Using cucumber under eyes is often then most popular answer to questions like "How to get rid of bags under eyes?" or "How to get rid of dark circles?", but there seems to be no medical evidence backing up this natural remedy. How exactly does the cucumber help with the thin skin under the eyes?
Bags under eyes are as common and unwanted as dark circles and even harder to fix with makeup. Using cucumber under eyes is a traditional solution for puffy eyes and for dark circles, but it may have a smaller effect than expected.
Cucumber is said to have the best effect on the eyes when the slices are fresh and cold. Keeping them on your eyes for 15 minutes won't cause any harm and they can hydrate the skin. Praised for their effectiveness against puffy eyes, cucumbers and their use aren't backed by any scientific studies.
If cucumber under eyes work for you, whether as a way to combat puffiness or as a remedy for dark circles under eyes, keep using them. Same goes for cold tea bags, another natural remedy based on little to no medical evidence. When these simple solutions stop doing the trick, you can always go for a more efficient solution.
How to Get Rid of Bags Under Eyes
Since cucumbers under eyes work better when they're cold, because they reduce any inflammation in the blood vessels, you can use any cold surface to fight puffy eyes.
Bags under eyes can also go away when you treat hay fever or fight allergies, cold and sinus congestion by using a neti pot. Sleeping on your back is a more efficient solution than the classic cucumber under eyes, since it prevents the accumulation of fluids under the eyes.
For faster and more potent solutions, try products specially designed to fight bags under eyes, like the Philosophy Eyes Wide Open Eye Gel or L'Occitane en Provence Divine Immortelle Divine Eyes.
How to Get Rid of Dark Circles
Since they're often hereditary, dark circles under the eyes can be very hard to get rid of. Makeup is the best bet, along with creams and serums like the Dr. Brandt Dark Circles Away Collagen Eye Serum, Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream or the Lancôme Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Anti-Spot Anti-Dark Circles Eye Serum.
If they're caused by pigmentation, dark circles can respond to treatments based on kojic acid (Exuviance Intense Lightening Complex) and hydroquinone.