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How to Use Green Tea Bags for Eyes

How to Use Green Tea Bags for Eyes

Green tea pads are an inexpensive home remedy for dark circles and under-eye bags treatment that are easy to use. They are available in just about any household. Although they are not as powerful as cosmetic treatments are, they can still work their magic on your swollen eyes with their anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce pain. Read on to find out how to use them and what conditions they help to relieve.

How to Use Tea Bags

Here is how to make a tea bag compress for your eyes.

  1. First, put organic tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes and let them cool. Proceed to squeeze any excess liquid out.
  2. Apply them warm or cold to the eyes (do not place hot tea bags on the eyes); before you try a cold compress, leave the tea bags in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Next, let the tea bags sit on the eyes for 15-30 minutes. You can apply gentle pressure on them (or gently massage them).

If you develop irritation after you use tea bags, remove them right away.

Even though putting tea bags on the eyes is harmless, everybody is different. Some people have overly sensitive eyes and should be more cautious with cold or warm compress application over closed eyes.

Skin Health Benefits of Green Tea

woman using green tea bags for under eye bags

No studies have evaluated the effects of green tea specifically, but there is some research to suggest that certain ingredients in the tea can benefit the skin under the eyes.

For instance, a study on using caffeine and vitamin K on an eye counter pad (and an emulsified emu oil base) for four weeks straight demonstrated a reduction in the aspect of dark circles and the depth of wrinkles.

Since green teas contain caffeine, it's worth noting these effects could be ascribed to the herb as well.

Moreover, researchers came up with a clinical efficacy comparison of anti-wrinkle cosmetics with herbal flavonoids (abundant in green tea) and concluded that 28-day application of a mixture of teas increases smoothness and moisture in the skin.

Further to this, wrinkle reduction was noted.

Effects of Cold Tea Bag Compress

Using tea bags from black or green tea brings plenty of benefits when it's cold. Its clinical efficacy has been suggested.

First of all, they can shrink your eye bags and make you look more refreshed and alert. They won't work on hereditary eye bags, but they will definitely help if you didn't get a good night's sleep and it's now showing on your face.

The same goes for dark circles. Green tea (or black tea) is capable of shrinking dilated blood vessels below your eyes responsible for those infraorbital dark circles. As the blood flow is constricted, the appearance of dark circles will diminish, giving you a much better look.

Additionally, bags of green tea might offer relief from minor eye injuries such as a hit by a hard object. Keeping a compress on for 15 minutes will reduce the discomfort and bruising.

Not to mention, if you have sore or red eyes, you should try and banish the condition with green tea compresses.

Last but not least, a cold tea bag could relieve eye infections and conjunctivitis, or pink eye. This refers to eye infections or inflammation of the transparent membrane around the inner part of your eyelid (conjunctiva).

That said, if you suspect you have pink eyes, do talk to a doctor first before you turn to homemade remedies for eye bags.

Benefits of Warm Tea Bag Application

The beautiful effects of green tea are not restricted to cold compresses. You should try warm compresses as well if you happen to have one of the following problems.

First, warm tea bags might help you drain a stye. A stye, or a chalazion, is a red, painful lump filled with pus that forms somewhere on your eyelid skin, giving you a hard time. By applying heat to it for several minutes three times a day, you may be able to speed up the healing process.

A warm compress is also great for minimising blepharitis. This is an inflammation of the eyelids that usually occurs as a result of problems with oil glands, scalp dandruff, or bacteria. Make sure to hold the warm tea bag over your eyes for a few minutes, so it has time to do its thing.

Now, if you suffer from dry eyes because you work on a computer, you should stick with bags with green tea or black tea to facilitate tear release.

Are There Any Precautions?

Even though it's just tea bags, you should always be careful when applying stuff to your eyes. Make it a point to clean your hands before you touch that vulnerable area of your face. Go ahead and take out your contact lenses if you wear ones. Do take off your makeup before the treatment.

When it comes to using tea bags, choose unbleached tea bags and avoid tea bags that come with staples - you don't want to hurt your eyes in the process. If you start to experience irritation or pain while the bags are on your eyes, remove them immediately.

And finally, if you are going to use a warm compress, ensure the tea bags are indeed warm, not hot. Of course, you can also go with a cold compress if you want.

Should you be faced with dark eye circles and puffiness, avoid applying warm pads to your under-eye area. It's cold that makes your blood vessels shrink, so keep that in mind.

What Other Types of Tea Can I Use?

Apart from black or green tea, here are some popular herbal teas that can provide some benefits to human corneal cells:

  • Fennel - it slows down cataract progression
  • Calendula - it may help with conjunctivitis or pink eye
  • Lavender essential oil - helps to retain moisture in the eyes, which prevents dry eyes
  • Rooibos tea - it helps against swelling and irritation
  • Fenugreek - it generally improves eye health
  • Comfrey - it has anti-inflammatory effects
  • White tea - it contains provitamin A and may therefore prevent dry eyes and night blindness
  • Chamomile tea - chamomile tea is a great herbal medicine that can relieve conjunctivitis, blocked tear ducts, infections
  • Eyebright tea - it may have a positive impact on inflamed eyes; keep in mind that it may not be a good idea to use eyebright tea on the eyes, so consult a specialist before you do so
  • Black tea - it acts on eye bags


Can I put black and green teas on my eyes?

Yes. Applying tea bags from green tea to your eyes has some benefits. Not only does green tea make your eyes relax, but it offers anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Meaning, that it can reduce inflammation, as well as the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.

How do you use green tea bags for eye bags?

Brew two tea bags as you normally would if you were to drink tea. Let them cool. Remove excess water from the pads and apply them to your eyes. You may leave them in the fridge for 10 minutes, so they are cold enough but not too cold to burn your skin. Leave them over your eyes for 15-30 minutes.

How often can you put tea bags on your eyes?

You are free to put tea bags on your eyes every day. There is no limit to that. The best tea bags to employ are black and green tea, although a comparative in vitro study has shown that green tea is more active than black tea and is able to reduce inflammation more readily. What is more, feel free to opt for chamomile tea, rooibos teas, lavender, and other types of tea plant.

Do tea bags from green tea get rid of dark circles?

Green tea has caffeine which is known to constrict blood vessels. So yes, using tea bags might be good at reducing dark circles.

Do you use hot or cold tea bags on your eyes?

It's recommended that you avail of cold compresses if you want to fight puffy eyes and dark circles.

Are cucumbers or tea bags better for the eyes?

Both cucumber and tea bags have their health benefits. Cucumbers offer high water content, which works to hydrate the skin. They also possess anti-inflammatory effects. On the other hand, green tea is packed with herbal flavonoids, tea polyphenols, antioxidants, tannins, and caffeine that can treat eye concerns and improve skin elasticity.

What tea bags help with puffy eyes and dark circles?

It is believed that green tea is a little better than black tea due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It will treat swelling and reduce inflammation that accompanies irritated eyes. For better results, you should apply a cold tea bag compress to the under-eye area.

How long should I keep tea bags on my eyes?

Leave the tea bags for up to 15-30 minutes. There is no evidence that longer applications could be harmful, but there is no data pointing to the potential benefits either.

Bottom Line

Green tea bags are a great treatment for eye relief caused by fatigue, eye strain, and infections. They lower the aspect of dark eye circles and eye bags.

More research is needed to support the idea that this tea can be beneficial for eye health.

When using tea bags, always do so with caution. Being a sensitive area, the eyes will respond differently to such treatment.

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