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Under Eye Cream for Puffiness and Bags?  Maybe There’s a Better Solution

Using an under-eye concealer can help cover even the darkest circles. But puffiness and bags are an entirely different matter. Even the most skillfully applied cosmetics cant camouflage swollen tissues, regardless of the cause. Instead of trying to cover the bags and sags beneath your eyes, maybe it’s time to consider how you might minimize their appearance. Could an under-eye cream be your best option?

Maybe. But not always. Many can make eye bags more pronounced. When cosmetics don’t conceal and your eye cream doesn’t seem to deliver results, maybe it’s time to rethink your strategy.  Once you understand some of the many potential causes of puffiness and bags beneath your eyes, it’s much easier to formulate a plan.

What Causes Under-Eye Puffiness and Bags?

The skin beneath your eyes is much thinner than the skin protecting the rest of your face. Under-eye tissues are also more absorbent and more susceptible to fluid accumulation. With fewer oil glands to help keep skin supple, but less collagen to support overall skin structure, it’s easy to understand why so many people are bothered by bags and pouches. The following list of potential causes could help you find an effective solution.

Sleep Issues

During sleep, your body releases hormones that stimulate collagen production and skin cell turnover. That’s why your complexion can look tired and worn when you don’t get enough rest. Not only can you wake with dark circles, you’re also more likely to notice fluid accumulation beneath your eyes. That puffiness is a sign that your body didn’t have enough restorative sleep to redistribute fluids accumulated by day or stressed tissues didn’t have sufficient time to tighten.1


When you’re allergic to anything in your environment, your immune system releases a surge of histamines to help remove the allergen. That’s why you’ll sneeze, tear up, or get congested when exposed. Histamines also make blood vessel walls more permeable, which explains why fluids can accumulate beneath your eyes from the tiny capillaries just below the surface of your skin. Whether puffiness is your only symptom or paired with itching, a runny nose, or scratchy throat, an over-the-counter antihistamine could help.2,3


There’s no single gene known to cause bags and pouches beneath the eyes, but there are strong genetic components at play. If one or both of your parents have pouches, your eye bags might be hereditary. However, genetic predisposition is no reason to assume you can’t minimize their appearance. You could still outsmart your genetic code. With a few simple lifestyle modifications, even stubborn hereditary eye bags could improve considerably.4

Advancing Age

Subtle changes in your skin as you age increase the likelihood of developing eye bags. As collagen production declines, the skin beneath your eyes has less support. Over time, the fatty deposits around your eyes slip into the spaces below. A gradually weakening of your eye muscles can allow accumulated fat to bulge and bubble. Fluid accumulation in the area can accentuate the overall effect. Reducing fluid retention can help minimize puffiness.5

Top Natural Remedies for Under Eye Bags

Although some of the many possible causes of eye bags are beyond your control, there are several natural remedies worthy of consideration. Some help temporarily de-puff inflamed tissues; others could help keep bag-inducing fluids from accumulating beneath your eyes. When you’re tired of looking tired, any number of the following recommendations could make a considerable difference in your appearance.

Relaxing with Tea Bags

Tea contains flavonoids and tannins, two potent anti-inflammatory agents. Plus, the caffeine content helps constrict the blood vessels, an effect that can help reduce the amount of fluid trapped in inflamed tissues. You can take advantage of these natural plant properties by chilling a pair of green or black tea bags in your refrigerator. After relaxing with the cold tea bags over your eyes for 5-10 minutes, you could see a noticeable reduction in puffiness.6,7

Cutting Back on Salt

If you eat enough frozen, canned, or processed food, your diet could be much higher in sodium than you might expect.  Since sodium causes fluid retention, cutting back could help reduce undereye puffiness. Replacing some of the processed foods in your diet with leafy greens, vegetables, and fruit is a great place to start. You can also counterbalance the impact of sodium by including plenty of potassium-rich foods like spinach, coconut water, bananas, and apricots in your diet.6,8

Drinking More Water

Surprisingly, not drinking enough water is one of the leading causes of fluid retention. Without enough fluids in your system, your body will fight to conserves what it has. That’s why inadequate hydration can make your skin look puffy or bloated. Sipping the equivalent of half your body weight in fluids throughout the day will help ensure your body has what it needs to keep all essential systems working as they should. Helping your body function optimally could do wonders for puff-prone eyes.9

Elevating Your Head

If you sleep on your stomach or side, early morning puffiness could be far more pronounced than it might be after sleeping on your back.  But sleeping flat on your back can have a similar impact. Instead, consider sleeping with your head above your heart by adding another pillow or raising the head of your bed just a few inches from the floor. When you sleep at a slight incline, you’ll have gravity working on your side to help prevent fluid retention.10

Will Using a Moisturizer Help With the Bags Beneath My Eyes?

Far too often, the very creams and serums you’ve been using to help keep your dry skin smooth and hydrated can make undereye puffiness worse.11 Many are made with chemicals and compounds that can irritate delicate tissues. If you’ve been using your regular serums and moisturizers beneath your eyes, your pouches and bags could be a sign that you need a new plan.

Products made for facial skin tend to have higher concentrations of active ingredients, levels that are just too much for sensitive tissues. Many are also made with potentially irritating fragrances and questionable preservatives. Although the skin beneath your eyes also needs the benefits of a moisturizer, the products made for the rest of your face can cause what looks like age-related pouches.

But even moisturizers made specifically for your eyes can cause issues, especially products made with heavy emollients, retinol, or hydroxy acids. Many of those products are not intended to be used on the soft tissues below your lash line. Some are, but might not be compatible with your skin. Instead, consider using a lightweight eye serum to revive and protect your delicate under-eye area.

BOTA™ Age-Defying Eye Serum is made with natural ingredients that are safe to use on the absorbent tissues beneath your eyes. Our gentle plant-powered formula is made with full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD, an active plant element shown to interact with receptors on nearly every type of skin cell, including the skin receptors regulating moisture balance, collagen production, and inflammation. You’ll also find a wide range of botanicals selected to address skin concerns specific to the undereye area, including ginger root, echinacea, and hibiscus.12

Are You Ready to Experience the Power of Plants?

Some of the most common causes of under-eye bags are manageable. But if dietary changes, re-evaluating your hydration habits, or getting more sleep aren’t delivering the impact you were hoping for, consider investing in a lightweight eye serum infused with the many potential skin benefits of natural plant-sourced ingredients and our full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD.

To learn more about the power of plants, visit BOTA® to browse our Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care. All BOTA™ CBD skincare products are cruelty-free, third-party tested, and made with gentle yet effective ingredients that are kind to your skin.


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  2. WebMD. N Ambardekar. (2020 June 28) What Are Histamines?
  3. Healthfully. H McGurgan. (2017 July 18) Allergic Reaction: It Looks Like I Have a Black Eye.
  4. DrKotlus. (2021) Hereditary Eye Bags – The Science and Theory of Outsmarting Eyelid Genes.
  5. John Hopkins. S Desai. (2021) How to Get Rid of Bags Under Your Eyes.
  6. Healthline. A Marcin. (2017 August 17) 17 Ways to Get Rid of Bags Under Your Eyes.
  7. Derm Collective. M Heacock. (2019 August 12) Tea Bags for Puffy Eyes: Benefits, Efficacy, Best Types of Tea.
  8. FitDay. (2021) Potassium: Why It’s Essential for Your Body.
  9. Apec Water. (2021) Bloating, Water Retention & Histamine.
  10. New Health Advisor. (2021) Puffy Eyes In the Morning.
  11. Good Housekeeping. F Rice. (2021 February 15) The Big Skincare Mistake That Could Be Making Your Eyes Puffy and Giving You Under-Eye Bags.
  12. Molecules. (2019 March) Cannabinoid Signaling in the Skin: Therapeutic Potential of the “C(ut)annabinoid” System.


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