If you’ve ever had someone say to you, “Gosh, you look tired,” but you feel well rested, it could be because you have puffiness under the eyes. While lack of sleep can cause under-eye puffiness, it can also be the result of poor nutrition, allergies, bad circulation or even just heredity. Fluid pools under the skin, which results in puffiness. Once you rule out any health issues like poor circulation or allergies, try a home remedy to reduce the puffiness. That — coupled with some simple lifestyle changes — can decrease the puffiness and restore the appearance of the skin under your eyes.
Things You'll Need
Puffy Eye Brew
Pour 2 cups of water into a saucepan. Add ¼ cup of fresh rosemary and a few drops of lavender essential oil.
Bring the water to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat, and let the mixture steep for 20 minutes.
Pour the mixture through a strainer to remove the rosemary. Put it in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes.
Dip two cotton balls into the mixture. Wring them out lightly so they’re not dripping wet.
Lay down or sit in a reclining position. Place one cotton ball underneath each puffy eye for 20 minutes. Do this once a day until the puffiness is gone.
Lifestyle Changes and Other Tips
Elevate your head more when you’re sleeping. Use an extra pillow to reduce the fluid from pooling under your eyes, which can cause puffiness.
Avoid rubbing your eyes as much as possible. Reduce the amount of strain you put on your eyes by limiting your time in front of a computer or television.
Lay down and place raw cucumber, potato or apple slices over your puffy under-eye area, or use chilled, brewed tea bags. Leave them on for 20 to 30 minutes to help reduce puffiness.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Choose a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Dab hemorrhoid cream under your eyes to help reduce puffiness. Be sure to avoid getting the cream in your eyes. Do this daily to shrink the skin under the eyes.
You can save the excess brew for future use. Store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, and use it chilled.
References and ResourcesCare2: Herbal Remedies for Puffy Eyes
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Metrosexual Guide to Style; Michael Flocker; 2003
Vegetarian Times; Paula Hunt; 1999