Several factors can contribute to puffiness around the eye area. Lack of sleep, certain foods or beverages, late nights, dehydration, make-up and stress all can be culprits that cause eye irritation. Using natural home remedies can help reduce puffiness without breaking the bank. You may already have these things handy in your cupboards or refrigerator. Try one or all of these remedies to get your eyes back to looking their best.
Cut some slices of chilled cucumber. Lie down in a comfortable place and close your eyes. Place the slices over your eyes and around the eye area. Sit for 15 minutes to allow the natural moisturizers in the cucumber to do their work. Rub the slices into your eye area after the 15 minutes are up, gently wash the area and pat dry.
Soak some cotton balls with witch hazel. Lie down and place the cotton balls on your closed eyes and around the eye area. Stay there relaxed for 15 minutes before removing.
Apply a rose-water-soaked cotton eye pad to your eye area. Allow this to stay on the area for 10 to 15 minutes to reduce the signs of puffiness.
Wash your face in the morning as you normally do and rinse your face and eye area with cold water. The cold temperature should bring down puffiness.
Remove your contacts and any eye make-up before you go to bed. Both can irritate the eye area.
Reduce your intake of salty foods and alcohol. Both contribute to puffy eyes.
Get plenty of sleep. Inadequate sleep can cause eye puffiness. Seven to 8 hours should be sufficient. This also will help with many other bodily functions and mental awareness.
Drink plenty of water. This not only will hydrate your body, it also will help reduce puffiness around the eye area.
Eat strawberries, apples, cucumbers and potatoes to reduce puffiness. The nutrients in these foods are not only good for your body, they also are good for reducing puffiness around the eye area.