We all get puffy eyes now and then. Here are eight tried and true ways of reducing puffiness around your eyes.
1. Cucumber slices
One of the most popular and effective home remedies for treating eye puffiness, cucumber slices are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants. These reduce swelling, redness, and irritation. What’s more, cucumber slices have a cooling effect. They constrict dilated blood vessels. This reduces the appearance of puffiness around the eyes. Place two chilled cucumber slices over your eyes for 30 minutes. Also, drink water with cucumber slices. Doing so helps to hydrate your skin and flush out sodium.
2. Tea bags
Both black tea and green tea bags soothe puffy eyes. They contain a natural astringent called tannin, which constricts blood vessels in the skin around your eyes. This reduces swelling. Drop two bags of a tea of your choice in a mug of boiling water. Let them steep and then remove them. After the tea bags have cooled to room temperature, place one on each eye for 30 minutes. Rinse any remaining tea off your face.
3. Cold water
This is one of the easiest ways to reduce puffiness around your eyes. Cold water acts as a vasoconstrictor, reducing blood flow to the skin under your eyes. This
4. Raw potato
Don’t have cucumber slices available? Raw potato slices will do. Raw potato acts as an astringent, removing excess water from under the eyes to reduce puffiness. Simply place a raw, washed potato slice over each eye for 15 minutes.
5. Chilled spoons
This may sound like an unconventional method of reducing eye puffiness — but it works! All you have to do is stick two spoons in your fridge overnight and place them over your eyes in the morning. Chilled spoons help to constrict blood vessels in the skin under the eyes. And this reduces puffiness.
6. Egg white
Egg whites reduce inflammation and stimulate circulation in the skin under your eyes. To get rid of puffiness, apply a beaten egg white with a brush under your eyes, and let it dry for 15 minutes. Then gently rinse off with cold water. Doing so will further reduce any puffiness.
7. Whole milk
Cold whole milk will reduce eye puffiness. It is rich in amino acids, proteins, vitamins A and D, and lactic acid — all of which help reduce puffiness under the eyes. Simply place a clean washcloth in cold whole milk, and then apply it to your closed eyes for 15 minutes. When you’re finished, wash with cold water.
Eating salt can cause puffy eyes. But it can also reduce eye puffiness. Mix half a teaspoon of salt in one quart of warm water. Then dip cotton balls or facial pads in the solution. Lie down and apply them to your eyelids for 10 minutes.
Prevent puffiness before it starts
In addition to trying out these home remedies to reduce puffy eyes, you should:
• Apply a cold compress to your eyes
Do this for a few minutes as you apply mild pressure.
• Get seven to eight hours of sleep per night
Adequate rest is absolutely essential for looking fresh and
• Sleep with your head slightly raised
This helps to prevent fluid from accumulating around your eyes as you sleep.
• Treat allergies
A tried and true way of managing hay fever and other summer sniffles is with over-the-counter allergy medications.
Your eyes can get puffy for many reasons — genetics, allergies, stress, fatigue, weather changes, salty foods. And they owe to fluid retention. If your eyes should become puffy, some easy home remedies will help shrink them.
And you can always use an eye serum. An effective one will keep you looking fresh and rested.