice directly on your eye bags, but wrap them in a cloth of sturdy paper towel.

Vitamin E Oil

This is probably my second favorite solution for my eye bags, and only second because I haven't used it as much as my potato mask. My friends swear by this method, and since it only needs ONE ingredient, it needs no preparation whatsoever.

You do have to make sure you have the right type of oil though, as a lot of brands are synthetic. The best vitamin E oil for your skin is an organic oil that contains D-alpha tocopherol, like the organic and all natural vitamin E oil by Health Priority, available here.


Eliminating dark circles and bags under eyes couldn't be easier! Just cut a couple of (organic) cucumber slices, and place them directly on the swollen parts under your eyes. Lie down and relax for 15 minutes, and you are done! The specific properties of cucumber will tighten the skin under your eyes and freshen up your eyelids. It also has a detoxing effect, because the water in cucumber pulls the toxins out of your skin. 

Cucumbers, especially their skin, contain vitamins that are great for your skin, like A, B and C. They also supply your skin with minerals like Kalium, Magnesium and Silica.​

DIY Eye Gel 

For those of you who love to concoct your own beauty is an amazing recipe by beauty blogger Lisa Pullano for diy eye gel, watch and learn: 

Potato slices

Laying slices of fresh potato under your eyes is the fastest way to get rid of puffy eyes from crying in particular. Potatoes contain a certain enzym that clears up the puffiness immediately. They also have a lot of starch, which is anti-inflammatory and prevents under eye bags.

The slices are usually quite cold as well, and have the same cooling effect as cucumber slices, cold tea bags and ice cubes. The cold ensures that the capillaries shrink and there will be less blood visible beneath the thin skin around your eyes.

Tea bags for eye bags

As clinical research has shown, the leaves of green tea contain many antioxidants. Anti-oxidants have the ability to combat free radicals, which are elements that accelerate aging and cause disease.

Leave a few used tea bags in the refrigerator. Once they have cooled, lie down, close your eyes and put a tea bag on each eye. Use preferably organic green tea or chamomile tea. This will soothe the puffiness around your eyes and remove dark circles under your eyes. The antioxidants in green tea may also help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

Ninja tip: Don't drink tea? No worry, use used coffee pads will work amazingly well as well! The caffeine in the pads works as a astringent and will remove any unsightly eye bags.​

Massage for lymph drainage under your eyes

When you do not have the possibility to lie down with a diy eye mask, apply a quick lymph drainage massage, like so:

With a gentle tapping motion move under your eyes with your middle fingers, from the inner corner to the outside corner. In this manner you stimulate the lymphatic system so fluid and waste products are removed faster. Repeat this massage three times.

Like a complete eye makeover massage that removes puffiness and wrinkles? Here's a complete tutorial for manual lymph drainage for your eyes:​

More great things you can do for a fresh face

I hope these remedies help you get a happy glowing face to meet the new day! And while you're at it, why not try out more natural, easy DIY tricks to get the skin you deserve? Try out my home remedies for wrinkles and my natural recipes for dry skin, and let me know what you think!

These easy solutions will beat the best eye cream to reduce that eye puffiness in no time ! Let me know which remedy worked out best for you, and comment below 🙂

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