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20 powerful tips and home remedies to get rid of puffy eyes

Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

Feb 8, 2018

Puffy eyes can make it impossible for anyone to feel fresh and alert in the morning, but they can also put you in embarrassing situations. Your eyes can look droopy and swollen due to those irritating bags under them. This makes it harder than ever to make a great first impression, whether it’s an interview or a big date. Puffy eyes are often a signal of excessive stress and fatigue.

Since eyes are one of the most beautiful features of any individual, it is essential to give your puffy eyes a lift.

How to get rid of eye bags?

When it comes to treating puffy eyes, you first need to understand the causes of the problem. Often puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles are the outcomes of fluid retention, allergies, and stress.

In this article, we will provide you with a few simple and effective tips on how to get rid of eye bags. Try out these quick tricks and tips to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes:

1. Hydration is key:

The best way to reduce puffy eyes is by hydrating your body. You can apply different home remedies to your eyes, but you won’t get optimal relief if you don’t take care of your body, on the inside. Puffy eyes are a sign of water retention, and you have to drink a lot of water to alleviate it.

 

2. Refrigerated Tea Bags:

If you want to get rid of swollen eyes within no time, chilled tea bags are the perfect solution for you. Simply dampen two tea bags in chilled water and place them on puffy eyes for at least 30 minutes. Wash off your eyes with cold water. Chilled tea bags will dramatically reduce the puffiness around your eyes and you will feel more relaxed and fresh.

 

3. Cold Spoon Therapy:

Under-eye dark circles can be reduced with the help of two metal spoons. Simply leave the spoons in the fridge overnight and place them on your eyes the next day to reduce the puffiness.

 

4. Cucumber Pack:

Cucumber is an excellent and effective home remedy to treat puffy eyes. Cut a refrigerated cucumber and place 2 slices on your eyes for at least 30 minutes. This will refresh your eyes, your mind, and it will reduce under-eye circles.

 

5. Massage Eyelids Gently:

Massage your eyelids with Vaseline, gently. This will help with draining the fluid around your eyes. Apply ice cubes wrapped in a cotton cloth, or towel, to relax your eyes.

 

6. Potato Pack:

Cut a raw potato and rub 2 refrigerated slices on your eyes, for at least 20 minutes. This tip will work wonders on puffy eyes.

 

7. Chilled milk:

Chilled milk can work wonders on sensitive and heavily puffed eyes. This is one of the most popular puffy eyes home remedies, and all you have to do is take two clean cotton pads, dip it in cold milk, place the soaked cotton pads on your eyes for ten minutes, and do this every day. Preferably in the morning, to cool your eyes and get rid of any water retention or puffiness.

 

8. Vitamin E:

Another great swollen eyes home remedy is vitamin E because it is an excellent mineral source that reduces puffiness and has many anti-wrinkle properties. Firstly, you have to start by adding a few drops of pure vitamin E oil in a bowl of cold water; then mix it well and dip two clean cotton pads, place the soaked cotton under your eyes and leave it there for twenty minutes to reduce any swelling.

 

9. Egg whites:

Beat one egg white until it forms white stiff peaks, and apply it under your eyes. Once the egg white dries, you will feel your under-eye tighten and it will look less puffy as well. Leave it for twenty minutes and wash off with cold water.

 

10. Green tea:

Green tea bags eyes are great home remedies to reduce puffiness and sensitivity. You have to take two chilled, steeped, green tea bags and place them over each eye for 10 to 15 minutes. The herbal tea bags will help reduce any swelling or puffiness and bring the eyes back to their original size.

 

11. Using a cold compress:

A cold compress is safe and you can make it with stuff you have at home. Some Do It Yourself options include:
A chilled teaspoon
Cucumber slices
A washcloth soaked in cold water
Bag of frozen vegetables
You have to wrap the compress in a soft cloth to protect your skin. Apply it for a few minutes, every day, to see long-lasting results.

 

12. A neti pot:

A neti pot is a useful tool that can be used to clear your sinuses, get rid of dark circles, and reduce under-eye bags. You will have to fill the neti pot with a saline solution, place the spout up your nose, and irrigate the sinuses. This will help remove any mucus or other debris. Even though many people swear by the neti pot, especially if you are suffering from allergies, it’s best that you consult with a doctor before using it.
You have to follow these steps to gain optimum results from using a neti pot:
The saltwater solution should include half a teaspoon of salt and one cup of water. A warm saline solution is most comfortable.
Tilt your head over the sink and place the spout of the neti pot in the upper nostril.
Ensure that you breathe through your mouth throughout this process, and the solution will drain through the other nostril
You can repeat the process with your head tilted the other way
Repeating this process, every other day, will help reduce puffy eyes and sinus inflammation.

 

13. Taking an antihistamine:

One of the main reasons for swollen, puffy, and irritated eyes are allergies. These allergies can be caused due to dust, pollen, or pet dander. People who are prone to allergies experience redness, watery, and itchy eyes. If your puffy eyes get worse due to allergies, then you can consult your doctor about taking antihistamine medications.

 

14. Stay elevated while asleep:

Before you fall asleep, elevate your head with extra pillows. You can use two or more pillows, or use a special wedge pillow. Elevating your head prevents any accumulation of fluids in your lower eyelids that can create puffiness while you’re asleep. If elevating your head hurts your neck then you can consider elevating the top half of your bed, maybe by a few inches. Staying elevated while asleep is one of the popular puffy eyes home remedies.

 

15. Getting eight hours of sleep:

Getting at least eight hours of sleep is crucial to prevent puffy eyes or under-eye bags. Little sleep can enhance dark circles and make your complexion pale. Here are some tips you can try to get full eight hours of sleep:
Create a standard sleeping schedule, with a regular bed and wake up time. Follow this routine on the weekends, as well.
Avoid any caffeine or processed foods six to twelve hours before bedtime
Finish your meals at least two hours before bedtime
Avoid drinking alcohol before going to bed as it can be dehydrating
Reduce any screen time before falling asleep, turn off all your gadgets an hour before falling asleep

 

16. Cut back on the sodium:

A well-known swollen eyes home remedy is reducing your salt intake, excessive sodium consumption is one of the root causes of under-eye bags or swollen eyes. Salt plays a significant role in water retention which leads to a puffy appearance around your eyes. You must have 1500 mg of salt, daily. You can start by reading your food packages carefully, before purchasing them. Avoid processed food and have more home-cooked meals because you will be in control of the sodium levels. Incorporate fresh fruits and veggies into your daily meal plan.

 

17. Eating food rich in iron:

If you experience dark circles and puffy eyes, consistently, then it usually means you’re lacking iron. You can consult your doctor about taking iron supplements and incorporate the following iron-rich food in your daily diet:
Poultry, red meat, and pork
Seafood
Beans and peas
Leafy green vegetables
Apricots, raisins
Cereals
Whole grain bread and pasta

 

18. Quitting smoking:

This is an obvious lifestyle change, along with reducing alcohol, to reduce puffy eyes. Smoking can lead to under-eye bags, skin discoloration, and signs of premature aging. You can start by quitting gradually, instead of cold turkey, as the withdrawal symptoms may not be as intense.

 

19. Eating collagen-rich food:

Vitamin C foods help with collagen production and help strengthen the muscles and tissues that support the skin around your eyes. Some good sources of vitamin C that boost collagen include:
Red peppers
Kale
Oranges
Brussel sprouts
Broccoli

 

20. Protect yourself from the sun:

UVA and UVB light can cause under eye inflammation due to free radical damage and photoaging. To prevent this, it is advised that you wear a daily sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Also wear sunglasses whenever you’re going out in the sun to protect your eyes from the direct rays. This will lessen the free radical damage and improve the skin’s appearance over time.

 

Home remedies not helping?

While sometimes home remedies can remove or help reduce the appearance of dark circles, it helps if you consult an expert or physician to know the cause of your dark circles and seek treatment accordingly. Those suffering from dark circle problems due to old age can opt for chemical peels therapy or blepharoplasty that reduces the effect of puffiness under the eyes.
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