If you eat right, reduce your salt intake, drink plenty of water, exercise, and get a full eight hours of sleep every night, it’s likely your mornings won’t involve waking up with puffy eyes.
Congratulations if I just described you!
For the rest of us, we need a little help looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Thankfully, there are things you can do to get rid of puffy eyes. If you are like me, and predisposed genetically to look like you are ready to travel with your bags at any given moment, any solutions that help reduce this infliction are most welcome.
5 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes
1. Elevate Your Head
Let’s start by identifying one of the main causes of puffy eyes: water retention. Eyes can look puffier in the morning for the simple reason that you haven’t moved around for hours. You haven’t even blinked! This creates the perfect opportunity for fluids to gather and “pool up” around your eyes, making them look puffy.
One preventative strategy is to stack up some pillows and elevate your head when you sleep. This will encourage any water retained in your face to drain downward instead of pooling up. If you’re regularly waking up with puffy eyes, making this small change can help.
If you’re not into piling up the pillows, try a comfortable bed wedge.
Everyone knows a cup of coffee in the morning can help you wake up, but did you know that applying caffeine under your eyes can help you look awake, too?
Caffeine helps to reduce swelling under eyes by constricting blood vessels under the skin.
No caffeinated eye cream around? No problem! Let a couple teabags steep in hot water for a few minutes, then let them cool in the refrigerator. Try the freezer for faster cooling, but don’t let them freeze. Place the tea bags over your puffy eyes and they become a cold compress with the added benefit of caffeine.
3. Massage With A Jade Roller
Before you roll your eyes at the jade roller, hear me out. You may or may not believe in all the anti-aging powers of the jade roller, but one of its claims is true: It can help to reduce puffy eyes from water retention.
By rolling over your problem puffs, you encourage drainage of the fluid under the skin that’s causing the problem. You could also use your fingertips and moisturizer to massage your face and encourage drainage, but a jade roller is gentler on your skin, as there’s less pulling and tugging. Plus, a cold stone feels cool and refreshing.
4. Apply A Cold Compress
Apply a cold compress to shrink that swelling.
Applying ice and frozen spoons are common recommendations, but these methods can be a little harsh if you have thin, fragile skin around your eyes. (Plus I worry about the “tongue frozen to the pole” effect. Ouch!)
Cold eye gel patches are fantastic for de-puffing eyes. Keep them in the fridge for cool refreshment for tired eyes. Plus you get added benefits from the serum they are soaking in!
For example, these reusable gel patches from Frownies contain antioxidants including glycerin, cactus collagen, Vitamins C, B3 and E. In addition to helping de-puff, these provide hydration and brighten the eye area.
Since you’re not covering your eyes, you can still do other things in the morning like pick out an outfit or brush your teeth if you’re pressed for time.
Keep a cooling mask in your refrigerator for those days when you have time to sit down and relax with your eyes closed.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is known for helping to heal skin, that’s why we slather it on to treat a sunburn. It’s a powerful hydrator packed with vitamins and amino acids. Aloe is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s great for de-puffing swollen eyes. Choose an eye cream or serum that contains aloe.
Aloe Vera Gel will work, too. Keep your eye cream or gel in the fridge for an additional help de-puffing!
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