How to Reduce Puffiness Around Eyes

Black tea and cucumbers

Whenever you stay up too late, or have too much or not enough water – you are running a risk of waking up with not so pretty puffiness around eyes. Fortunately, there are some quick solutions for that.

Black tea can help to reduce puffiness around eyes. All you’ll need is a very strong tea and cotton rounds (or cotton balls). Soak cotton rounds in tea and apply to eyelids. Leave them on for a few minutes. This procedure improves circulation, which in turn helps to diminish puffiness.

Tea can have a drying effect on delicate skin around eyes. So, it is a good idea to follow up with a moisturizer. Word of caution: make sure that tea is not too hot, warm or cold tea is fine. If you are wearing contact lenses, you should remove them before the procedure.

Contrast temperature is another way to control puffiness. Soak two cotton rounds in very warm (but not hot) water and apply them to the eyelids. Leave rounds on for a few seconds, then replace them with rounds soaked in cold water. Repeat 5-7 times, ending with cold water.

Chilled slices of cucumber also may do the trick. Just apply a slice to each eyelid for about 10 minutes.

Finally, there are creams designed to reduce puffiness around eyes, but, I never had much luck with them.

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