Waking up with bags under the eyes is spectacularly frustrating especially when you have an important day ahead. It can be the result of a number of reasons such as an allergic reaction, crying, stress, genetics, hangovers, bad diets, lack of sleep, dermatitis, hormonal changes in the body, sinus problems or even a change in the weather. Puffy eyes can make you look tired and ill but thankfully you can take care of them with some simple natural home remedies.
Drink plenty of water by drinking at least eight to ten glasses of water each day to keep the body hydrated and reduce the likelihood of water retention that can cause the area under your eye (and other body parts) to swell. Water also assists in flushing out toxins from the body. Additionally, reduce your salt, caffeine and carbonated drinks as these are also dehydrating thus increases water retention in the body.
2. Aloe Vera
The antioxidants and vitamin E in Aloe Vera are very effective in reducing puffiness around the eye and also keeps wrinkles at bay. Apply Aloe Vera gel around the eyes to improve blood circulation and flush out the fluids around the eyes.
Teabags contain anti-irritant properties that can reduce swelling around your eyes. Put two teabags in warm water for a few minutes then place them in the fridge for 30 minutes. Lie down and put the teabags over your eyes for approximately 15 minutes. Repeat several times throughout the day.
The enzymes and astringent properties in cucumbers help reduce puffy eyes, tighten the skin, reduce dark circles and can combat wrinkles. Cut a cucumber into thin slices and chill them in the fridge for 15 minutes. Lie down and then place the cold slices of cucumber on your eyelids for approximately 10 minutes or until they get warm. Repeat this process several times throughout the day.
5. Egg whites
Egg whites have skin-tightening properties that can help bags under the eyes as well as help prevent wrinkles. Separate the yolks from two eggs and put the whites in a bowl. Whip the egg whites thoroughly until you get a stiff consistency. Add a few drops of hazel which is a natural skin-tightening astringent. Apply the mixture with a brush or soft cloth under the eyes and allow it to dry. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Repeat this process over several days.
The starch present in potatoes has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce bags under the eyes and dark circles. Peel, wash and dry a medium-sized potato. Grate it and put the shavings in a clean muslin cloth and tie it up. Lie down and place over the eyes for several minutes and repeat several times until the puffiness subsides.
The alpha hydroxyl acid in strawberries can help reduce puffiness. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes, remove the tops and halve them. Lie down and place the slices under your eyes for several minutes.
7. Cold Spoons
An effective method that tightens up the blood vessels, offering relief to puffy eyes. Chill several metal spoons in your fridge for approximately 15 minutes. Hold the round portion of two cold spoons under each eye for a few minutes until the spoon becomes warm then replace with another cold spoon from the fridge.
8. Cold Water
Cold water will help restrict the blood vessels and lessen the swelling. Splash your face with cold water a few times throughout the day until the swelling has gone.
9. Salt Water
Hot saltwater will help get rid of fluid retention in a way similar to osmosis. Mix half a teaspoon of salt in a bowl of 4 cups of water. Make sure water is not too hot. Soak cotton pads in the water and place them over your eyelids for a few minutes. Repeat the process for approximately 15 minutes.
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