By Daisy Grace
Contributing Author, a passionate writer, professional health and beauty expert
Many women consider waking up with swollen and puffy eyes as a major disaster. This is most especially true if you have a big presentation at work or you will be attending a college dance and party. While makeup can help conceal dark circles, it can’t do anything much when it comes to concealing the puffiness.
A lot of causes are associated with eye puffiness, but the most common one is fluid accumulation in the eye area. This is caused by our bad lifestyle choices like drinking, smoking, not getting enough sleep, lack of exercise and the likes.
While it seems like it is impossible for you to avoid eye puffiness, there are several eye treatment techniques that can help you to treat eye puffiness. Here are some of them:
1. Blink it away
As mentioned above, eye puffiness is due to fluid accumulation in the eye area. This sometimes comes as a result of the less frequent blinking that we experience during the heavy stages of our sleep at night.
Blinking is designed to not just hydrate and protect the eyes while we are awake; its goal is also to distribute the fluid that accumulates in the eye are as we sleep. To combat the puffiness, it is recommended that you blink rapidly for 30 seconds when you wake up in the morning.
2.Reduce your salt intake
Another common cause of fluid accumulation is high sodium intake. If you wish to completely cure eye puffiness, you have to target its cause—reduce your sodium intake.
We know that eliminating salt from a diet is not easy, but there are plenty of ways on how you can reduce your salt consumption— stop consuming junk food and greasy foods. Also, you should avoid fast food meals. You can also increase your water consumption so you can flush out the excess sodium in your body.
3.Cool your eyes with cucumber
This solution is probably one of the easy ways to cure eye puffiness. People have been doing this beauty trick for years, and they can attest that it truly works! This is because cucumber contains a good amount of caffeic acid, vitamin C, and silica. All these substances prevent water retention as well as the swelling of the eyes.
Just simply place a few thick slices of cucumber in the freezer for a few minutes. After that, place them over your eyes and let it do its magic!
4.Let the puffiness subside with milk
The moisturizing, soothing and cooling effect of milk can help in exacerbating the puffiness in the eyes.
To use this treatment, dip two cotton balls in a small bowl of warm (not hot) milk then gently apply it around the eye area. Do this for about 25 to 30 minutes until the stress and tension are your eyes have been relieved.
5.Substitute cucumber slices with teething rings
Don’t have cucumbers at home and you don’t have the time to run out to the grocery to buy some? Well, if you have kids at home, you most probably have teething rings lying around the house too!
Make sure to use a gel-filled teething ring. Same with cucumbers, place the rings in the freezer for a few minutes or until they are ice-cold. Close your eyes and place the rings over your eyelids for 10 minutes. This trick will not just reduce eye puffiness—it will invigorate your eyes as well.
6.Sleep on your back
If you sleep on your tummy with your face burrowed in your pillow, there is a high chance that the fluid will accumulate in the eye area. If you wish to avoid that, we recommend that you start sleeping on your back. If possible, you may also want to sleep with your head a bit elevated by using an extra pillow.
7.Get your blood flowing using your fingertips
The easiest and simplest way to get rid of eye puffiness is to get the fluids in your eyes flowing with the use of your fingertips.
Use your index fingers to apply gentle pressure at the sides of your nose, near the nostrils. Apply the pressure for about 10 minutes then take a rest for a minute. Do the entire process for about 5 times in the morning to get rid of the fluid that caused the eye puffiness.
8.Use an eye cream
Because of the increasing concerns for eye puffiness, the beauty industry introduced revitalizing eye creams that can boost fluid circulation and get rid of eye puffiness. If you are looking for an effective eye cream, some of the ingredients that you should look for are vitamin K, hyaluronic acid, squalene, and Arnica. All these ingredients will not just get rid of eye puffiness—it can revitalize, brighten and firm the eye area as well!
9.Treat your allergies
Allergic reactions may also cause the under eye area to swell. If this is the case, you may want to seek the advice of your doctor as to which medications you can take to manage the allergic reaction.
In addition to that, you can minimize the chances of allergic reaction by ensuring that your home is free of dust, allergen, and animal fur. You can do this by washing your linens frequently and changing the filters on your heating and air conditioning system on a regular basis.
10.Rub coconut oil under the eyes upon waking up
Coconut oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties so it can be useful in reducing the swelling and redness of the skin.
If you wake up with swollen eyes in the morning, just gently rub a few drops of coconut oil around the eye area for a few minutes and wait for the swelling to subside.
11.Use tea bags in improving the circulation under the eye area
Tea bags contain caffeine which can boost the circulation under the eyes. In addition to that, the coldness of the bags can also revitalize and refresh the eye area.
Soak two tea bags in a glass of water and place it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Close your eyes and place the bags over it for about 10-15 minutes.
These methods have been used for years in treating eye puffiness and guess what? These have been proven to work!
Daisy Grace is a health and beauty expert. She enjoys writing on different topics related to women’s health issues and skincare.Daisy’s purpose and passion lie in facilitating health breakthroughs with women who deserve good health and fitness, happiness and self-love. She is also exploring new things related to general health and beauty.