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How To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

Updated on January 05, 2015

What causes puffy eyes?

Puffy eyes are something that a lot of us experience, especially as we get older. There are many causes for puffy eyes including

  • fatigue,
  • allergies
  • crying
  • water retention which may have a variety of causes including too much sodium in the diet, possibly

Another important cause of puffy eyes is :

  • how we lie face down on a pillow sometimes when we sleep at night.
  • If you do not lie on your back but on your stomach or your side when sleeping, your propensity for puffy eyes might be greater.
  • The friction of your eyes against the pillow, especially if you toss and turn is a cause.
  • A great relief for avoidance of puffy eyes when you wake from sleeping is to wear an eye mask while sleeping.
  • Aside, from relieving puffy eyes, eye masks also aid in your getting a better night's sleep in general.
  • You will sleep more deeply with all light being blocked out from your eyes and your will wake up feeling more rested.

Additional remedies to puffy eyes include:

1. Placing a chilled gel eye mask on your eyes for up to an hour when the puffiness occurs (this is not the same type of eye mask that you might want to sleep with for 8 hours. That type should be cushioned satin, silk or cotton for example, not gel.)

 A gel mask serves the different purpose of soothing distressed eyes during the day.

Eye masks, eye drops, chilled cucumber slices

Especially if you are someone who can't help but to sleep on the stomach or side as opposed to your back, you definitely would not want to put too much pressure on the gel mask while you are sleeping. It is definitely not the best type of mask to use for sleep time.

2. Eye drops: Some eye drops are quite medicated and should not be used too frequently. It's best to use them for allergies. If puffy eyes are a general, daily problem for you, it is best to use the gentlest type of eye drop possible. Drops of saline solution, that is recommended for rinsing contact lenses before putting them in the eye is good for providing gentle relief for eye irritations that can contribute to puffiness.

3. Chilled cucumber slices- placing one on each eye is an effective and common method for relieving puffiness from the eyes and is a favorite among spa uses.

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Hydration for getting rid of puffy eyes

4. Using a cold, damp cloth on the eyes also works well. Run some cold water from your faucet over the cloth, wring cloth and wait 30sec. before applying to eyes.

5. Other things that have been known to work well are chilled potato slices or chilled kiwi slices. The kiwi can be a bit of a stretch. It can get messy and sticky. The round shape fits well over the eye, but using kiwi shouldn't be much different than using any other water-based fruit (i.e.- cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew). The key ingredient here is water, which brings us to our next remedy.

6. It is very important to remain well hydrated. To prevent puffy eyes, make sure to drink enough water each day. Drinking a full glass of water before getting into bed and another one upon rising, should be part of the regimen of your daily water intake. There has been a lot of debate regarding whether 8 glass of water a day is necessary but you should definitely drink some water whenever your feel thirsty throughout a day. Puffy eyes and swelling of other body parts such as swollen ankles can often be attributed to dehydration. Staying well hydrated is key.

H2O

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Skin moisturizer

7. Frequently puffy eyes can negatively affect the elasticity of the eye area and cause wrinkles. Avoiding puffy eyes altogether is important. Depending on the cause of the puffy eyes, tools such as the sleep mask can be very important for preventing the puffy eyes of helping to alleviate the condition. A good quality under eye cream used after washing the face is also effective for reducing the effects of puffy eyes.

8. Pay attention to your sodium intake and consider significantly reducing the amount of salt you have if necessary. Like swollen hands or feet, puffy eye can sometimes be connected to sodium levels.

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    • Lgali profile image

      Lgali 8 years ago

      good advice

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks Lgali. I appreciate your comment.- Journey*

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      cucumber always does it for me - wonder stuff!

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Yep, it's all that water that they have in them. Upwards of 90%. Thanks for commenting LondonGirl! -Journey*

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I tried this years ago. Nice advice.

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Sandyspider, thank you!

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      aychubp 7 years ago

      Good one, naturally and relief to our skin.

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      Thanks...I going to try a few this week!!

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Boy, do I nee this. I come home from work after a grueling 10 hours and I look like I've been hit by a bus. Thanks - I'll try it.

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 7 years ago from USA

      aychubp, Madison22 and suziecat7, thanks for leaving comments! Glad you found this helpful.

      - Journey *

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Good tips. Puffy eyes aren't attractive at any age.

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks mulberry1 and re: "Puffy eyes aren't attractive at any age." - You got that right.:-)Well said.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Great tips for puffy eyes. I always forget about the additional benefit of having cucumbers around. I've used cooled spoons on occasion. I lightly press the curved part just under the lash line.

      I have a feeling I will be using these tips for tomorrow morning! Happy New Year!

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 5 years ago from USA

      Hi missolive :-), I appreciate you commenting on this hub. Sorry for the late response/moderation of comments. I hope you enjoyed a great New Year's celebration indeed and thanks for the New Year's wish. The year is going so far so good:) Thanks for the advice of cooled spoons, another good idea for the puffy eyes.

      Take care.

      Journey*

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      sunnydays13 4 years ago

      You make some very good points and you can't stress enough just how important water is to helping puffy eyes and your health in general. I use an aromatherapy eye pillow taken right out of the freezer. I put that on my eyes when my allergies are bothering me or my eyes are sore and tired after working at the computer all day. I use peppermint scented when my sinuses are clogged and the congestion is killing me. The cold flax seed in the eye pillow just surrounds my eyes and temples and puts just the perfect amount of pressure on my sinus areas. I use a lavender eye pillow when I can't get to sleep. It's very calming. I bought them at www.atouchofsatin.com. They only use organic flax seed and organic herbs. That was important to me because I'm putting it on my face. I love the way the cool satin cover feels on my skin. Well, I really enjoyed your article!!!

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 3 years ago from USA

      Hi sunnydays13, thank you very much for appreciating my article and thanks for sharing your tips as well.

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