Thursday, August 2, 2012

Relieve Puffy Eyes

Puffiness of the eyes is attributed to trapped fluid underneath the eye. We can get puffy eyes due to lack of sleep, water retention, crying etc. I will be talking about a few natural ways to reduce naturally occurring puffy eyes for those without any eye conditions that cause the eyes to become puffy. Below are a few natural ways to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes.

Black, Green or Chamomile Tea are all good options for reducing puffiness underneath the eyes. Herbal teas (Chamomile)  are best for soothing redness and irritation because they contain anti-irritants. While caffeinated teas (Black and Green) reduce swelling and constrict blood vessels. Simply steep the tea bags and either use them hot or put them in the refrigerator to get cold. While reclining or laying down keep them on the eyes for 5-10 minutes. 

I'm sure everyone has heard at some point or another to put cucumbers on tired eyes. Rich in water, vitamin E and some natural fats, this vegetable has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Simply cut medium-thick slices and place them on eyes for a few minutes (5-10). You will immediately feel how cooling it is.

Potatoes have anti-irritating, de-congesting and soothing properties.They also are good for eliminating dark circles. Vitamin C, starch and various enzymes are good for re hydrating the skin.They are neutral at holding heat or cold so they are good to use as compresses. You can grate into a pulp and place in a clean cloth over eyes (or skip the cloth and place as is). The alkaline properties in the potato juice have antiseptic properties as well (good for getting rid of bacteria). Another way to use it would be to cut thin slices of potatoes and place it on your eyes for around 15 minutes.

Egg whites naturally have astringent properties which will help to tighten pores and reduce any puffiness around or under the eyes. Simple take about 1/2 teaspoon (or as more if needed) of egg whites and using a brush or a cloth apply it underneath the eye. You can also add a few drops of witch hazel (which helps to sooth and shrink) to the egg whites and mixing them together place them under the eyes. Leave on eyes for about 15 minutes or until it has dried stiffly, then thoroughly wash it off. 

Cold water, something so simple yet effective. If you don't have the time use any of the things I've listed so far, water might be for you. Simply splash cold water a few times on your face (especially your eyes) and besides perking you up it will help reduce any puffiness around the eyes. The cold water will constrict the blood vessels found under the eye and reduce swelling.

Another quick way to relieve tired, puffy eyes is using some cold spoons. Pop two or more spoons into your freezer for about a minute or two and then place face down over eyes. Similar to the cold water it will restrict the vessels around your eye and reduce any puffiness. Once the spoons get warm simply pop them back into the freezer to get cold and reapply.

These were only a few of several ways that you can reduce Puffy eyes naturally. An important tip to remember would be to make sure you are hydrated enough and reduce the amount of sodium you consume. Sodium (salt) makes you retain water which will leave you bloated, so if you do consume a lot of sodium try to cut down on it. Making sure you are hydrated is always important in the health of your skin and body.

Also make sure you get plenty of sleep during the night at least 7hrs of sleep and make sure your head is elevated while sleeping. Elevating your head while you sleep will help drain any liquid from pooling underneath your eyes.

Don't live with Puffy tired eyes if you can help it, try some of these tips out and you will be on your way to a more rested looking you.

Have a Beauty-full day!