No matter how old you are and how active you are, you could be plagued by puffy eyes and dark circles. However, there are ways to reduce the puffiness and dark circles that make us look more tired and older than we actually are.
Try the following seven tips to restore your eyes and appear more fresh faced. Before attempting any of the following methods that involve placing things directly on your eyes, make sure to wash your face and remove eye makeup to yield better results.
When we sleep, tissue fluid is drawn from our blood and into our body tissues. When we wake up and start our day, the tissue fluid goes back into the lymphatic vessels and into our blood circulation where it belongs. This is why we always look our puffiest first thing in the morning. When we don’t sleep enough that early morning puffiness doesn’t go away. Furthermore, lack of sleep makes the blood vessels under the eyelids dilate, producing dark circles.
- Cold Spoons
Chill 4-6 clean metal spoons in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Once chilled, hold the rounder part of the spoon against your eyes for 3-5 minutes (or until the spoon becomes warm). Then, replace with another cold spoon and repeat the process.The cold from the metal spoon will relax the blood vessels around the eyes, tighten the skin and reduce puffiness.
- Green Tea Bags
Green tea contains caffeine and is high in antioxidants, both of which help reduce puffiness and irritation. Brew two green tea bags then let them sit in the fridge until they are cold. Place the chilled tea bags on your eyes for about 20 minutes.
- Cool Cucumbers
If you’ve ever had a spa treatment, you may have been given cool cucumber slices to put over your eyes. Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid. Those ingredients, coupled with the cold temperature of the vegetable, can help soothe tired eyes and reduce swelling. Leave the cucumber slices on your eyes for about ten minutes for best results.
- Cut the Salt
Avoid foods that are high in sodium because they can cause fluid retention and bloating of the face and eye area. You don’t have to cut salt out of your diet completely, but avoid processed foods that contain excess amounts of sodium.
- Stay Hydrated
When you are dehydrated, it leads to water retention, causing the under-eye area to swell. Ensure that you are drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day to help flush toxins from your body and reduce swelling.
- Under Eye Serum and Rollers
Under eye serums are found in the cosmetic section at any pharmacy. You can also ask your doctor or dermatologist to recommend an over-the-counter brand that works best to treat circles and puffiness.
If all else fails, there is eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty, as it is scientifically known, is a cosmetic surgery done to restore the form and function to the eyes. You should only consider eyelid surgery to correct dark circles and puffiness once you’ve tried the above or if a doctor has recommended it.