Looking yourself at the mirror and seeing those bulging or sagging eye bags can be really frustrating. Puffy eyes or what we common call as eye bags can be normal to some individuals. This is characterized by swelling of the orbits (tissues around the eyes). Thus, in medical terms, it is called as periorbital puffiness.
Several factors are known to cause puffiness of the eyes. Among these are fatigue, lack of sleep or the opposite of it which is of course oversleeping, allergies, diet, and even as a result of crying. While some causes can only result to temporary puffiness, others which include skin disorders, improper functioning tear glands, and some diseases can pose and alarm on you. And in extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.
- Cucumber Eye Mask
You surely are familiar with cucumber eye masks. Cucumbers contain enzymes and powerful astringent properties that effectively relieve stressed skin, tighten it and is a good anti-inflammatory. Thus, it can be a great treatment for eye bags including wrinkles and dark circles. To prepare, chill a piece of cucumber on your refrigerator. After 10 minutes or so, take it out and cut into thick slices. Take two and cover your eyes for about 15 minutes or until the coldness is gone. This will give you much time to relax too as you close your peppers for a little while. Do this daily.
- Egg Whites plus Witch Hazel
As mentioned, egg whites can tighten your skin and eliminate wrinkles. Witch hazel is likewise effective in skin tightening. This skin tightening properties are essential for eliminating puffiness too. To prepare, beat egg whites and a few drops of witch hazel until stiff. Apply it directly under your eyes. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes before running cold water. Repeat this procedure until puffiness disappears.
- Hydrate with Nothing Else but Water
This is perhaps the easiest and the most cost-free remedy. To iterate, drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily not only gives your cells a boost but adds glow to your skin. Toxins are flushed out of the body and puffiness is eliminated as there is rare chances of water retention which can led to swelling of body parts including the under-eye area. Not only that, as you hydrate, be sure to reduce your salt intake too as it can cause the body to retain much water. Shun from soda and other carbonated drinks including caffeine. Much more, alcohol. They give you the opposite instead – dehydration.
- Potato Starch Patch
Potatoes are also a great way to get rid of your eye bags. Potatoes contain starch which has anti-inflammatory properties that effectively relieves swelling in the under eye are. Preparation is so easy. Simply peel the skin of a medium-sized potato. Make sure to wash and dry it properly. Shave the potato and wrap it in a clean cotton cloth. Place it on your eyes as you would an eye mask. Leave it for 20 minutes. Repeat this daily until the puffiness is gone. This is effective in treating dark circles too.
- Tea Bag Masks
You know the benefits green tea does to your health. While consuming this healthy drink, make use of its bags too. Refrigerate 2 teabags (used or probably soaked in hot water then removed to cool down) and place them on your eyelids for 15 minutes. This will not only relieve your eyes from puffiness and redness but also give your skin the glow it needs.
- Cold Metal Spoons
Another inexpensive eye bag remedy is the use of cold spoons. Yes, you read it right. While you may doubt its effectiveness, this has been backed by many who have tried this remedy though; myself included. Take out 6 metal spoons and refrigerate it for 15 minutes. You can place it on the freezer for faster cooling if you want. Now, take two and place it on your eye bags. Hold it until the coldness is gone and grab another two from the refrigerator to replace what you had. This may look funny but the idea behind this is putting a cold pack on your eye bags can relieve your tired eyes and relax the blood vessels. In effect, your skin can tighten up and you would be able to get it of the puffiness.
- Teething Rings
Same as your metal spoon remedy, teething rings can also be utilized to provide a cooling effect on your under eye area. Refrigerate teething rings for 10 minutes and place it on your eye bags. Do this daily until you have finally relieved yourself from unwanted puffiness.
- Avocado Mask
Avocado takes the stage as an overall skin enhancing remedy. Remove all your blemishes, dark circles, wrinkles, and eye bags by placing cold ripe avocado slices as eye mask.
- Almond and Milk Paste
Milk and ground almonds are great finishers. While you may use other means like metal spoons and teething rings, you need to nourish your eyes and skin too. Aside from that, clearing it out is better achieved with the help of milk.