Relieve Puffy Eyes Naturally

Do you wake up with puffy eyes? It can be so disheartening when your peepers are all bulged and swollen! Not only do they make you feel self conscious, but they can also hinder makeup application.

Such a drag to get out of bed and look in the mirror and find that you don't look your best! There are quite a few quick tricks to kiss puffy good-bye, so the real, smoothed-skin you can shine through!



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The skin under your eyes is thinner than anywhere else on your entire body. It has fewer oil glands than the rest of your facial skin so its prone to dryness.

Fat pads surround your eyes. The muscles that encase upper and lower eyelids hold the fat (and skin) in place. Fluids that get trapped in eye tissue and excess fat both contribute to puffiness.

Your body is way smart and you must be too! Your body actually holds onto water if you aren’t getting enough. When you don't get enough water, your body will hold the water it does have in reserve because it thinks its not getting more. Sometimes your eyes are the first place it shows up.

There are several ways to get rid of puffiness. Over night creams work well some nights but not others. For those occasions when puffy eyes just won’t go away, try these inexpensive methods.

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Natural Ways to Relieve Puffy Eyes




  • Place two spoons in the freezer

    When you wake up with puffy eyes, apply the back of the spoons over swollen eyes. Chill out for a few minutes while the cold is doing its thing; reducing inflammation. You'll be ready to go in no time!

  • Cut down on brominated anything!

    An overload of bromine's can cause your eyes to swell up. Since bromine is added to many foods and drinks today, its good to know what you should be avoiding if you frequently wake up with the condition.

  • Have your thyroid checked!

    A classic sign of hypothyroidism is puffiness under the eyes. To counteract it, you can take Lugol's iodine or find other solutions here.

  • Soak caffeinated tea bags in water

    Squeeze out excess water and apply one bag to each eye for 15 minutes. The caffeine and tannins in the tea help draw out excess moisture and contract your skin.

  • Get 8 – 10 hours of sleep a night

    No less and no more. Too much or not enough sleep actually makes puffiness worse.

  • Stay away from salt/sodium

    Salt attracts water. If you consume too much salt, your body will actually store excess water under your eyes.

  • Drink lots of water

    If you drink water regularly, your body can eliminate excess fluids, which can be responsible for the condition.

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  • Apply a facial mask

    A great natural detoxifier and firmer is simply oatmeal. It and has a very drying effect on the skin and will help to draw out/dry up puffiness. For this reason, try to find products that have oatmeal in them. Apply a very thin layer of the mask under your eyes until it dries, then remove very carefully.

  • Apply a hemorrhoid cream

    Hemorrhoid creams help hemorrhoids by shrinking blood vessels. Used under your eyes, they can help shrink puffiness by contracting your skin. Apply overnight for best results.

    *Note - There are some varying opinions about whether these really work under eyes, but it's worth a try isn't it? It certainly can't harm anything!

  • Slice a potato

    Raw white potato slices placed over the eyes can help reduce swollen eyes. They are especially useful if you've been crying. Apply them over your eyes while you relax for 10 minutes. This method works amazingly quickly, even if you're pressed for time!

  • Don’t ever tug or pull on the skin surrounding the eyes

    The skin under your eyes is very delicate and so great care must be taken when applying lotions and creams. Use only your fingertips to apply them. It is also very easy to subconsciously rub your eyes when you have allergies or excessive stress. You must make a conscious effort not to do this often. Treat the skin under your eyes delicately and you will see much less puffiness.

  • If you drink lots of water and still have puffy eyes, try a diruetic

    These can be purchased OTC at any super store and they won’t cost you a lot to try. Many people have used diruetics with great success.

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  • Exercise should be in your schedule

    Try incorporating some exercise into your daily routine. Regular exercise helps reduce excess water in your body through the sweat glands.

  • Stay upright

    If you want to decrease puffiness, then don’t lay down. Sit up or stand up and fluids will likely drain and that will help diminish your bloating.

    If you still can’t get rid of puffy eyes, the condition may be genetic. Genetics play a large part in how you age and unfortunately, there's not much you can do about heredity.

  • Facial massage

    Lymph runs through your entire body and you have a lot of lymph glands on your face and neck. If it's not properly circulating, you can get puffy eyes. Facial massage and dry skin brushing can prevent the build up of fluids under your eyes by increasing lymph circulation.

  • Try an antihistamine and/or decongestant

    Antihistamines can help relieve allergy symptoms and decrease puffy eyes, especially during allergy season. Allergy medicines typically have antihistamine's in them, but always opt for the 'D'! These are antihistamine's that include a decongestant. Since puffiness is also associated with congestion, a decongestant helps get rid of symptoms.

  • Chilling can reduce swelling

    Sit for several minutes with chilled cucumber slices, tea bags, cotton balls dipped in cold water, or use a soothing gel eye mask over closed eyes. The cold helps constrict blood vessels, decreasing swelling.

  • Try skin care products

    Hydroxatone reduces puffiness, improves dark circles, reduces pore size, and boosts collagen and elastin production. Some of the newest products to reduce swelling are eye rollers. Try Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra Lift Eye Roller.

    Ceremide capsules are also effective for some women.

    Other things that can cause puffy eyes are high blood pressure and bloating from excess alcohol.

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    Things that Detract from Eye Puffiness

  • You can exaggerate and enhance your eyelids by wearing bold eyeshadow colors. This draws people's eyes upward, away from under your eyes.

  • Wear something colorful or bright such as a bright colored belt or shoes.

  • Wear jewelry that glitters and loads of brightly colored bangles.

  • Wear glitter gel on indiscriminate places (your décolletage for example) on your skin. A splash of glitter attracts onlooking eyes.

  • Enhance other features such as your hair. If you wear updo hairstyles people will notice your hair instead.

    All of these things can and will help draw attention away from puffy eyes and attract attention to the rest of you!




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