Women – including the men – across the globe has a shared dilemma that has been “bugging” them for a very long time. As we all know, the face is the first thing the person looks at and that is why it is important to take care and maintain the beauty. In addition, the eyes are the windows to the soul and it is just as important, too.
There are a lot of reasons why your eyes gets puffy. Sometimes, dark circles under the eyes – also known as “eye bags” – starts to manifest. However, knowing the reasons, as well as ways to prevent them, is not enough – you also need to practice proper eye care. There have been a lot of beauty creams that promises great results in warding off the dark tinge under the eyes. But not all commercially made beauty products applied are as effective as you would thought it would be. Since there are already a lot of breakthroughs in the cosmetic industry, let us take a step back and discover the natural remedies in the kitchen or at your home that would help you relieve from the stress. In this generation, we need an alternative therapy that is cheaper than those sold in the market but nonetheless has the same effect. So here are six natural remedies for puffy, buggy eyes of yours.
Cold Towel Compress
This is the simplest, most convenient and cheap remedy for “eye bags”. Applying cold towel above the eyes helps reduce the swelling. To do this, soak a face towel onto a bowl of ice cold water, wring it off of excess water and place over the eyes. Do this preferably in the evening as many times as you wish in a week.
Spinach is infamous amongst kids because of an old cartoon character, Popeye (the Sailor Man), who eats nothing but a can of spinach. The dark tinge under the eyes is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin K and according to studies; Spinach is very rich in Vitamin K. That is why, include spinach in your diet generously to help you prevent or lessen the dark circles under your eyes.
Drink plenty of water; at least 8-10 glasses of water or liquids. If water is too bland for your taste, then you can substitute fruits that have high water content, which is also rich in vitamins and minerals beneficial to the body. Keep in mind that water is good for removing toxins in the body which leads to the formation of bags under your eyes. Also, avoid carbonated and caffeinated drinks, as well as drinks that have high sugar content. In addition, eye puffiness is caused by dehydration where the body compensated by reserving more water that is primarily located under your eyes.
Cold Cucumber Slices
This may be oldest trick in the book you will ever find. But this old thing can do so much wonder you will ever imagine. Placing cold cucumber slices helps reduce the dark shadows under the eyes. To do this, slice the cucumber (unpeeled) and place it in the chiller or the fridge for 10-20 minutes or until cold enough and position it on your eyes. Just be sure that the diameter of the sliced cucumber fits just right.
Watch Your Sodium Intake
In order to keep this in mind, just remember that where sodium is, water is attracted and therefore pool together. Although without salt, every food you find is not as tasty as it was with salt in it. Sodium causes water retention, where puffy eyes are an example; therefore you should avoid foods that contain high sodium. However, salt not ingested is very beneficial to you if you are currently experiencing puffy eyes. First, mix ½ teaspoon salt with ¼ cup warm water. With the use of eye pads, dip them in the mixture and apply it over the eyes, lying on your back. After 10 minutes, you will be free from puffy eyes.
Tea is a great source for anti-oxidants and it is also good for inflammations, whether your favorite cup is black tea or green tea. Generally, tea bags are only used once and then discarded. But in this case, you can actually put the remaining tea bag to use. After steeping the tea bag for a couple of minutes and enjoying the up yourself, leave the tea bag until it is warm enough to be place around the eyes (closed) and cover it with a cloth on top. This will help reduce the puffiness of your eyes. During summer or on hot days, you can keep the steeped tea bags in the refrigerator and apply cold on the eyes for a more soothing and relaxing experience.
Always keep in mind that you are your first priority. It is always rewarding to pamper your body with these helpful tips once in a while and enjoy the immediate effects it brings. These are just few of the tips that will help you relieve you from the puffiness and dark circles of your eyes. Be mindful that these are just alternative techniques. Sometimes, you may experience puffiness in the middle of the day. This can be caused by make-ups for women since some beauty products contain formaldehyde which causes puffiness in the eyes.
Also, be careful on how you treat your eyes. When you wake up, never rub your eyes or even during the whole day since it irritate the eyes. To prevent water retention, elevate your head keep water from pooling. And another trick in the hat before you actually rise up from the bed is to massage the bone surrounding the eyes using the ring finger in a circular motion for 15 minutes, with your eyes closed. And most importantly, avoid straining the eyes! Rest your eyes by looking elsewhere from the computer for a couple of minutes.