Saturday 24 March 2018

Bag lady: five tricks to combat dark under-eye circles

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

No matter how many times supermodels tell us that the secret to their luminous skin is sleep and water, we still think they’re hiding something.

Because the skin under the eyes is so delicate and eight hours snooze time is a luxury for many of us, the area is a dead giveaway for those late nights, early mornings, and an indicator of our overall health.

There are a myriad of causes for those pesky under-eye bags including high salt retention, allergies, or a poor diet.

Expensive creams and cosmetics aside, there are many topical ways to help reduce their appearance.

Here are five ways to banish the bags, and wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed

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Close-up of a woman with teabags on eyes

Chamomile tea

This herbal tea contains antioxidants which decrease redness and irritation.

Women have been using dried tea bags as an eye compress for generations, but for double whammy, brew the chamomile tea and then freeze it into ice cubes- in the morning simply place under the eye and hold until the dark circles decrease.

Cold spoons

Leave two metal spoons in the freezer for about 15 minutes, and place them over each eye.

Keep the spoons on the area until they are warm again.

Potato slices

Place a raw potato in the fridge for a few hours and then slice into two. Hold the halves under your eyes and leave there for about 15 minutes. Alternatively you can peel and grate the potato and extract the potato juice and apply this around your eyes with cotton wool.

Potato contains bleaching agents which help to reduce the dark colouring.

Rose water

To rejuvenate the eye area, soak a cotton wool pad in rose water (which can be bought inexpensively in health stores or pharmacies) and apply underneath the eyes.

Wash the residue off after 15 minutes.


As the lactic acid in milk helps reduce puffiness and darkness, soak cotton wool pads in the chilled liquid and place on the eyelids for up to 20 minutes.

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