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10 Tips for Reducing Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

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Some of the most commonly asked beauty questions revolve around the eyes. Most involve questions related to tips for reducing puffy eyes and dark circles. You can tell a lot about a person by his or her eyes. There’s even a saying that our eyes are the windows to the soul. If that’s true, then the outward appearance of our eyes can say a lot about our souls. If they are puffy and red, for example, with baggy dark circles underneath them, that’s a sign that you and your soul are haggard. That’s no good.

Here are 10 easy surefire ways to combat puffy eyes and dark circles that you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Tip #1: Cucumbers

You’ve seen this remedy before in tv and movies- ladies in spas with cucumber slices over their eyes. Perhaps you’ve even been one of these ladies in real life. The fact is that it works and you can do it in the comfort of your own home!

Take a cold cucumber and cut into ~1/4 inch thick slices. Put a slice over each eye and lay back for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, you will notice that your eyes are free of redness, less puffy, and brighter.

Fun fact: No cucumbers? A potato will also do the trick. Chill in the fridge until cold, slice, and place under your eyes for 10-15 minutes.

Tip #2: Teething Rings

It might sound a little strange to advocate using a teething ring for an adult, but the truth is that teething rings can be a great treatment for red puffy eyes.

Place a gel-filled baby teething ring (or two) in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, or until ice cold. Lie down and place the ring(s) over your eyes for about 10 minutes to reduce puffiness and potentially boost your energy.

Tip #3: Hemorrhoid Cream

Again it may sound strange and counterintuitive, but it is an age old secret of Hollywood starlets and rockstars to use hemorrhoid cream to treat under eye circles and reduce puffiness. Be sure not to get any cream in your eyes! If you find the smell of the cream too offensive, try mixing in some moisturizer before applying.

Tip #4:  Cold Spoons

This home remedy is easy- all you need is two metal teaspoons. Regular spoons will also work.

Take the spoons and hold them under cold running water for a couple minutes. Once the spoons are cold, hold them under your eyes for 1 minute- or 30 seconds if the cold is too much to take. The shock of the cold should revitalize tired eyes, relieving them of puffiness and dark circles.

Tip #5: Tea Bags

Another age old remedy for reducing puffiness is soaking a couple of tea bags in warm water. Soak two caffeinated tea bags in warm water for a few minutes. Then, chill the bags in the refrigerator for another few minutes. Once chilled, wring each tea bag out and place one under each eye for 5 minutes. Your eyes should be noticeably less puffy afterwards.

Tip #6: Get Your Beauty Sleep

One of the easiest things you can do for your overall health, beauty, and wellness is simply get enough sleep.

Sleeping- for 8 hours a night at minimum– will drastically reduce puffiness, redness, and dark circles around the eye area. Additionally, some sleep experts claim that sleeping with your head elevated with one or two extra pillows will prevent fluid from building up in lower eyelids. This fluid is what causes dark under eye circles and puffiness.

Tip #7: Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine

We know this is going to be a hard sell, but it’s worth noting that consuming both alcohol and caffeine will dehydrate your skin, which can exacerbate the appearance of dark under eye circles and puffiness.

Avoiding alcohol and caffeine 100% is best for your skin and beauty; however, just limiting your intake will help.

Tip #8: Drink Plenty of Water

In the same vein, drinking enough water to keep you adequately hydrated is important for skin health as well as your health overall. Drinking plenty of water can help reduce the appearance of puffy eyes as keeping the skin hydrated will restore skin’s elasticity and maintain its firmness.

Tip #9: Reduce Salt Intake

Consuming an excess amount of salt causes your body to retain fluid. This retention causes skin to appear puffy and can lead to bloating and weight gain. On top of that, eating too much sodium increases your chance to develop high blood pressure, kidney stones, and chronic headaches.

It can be hard to limit sodium intake as you may not be aware of just how much sodium is added to food, especially processed food products and restaurant food. Check labels and nutrition facts whenever possible.

On average, the American Heart Association suggests that we consume ~ 1,500 mg of sodium per day for optimal health.

Tip #10: Use Essential Oils

Fans of aromatherapy, rejoice! There are several essential oils that can help reduce puffy eyes and dark circles.

  • Rose Geranium– This oil relieves water retention, which reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark under eye circles. Try dropping a few drops of rose geranium in some chilled aloe gel for an invigorating boost to your skin.
  • Fennel and Witch Hazel– Try combining these two oils for an effective remedy that combats and smooths wrinkles, including bags under the eyes. This combination further tones and tightens skin which combats sagging under the eyes and reduces puffiness.
  • Cypress– The constricting properties in this oil reduces blood vessels that are swollen, tightens skin, and eliminates fluid retention.
  • Lavender– This soothing oil diminishes the appearance of under-eye bags. When applied to the skin, the diuretic components of lavender drain excess fluid from the under eye area, giving the skin a brighter more youthful look.

Want more ideas about essential oils? Check out this article from beautymunsta, complete with recipes to make your very own beauty remedies at home!

Try Veritas Services!

Besides these 10 tips for reducing puffy eyes and dark circles, there are several treatment options available at Veritas Backstage that can help with these issues as well! To find out which of these options works best for you and your beauty goals, schedule a consultation or give us a call (800) 954-7590 today!

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