If you find yourself waking up with bags under your eyes each day, you don’t have to suffer! Here are our top 10 tips to dealing with puffy eyes.
Sleep on your back, elevated.
It’s a simple measure, but if you can learn to sleep comfortably on your back with your head slightly elevated by an extra pillow, you will find less fluid build-up in the morning. This is because it can easily drain when you face upwards in sleep.
While we’re discussing it – they call it beauty sleep for a reason! Without an adequate amount, your body doesn’t have the opportunity to do its work. This is the time that it is most efficient at dealing with toxins and waste in the body. If you have limited or disjointed sleep, it can interrupt this process, leaving you with the tell tales signs in the morning.
While they remind us of spa days, cucumber slices are actually very effective at counteracting puffiness. They contain enzymes and astringent properties that effectively reduce inflammation.
Tea bags are fantastic at reducing swelling under your eyes. They natural contain caffeine and antioxidants, which are a dream team for soothing the eyes. Green tea is one of the best options, and you can enjoy a cup afterwards as well! You simply boil and brew two tea bags, then allow them to cool in the fridge until it is chilled. Place over each eye and allow them to do their thing for 10 minutes.
You probably didn’t expect to find these in the list! However, the starch within potatoes actually contain anti-inflammatory properties that can assist in reducing swelling under the eyes.
Reduce the salt.
If you’re a bit gung-ho when it comes to salt at the dinner table, you may want to re-think that. Too much sodium in your system means that your kidneys will signal to the rest of the body to hold water. One of the common places we see fluid retention is, you guessed it, under the eyes.
This one is a quick and easy step to implement in your morning routine. You can do it while you cleanse/moisturise. A gentle massage, can assist in dispersing fluid under the eye. Using just your index fingers, bend your finger and rub your knuckle from the side of your nose, sweeping out toward your ear. It’s important to do this with some kind of product so you aren’t dragging on the skin. Repeat several times and it will encourage the built up fluid to drain from the pocket under your eye.
Much like the ‘ice cube priming’ technique for your pores, cool spoons can help to tighten the skin and shrink blood vessels. This means less inflammation.
While some of us rely on it for our daily energy hit, it turns out coffee is also a brilliant wake me up for the eyes! Make your own mask with the recipe below! Not only will the caffeine brighten your eyes and actively reduce puffiness and swelling, you might also experience a boost in energy as your skin can absorb caffeine!
Don’t forget water.
As funny as it sounds, water can fight water retention! While your body is full of toxins, it will store it within fluid that can sit and build up in areas like under the eyes. Keep flushing this waste through by staying on top of the amount of water you drink!
Have you got your own fool proof method to get rid of the puff in the morning? Share it with us in the comments below!
Pin or print the recipe below for your DIY Eye Mask!
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