Puffy eyes can make you look tired, old and just plain haggard, which is not the way you should feel – or look – in the morning. The good news is that under eye puffiness is a temporary condition caused by fluids that build up under your eyes as you sleep. And because puffy eyes have more to do with fluid than exhaustion – allergies, sinus conditions and even premenstrual syndrome can compound your puffy eye problems.
Because puffy eyes are not at all the chronic condition that dark circles or under eye bags are, some women choose to let time work its magic and let their under eye puffiness fade away all by itself (as it will after a couple hours of being upright). If you don’t have the luxury of time to let your body’s physiology sort itself out – if you’re one of the many millions of women who must look their best the first thing in the morning – read on.
How to Reduce Puffy Eyes
Getting rid of puffy eyes can be as simple as applying a cooling eye gel (gels stored in the refrigerator work best) or as challenging as changing the way you sleep. If you’re up for the challenge, try sleeping on your back with your head elevated; this will encourage drainage. Other things that encourage under-eye drainage are cold compresses, refrigerated cooling masks, or tapping lightly on the area under your eyes from the inner corners to the outer corners.
Does Hot Honey Work?
You may have heard that honey will reduce under eye puffiness, but honey has warming properties and the trick to reducing puffiness is to cool the eyes, not warm them. Some natural remedies that do work include resting on your back with cold cucumber slices or cold tea bags on your eyes. The tannins in the tea will help reduce darkness while the coldness of the tea bags will reduce swelling.
Of course, if your hectic morning doesn’t allow time for home remedies, get yourself a good eye gel and use it sparingly every morning. Then, you can go out into the world with bright, refreshed eyes and confidence – the all-time number-one natural remedy for beauty and success.