Natural Cures for Puffy Eyes

Puffy Eyes Alarm?

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Got puffy eyes? At one time or another, we may have puffy eyes—not the best beauty statement but sometimes, life gives us aggravations, and puffy eyes is one of them. What causes the skin to puff up under the eyes? For one, it’s comes with age—the tissues around your eyes including the muscles supporting the eyelids weaken and gravitate downwards, thanks to gravity. Fluid retention due to various reasons (will discuss that later) accumulate in the spaces below your eyes, causing the eyes to look swollen. Puffy eyes can make you look raccoon-like and tired but unless puffy eyes stem from some medical conditions, they can be taken care of naturally. According to Mayo clinic, several factors can contribute to puffy eyes:

  • Fluid retention due to changes in weather (hot, humid weather tends to puff the sensitive skin under your eyes), hormone levels or eating too much salty foods
  • Not getting enough beauty sleep
  • Sleeping flat on your bed
  • Allergies or dermatitis, especially if your eyes are red and itchy
  • Heredity.

Other factors include stress, too much alcohol consumption and certain medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and hypothyroidism. If your eyes are persistently puffy, it is best to consult a doctor to determine the underlying causes.

If your eyes are puffy from time to time and not the result of medical conditions, here are some effective ways to say goodbye to puffy eyes:

Prevention

A stitch in time saves nine—the colloquial equivalent of preventive measures to avoid the ugly inevitable—applies well to puffy eyes. Simple preventive measures are within your power and can definitely help to prevent unsightly puffy eyes that are so prevalent in the morning. You don’t even have to bat an eyelid, they are so simple, you can easily carry them out. Check this list:

  • Get your beauty sleep (you may be able to survive on less than 8 hours of sleep, but your eyes will not reflect that kindly).
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and sodium.
  • Reduce stress, both emotional and physical
  • Do not wear contact lenses to sleep unless they are specifically designed for nighttime use.
  • Avoid too much alcohol and salt

Allow tea bags to pamper your eyes.

Tea Bags

Tea is touted as the healing drink of modern times—its high levels of catechins (antioxidants) are reputable for reducing risks of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, promoting good breath, good skin and now…..one more accolade. It can reduce puffy eyes as well. Is it bogus? According to Mayo clinic, one of the best ways to get rid of visual fatigue and puffy eyes is to use tea bags. Tea bags contain rich amounts of tannin (chemicals that give tea its color), which can soothe tired eyes and reduce puffiness. Simply steep two tea bags in warm water and placed over eyes for 20 minutes.

Witch Hazel and Rose Water Eye Press

Ladies who are leery of harsh chemicals often use witch hazel and rose water to tone their skin and to reduce size of pores. If you have these at home (if not, why not buy some?), soak cotton or wool pads in these astringents and leave pads on the eyes for 15 to 20 minutes.

If you’re asking, what’s the deal with these two? Witch hazel (the bark especially) has tannic and gallic acids that have antiphlogisitc actions (works against inflammation and fever). This includes reducing swelling. If you like the uplifting smell of roses, rose water is a natural cooling and aromatic astringent that contains both antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Relax and allow this cooling and aromatic astringent to soothe your eyes.

Hot Water and Salt Eye Press

Most of us have salt in our kitchen cabinet, so this is an easy fix. Just mix half a pint of hot (hot, but not scalding hot) with one teaspoon of salt. Mix thoroughly and soak cotton or wool pads in the hot saline solution. Place on closed eyes until it cools off. Squeeze out water and repeat process.

Cold Eye Cream or Moisturizer

Puffy eyes staring at you first thing in the morning can get you down. If you’re always on the run, simply store your eye cream or moisturizer in the refrigerator. Apply chilled eye cream/moisturizer around your eyes and while you’re at it, gently tap the area around the eyes to drain away excess fluid that tends to accumulate under your eyes while you sleep.

Eye Massages

You don’t need a masseuse to do these massages. Simply use your middle finger to press the bone of the eye socket gently. Slide your finger in a circular motion from the area just below the brow and move it downwards to the bone of the eye socket in circular motion. It relaxes your eye muscles.

Another simple one is to use your middle finger and gently massage around the eyes, starting from the ocular bone inwards towards the ridge of your nose up to under the brow and back to the area around the ocular bone. See video for demonstration.

Cold water can de-puff puffy eyes.

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Of course, there are more ways out there, but these are simple and easy to do. And if you just don’t have to time to fix your puffy eyes, how about just a splash of cold water on your face? According to aesthetic dermatologist, Dr. Veronique Simon, it may just be the best solution yet. She says, “Most of us suffer from hydric retention around the eyes after a night’s sleep. It’s the lymphatic system that causes these problems: it clears toxins from the body but can be sluggish after sleep, especially if you’re tired.” So drench your face with a blast of cold to wake up the lymphatic system and you’ll be on your way.

 

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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan

Great Suggestions. I've recently noticed I have puffy eyes in the morning so your hub is timely. I'll be trying some of the suggestions soon. Thanks!

Mekenzie


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I used to be heavily into drink and LOVED salt, so of course I had puffy eyes while in college every Saturday and Sunday morning! This was so informative, anglnwu! Wonderful work.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Mekenzie, thanks for dropping by and I hope your puffy eyes will be taken care of with these suggestions.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Dohn, so good to see you again. I was wondering where you were. Drinking and salt--well--that's just the combo for puffy eyes--wow, you were living the college life. Appreciate your comments and glad to see you back.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I have been using tea bags but somehow can't get rid of puffy eyes. I should really sleep earlier but it seems that this remains as a wish for a while.

Great hub my friend!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Great hub Anginwu. I have puffy eyes when I first wake up and use good skin cream but I'm going to try some of your great suggestions. Thanks.


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rprcarz50 6 years ago

Wonderful and helpful information in this Hub!

Nice work.

Ron

As Always Also a2z50


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Jill, good to see you here, dear. Try other tricks, as some methods may work better than others. I know, I'm an incorrigible night owl as well. Thanks for commenting.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Pamela, for your support and comments.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Glad you find this hub useful, Ron. Thanks for dropping by.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

ang - 5 stars on this one. And I think it will make a great start for Chapter 2 . .lol. . I figure skin first, then we move on to the eyes! Your info as always is precise and your pics (especially loved the first one) are spot on. And you picked some of the best products to showcase. All in all another winner for you :) Jia Yu!


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

LOL, my little Jia Yu calendar girl! I see you already have everything planned in your mind. What's next--hair? Actually, I've to do two hubs on hair (have yet to get to them--requests from 2 hubbers), so let's add that to the list. Anyway, thank you so much for your vote of confidence--your encouraging words made my day. Jia Yu!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA

Great info! My eyes are somewhat puffy since I was a child (thanks, daddy...), but the ideas are good. I use tea bags, but other info is new for me.

Thank you!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

ang. . oh how we think alike. . yes hair!!! and lets not forget suncare. . those are 2 on my list at the moment (have a collagen hub almost finished in keeping with my 6odc anti aging)

xoxox .. lol your Jia Yu calendar girlLOL)


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lelanew55 6 years ago

Nice hub Anginwu. I have puffy eyes right now. I am going to try some of your suggestion I haven't tried before. thanks.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Vera, I know it stinks when genetics has given you the gift of puffy eyes. Hopefully, one of the methods will work for you and if not, you know you're not at fault. Good to see u again and have a good evening.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Jia Yu poster girl, lol on our collaborative efforts. Looks like we have gotten ourselves into some serious trouble--maybe? Anyway, write away--it will add to our collection! Lots of love!


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

lelanew, sorry about your puffy eyes. I know they're annoying. Good luck trying and once again, thank you so much for dropping by.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Just came by to say hi anglnwu !


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

tony, that's so sweet of you. Good to see you and drop by anytime. I'm still chewing on your suggestion to write a hub on growing more hair, not that you need it. Have a good evening and enjoy your TV!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub anglnwu- This is good info for those of us that suffer with allergies. I will have to try so of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing and rating it up for you. :)


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Money, lovely to see you again. Thanks for rating it up and appreciate your comments.


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Amber Allen 6 years ago

Hi anginwu

This is a really useful hub. I use teabags on my eyes when they are itchy due to hayfever or just to help relieve eyestrain. Now I've got lots of other ideas to try.

Amber:)


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Amber, nice to see you again. Let me know how the other ideas work out. I just read an article about puffy eyes on Shine--they suggest chamomile tea bags. Thank you so much for dropping by.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

good job beautiful Angel, and I am glad you're back into writing good quality hubs, always, take care angel and thank you for the cheers, I dont have a puffy eye but my friend who is workaholic has a problem like this, it is good to share this one, Maita


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

anginwu,Thank You for your great info. You are a Blessing at the hubs. I thank God I do not have puffy eyes today. I used to. I tried tea bags, salt, cold water, cucumbers finally I got hold of Vitamin K and grape seed extract of all things. I know allot of these tips work for many. I just had to 'shop' around.

I wanted to tell you the Castor Oil tips from your hub are fantastic. My Age spots are gone. My face and hands are softer, more subtle. I had a couple of scars for years, they are gone. I linked your hub to many. Some are reporting back to great success. So keep it up sister you are Blessing many. Love ya. I will be back soon for a visit.

Please check out 'Scented Oil' chapter one and two.

I would be honored with a visit and comment. Hugs


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Maita, what do you have? You don't have puffy eyes, you don't have a weight problem and the last time I checked, you don't have wrinkles too. Hehe--it's nice to hear from you.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

skye, your words of affirmation made me smile. Thanks for letting me in on vitamin K and grape seed extract. I definitely should check those out.

Glad that castor oil has done a lot of good for you. All of us should have some at home. I greatly appreciate your kind words and you bet, I'll be visiting your "scented oil" hub.

Blessings to you and yours.


jessica 6 years ago

thanxx for d advise


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Jessica. You're welcome!!


Puffy Eyes Cream 6 years ago

Hi. I've had puffy eyes for a while. Until now I've kind of just lived with the problem. I think they're caused by allergies from my two cats. So, would you say getting rid of the allergies is the best way to get rid of the puffiness? Thanks, David


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

David, thanks for dropping by. You're right--puffy eyes caused by allergies is best taken care of reducing the cause of allergies.


Girlie 6 years ago

very infomative, thanks. ill try those suggestions. hope it will work for me.. =)


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Girlie, for dropping by.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

Excellent hub. I have learn some wonderful and easy tips to here to deal with puffy eyes.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Ingenira, for dropping by to comment.


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia

Great tips for puffy eyes! I have this problem from time to time, so I'm going to give your suggestions a try. Voted up!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

habee, by my calculation, looks like you're up at the crack of dawn, checking your computer. Thanks for dropping by to comment.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

great suggestions. Will do so during stressful days instead of just rinsing my eyes with water. Could try the tea bags...never thought about it.

thanks and voted up as interesting!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Ruchira, thanks for dropping by to comment. Yes, try the tea bags--they're soothing as well.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Glad to learn about the tea bags. Seems like I get those. I learned this tip: Wet and freeze Q tips and use them like little squizzeys!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

rebecca, I like your Q tips tip. I bet they're very useful. Thanks for commenting.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Who hasn't been plagued with puffy eyes at one time or another? It's important to avoid or cut down use of alcohol and salt, as you mentioned, especially before bedtime. I've often used tea bags but didn't know about the other remedies mentioned. Voted up and shared!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Well said, vespawoolf. Glad you found it useful. Thanks for dropping by to comment.


Rebecca Jimenez 3 years ago

Great hub! I've read a couple and was attracted to what I read.

I use green tea bags to minimize the appearance of puffy eyes. Though I'm in my early 30's, I thought that maybe trying this remedy now, I could look great still as I get older.

Thank you for sharing..


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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

Rebecca Jimenez, always a good idea to upkeep so we don't have to take drastic measures later. Thanks for reading and commenting.


Linda Marshall789 2 years ago

While the above mentioned natural remedies work great, majority fail to deliver adequate results quickly. A product that really deserves attention is SwellNoMore, which I have personally recommended to quite a few clients of mine as well. What are your thoughts on it?

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