Deflate Those Puffy Eyes

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Home remedies to soothe swollen eyes

Eye contact is an important part of our social interactions. In fact, an article by Forbes indicates that the right amount of eye contact in a conversation rages from 30 to 60 percent. That’s a little hard to do when your eyes are puffy and swollen. There are numerous reasons as to why we get puffy eyes. If it’s not crying related, it could be the result of allergies, insomnia, staring at the computer screen all day, stress, hormonal changes, dehydration, salty diet or you’re suffering from a hangover from hades. Sometimes it’s just your genetics to blame. While we can’t do much about genes, we can however remedy puffy eyes caused by external factors.

Aloe Vera

Rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, this plant soothes and nourished the skin. Placing it under your eyes improves blood circulation, which effectively helps the eyes flush out the fluids in the eyes causing the swelling.

Cucumbers

This spa staple contains astringent properties and enzymes that reduce inflammation, constrict blood vessels and tighten the skin in the eye area. Lie down, and place them on your eyes for ten minutes.

Egg Whites

Whipping up two egg whites and brushing it underneath your eyes can help reduce puffiness. This is because they contain skin-tightening properties. Once you’ve applied it, leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off.

Hydrate

Apart from flushing out toxins, drinking the recommended daily amount reduces the chances of water retention that causes your body to swell. This includes the under-eye area, hence the puffy-eye appearance. You may also want to reduce or avoid salty foods, as well as, other dehydrating beverages such as caffeinated, sugary and carbonated drinks.

Potatoes

They possess anti-inflammatory properties that not only reduce irritation, but also help to fade the dark circles under the eyes. Simply peel the potatoes, grate them as fine as possible, and place these contents in a cloth. Place the cloth over your eyelids for 15 minutes.

Salt

While eating too much of it can cause swelling, it can also be used as a topical remedy to alleviate swelling. Simply mix half a teaspoon of salt with about one litre of warm water. Then dab cotton balls into the solution, and place over your closed eyelids for 10 minutes. According to David J. Hufford, Ph.D., the chair of the Medical Humanities Department at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine, “this remedy uses the principle of osmosis to get rid of the excess water around your eyes”.

Tea Bags

Don’t throw out your used green or black tea bags. Instead, put them in the refrigerator for half an hour and then place them over your puffy eyes for 15 minutes. Thanks to their anti-irritant properties, they can help to bring down swelling, as well as, tackle inflammation and relieve redness.

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