It is that time of the year again. Between family, friends, work and maybe kids, you have a ton of Holiday Parties to attend. Which means that, over the next few weeks, you will eat and drink too much while sleeping less than you need. Even if you know that your eyes need their beauty rest and healthy diet to shine, there’s not much you can do about it. You have obligations. A ton of them. And you need to look your best at each one of these parties.
But with the lack of sleep, excessive drinking—not talking about water—and eating, your eyes seem to get a little puffier every single day. It has to stop, even if it is just for tonight. People will take pictures and there’s no way you can be immortalized looking like that…
You need a quick fix.
If you read my previous blogs, you know I am a Doctor specialized in Skin Care. So you know I have to tell you to drink more water—even more when you drink alcohol—to help your fluids circulate inside your body and flush out the toxins. You know I have to tell you to limit your salt intake, because it is the main cause of fluid retention and puffy eyes. You know I have to tell you to cut back on alcohol and cigarettes, so you’re healthy and you look great. You know I have to tell you to remove your make-up before you go to bed and sleep for at least 8 hours every single night…
But none of those is a quick fix. These are things you could—you should—do every day to keep looking better. But today, you need something that will work instantly. Something that will “un-puff” your eyes and keep them clear for the night.
If you read my previous blogs, you know I am all for natural remedies. Your eyes are ultra-sensitive and need to be respected and cared for. That’s why I compiled the best natural remedies for you to try at home, just before getting ready, so you look fabulous for your party.
Teaspoons are a very effective and fast remedy to make your eye bags temporarily disappear.
They will help tighten up the skin around your eyes as well as relax the blood vessels. They are one of the easiest solution to get relief from puffy and tired eyes.
Place two spoons in your freezer for about 15 min. Once cold, close your eyes and place the cold spoons with curved side down on your closed eyes. Then, rest for 10-15 min and admire the result. You could also use chilled cotton balls or compresses.
Baby Gel Teething Ring
Because the cold is so good to temporarily take care of puffy eyes, baby teething rings are the perfect tool. They relieve your baby’s sore gums, they will relieve you tired eyes just the same.
Put two gel-filled baby teething rings in the freezer until they’re ice cold, then lie down and place the rings on your closed eyelids for about 10 minutes. The cold will not only reduce eye puffiness but invigorate you, too.
Chilled Tea Bags
Whether you prefer green, black or chamomile tea, the bags can help soothe puffy and irritated eyes. Green and black teas contain caffeine which constrict the tiny blood vessels in the skin around the eyes. Caffeinated tea also contains tannins which stimulate blood circulation. Chamomile tea doesn’t have caffeine but it does have significant anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Chamomile is used to treat maladies all over the body so no surprise that it also revives tired, puffy eyes and reduces redness. It can also provide relief for conjunctivitis and pink eye. And, whatever tea you choose, the chilled used bags will also give you the benefit of a cold compress as well.
Simply brew a pot of your favorite tea—you’ll need two used bags. Once your tea is ready, remove the bags and chill them while you drink a cup or two—again, 15 min in the freezer would be perfect. Then, lie down, close your eyes and let the chilled bags rest there while you take a short nap. (Keep in mind that some people have allergic reactions to chamomile.)
Rosewater contains vitamin C and A, as well as flavonoids. It is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties. It is also incredibly rejuvenating and refreshing.
Simmer rose petals in just enough distilled water to cover them. When the petals have lost their color, strain the liquid and let it cool. Saturate a cotton ball or a compress with the rosewater and dab under eyes to reduce dark circles and refresh the skin.
For an even stronger effect, add a few drops of Witch Hazel to your rosewater. It is a well-known astringent often used to reduce swelling and redness and it is extra refreshing when chilled.
This is the most advertised homemade remedy for puffy eyes, and for a good reason! Cucumbers contain antioxidants and flavonoids that help with redness and irritation while their enzymes and astringent properties will make your blood vessels constrict to diminish the eye bags and help tighten the skin. This remedy will also help get rid of wrinkles and dark circles around your eyes. For extra puffy eye relief, use cool cucumber.
“If puffiness is accompanied by irritation, home remedies like cucumbers or chamomile tea can help reduce the inflammation and swelling,” says dermatologist Dr. Gregory Nikolaidis. And they need to be chilled for a reason, as he points out that “cold cucumbers or tea bags also work in part by the cooling effects of evaporation.”
Open your fridge, take out that chilled cucumber from the vegetable basket, remove the peel—so they are more comfortable—and cut the cucumber into thick roundels. Take two slices and put back the rest of them in the fridge. Now place these cucumber slices on your eyes and relax. Let them be there for the time till they get warmed, then switch for new ones. Repeat for up to 30 minutes. Afterward you’ll feel nice and refreshed.
Strawberry is another effective option for treating your swollen puffy eyes: their high content in alpha-hydroxy acids helps smooth out the skin, while also reducing the swelling, dark circles and puffiness. Additionally, strawberries contain antioxidants that help make the skin look younger.
Take fresh refrigerated strawberries— again, the coolness helps—, remove the tops and cut the fruits into thick pieces. Lie down on your back and place the strawberries under your eyes for about 5 minutes. After removing them, rinse your face with cold water and apply your moisturizer.
Gentler Eye Massage
Whatever technique you chose, you’ll have even better results with a gentle massage around your eyes. Because that puffiness is caused by excessive fluids trapped around your eyes, you can make it go away with light self-massage.
First, close your eyes and lightly press your ring finger under each eye. Then move your finger in arc shape from inside corner of your eye towards outside. Make 10-15 rounds. Be gentle because eyes are very sensitive organs.
Make it a habit to massage your eyes this way every morning before you get out of your bed and you’ll always look stunning.
You are now ready to apply your make-up. You look fresh and rested, your eyes are bright and beautiful. Have fun tonight and, as soon as the Holiday season is over, get some sleep!