How the heck do you get rid of puffy under eyes? That’s the magic question, isn’t it? There are nights when I swear I’ve gotten plenty of sleep, and I’ve not worked myself in the ground like I have a tendency to do, but I still wake up looking like a puffer fish burrowed underneath my eyes. What is going on???
Well, it seems puffy eyes can be caused by a lot of things other than lack of sleep. For instance, too much salt intake, not enough water, allergy, stress, sinus problems and aging (that last one seems a bit unfair). If you are constantly plagued by puffy eyes, it may be prudent to see your doctor. I love using words like, “prudent”. Most people, however, could benefit from just a few simple home remedies or changes in diet. Check these out:
Eat less salt: Salt, although tasty, causes fluid retention which can cause puffy under eyes. Stay away from common table salt and use dried herb blends and lemon juice to season foods. You’d be surprised how delicious your food will be, and you’re getting the sodium out of your diet.
Sleep on your back: This one is hard for me because I’m a tummy sleeper, naturally. But I’ve been training myself to sleep on my back to eliminate fluid buildup around my eyes. Try it. You’ll see a difference in no time.
Eat bananas: Bananas, because of their naturally high potassium, are wonderful for eliminating excess fluid in the body. That’s a big plus when you want to get rid of puffy under eyes. Not a big fan of bananas? No problem. These foods will help, too: Avocado, yogurt, acorn squash, sweet potatoes and spinach. Yum.
Use cucumber slices: Yes, this actually works. But they should be cold. How does this work? Cucumbers have antioxidants that are believed to help with irritation around the eyes, while the coolness brings down puffiness. Just slice up some cold cucumber, close your eyes and apply for five minutes. If you don’t have cucumbers, a bag of frozen food (like corn or peas) from your fridge can give you the cooling effect, but you’ll miss out on those antibiotics cucumbers supply.
Use chilled tea bags: Any tea with caffeine (such as black tea) contains tannins that help restrict blood vessels. Simply soak your tea bags in warm water for a few minutes, then store them in the fridge long enough for them to become cold. Put one bag on each closed eye for five minutes.
Did I miss any great home remedies? Do you have a favorite technique for reducing puffy under eyes?