puffy eyes

Get Rid of Puffy Eyes Naturally

Puffy eyes are caused by a build up in fluid around the eyes, most commonly from a diet high in salty foods or allergies and sinus problems that go untreated for long periods of time. They are frustrating, but easily treated with just a few minutes of relaxing techniques that will not only improve the appearance of your eyes, but make you feel better all over.

 

How do I know if I have puffy eyes?

  • Mild swelling
  • Saggy skin
  • Loose skin
  • Dark circles
  • See a doctor if:
  • It is severe and persistent
  • There is redness, itching or pain
  • The swelling is in other parts of your body as well such as legs

 

How do I prevent puffy eyes?

  • Keep your head elevated while sleeping to help prevent fluid accumulation.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Avoid salty foods and sugary drinks.
  • Don’t rub your eyes.
  • Give your eyes a break from computer work every hour.
  • Use hypo-allergenic make up, soaps and detergents.
  • Get plenty of sleep.

 

How can I treat puffy eyes?

  • Use green or black tea bags over the eyes; steep them in hot water for 3-5 minutes, then let cool till comfortably warm. Place over your eyes and leave until cool.
  • Place 4-6 spoons in the fridge and when your eyes need a break pull them out one at a time and use them over your eyes to decrease swelling.
  • Cucumbers help to constrict blood vessels. Place a slice over your eyes to help decrease puffiness.
  • Egg whites whipped into stiff peaks can be applied to puffiness. They’ll tighten the skin right up.
  • Grate some potato, place in a clean cloth and apply to the eyes as a poultice. Potato starch is a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Mix a half teaspoon of salt in a quart of warm water. Dip some cotton balls into it, lie down, and apply the cotton balls to your closed eyes. Rest for 10 minutes.
  • Give yourself a light self massage by gently pressing your ring finger underneath the eye and moving in an arc shape from the inside corner to the outside corner. Do 10-15 times on each eye.
  • Strawberry slices can be used instead of cucumbers for the same results. Slice into thick slices and apply to the eyes for 10 minutes.
  • Aloe vera can be applied to the puffiness to help improve blood circulation and reduce swelling.
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