Feeling old and tired because of your eyes? Wrinkled eye bags and dark circles that seem like a falling shadow are sure a visual nightmare for each of us. Under-eye bags are a natural effect of aging, but they can also be caused by lack of sleep, allergies, and habits that promote water retention. Eye bags don’t only look bad – they are your body’s way of showing you that you need to make some changes to your lifestyle and get more rest. Still, if they only invade your face occasionally, there are some tested, natural ways to get rid of under eye swelling.
Here are the top ways to get rid of puffy eyes.
Water: To speed-up your metabolism and make sure puffy eyes never bother you again, drink at least two liters (half a gallon) of water every day.When the body is well hydrated, there is less chance of water retention that can cause your under-eye area and other parts of your body to swell. Water also helps flush toxins out of the body.Stay away from drinks that cause you to become dehydrated, like coffee and alcohol.Flush excess salt from your system
by drinking water. Avoid salty foods for the rest of the day.
Small potatoes: Slice a raw potato (after refrigerating for a couple of minutes) into two and circle the closed eyes gently with those halves. Place it on your eyes so that it also covers the puffed ares under your eyes and leave it like that for 15-20 minutes. You’ll notice a tremendous change in those bags as they’ll be diminished in size.
Milk: Milk is yet another nutritious substance that can work wonders for beautifying your eyes. Soak a piece of cotton wool in some cold milk.Gently squeeze out any excess and place the wool on your eyes. Keep them on for 20 minutes or half an hour. This works great for sore eyes or dark circles, but make sure you do this at least once a day.
Cold Spoons: This simple home remedy is surprisingly very effective. It will help tighten up the skin around your eyes as well as relax the blood vessels, thus offering relief to puffy and tired eyes.Chill 5 or 6 metal spoons in your refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.Hold the rounded portion of one of the cold spoons against your eye for a few minutes until the spoon becomes warm.As the spoon warms, replace it with another cold one from the refrigerator.
Say no to salt: Salt makes your body retain more water than normal, the result being that you feel bloated. This is true for every part of the body, including the eyes. Eliminating salt from your diet is not easy, but it has many health and beauty benefits. You should also read the nutrition information on packaged foods, as many of them contain large quantities of salt.
Cucumbers: The benefits of cucumbers are many. They are also prime ingredients of facial creams. The ascorbic acid and caffeine in cucumber brings down the water retention in the eye. They are great moisturizers for your skin as they contain 95% water. They help tighten the open pores and rejuvenate the dead skin. With richness in Vitamin E and potassium they can remove the blemishes on your skin. Take 2 slices of fresh refrigerated cucumber and place it on your eyes for 25 minutes. Take a short nap with slices still on your yes which 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.
Change your sleeping position: Side sleepers may actually notice that the eye on the side they sleep on has a larger bag than the eye on the other side.Try gradually sleeping on your back more often than your stomach or side. It’s not easy to change sleeping positions, so you may have a little difficulty getting used to it at first. You can try adding pillows to your sides to make it easier to sleep on your back.
Chilled Tea Bags: Put the tea bags in hot water for a minute and then refrigerate it for some time. Lie back and place the tea bags over the eyes. Leave it on the eyes for 20-30 minutes. Wash your eyes after 30 minutes in cold water. You will have refreshed eyes. You can use either green tea bags or black tea bags for this purpose. The caffeine present in the tea constricts the blood vessels around the eyes and reduces the swelling and redness.
Egg Whites: Egg whites have skin-tightening properties that can help banish under-eye bags as well as help prevent wrinkles.
1.Separate the yolks from 2 eggs and put the whites in a bowl.
2.Whip the egg whites thoroughly until you get a stiff consistency.
3.Add a few drops of witch hazel, a natural skin-tightening astringent.
4.Use a brush or soft cloth to apply this mixture under your eyes and allow it to dry.
5.Leave it on for about 15 minutes.
6.Do this daily for a few days.
Coffee or tea: When it comes to eye bags, the answer is always tea. Chamomile and green tea are not only soothing beverages, they are also wonderful beautifying tools. Find a calm, serene place where you can sip your tea, while applying the chilled tea-bags on your eyes. Stay like that for 10-15 minutes to soothe puffy eyes.
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