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How to Alleviate Puffy Eyes?

The unsightly phenomenon of eyes which makes us look lazy and and down in sleep is called puffy eyes. For the remedies of puffy eyes, lets understand the causes of puffy eyes first.

Causes of Puffy Eyes

  1. Drinking alcohol or eating salty foods before going to sleep.
  2. Alcohol can cause puffy eyes because it lowers anti-diuretic hormones (ADH) in the body, but the levels will normalize and the puffiness will usually subside at about the same time your hangover subsides.
  3. Insufficient sleep.
  4. If your puffy eyes are accompanied by redness and itching, the cause may be associated with an allergy. Possible contributing factors include feather pillows, linen fabric, face-creams, dust, pollen, or food.
  5. As you get older the skin begins to loose elasticity, causing swollen eyes.
  6. Hormonal changes. The days just before and during menstruation cause hormone levels to fluctuate, this can result in water retention around the eyelids.

How to Alleviate Puffy eyes

Here are some of the common remedies of puffy eyes which you can use to alleviate them.

  1. Wrap pieces of ice in paper towels and place them on your eyelids for a few minutes. The cold will reduce the swelling.
  2. Keep your eye creams in the refrigerator. The cool cream will help reduce your puffy eyes. When applying the cream, gently tap it onto your eyelid with your ring finger, so as to stimulate fluid drainage.
  3. Keep two teaspoons in the refrigerator and when you have an attack of the swollen eyelids; rest them on your eyelids for a minimum of one minute or until they warm up.
  4. Soak cotton-wool pads in a bowl of ice-cold milk and then squeeze most of the liquid out. Place the pads on your eyes and repeat as they warm up for about 15 minutes. This will also brighten the white in your eye.
  5. Dip cotton balls in ice water, and then squeeze the water out. Apply the cotton balls to your eyes for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Place black or chamomile teabags soaked in cold water on your eyelids for 15 minutes. The tannic acid in tea will constrict the blood vessels and reduce inflammation. To accelerate drainage, gently press from the inside corner to the outside corner of the swollen eye.
  7. Make sure you get enough sleep with regular timings.
  8. If your eyes are puffy in the morning, go straight for a cube of ice. Wrap it in a paper towel and hold it over each eyelid for a few minutes. The cold will reduce the swelling.
  9. Avoid artificial sweeteners, as these can cause your body to retain more fluid.
  10. Be sure you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep at night, because too little sleep will lead to dark circles and puffiness.
  11. Try an ordinary ice pack. The cold temperature may help reduce swelling.
  12. Always wear UV sunglasses during the day. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, even on cloudy days. Excessive exposure to the sun or unexpected sunburns often contributes to puffy eyes and leave you feeling bloated the next day.
  13. Avoid overly windy conditions. Wear glasses or goggles to help protect your eyes and act as a buffer against intense environmental conditions.
  14. Moisten two tea bags in cold water, chill them in the refrigerator and place them over closed eyelids for several minutes

If the problem persists, see your doctor. You may be reacting to dust, pets, medication or other irritants, or you may have an underlying medical condition.



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