Sleepless nights, a diet high in salt and alcohol consumption can cause water retention around the eyes. These bags under your eyes can look awful and unsightly, and most people want to remove them fast. Thankfully, using a few home remedies and drugstore purchases, you can temporarily reduce the appearance of puffy eyes within a few hours.

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Apply a cold towel to eyes. Immerse a clean cloth in cold water. Place the moistened compress over eyes for 3 to 5 minutes to reduce swelling. The low temperature of the cold water can make the skin contract.

Reduce under-eye bags with metal spoons. Place 2 spoons in the freezer. Chill the spoons for 15 to 30 minutes. Place the rounded side of the spoons over the eyes for a few minutes.

Tighten skin with caffeine. Place 2 black tea bags into lukewarm water. Drain the excess water. Lay the bags over your closed eyes for 5 minutes. Or, apply a caffeine-infused skin cream over your eyes to reduce the appearance of loose skin temporarily.

Apply potato circles to your eyes. Using a raw potato, cut slices 1 to 2 inches thick. Using a clean cloth, moisten your eyes with lukewarm water. While lying down, place the slices over the eyes for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Shrink your bags with benzocaine. Marie Claire reports that putting hemorrhoid cream on eye bags will shrink the puffy folds of the eye. “Benzocaine is the active ingredient that causes contracting of the blood vessels, which reduces puffiness.” Dot the hemorrhoid cream onto the under-eye area. Push gently with your index finger to distribute the trapped fluid contained in your puffy eyes.

Increase your water intake. Eye Doctor Guide recommends you drink more water to alleviate puffy eyes caused by dehydration.


  • These suggestions may reduce swelling under the eyes temporarily, within 1 to 2 hours of applying the products and remedies.