Last year I lived in a house with virtually no circulation. The only windows to let in fresh air were giant glass doors which attracted all kinds of spiders and bugs that my roommates and I were too afraid to touch. I was always forced to make some kind of contraption with a Swiffer and paper towel to do the deadly deed. Either that or I would have to call our neighbor, a zoologist, to dispose of the creatures. In addition, his house was under construction for over 4 months which caused an extreme amount of dust and debris to sneak into our bedroom. The combination of no circulation and dust bunnies were the two key ingredients for my intense, puffy eyes every morning.
For months I searched for remedies to rid of my puffy eyes; and I finally created a list of tips and tricks to share. No matter if your recipe for the dreaded puffy eyes is lack of sleep, crying, alcohol intake, the environment, etc. (as long as it is not due to a clinical problem in which you should seek medical attention), the following are the best solutions I have found to work!
• Instead of icing your eyes, which can turn into a mess, refrigerate two spoons every night before you go to sleep. Then rest them on your eyelids in the morning.
• Purchase a eye mask that you can both use during the night, or freeze and place over your eyes for about 15 minutes. I purchased mine at Bath and Body Works and always use it in the mornings to reduce my puffs.
• Cut two slices of cold cucumber about ½ inch thick and rest them over your eyelids.
• Wet two tea bags and chill them in the refrigerator and place over your eyelids.
• Buy a soothing eye cream with Vitamin E and aloe. I use Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich.
Long Term Fixes:
• Elevate your head when sleeping.
• Reduce your salt intake. Drink plenty of water to flush out the excess salt in your system.
• Snack on bananas and raisins; both of which are proven to reduce fluid retention.
• Consume diuretics (such as cabbage and/or cranberry juice). They will also help you release excess fluid.
• Exercise to improve circulation.
• And most of all, try to get enough sleep.
I hope this information helps and good luck!