What Causes Puffy Eyes and 7 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Them!

mardi 20 octobre 2015
Waking up with puffy eyes can be really frustrating when you have a big day ahead. Puffy eyes are one of the most common beauty problems. This occurs when the eyes begin to swell for various reasons, including excessive crying, excessive physical stress, genetics, dermatitis, hormonal changes in the body, a change in weather, sinus problems, hangovers, bad diet, lack of sleep and some allergic reaction.

Puffy eyes can make you look tired and ill. Luckily, there are many simple natural remedies to treat puffy eyes and make you regain your healthy-looking and glowing appearance.


Puffy or swollen eyes can be caused by fluid retention, stress, allergies, hormone changes, and other factors. Crying is often accompanied by swollen eyes because the tiny glands in the eyelids that produce tears become inflamed from over activity.

Some factors you might not associate immediately with excessively swollen eyes. These include a bad diet dominated by salty foods (too much sodium in the diet, which causes water retention) Puffy eyes can also be caused by lack of sleep or excessive alcohol intake. And then there are some who are just prone to puffy eyes. Genetics can sometimes be blamed for having to put up with black circles day after day.

Cucumber slices

Cucumbers are a fantastic natural remedy to get rid of under eye puffiness.  Lie down on a pillow and place the frozen cucumber slices over your eyes for about 10 minutes. Relax with the cool soothing slices over your eyes and slip into a short nap, it will help refresh your mind as well as your eyes, and the anti-inflammatory properties of the cool cucumber will naturally help reduce puffy tissues.

Tea bags

Be it black tea bags or green tea bags, both help to soothe puffy, irritated eyes. Caffeinated and non-caffeinated teas have a natural astringent, tannin, which constricts the blood vessels in the skin around your eyes, helping bring puffy eyes back to their original size. Drop 2 tea bags into the mug of hot water, take them out and let them cool to room temperature. Place the tea bags on your eyes for about 15-30 minutes. Rinse off any tea stains on your face. Do it 1-2 times a week if you want to tighten and tone the skin under and around your eyes.

Salt Water

Salt water also works as a simple remedy to help reduce swelling and puffiness under your eyes. The salt water help get rid of the fluid retention in a way similar to osmosis.

Mix ½ teaspoon of salt in a bowl containing a quart (4 cups) of water. Make sure the water is not too hot.
Soak cotton balls or wool eye pads in this warm saline water and place them over your eyelids for a few minutes.
Repeat the process for 15 to 20 minute
It causes the blood vessels to tighten and reduces the swelling and refreshes the eyes. Wrap the ice cubes in a towel and press against your eyes for a few minutes.

If you are in a hurry, a splash of cold water can have a similar effect. Rinse your face with cold water and enjoy the sensation of coldness as it wakes you up and tightens your eyes.

Egg white

Stiffly beat a few egg whites and apply it around your eyes with a brush. It will result in making the area around and under the eye feel tighter and look less puffy. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse your face in cold water.

Aloe Vera

The antioxidants and vitamin E present in aloe vera are effective in reducing puffiness around the eyes and also keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay. Applying aloe vera gel on the area under your eyes will improve blood circulation and flush out the fluids around the eyes, thus reducing swelling.

When applying the gel, you must be very careful that it does not get in your eyes. If you do not have pure aloe vera gel, you can use any skin care products that contain aloe vera gel or extracts.


A simple eye massage can do the trick when puffiness is connected with the buildup of lymphatic fluid. Gently massage the area around your eyes with your fingers. Use circular movements. Do this for a few minutes in the morning. Or, have a little respite during the day to help your eyes relax when you start feeling tired.

Other Things You Should Consider:

Stay hydrated.

Make sure you drink six to eight 8-ounces glasses each day (1.5 to 2 liters of water per day). If you don’t drink enough water throughout the day, the body will start storing it around your eyes as a reservoir for rainy days. When you don’t drink sufficient amounts of water, puffy eyes can be a direct result of this.
Avoid chemical irritants and go for natural products that are less likely to cause adverse reactions.
Don’t rub your eyes rigorously. You’ll just create a vicious cycle. Avoid touching your eyes, unless it’s to give them a gentle massage.
Avoid excessive salt in your diet, as it can cause fluid retention.
Observe if your eyes become irritated when you wear a certain hair spray or after putting on makeup.
Elevation prevents the fluid from accumulating around your eyes, so use 2 pillows instead of 1 to prop your head while you are sleeping.
Take a break when you work and let your eyes rest.
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