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#DarkcirclesDiaries Part 3: Puffy eyes

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This post is the third part in the #DarkcirclesDiaries. You can have a look at the other two parts where in one I discuss about Dark circles caused due to Hyperpigmentation and in another where I discuss about Dark circles caused due to Thinning under eye area.

As mentioned in my previous posts in order to tackle dark circles you first need to get to the root cause. Find out what caused the presence of dark circles around your eyes in the first place before merely using various eye creams and home remedies. Or else you will find yourself trying remedies after remedies all in vain with no particular benefits. I have described in my previous posts how to find what caused your dark circles as well as how to tackle them efficiently and effectively based on the cause. Similarly, this post discusses about puffy eyes which may give you the appearance of possessing dark circles. The good news about puffy eyes is that this situation is temporary and hence is curable with proper care and with the right remedies followed.

POST MAP

  • What is puffy eyes
  • Causes of puffy eyes
  • Precautions to avoid puffy eyes
  • Home remedies to get rid of puffy eyes

WHAT IS PUFFY EYES?

Eye puffiness happens due to the swelling up of tissue around the eye area due to build up of fluids and can be relieved with cool compress.

CAUSES OF PUFFY EYES

Puffy eyes appear due to the following:

  • Fluid/ water retention
    • Alcohol or heavy caffeine consumption can cause fluid retention
    • A diet high in salt can cause high concentration of salt around the eyes leading to puffy eyes
    • Remember to drink a lot of water especially on days you have puffy eyes due to water retention as it will flush the puffed up area and cause the swelling to go down.
    • Sometimes fluid retention can occur due to sleeping for long hours in a horizontal position that causes the fluids to collect up in the eye are and hence can particularly in the mornings. In this case just splash your eyes with cold water several times to clear the puffiness.
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Allergies
    • Such as hay fever, irritants, etc.
    • Use eye drops for irritation caused due to allergies
  • Tiredness
  • Illness
    • Cold, nasal congestions, etc
  • Hormonal changes
    • Due to menstruation
    • Due to pregnancy
  • Crying
    • When you cry too much the tiny glands that produce tears swells up due to over activity leading to puffy eyes.
    • This can particularly be noticeable in the mornings when you have slept off crying the previous night.
  • Lack of sleep
    • Not getting enough sleep or poor quality of sleep can lead to puffy eyes the next day.
    • Remember to catch up on your sleep. Don’t just pitch in the lost hours but make good quality sleep (7-8 straight hours) a lifestyle priority to avoid puffy eyes in the future.

PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID PUFFY EYES

  • While sleeping try placing two pillows below your head in such a way that your head gets raised above your heart level. This can be done in order to avoid fluid from collecting under the eyes thus leading to the appearance of puffy eyes due to fluid retention.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes as the skin under the eye is very delicate
  • Avoid harsh face washes, those that contain harsh or irritating chemicals
  • Use eye creams before going to bed however, avoid using heavy night creams or applying creams with heavy oils in the delicate eye area since heavy oils are not water soluble and can puff up the under eye area.
  • Do not wipe off eye makeup harshly
  • While using a computer screen or mobile screen take care to blink occasionally rather than stare at the monitor screen for so long
  • Control the amount of salt intake in your food

HOME REMEDIES TO GET RID OF PUFFY EYES

Puffy eyes are the easiest to treat. The major remedy to relieve the puffiness is to soothe it. Soothing can be done by applying something cold to the affected eye area. Below are the natural home made remedies that can be followed to achieve this.

Potato

Benefits:

Potatoes have natural astringent properties hence they are a great option when it comes to relieving puffy eyes. When you have sinus issues or nasal congestions and cannot use cooling to relieve puffy eyes (I recommend not to use anything cold over eyes in such cases), then potato is the best option.

How to use?

Method1:

  1. Peel the skin of the potato
  2. Cut two thick round slices of the potato
  3. Place a few drops of water on the surface of the potato
  4. Place the wetted surface of the potato on the eyes
  5. Rest back and relax for half an hour
  6. Wash eye area by splashing water into eyes

Method 2:

  1. Grate potato after peeling off skin
  2. Squeeze the juice out
  3. Soak two pieces of cotton balls/pads in the juice
  4. Dab the cotton over the eyes such that the juice is felt on the eye
  5. Place the cotton over the eyes for 15- 20 minutes
  6. Wash eye area by splashing water into eyes

Cucumber

Benefits:

Cool cucumbers are a great and efficient way to tackle that puffiness. The cooling and soothing properties naturally possessed by cucumbers makes it ideal to relieve eye puffiness quickly.

How to use?

Method 1:

  1. Place to rounded slices of chilled cucumber over the eyes.
  2. Rest and relax for 30 minutes
  3. Wash eye area by splashing cold water into eyes

Method 2:

  1. Soak two pieces of cotton balls/pads in cold cucumber juice
  2. Dab the cotton over the eyes such that the juice is felt on the eye
  3. Place the cotton over the eyes for 15- 20 minutes
  4. Wash eye area by splashing cold water into eyes

Method 3:

  1. Cucumber juice can also be combined with potato juice or both and the steps of method 2 can be followed

Cold Compress

Benefits:

This can particularly be handy in cases where you had to sit through the previous night for long hours or your eyes appear sore due to too many hours spend staring at the monitor. This is also a quick fix just before rushing out of the door the next morning to cover up for the tired eyes due to the previous night.

How to use?

Method 1 (cool cotton):

  1. Dip clean cotton balls in cold milk or rose water.
  2. Place over eyes
  3. Lie back and relax for 15-20 minutes (if you have the time or just dabbing for 5 minutes will also do the trick)
  4. Wash off by splashing eyes with cold water.

Method 2 (chilled spoon):

  1. Place two steel/ metal spoons in the fridge for a few hours
  2. Place the chilled spoon over the eyes
  3. Lie back and relax for 15 minutes (if you have the time or just dabbing for 5 minutes will also do the trick)

Method 3 (chilled tea bags):

  1. Do not throw away tea bag after you use it to make your tea.
  2. Place 2 tea bags (green tea bags, black tea bags or chamomile tea bags) in the fridge and allow it to cool over night or for least 4 hours.
  3. Apply over both eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.

 

Hope you had great read. The next time you see your lovely eyes all puffed up, show it some love by trying these remedies out. And do not forget to share your experience in the comments below so it inspires other readers too.

 

 

 

 

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