Natural Remedies For Puffy Eyes
Puffy eyes is not a life-threatening condition, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, and you may have to wear sunglasses in the middle of winter to hide the condition, earning some funny looks in the process. All sorts of things can cause puffy eyes – late nights, fluid retention, allergies and hormonal imbalances are just some of the culprits.
However, help is at hand, as there are some effective natural remedies for eliminating puffy eyes – you don’t need to spend a fortune on over the counter treatments that may or may not work.
Puffy eyes can result from general dehydration, or eating too many salty foods. Alcohol and caffeine act as natural diuretics, so attack your puffy eyes on two fronts. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and glowing, and cut down on salty foods, coffee and alcohol.
Applying something cold to puffy eyes soon reduces swelling and irritation. Soak cotton wool pads in water or milk, and place in the freezer for a while until the pads are ice cold. Now apply to closed eyes and relax. When the pads come up to room temperature, replace them, and carry on with the compresses until the puffiness goes down. This remedy also helps to make the whites of your eyes look bright and sparkling, particularly if you use milk.
Keep a couple of clean metal teaspoons in the fridge, and apply gently to the under eye area to reduce swelling and perk up tired looking eyes.
Firming face mask
Beat two egg whites until stiff, and add a couple of drops of witch hazel. Apply to the face, paying particular attention to the skin under the eyes. Allow to dry, then rinse off with cold water. This will firm the skin, making the eyes look less puffy.
Cucumber and potatoes
Grate some cucumber or potato, and pack the strips under the eyes. Relax while they go to work to reduce the swelling. Place thin slices of cucumber or potato over closed eyes to brighten eyes while the grated stuff takes care of the puffiness.
Don’t throw away those teabags when you make a drink – save them, allow them to cool and place over closed eyes to reduce puffiness. Chamomile and rose hip teabags work well, although anything will help if you have no other home remedies available. Leave on the eyes for at least five minutes for best results.
Sleep puffy eyes away
Be sure to get enough sleep to reduce the risk of puffy eyes in the morning. Use an extra pillow, to raise the head slightly and allow excess fluid to drain away from the eye area as you sleep. This remedy is also good if you suffer from heartburn or indigestion during the night.
The bonus with all of these natural remedies for puffy eyes is that they work quickly and they work well. In addition, you’re likely to have one or more of these products available in the home, so you’ll never be without a remedy for puffy eyes. If the condition persists despite your best efforts, seek medical advice. There may be an underlying condition that is responsible for your puffy eyes.