Dec 8, 2012
We've all be there – waking up to puffy eyes that make us look like a big ol' mess instead of the natural beauties we really are.
Whether those puffy eyes are due to lack of sleep, a sensitivity to certain makeup products, your diet, an allergy flare up, or just a good cry sesh, the results are never pretty.
Luckily, there are simple ways to de-puff those puffy eyes and best of all, you can make these quick DIY fixes yourself for only pennies per treatment....and we're not talking just cucumber slices!
Curious to find out how? Read on.
Ice Ice Baby
No matter what the cause of your puffy eyes, one way to shrink the swelling is to cool things down.
All you have to do is grab an ice cube, wrap it in a thin facecloth or tea towel, and run it under a light stream of cool water to get the ice melting and the cooling effect to seep through the towel. Then just place it directly onto one eye and hold it there for as long as you can stand it.
Once your eye starts to feel too cold (typically about a minute) simply move the ice cube over to the other eye and hold.
This trick helps to constrict the blood vessels under and around your eyes which will help to reduce the puffiness.
Make sure you do this for both your eyelids and under your eyes to ensure all the swelling has subsided.
An Essential Treatment
While placing just about anything cold on your eyes can help to reduce any unwanted swelling, some days you just want to try something new.
Recently I came across a handy little trick that uses essential oils and acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping to shrink the blood vessels and cause your eyes to look more alert and awake.
Just grab yourself some Rosemary essential oil and some Olive Oil and follow along:
- mix 2 drops of Rosemary Oil with 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil (to help dilute the solution and cease any irritation)
- once your two oils are mixed, using your (clean) index finger rub the oils onto your eyelids and underneath your eyes
- be sure to avoid getting the oils in your eye as this could cause serious irritation (and should be flushed with water if it happens)
- allow the oils to sit on your eyes for a few minutes until you notice the swelling subsiding
- wipe away any excess oil
Not only is it a simple fix, but it is gentle on your skin. And thanks to the natural Ceffeic Acid content this solution will help to de-puff any lingering puffiness you may have.
Un-Puffing is Easy as 1, 2, Tea
Once I explain this treatment you will see just how clever that title really is...if I do say so myself. To deflate those puffy bags under your eyes, head into the kitchen and grab yourself two teabags.
Just about any kind of tea will do, as long as it's caffeinated. I personally like Green Tea as it leaves the least amount of tea stains.
From there the process is simple, all you have to do is:
- run your teabags under cold water for a few minutes
- wring out the excess water
- put them in the freezer for about 5-7 minutes until they are quite cold
- take them out of the freezer, lie down, and place the teabags over your eyes
- allow them to sit there for around 20 minutes
After your 20 minutes is up you should notice the swelling under your eyes subsiding and any under-eye bags you may have had should also shrink.
Of course, if you want, you could get really wild and let your teabags steep for about 20 minutes until you have a strong cup of tea.
Then simply pour your strong tea into ice cube trays, place in the freezer and wait until they are completely frozen. Once done, pop out an ice cube, place into a thin towel and place onto your eyes. Not only will you get the caffeinated effects of the tea but you will also have the cooling effect of the ice.
Talk about a de-puffing powerhouse!
And there you have it, 3 simple and quick solutions for un-puffing those puffy eyes. I have to admit, I love me a quick and easy DIY beauty fix!
Of course, I'm sure these aren't the only solutions out there so please, if you have any DIY tricks to help reduce eye puffiness share them in the comment section below!
Vanessa is the chief blogging babe for BesSkincare.com where she blogs and vlogs about all things skincare including product reviews and handy DIY tips and tricks, such as homemade acne face wash, that help her readers to look and feel their very best!