Puffy eyes are a real problem. Unlike dark circles, they can’t be concealed using makeup. The worst thing? They usually come as a surprise when you wake up in the morning, like a zit that grew overnight. But before you panic and take MC, here are some ways to de-puff those peepers so you don’t look like you’re running on reserves – or like you just cried your eyes out the whole night.
The most well-known natural remedy in getting rid of puffy eyes: using cucumber slices. Due to its high water content, cucumber has hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties to reduce the puffiness in your under-eye region.
Chill cucumber slices in the freezer for about 30 minutes. The cucumber slices should be about 1.5cm thick. Lying down with eyes closed, place the chilled cucumber slices over your eyes. Let them sit for 15 minutes for the natural acids of the cucumber to work their magic into your skin.
Raw egg whites
Other than nursing a bruise, eggs are also good for de-puffing your eyes – specifically, egg whites. Egg whites are rich in vitamin B and folic acid that reduce the levels of oxidative stress on your skin.
After washing your hands thoroughly, apply half a teaspoon of egg white under each eye and wait for 15 minutes as it dries. Rinse well with warm water.
Tea bags are also a common home remedy to banish puffy eyes and dark circles. Tea leaves contain an antioxidant, tannin, which helps to draw out toxins and tighten pores to reduce overall swelling.
Place two tea bags in hot water and let them sit for a minute. Take them out and let cool, before placing the bags over your eyes for about 15 minutes.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is an all-in-one cream that not only soothes sunburns and moisturises dry skin, but is also useful in de-puffing your eyes. The antioxidants and vitamin E in aloe vera gel helps to improve blood circulation and flush out fluids to reduce swelling.
Like an eye cream, apply aloe vera gel directly on the puffy area. Massage gently to help the gel get absorbed into the skin.
Cool temperature really works when it comes to tackling swollen eyes. When you do not have any of the previous ingredients readily available, use this method. Also, drink more water throughout the day to help flush out toxins and reduce swelling.
Place two tablespoons in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Using the back of the spoons, roll them around the swelling area until the coolness of the spoon wears off.
Text: Jillian See / Shape Singapore / June 2018
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