Puffy eyes refer to a swelling around the eye area, usually under the eyes. Puffy eyes give a person a tired and aged look and are a common cosmetic problem. Puffy eyes can be caused by a variety of reasons, ranging from crying to serious medical conditions. Lack of sleep, excessive salt consumption sinusitis, allergies, aging and in some cases puffy eyes are hereditary.
Puffy eyes as such aren’t a medical problem, unless they are a symptom of an underlying condition. The problem with puffy eyes is mainly with how they affect a person’s looks, making them appear tired and old. This can get in the way of good job opportunities, potential relationships and even in social life. It can also lower a person’s self esteem and make him feel as tired as he looks
3 Ways to get rid of Puffy Eyes
Being just the accumulation of fluid under the eyes, puffy eyes rarely require any medication or over the counter drugs. Nor does it need an expensive eye cream, which cost a lot for even a tiny little tub! The remedies for puffy eyes are available right in your kitchen cupboards, in everyday, inexpensive ingredients. Here are 3 natural ways to get rid of puffy eyes.
Anything that is cold helps to constrict the blood vessels and help to take down the edema around the eyes. Cold presses work well for puffy eyes too, and there are many things you can use for this.
- Cucumbers contain enzymes that help to reduce swelling and tighten the skin around the eyes. Place slices of cucumber in the fridge, and when chilled, place them over the eyes and leave them on for a while. This also takes care of dark circles under the eyes.
- Tea contains natural anti oxidants and anti irritant properties that can soothe the area around the eyes. Take used tea bags, green or black, and chill them in the refrigerator. Once cold, place them over the eyes. Tea bags also offer relief from redness in the eyes.
- Another easy remedy is to use metal spoons. Chill a few spoons in the refrigerator. When cold, take one spoon and hold it against an eye till it comes to room temperature, then use another cold spoon. This is very soothing for the eyes and helps greatly with puffiness.
Astringents or toners work well at reducing puffiness and tightening the skin and pores. Skip the store bought toners and use natural remedies like strawberry juice, cucumber juice or lemon juice. Soak a makeup pad in the astringent and place over the puffy area for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Salt can cause puffiness, but salt can also help reduce it! Mix salt in some warm water and soak two cotton balls in it. Squeeze out excess water and place over the puffy areas for relief.
While the remedies for puffy eyes seem simple enough, it is even easier to prevent puffy eyes in the first place! Here are some tips to avoid getting puffy eyes.
- Eat a healthy diet of natural foods, since processed foods usually contain large amounts of salt which can lead to water retention.
- Drink lots of water, as it will combat the water retention to some level and will prevent dehydration – another cause for puffy eyes.
- Good, restful sleep is very important to prevent puffy eyes. Make sure you sleep for at least 7-8 hours a day, and if you’re prone to puffy eyes, sleep with your head elevated to prevent fluid accumulation.
- Cut down on alcohol consumption and if you smoke, get ready to quit right away. Alcohol is known to cause puffy eyes as part of a hangover
- Cut down your caffeine consumption as it can lead to water retention, similar to sodium.
- Throughout the day, avoid touching your face or rubbing your eyes, especially when you wake up.
- When working at the computer, remember to keep blinking, since less blinking can also cause fluid accumulation around the eyes.
If your puffy eyes persist in spite of trying all these remedies, it’s probably time to consult a doctor. He can run some tests to know the real reason behind your puffiness and prescribe the appropriate solution. Otherwise, following healthy habits and not stressing out should keep that puffiness at bay!
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