There are a number of affordable ways to treat eye puffiness using items you may have at home. Eye puffiness can be such a drag, especially when you want to look awake and refreshed, as opposed to tired and unrested; so if your puffy eyes have you feeling down, check out some of these easy and pocket friendly ways to treat eye puffiness.
Cucumbers are one of the most frequently used ways to treat eye puffiness. In addition to having a rich source of antioxidants and flavonoids that help with redness, swelling and irritation, cucumbers also have a cooling effect that constricts dilated blood vessels, thereby reducing the appearance of eye puffiness. To treat puffy eyes, place a cool cucumber slice over each eye and rest for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can blend 2 to 3 cucumbers, strain the pulp to extract the liquid, and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Next, soak a cotton swab in the juice and apply the cucumber extract over each eye. Rinse off with water after 15-20 minutes.
2. Raw Potato Slices
Don't have any cucumbers on hand? Try raw potatoes! Raw potatoes are a great substitute for cucumbers because it provides a natural source of astringents that help remove excess water from under the eyes. With this method, thin slices of a washed and peeled raw potato are placed over each eye for at least 10 minutes. Another option is to grate a raw potato, place it in a few layers of cheesecloth, and lay the pouch over the eyes for a about 10-15 minutes.
3. Cold Whole Milk
Cold whole milk is another natural remedy that is used to combat puffy eyes. Often, whole milk is used for its fat content which has a smoothing effect, however, it is the combination of proteins, amino acids, lactic acid, and vitamins A and D that helps in reducing eye puffiness. To treat puffy eyes, saturate a clean wash towel in ice cold milk and place over eyes for about 15 minutes.
4. Tea Bags
The beneficial properties of tea can serve as a great form of relief from eye puffiness. Both caffeinated and herbal/non-caffeinated teas contain a natural astringent, tannin, that constricts the tiny blood vessels in the skin around the eyes and helps to reduce swelling. To reap the benefits of tea as a treatment for eye puffiness, place two tea bags in a mug of hot water. Remove, let the tea bags cool to room temperature, and place on eyes for 15-30 minutes. This should be done 1-2 times a week to help tighten and tone the skin under and around the eyes.
5. Egg Whites
Like most at home treatments for puffy eyes, egg whites are a easily accessible source of natural astringents that fight the causes of eye puffiness by reducing inflammation and stimulating circulation to the skin under the eyes. When using egg whites to treat eye puffiness, simply apply a beaten egg white with a brush or with your fingers under the eyes, allow to dry for 10-15 minutes, and gently rinse.
6. Cold Water
Using cold water to reduce the appearance of eye puffiness is as easy as it gets. Literally! Cold water acts as a vasoconstrictor that decreases blood flow to the skin under the eyes. To maximize the effects that cold water has on puffy eyes, soak a clean wash cloth with cold water, squeeze of the excess water, and layer it over the eyes for a few minutes. Repeat as necessary.
7. Chilled Spoon
The use of chilled spoons to treat eye puffiness is a oldie but a goodie as far as beauty tricks goes! It produces the same effect as cold water in terms of constricting the blood vessels in the skin under puffy eyes; however, this process involves placing two spoons in the fridge overnight and then putting the spoons separately over each eye in the morning. Spoons may be wrapped in a piece of clean cloth/towel to avoid discomfort.
It does not take much to treat eye puffiness at home especially when it involving using natural and easily accessible products and items. An added bonus is that you get to save some money! I highlighted some of my favorite ways to treat eye puffiness, but what are some of your tricks for treating under eye bags/puffiness?