How to reduce puffiness and dark circles under eyes

How to reduce puffiness and dark circles under eyes

The last thing anyone wants is to show up at school or work in the morning with the aftereffects of a rough night showing on his or her face. Dark circles and under the eye puffiness are sure giveaways that your previous night’s rest might not have been the recommended eight hours. Since what you do in your spare time is no one else’s business, and this includes partying all night, you want to minimize that evidence as much as possible.

It’s important to note that dark circles under the eyes can be indicative of illness or allergies. If you constantly experience dark circles and it has nothing to do with lack of sleep, you’d be well advised to visit your doctor. Do the same if puffiness persists as this could indicate problems with the kidneys or sinuses.

Reducing dark under-eye circles and puffiness related to lack of sleep isn’t difficult and you don’t need to spend a fortune at the cosmetics counter. If you wake up in the morning and your eyes are dark and puffy, it may indicate water retention. This is easily remedied by drinking a few glasses of water.

Since caffeine, salty foods and alcohol only compound the problem, eliminating them from your diet will help prevent water retention. Pat your eyes to distribute the fluid evenly. Don’t rub them though; this may cause swelling which will only make matters worse.

Of course, it goes without saying that proper sleep is essential if you want to avoid looking as though you were partying all night. Sleeping with your head raised can help to keep fluid from collecting under your eyes. You don’t need to sleep in a sitting position but using two or three thick pillows can help reduce swelling.

If you work in front of a computer all day, it’s important to take a break every couple of hours to rest your eyes. If they feel tired, splash them with some cold water and they will feel rejuvenated. If you could get away with closing your eyes for a few minutes, and not look like you’re sleeping on the job, try to do so to give your tired eyes a rest.

It may be that you need something soothing on your eyes. Why not relax for a while with some cucumber slices on your eyes? Ten to thirty minutes on the couch with your eyes closed and your feet up should make you feel like new. Your eyes will feel as if they’ve undergone a spa treatment.

If cucumbers aren’t handy, try a cool water compress, a compress of cold milk, an ice pack, potato slices or even some damp tea bags. Tea contains tannin which acts as an astringent. Dampen a couple of tea bags with cold water and place them over your eyes. Relax for fifteen to thirty minutes.

This may not feel like a spa treatment, but it’s still a soothing way to eliminate those unsightly bags and circles. Place a couple of spoons in your freezer and leave them for about thirty minutes. Take them out and place them over your eyes. This will soothe them much in the same manner as a cold compress or some cucumber slices.

There are also products on the market to not only soothe tired eyes, but to conceal dark circles and puffiness. When going this route, be sure to read the product label and make sure the product is right for you. It’s imperative that you follow all directions implicitly as you don’t want to cause any damage to your eyes.

If you were up all night partying, reading or even watching television, you needn’t worry. A cool compress or soothing home remedy will rejuvenate tired eyes and eliminate the evidence before it’s time to leave for work or school. Your eyes work hard for you all day, won’t you take a few minutes out to give them some much needed rest?

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