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Health | Looking in to the natural ways to reduce puffy eyes

As WE make the transition from summer to autumn, our skin naturally starts to lose some of its glow, but our eyes and the surrounding skin do seem to suffer more than any other place on the face.


If we are tired and run down the first place this shows is around the eye bag area, or the colour of the whites of our eyes.


I have recently endured a long haul flight, and it really does make a difference to that way your skin looks. I think it took me at least two to three days to feel back to normal, so the following information is going to help you if you are experiencing dark puffy eyes for some reason.


There are plenty of reasons for puffy eyes and dark circles, some of which are late nights, drinking or smoking. But there are many other reasons for this puffiness to appear, such as allergies, poor diet, an overly salty diet, insomnia, chronic sinusitis, genetics, and even working too hard, spending long hours staring at a computer screen.


Unfortunately, sometimes-plain old genetics are to blame for dark circles. While there is nothing you can do about genetics, you can take some steps to help eliminate those red, swollen eyes and lessen dark circles.


If the eyes were the windows of the soul, wouldn’t it be great if those windows had nice curtains? But alas, for a host of reasons, our eyes and their immediate surroundings can be quick to show signs of stress and exhaustion.


And aside from wanting one’s eyes to look nice, white and shining brightly, tired puffy eyes simply just don’t feel or look great.


There are all kinds of very expensive over-the-counter beauty treatments for eyes, but why don’t you firstly consider some more natural approaches as a first line of defence against puffy and/or dark, tired eyes. Some are novel, some have been used for generations – some will work for some, others for will work others. Take them for a trial and see what happens.


1. Tea bags


Tea bags have been known to remove dark circles and puffy eyes and have a great cup of tea at the same time. Green tea will work best in this instance, but black tea will also work. Green tea has more antioxidants, which are the active ingredient here, but chamomile tea will also work well as it has calming, soothing compounds.


Method: Soak two teabags in hot water for about three minutes, and then allow the tea bags to cool to room temperature. You can drink the tea while you are waiting! Now lie down and place the tea bags over your eyes and leave them there for 10 to 15 minutes.


2. Chamomile tea


This natural remedy is a classic one. Has it been proven by science? Not exactly, but chamomile is reported to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and subjecting your eyes to a chilled tea bag gives the benefit of a cold compress as well.


Method: You can brew up a cup of tea, remove the bag, chill it, and let it rest on your eyes. It’s very simple really.


3. Raw potatoes


This one’s a well known one too, it’s like cucumber slices, but with raw potatoes. Clearly raw potatoes are not as glamorous as raw cucumbers – and their starchy juice is not as pleasant as the fresh scent of cucumber, but people swear by them for reducing puffiness and minimizing dark circles.


Slide or grate raw potatoes, place them in cold water and refrigerate until chilled. (Alternately, you could leave a potato in the fridge.)


Method: Recline your head and place the cold potato slices (or small shredded piles) directly on your eyes – leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.


4. Sliced cucumbers


I’ve always attributed the power of cucumbers to the cold-compress factor, but it’s possible that there are antioxidants at play, which are thought to reduce irritation.


Apparently, if puffiness is accompanied by irritation, home remedies like cucumbers or chamomile tea can help reduce the inflammation and swelling. Cucumbers have powerful antioxidants and flavinoids that are thought to reduce irritation. And they need to be chilled for a reason, as cold cucumbers or tea bags also work in part by the cooling effects of evaporation, and are best applied for five to ten minutes.


Method: slice, refrigerate, and place on the eye area for 5 to10 minutes. That’s it!​


Remember that lifestyle is key. Here’s the one nobody wants to hear and here’s what to do.


Eat less salty food, drink more water and less alcohol, don’t smoke, do exercise, don’t skimp on sleep. Yes I know, it’s the same story, but if fresh bright eyes are important, these steps will help.


Plus, they are better for overall health.

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