Instead of buying expensive creams and ointments, here is a frugal fix to try next time you wake up and see two big puffy eyes and dark circles staring back at you in the mirror.
5 Ways To Reduce Puffy Eyes
Here are four quick and easy ways to reduce your puffy eyes and get on with your day.
1. Tea Bags
Reuse your old tea bags by saving them after making tea. Keep them moist by placing them in an air-tight container and storing them in the refrigerator. When you need a quick fix for puffy eyes, lean your head back and place a tea bag over each closed eyelid and relax for five to ten minutes.
It really doesn’t matter whether you use black tea or green tea. Both contain unique properties to decrease swelling around the eyes. The caffeine in the black tea helps constrict blood vessels to reduce swelling.
Green tea possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, believed to not only reduce swelling but remove toxins. When applied topically, green tea leaves your skin looking smoother. This is why so many pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies supplement their skincare products with green tea extracts.
Is it easier for you to relax with something warmer? After steeping two tea bags in hot water for three to five minutes, let cool long enough to be comfortable to the touch, then place the warm tea bags on your closed eyelids for five to ten minutes.
2. Vegetable Slices
Other frugal remedies that you can find in the kitchen include using chilled cucumbers or potato slices. Both cucumbers and potatoes contain natural astringents that cause soft tissue to constrict to reduce puffiness.
The astringent also helps reduce water retention around the area. Potato starch is also an anti-inflammatory agent to reduce swelling. Just place the slice of choice over each eyelid and relax for five to ten minutes while the cukes or spuds work their magic. If you want to combine the effects of both, grate the cucumber and potato and soak round cotton pads in the juice to place on your eyelids.
3. Egg Whites
There seems to be no end to the number of things in your kitchen that can be used to shrink those bloated eyes. You can beat one or two egg whites until stiff, then apply gently underneath your eyes, on your eyelids, and under the brow area. As the mixture dries, it pulls the skin tighter and reduces that puffy look.
4. Cold Compress
Don’t have any food in the kitchen or pantry? You can make a cold compress by wrapping a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel. The coolness and the pressure from the weight of the bag of vegetables will work together to reduce and compress swelling.
5. Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Gel
If you don’t have teabags or vegetables or eggs on hand and a cold compress is taking too long, I definitely recommend you keep Mary Kay’s Indulge Soothing Eye Gel on hand for life’s moments. Because let’s face it, you can’t get anything done while you are lying down with something covering your eyes!
Mary Kay’s Indulge Soothing Eye Gel is my go-to for a quick fix for puffy eyes after a night of crying after a bad break-up or God-forbid learning you lost a loved one. Or maybe you get puffy eyes from lack of sleep or being hungover. Whatever the reason, this shiz has got you covered.
Now go do something about those eyes and put your best face forward!