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Spa-at-Home: Recipes for Puffy Eyes and Dark Circle Remedies

Maddie is a freelance writer and is certified in massage, aromatherapy, and health education.

With stress, age, and insomnia, it's no wonder your eyes look like they do. Every third commercial on television seems to advertise a new miracle eye cream or expensive remedy. The fact is you can get the same (or better!) results at home with common household ingredients, without the bother of sorting through the subtleties of the mass of products on store shelves, or shelling out a wad from your wallet.

Try these simple, at-home recipes for spa-quality eye treatments. You'll be amazed at—and rejuvenated by—the results.

Cucumber slices can help tired eyes.

Cucumber slices can help tired eyes.

Green Tea Cucumber Slices

A variation on the traditional cucumber remedy, with twice the results.


  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 green tea bag


Brew green tea, steep, chill. Slice cucumber and add to green tea. Refrigerate until cool. Place soaked cucumber slices over eyes for 10 minutes.

Potatoes help relieve puffiness.

Potatoes help relieve puffiness.

Potato Puffiness Cure Cream

Moisturize and soothe your eyes with this simple recipe.


  • 1/2 raw potato
  • 1 tsp urea-free moisturizer


Peel potato, grate finely. Measure 2 teaspoonfuls into moisturizer, mix well. Apply liberally around eyes, cover with damp cotton pads or gauze. Let rest 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Increase your circulation by using sour cream and parsley pillows.

Increase your circulation by using sour cream and parsley pillows.

Sour Cream and Parsley Pillows

Reduces puffiness and increases circulation.


  • 2 tsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley
  • 2 squares cheesecloth


Chop parsley finely, and mix into sour cream. Place half of the mixture into the middle of each square of cheesecloth, fold into "pillows," put one on each eye for 10–15 minutes.

Take care of tired eyes nightly with this compress.

Take care of tired eyes nightly with this compress.

Easy Herbal Compress

A nightly treatment for ongoing eye care.


  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1/2 cup water


Boil water, steep sage leaves for 10 minutes. Strain, separate water into two bowls. Soak two gauze pads or cotton balls in each bowl, and put one bowl in the refrigerator, then alternate the application to the eyes: 10 minutes warm, 10 minutes cool.

Alternatively, try substituting chamomile or dill weeds for sage.

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Lutein, which can be found in avocados, is great for the eyes!

Lutein, which can be found in avocados, is great for the eyes!

Avocado-Almond Rinse

A rich masque for your eyes.


  • 5 drops almond oil
  • 3 slices ripe avocado


Blend almond oil into avocado, and smear around eyes. Then, rest for 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Other Tips

  • For immediate relief of irritated eyes, mix a teaspoon of salt with 3/4 cup filtered water and flush the entire area.
  • If you know that you tend to have problems with puffy or dark-circled eyes, take extra care to avoid the things that irritate them. Drink plenty of water. If you work a desk job, take breaks of at least 60 seconds from staring at the computer screen every 15 minutes during the day.
  • The best cure for puffy eyes is the simplest, yet somehow the hardest to achieve: Get more sleep.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments on July 26, 2018:

Today I’ll gather the things I need and tomorrow my regiment begins with many of your ideas.

Thank You,


Ps if you have an idea for wrinkles please send.

DREAM ON on February 01, 2018:

With a busy schedule and little sleep the eyes pay the price. Thank you for your great eye remedies. Have an incredible night.

Facepecation on June 03, 2013:

Great Tips!! check out below link for few more easy tips.

Jewel on February 15, 2012:

I love this on November 16, 2011:

Thanks for these great natural receipes. Natural is the ONLY way to go:)

Thelma Alberts from Germany on October 14, 2011:

Thanks for these recipes and I will surely try them all. Bookmark for later use. Have a lovely weekend.

kim on September 07, 2011:

Hey, I gat really dry skin under my eyebrows, do you know of any homemade eye moisturiser recipes that might help with this?


NON OF YOU BUISNESS on August 24, 2011:

i havvve none of the ingrediants better go shopping!!!

Cuidado on July 14, 2011:

Thank you for the tips, I tried yesterday the Potato Cure Cream and... it works !!


amber on February 13, 2011:

.. "A BIG SHOUT OUT" for the staff at .. ..

... YOU ROCK!!!!!!! ... thanks again ... :) amber

andreaa on December 30, 2010:

if you are using a cucumber recipe.. make sure you cut the slices super thin so they will fit into the contours of your eye!

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on December 21, 2010:

fantastic hub of love I am searching for chritmas gifts last minute on a budget. May God Bless you I found what I needed. I am so excited. easy to follow directions. My kind of craft. lol. I have joined your club. Hugs to you. Have a beautiful Christmas

skyye on April 23, 2010:

Loove it

toni on December 06, 2009:

yeah i don't know wat a cheesecloth is too and thanks for these recipes i think im going to give my mom a spa day for a christmas present.

Emma on November 26, 2009:


Thank you for the great tips, it might soung silly but what is a cheesecloth. Can someone help please. Thank you once more

Satya on October 21, 2009:

thanks for this beautiful tips.I use this tips and i get great result for it.Thank u thank u sooooooooooooooo much.

netbiz info on May 22, 2009:

Great tips thanks Can't wait to give a few of them a try.

splum from USA on April 21, 2009:

Good tips !Thank you !

Mia on April 14, 2009:

Gave this presentation to my class covering Stress management; Trust me these remedies really work. Thanks

EC Mendoza from Philippines on March 24, 2009:

nothing beats the cucumber slices for me. they're cool and refreshing.

Chris Brown on March 15, 2009:

It's ya boy Chris Breezy trust me it works

Lynne on February 26, 2009:

Your recipes sound great. Can't wait to try them!!

Candice Collins from WestCoast Florida on February 10, 2009:

thanks for the great tips!

pipps on February 03, 2009:

thanks so much! i had really puffy eyes but the green tea cucumber slices worked

natalia on December 17, 2008:

good and useful tips ----------thanks!

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on September 01, 2008:

These sound interesting! Thanks for another good hub.

baybeegurlieegurll on August 31, 2008:

ilove these! ima use em all for my upcoming bday party/sleepover!

azcarey on August 14, 2008:

Natural is best! I think I'll try the potatoes with the sour cream and parsley, then I'll eat them. Thank you for the info.

divyne lee on August 12, 2008:

O! thank u so much fOr posting these thinGs!

i hOpe tO use this with me and get great results!

God bless u and mOre Power!

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on June 18, 2008:

awesome hub!

xxxxx on March 23, 2008:

Wiked resipiys

healthyskincare on March 08, 2008:

Awesome remedy recipes - thanks!

erinlis from Portland, Oregon on February 11, 2008:

Going to try the sour cream and parsley pillow tonight! Thank you for the tips!

massagetherapy from Gold Coast, Australia on January 14, 2008:

Wow Maddie, yet another great hub from you.

I'll have to try out some of these home spa recipes and see for myself.

Need a little rejuvenation today!


catalina on November 16, 2007:

thanks for the tips and recipes! ive been needeing some fatigued eye remedies! THANKYOU

Rachel on November 04, 2007:

These are awesome recepies can,t wait to start using them. Thank you!

twinkle on October 28, 2007:

I like the tips.tanks and i will work for it

Stacie Naczelnik from Seattle on October 19, 2007:

Thanks for the tips! My aunt and I are giving my grandma a spa at home for her birthday, so these will come in handy.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 05, 2007:

These are all great recipes - Thanks!

mysecretrecipes on June 03, 2007:

Yay! Thanks for the tips and recipes ;)

lenkir on June 02, 2007:

Very interesting and well written- organized, straight forward and clear.

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