‘Puffy eyes’ or swelling around the eyes refers to the appearance of swelling in the tissues around the eyes. It can be caused due to stress, anxiety or sleeplessness. This is a very common problem that most people face. Here some very easy home remedies that you can use to reduce and cure puffiness of the eyes.
1. Use refreshing tea bags
Herbal tea can help in soothing redness and irritation. Steep 2 bags of your choice of tea in hot water for three to five minutes. Let it cool down until the bags are comfortably warm to the touch. Lie down, close your eyes, and place a tea bag over each eye; then cover with a soft cloth. During hot months, put the cooked tea bags in the refrigerator and apply to eyes when needed for a refreshing, eye-opening experience. You can repeat this 3 times a week or more as needed.
2. Use cucumbers as eye pads
Cucumbers aren't only deliciously cool and soothing to the touch, but their astringent properties cause blood vessels to constrict. Cut a cucumber into thin slices. You can take two for your eyes and save the rest for a salad or snack. Lie on your back and place the two cool cucumbers on your eyes for about 5-10 minutes. Repeat this 2-3 times a week as needed.
3. Use egg whites as pack
Crack open an egg and separate the yoke from the whites. Once you have the egg whites, stir them up. Get a tissue and dip about a quarter size of the tissue into the mixture and then spread it underneath your swollen eyes. Let the egg white sit there for about 10-15 minutes and rinse off. Repeat this process 2 times a week as needed. The skin will feel tighter and look less like puff pastry.
4. Use grated potato
Potato starch acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to ease irritated eyes. Peel one potato, then wash and dry it. Grate the potato as fine as possible, place the pulp in a clean cloth and fold to make a poultice. Place the poultice on your eyelids for 15 minutes. Or you can slice any type of potato into thin circular pieces. Then you can place the potato pieces over your eyes for 20 minutes. Repeat as needed. Soaking the potato slices in milk for 5 minutes before putting on your puffy eyes helps as well.
5. Drink good amount of water
Make sure that you are drinking eight glasses of water each day. It will keep you hydrated. If the body becomes dehydrated, it can store water in different parts of the body like the eyes.
6. Take a good night sleep
Make sure that you are getting at least eight hours of sleep each night. Sleep deprivation can cause under eye bags. You can also elevate your head to stop the swelling under your eyes. If you continue having sleepless nights, consult with your doctor.
7. Apply cold spoons
Place 4 or 6 spoons in the refrigerator. When you need to deflate those eyeballs, lie down, close your eyes, and place one spoon (curved side down) on each eye. As the spoon warms, replace it with a cold one from the fridge. Placing spoons in the freezer and putting them on your eyes can help reduce the puffiness of the eyes. Repeat this process as needed.
8. Reduce salt intake and use salt as astringent
If your sodium levels are elevated, then your kidneys will alarm the body to retain excess water; hence, causing puffiness under eyes. To prevent this from happening you can monitor your sodium intake. If you go out to eat at restaurants, ask for no or minimal amounts of salt. If you eat at fast food places, avoid salt on fries and soy sauce. Get rid of the puffy eyes by mixing 1/2 teaspoon salt into 1 quart warm water. Dip cotton balls or facial pads into the solution, then lie down and apply pads to the eyelids. Rest in this position for at least ten minutes while keeping the pads in place. You'll arise with deflated eyes.