How to Use Tea Bags for the Eyes

Dr. Puneet Madan    20-03-2018 Consult

Using tea bags on your eyes is a popular home remedy. Tea bags may help to improve the appearance of your eyes by reducing dark circles, puffiness, and redness. They may also help to treat irritation, styes, and pink eye.

How to use
Steep two bags of tea as you would normally if you were going to drink the tea. Then squeeze out the excess liquid from the bags. Allow them to cool down so they're warm, or chill them in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes. Apply the tea bags to closed eyes for 15 to 30 minutes.

You may use your fingertips to apply gentle pressure to your eyes or gently massage the area around your eyes. If you're using chilled bags, try covering them with slices of cool cucumber for added relief. 

What types of tea can I use?
It's best to use organic tea when possible to avoid any chemicals. Black, white, and green tea contain caffeine and antioxidants that may help to treat eye concerns. Herbal teas are calming and soothing. They may help to reduce inflammation, puffiness, and irritation.

#Inflammation, or puffy, swollen eyes
The caffeine in black and green teas has a positive effect on puffy, swollen eyes and can help to keep skin taut. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels within this sensitive tissue. This aids in reducing puffiness and inflammation.

Black and green teas also contain antioxidants called flavonoids and tannins that have an anti-inflammatory effect. The tannins can help to tighten the skin and draw out fluid to further alleviate any puffiness.

#Dark circles
Apply cold black or green tea bags to your eyes to reduce the appearance of dark circles. The caffeine may help to narrow the blood vessels around your eye and constrict blood flow.

Black tea is useful in treating styes due to its high tannin content. Its antibacterial and analgesic properties help to reduce swelling and irritation.

#Dry eyes
Use warm black, eyebright, or lavender tea bags on your eyes to help retain moisture and alleviate dryness. The soothing properties of these teas can relieve any irritation or sensitivities you may be experiencing.

Risks and precautions

-Wash your hands and face thoroughly before treatment.
-Remove makeup before treatment.
-Never use hot tea bags.
-Discontinue use if you experience any pain or irritation.
-Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes.