9 Home Remedies for Puffy Eyes (That Actually Work)
You know what’s worse than having to wake up super early? Having to wake up super early and looking like a puffy-eyed monster. Whether you had a late night or are just prone to swelling, here are some home remedies to try the next time you need to deflate those bags quickly.
Try the Old Cucumber Slice Trick
You’ve seen this in movies and on your Aunt Sally, and that’s because cucumber slices actually work wonders on tired, puffy eyes. Just cut and peel a cuke into 1-inch slices and place them atop your peepers for 15 to 30 minutes so all of the calming antioxidants can do their thing. (They also make one hell of a snack when sprinkled with sea salt and chili powder—just saying.)
Or Use Chilled Potatoes Instead
No cucumbers, no problem. Chilled potato slices do the same thing—and they stay cool longer (which maximizes their de-puffing effects). Again, all you have to do is slice a raw potato into 1-inch pieces and put them over your eyes for 15 to 30 minutes.
Whole milk is rich in amino acids, proteins, vitamins and lactic acid—all of which help to soothe skin and reduce swelling. To reap the benefits, dip two cotton balls into a glass of the stuff and squeeze out the excess before placing them over your (closed) eyes for 15 minutes.
Brew Some Tea
Green and black teas contain caffeine, which constricts the itty-bitty blood vessels around your eyes, as well as tannins, which stimulates blood circulation. De-puff your peepers by steeping two tea bags in hot water for a few minutes. Then remove them from the water, let them cool to room temperature and place them over your eyes for (you guessed it) 15 to 30 minutes.
Apply Aloe Vera
And you thought this stuff was only good for sunburns. In fact, the same soothing ingredients (like vitamin E) that treat burns also treat the delicate skin around your eyes. Plus, if your puffiness is caused by allergens, aloe's anti-inflammatory properties are a huge help.
Splash Some Cold Water
This one is so easy (and effective). Just dip a washcloth in ice-cold water, squeeze out the excess and lay it over your eyes for as long as you deem necessary. The cold water constricts blood vessels, which decreases the amount of fluid in the area and makes swelling go down.
Keep Spoons in Your Refrigerator
The next time you wake up to puffy eyes (so, like, tomorrow), try putting chilled spoons over them. The cold spoons have the same effect as cold water—and are way less messy.
Give Yourself a Massage
Puffiness is the result of excess fluid getting trapped around your eyes. To drain the fluid, take your ring and middle fingers and place them at the outer corners of your eyes. Start to gently massage the skin until you reach the inner corners and repeat as needed. Ahhh, much better.
Take Preventative Steps
The above tricks certainly work to de-puff your eyes, but you can also try to prevent the issue altogether. Do so by staying hydrated, cutting back on salt and keeping your head slightly elevated when you sleep, which prevents fluid from building up under your eyes.