Whether from allergies, a tipsy night out, or hormonal changes, puffy eyes in the morning are not a good look. Dermatologists and estheticians recommend a few natural remedies when you want to quickly tone down the swelling.
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The old-school trick of holding cold spoons on your eyes works just like applying ice to other swollen parts of your body. Keep two spoons in the freezer so whenever you need them they’re ready to go. Out of the freezer, wait one minute for them to warm slightly so they don’t irritate the delicate skin around the eyes. Then, place them on your closed eyes for 2 to 3 minutes. You can also wrap two ice cubes in a thin towel and gently press them on the puffy area.
Studies show that green tea has powerful anti-inflammatory properties; there’s also evidence that topical application of green tea benefits the skin. You can use damp, cooled green tea bags, or prepare some green tea ice cubes. To use the bags, place them under cold running water, drain the excess, and then place them in the fridge until cold. Apply them to your eyes for about 10 minutes. To make green tea ice cubes, prepare some strong green tea and let it cool. Then pour it into an ice cube tray and pop in the freezer until frozen. Wrap the green tea ice cubes in thin gauze and gently press them under your eyes.
Evidence suggests that rosemary, like green tea, is anti-inflammatory, too. Rosemary tea bags can also help tighten the skin under your eyes by constricting the capillaries. In the same way as green tea bags, rosemary tea bags can quickly reduce swelling under the eyes. You can also use rosemary essential oil. Add one drop of oil to a teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil (olive or avocado oil from your pantry works) and gently massage onto the puffy area, making sure not to get too close to the eyes (it may sting).
Thanks to their flavonoids, caffeic acid, and vitamin C, cucumbers are anti-inflammatory as well and help soothe irritated, puffy eyes. Slice a fresh, clean cucumber, preferably from the fridge. Lie down and rest a slice against each eye. The cooling effect helps reduce swelling. Keep them in place for at least 5 minutes.
- Drink plenty of water, especially if you go to bed very late. Staying hydrated helps prevent puffiness.
- Limit your alcohol intake, which can cause dehydration.
- Sleep on two pillows instead of one—the elevation helps prevent buildup of fluid in your face.
- Get plenty of rest, between 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
- Use an eye cream that contains peptides to strengthen the skin around your eyes, and apply it by dabbing gently (don’t rub).