A common beauty problem, puffy eyes affect men and women of all ages. Eye bags—puffed out skin beneath the eyes—happen for a variety of reasons, including sinus problems, too much physical stress, allergic reactions, insomnia, excessive crying, dermatitis, hormonal changes, a night of drinking, poor diet, a change in the weather, spending too much time in front of a computer, and heredity. Ridding yourself of eye bags is not hard or expensive, when you try a fast natural treatment at home.
1. Tea bags
Teas, particularly green teas, are anti-inflammatory in nature; they reduce redness, inflammation, and irritation in the body—swelling around the eyes is an inflammatory reaction. Soak two teabags, black or green, in hot water for a few minutes, then remove them from the water and let them cool. Place the tea bags over your eyelids and cover them with a soft cloth; as with the cucumber treatment, it’s a good idea to do this lying down. Leave the teabags over your eyes for ten or fifteen minutes; this treatment can also be repeated several times a day for relief.
When the body is dehydrated, it retains water, preparing for a longer drought. Swelling under the eye, and elsewhere, is one result of dehydration. To keep well hydrated and free of toxins (water flushes them out), drink a minimum of eight to ten eight ounce glasses of water every day. Reducing salt intake will also reduce water retention, as will avoiding caffeine and carbonation (both of these can be dehydrating).
Eating strawberries cleans out the blood and supports the immune system; placing strawberries on the skin will make it look smooth and youthful. The antioxidants in the berries are blood purifiers; alpha hydroxy acid calms the skin, and reduces under-eye bags. Chill a few strawberries in the refrigerator for half an hour, then slice the berries into thick pieces. Lie down and put the slices on your eyes for a few minutes.
4. Cold Spoons
Loose skin under the eyes is part of what causes eye bags; a good way to tighten loose skin is with cold. Holding a chilled spoon against your eye for a few minutes, until it gets warm, will both tighten the skin around your eyes and relax the blood vessels, reducing puffiness. Chill five or six spoons at one time before this treatment, so you can swap them out as they warm against your skin.
The high water content in cucumbers makes them a good remedy for eye bags, which can be aggravated by dry skin. The enzymes in cucumbers and their astringent quality calm inflammation and tighten skin. Cucumbers also help reduce eye wrinkles and dark circles. Chop a cucumber into thick slices, and chill the slices for ten minutes in the refrigerator. Lay the slices over your eyes for at least ten minutes, or until they turn from cold to warm. You can repeat this treatment several times a day to reduce eye bags.
6. Egg Whites
A popular beauty treatment for many years, egg whites contain proteins that nourish the skin, and they have a skin-tightening effect that gets rid of eye bags and prevents wrinkles. Separate out the yolk from two eggs, and scoop the whites into a bowl; whip the egg whites until they are stiff. Add in a few drops of witch hazel (a natural astringent), then brush the mixture under your eyes, using a brush or soft cloth. Leave the egg whites on for fifteen minutes, then rinse thoroughly and air dry. You can repeat this treatment daily for a few days in a row.
7. Cold Water
Eye bags are a frequent side effect of a sleepless night (along with irritability and exhaustion). Rinse your face with several washes of ice-cold water; this will constrict the blood vessels in your face and reduce the swelling. Splash your face several times throughout the day, to wake yourself up and calm the puffiness. Another method is to fill a bag with ice, wrap it in a washcloth, and lay it over your eyes for a while.
The starch in potatoes has anti-inflammatory properties; these properties reduce swelling, like under the eyes. Use a medium sized potato for this treatment; peel, wash, dry, and grate it. Place the shavings into a clean cloth and tie it up; place the cloth over your eyelids for a few minutes (it feels nicer to chill the potato beforehand). You can repeat this treatment until the eye bags calm down—it also relieves dark under-eye circles.
9. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is very good at treating skin trouble, both irritations and burns. To hydrate the delicate skin under your eyes, and speed the healing of any scars, apply a thin layer of Aloe Vera gel, and let it soak in and sit for a few minutes. Rinse off the gel with cool or cold water. If you can grow an Aloe Vera plant in your kitchen window, even better—break off a tentacle and use the clear gel inside. The plant will heal and keep growing.
10. Salt water
This treatment works in a way similar to osmosis, drawing retained fluid out of the skin. Heat four cups of water (not too hot—it’s going on your face), pour it into a bowl, and add a half-teaspoon of salt. Soak some cotton balls in the warm saline water, and lay them over your eyes for a little while. Swap out the cotton balls with new ones, keeping the treatment going for fifteen to twenty minutes.