Most of the time, the hollow look under the eyes and sagging or droopy eyelids are genetic tendencies. As we age, the skin loses elasticity as well as most of the fat pad around the eyes. Gravity and time both pull the eyelids downwards. Other factors like diet, lifestyle and sun damage also play an important role in sagging eyelids. Let us take a look at some remedies to tighten eyelids and fix droopy eyelids instantly without surgery or Botox filler injections. Note that some of these remedies are preventive in nature.
1. Avoid weight changes
Drastic weight loss or weight gain can affect the skin around the eyes. Constant expansion and contraction around the eyes cause the skin to stretch leading to crows ‘feet and wrinkles. If you have already lost a ton of weight and have a lot of loose skin, surgery might be the only option. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to restore the eyelids and make eyes look younger and brighter. You can also consider fillers to add some fat in the hollow areas.
2. Avoid tobacco and alcohol
The best remedy for sagging eyelids is prevention. Excess intake of nicotine can wreak havoc on the skin making it dry and prematurely aged. Nicotine also exacerbates the depletion of collagen and elastin layers. So quit smoking today. Also avoid excess alcohol as it has a dehydrating effect on the skin. Excess alcohol also causes puffy, baggy eyes and, in some cases, bloodshot eyes.
3. Follow sun safety
Always cover up your eyes when out in the sun. Squinting the eyes to prevent sun rays from entering is the number one cause of wrinkles. To prevent droopy eyelids from worsening, wear sunglasses with UV protection. Cover yourself with a scarf or wide brimmed hat. Always wear a sunscreen with SPF 30++ and above. Avoid going out in summers during peak hours between 10 am to 4pm.
4. Get allergies under control
When you have allergies, you tend to rub your eyes and excess rubbing can cause droopy eyelids. So avoid rubbing the eyes. Instead, wash them with cool water or use cooling eye drops when you experience eye strain. Treat sinusitis and other allergies like hay fever with medicine or natural remedies discussed here.
5. Use eye makeup with caution
Excess use of eye makeup like mascara, eye shadow, eye liner etc can also affect the skin around the eyes causing it to droop. Stay away from these products as far as possible. When using them, do not stretch the skin. Use gentle, organic products. Avoid waterproof varieties which are difficult to remove. Remember: the skin on the eyelids is really thin and pulling or stretching it can cause sagging and drooping. Never sleep with makeup on. Use baby oil or gentle makeup remover to clean the skin before bed.
6. Get plenty of sleep
Late nights can lead to excess eye strain which can cause droopy eyelids. So try to get 8 hours of sleep every day in order to avoid puffy, bloodshot eyes with dark circles.
7. Use skin firming creams
There are many skin firming creams available in the market. Go for ones with Retinol A, GABA and/or DMAE listed on them. Products with caffeine, shea butter and Vitamin A can also help you fix droopy eyelids instantly.
Check out our article on homemade eye creams.
This is a great remedy to temporarily get rid of hooded eyelids naturally. Apply chilled mayonnaise around the eyes and eyelids and wait for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water. The egg protein in mayo tightens and firms up the skin. It also makes the skin softer and smoother.
9. DIY homemade sagging eyelids cream
Here is a great homemade sagging eyelids cream with yogurt and sweet potato.
- 4-5 tbsp of plain yogurt
- 1 sweet potato peeled, boiled and mashed
Mix the sweet potato with yogurt and make a smooth paste. Apply it around the wrinkles and wait for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it. The lactic acid in plain yogurt stimulates collagen and elastin while giving you a skin peel. Sweet potato contains vitamin A along with other antioxidants. These combine to give you an instant lift from sagging, droopy eyelids.
10. DIY non surgical treatment for hooded eyelids
Here is another great and easy kitchen remedy to tighten eyelid skin without surgery:
Brew a green tea bag (steep it in hot water for 5 minutes). Put the green tea liquid decoction in the refrigerator for 6 hours. Remove the chilled tea and drop a few slices of white potato. Again place the green tea infused potato slices in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Now place the chilled potato slices on the eyes for 10 minutes to get an instant lift for droopy hooded eyelids. The catechins and antioxidants in green tea reduce inflammation. Potatoes prevent dark circles and puffy eyes. They also pull out toxins and reduce eye stress. Keep remaining slices of potatoes soaking in green tea and use them daily on tired eyes. Discard leftover slices after a few days.
11. Food therapy
A great preventive remedy to alleviate sagging eyelids is to eat a balanced diet. Avoid sugar, processed food. Limit intake of carbs. Eat a variety of fruits and veggies which are rich in antioxidants such as berries, prunes, peaches, melons, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, carrots etc. Also eat fish oil capsules or fatty fish like salmon to maintain skin hydration and elasticity.
12. Do facial yoga and sagging eyelids exercise
Sagging eyelids exercise increases blood flow to the epicranius muscles that help raise the eyebrows. Practice eye opener exercises like blinking and squeezing the eyelids shut a few times. Face tapping can also help. Here are some great eyelid exercises.
13. Get glycolic acid peels once a month
These boost collagen production and remove dead skin and wrinkles.
14. Essential oils and aloe vera
Massage essential oils like carrot oil and aloe vera around the eyelids at night time to boost circulation and prevent droopy, sagging eyelids.
Try these 14 natural ways to prevent and reduce sagging eyelids.