Nothing throws off a morning quite like waking up with a case of the puffs - and by that, we mean puffy eyes. Not only can it make you look fatigued or sick, but it can make applying makeup a serious pain in the booty. Thank goodness for this bundle of quick fixes and long term solutions to keep your peepers looking fresh and perky. We'll give you a hint: you'll be needing spoons.
There are two ways water can be useful in dealing with puffy eyes. Since dehydration can be a big contributor to water retention, down 2-3 cups as soon as you wake up (especially if the puffy eyes are a result of a hangover; you probably need it). The second trick is to splash some cold water on your face. Obviously, this trick doesn't work if you've already applied makeup.
The tried and true trick of those plagued by the puff. Stick a few spoons in the freezer for 15 minutes, then lay down and put one on each eye. The spoons will help tighten up the skin around the eyes and relax the blood vessels.
Get enough sleep.
The results are in: more shut eye gets rid of puffy eye. Sleep helps the body fight inflammation, so you can imagine what happens when you don't get your full 8 hours.
Green or black tea is the best, as both are high in anti-irritant properties that help reduce swelling. Soak two tea bags in water (doesn't need to be hot), then let them sit on your eyes for 10-15 minutes.
Elevate head when sleeping.
Oddly enough, sleeping with an extra pillow can help reduce eye puffiness. Stomach sleepers are prone to the worst cases of puff, so we suggest trying to switch to sleeping on your back, or at least your side.
Limit your salty food, caffeine and alcohol intake.
This health fad looks like it's here to stay. What you put in your body is definitely going to show in your skin, and this rings true with treating puffy eyes. Anything that dehydrates you and causes retention is not your friend, and these three are major perpetrators.
No, not to eat! There's a reason they use these little green dudes in day spas - they're actually a super useful tool in addressing inflammation. Next time you're at the grocery store, grab a cucumber or two for when you wake up puffier than you'd like.
Ever notice how people who work out regularly seem to have a healthy glow? It's because exercise helps increase blood circulation, which means a healthy movement of fluid throughout the body (and less fluid stagnating in the face).
Treat your allergies.
If you suffer from allergies, odds are you probably already know about it. This can be a huge cause of puffy eyes, and unfortunately, it's an ongoing one. If it persists to a point where you feel seriously bothered, try picking up some allergy medicine or seeing a doctor about treating long-term allergies.
Posted by Sadie Upwall
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