How to Get Rid of Bags Under the Eyes: A Guide for Men
How to Get Rid of Bags Under the Eyes: A Guide for Men

How to Get Rid of Bags Under the Eyes: A Guide for Men

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Having bags under the eyes is a beauty woe that affects men as much as women – and women have the advantage of reaching for the makeup bag to rectify. Plus, men need to approach them somewhat differently due to the texture of men’s skin.

“Once they’re past puberty, the testosterone levels in men’s skin causes their epidermis to become about 25% thicker than women’s skin,” explains Charlotte McHale, Clarins Training Manager. “So, even though the eye area is the thinnest part of the face, the skin around a man’s eye is still slightly thicker. And as a result, the ingredients need to be slightly different.”

What causes bags under the eyes in men?

Several factors could be responsible for darkness under your eyes. They include:


Most times, under-eye circles are not caused by external factors. If you’ve had them since you were a child or noticed that various members of your family possess the trait, your under-eye bags could be genetic.

In that case, preventative measures will not fully solve your issue. “It would be a case of masking it rather than changing it,” states McHale. Of course, you would still benefit from keeping your eyes protected from further damage, but also — concealer could be your new best friend. More on that later.


The natural ageing process is one of the main factors that exacerbate under-eye bags. According to Healthline, “when you age, you tend to lose fat and collagen, and your skin often thins. This can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more prominent.”

Poor sleep, diet and other factors

Although genetics and ageing tend to be the main factors that lead to under-eye bags, there are a few other causes to note.

“A lot of people get kind of temporary darkness or puffiness because lack of sleep or a poor diet can cause slow microcirculation. That is, the circulation of blood and nutrients within the skin,” McHale explains.

“If you sleep on one side, one eye could be a bit puffier because it’s not draining efficiently. If you’re not sleeping properly, you get similar effects. If external factors are the cause, you need to look for products that improve microcirculation when they’re applied topically.”

Additionally, allergies and hay fever could also cause puffiness under the eyes. Finally, rubbing the eyes could damage the blood vessels in the area, making them appear darker.

Are under-eye bags permanent?

Depending on what’s causing darkness or puffiness under your eyes, you can determine whether it’s possible to get rid of them. If they’re genetic, likely, you’re not going to be able to eliminate them using natural methods and topical remedies. However, if external factors cause them, the following tips will be eye-opening:

How to get rid of bags under your eyes naturally

Keep your salt intake in check

Reducing your salt will help to reduce water retention, which is sometimes responsible for puffiness under the eyes.

According to experts, salt encourages fluid retention in the body and can result in fluid buildup under the eyes. The NHS advises adults should eat no more than six grams of salt a day (2.4g sodium) – that’s around one teaspoon.

Beware because even foods that do not taste salty can be high in sodium. It is vital to check the nutritional label before adding them to the cart.

Choose the right products and ingredients

There are certain ingredients to look for in your skincare products that can help improve the appearance of under-eye bags. A well-known one is caffeine. But consuming it doesn’t help. If anything, it’s dehydrating, which will make the problem worse. However, as McHale points out, “when caffeine is applied topically, it has a good stimulating effect on the circulatory system.”

Try the Energizing Eye Gel that combines the powers of caffeine with ginseng extract and horse chestnut — all in a moisturising, non-sticky formula. Use it during the daytime because the circulation is slowest, and you will find darkness and puffiness is worse.

Eye gel for men

For nighttime, try the Line-Control Eye Balm that targets fine lines and helps revitalise the skin with plant extracts like paracress and maritime pine.

Apply sunscreen

UV rays could worsen the pigmentation under your eyes. So when you’re applying your SPF, make sure to sweep it under the eye area as well to prevent further damage.

Drink more water

When you wake up in the morning, your body is likely dehydrated. Dehydration exacerbates darkness under the eye. It can intensify them because the skin has no water to reflect that light. So a big drink of water is an excellent way to get things moving.

Apply something cold to your eyes

“Things that are cold help restrict the blood vessels and reduce puffiness,” explains McHale. “So a cold teaspoon or even just a cold cloth on the eyes in the morning can help. It also feels nice if you put your eye products in the fridge before using them.”

How to cover up bags under eyes for guys

Whether your under-eye circles are the result of genetics or general tiredness, a good concealer is sure to (temporarily) banish them within seconds. There are just a few rules to abide by to get it right.

man with under-eye concealer

Choose the right shade

“The biggest mistake that I see with concealer is choosing one that’s too light, which can give a real ashy effect under the eye and make you look worse,” says McHale.

Instead, choose one that matches the skin’s tone around the eye — typically the area between the nose and the eye socket. Matching it to this shade will help the under-eye area blend in with the rest of your face instead of making it stand out.

Beauty Daily recommends: If you find that concealers always look ashy and grey under your eyes, try correcting the purple tones using a peachy colour corrector first before applying concealer.

How to apply

When it comes to concealer, too little is better than too much. “Some men may wish to do it quite discreetly if they’re not familiar with wearing makeup. And one surefire way to make it obvious is to use too much over too wide an area,” McHale explains. “What you don’t want to do is put concealer in a big triangle under the eye.”

Instead, work in thin layers. Use a small amount of concealer, apply just where it needs to be and blend well. Add more only if required. The most accessible tool for blending? Your fingertip. Pat the product in till it’s blended — the warmth of your finger will help smooth the concealer over your skin quickly.

Make sure you put your eye cream on first. You want the skin to be nice and hydrated before applying a high coverage makeup product.

Are you looking to craft a skincare routine that addresses your specific concerns? Read our piece on Skincare for Men: A Routine for Every Age.

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