Unfortunately, dark and puffy under-eye circles run in my family. Luckily, over the years I have mastered the technique of covering them up with some good makeup although the issue is deeper than that. Dark circles and puffy under-eyes can result from various things such as lack of sleep, unhealthy diet, and allergies. It never fails that around the time of my menstrual cycle my under-eye circles swell up and get that puffy look to them. Does that happen to you? Well, here are a couple of tips I found online on how to get rid of dark under-eye circles and puffy eyes:
Dark Under-Eye Circles:
Do you know what the first natural remedy is that we are going to tell you? This is one of the most common and important remedies. Do you know lack of sleep could be the cause of those dark circles? With that said, we believe you should start making sure you get at least seven to nine hour of sleep each night. It is believed that the average person needs at least eight hours of sleep each night so that they will not be tired throughout the day. It’s hard to believe that a simple technique such as getting more sleep could eliminate that problem. I try to get the required sleep each night so that I do not have those circles. However, if this technique does not work for you, then we highly recommend you moving forward to the next step.
Believe it or not, what you eat really does count. When you eat healthy, have a balanced diet and drink lots of water, you may eliminate those annoying things under the eyes. You should also make sure you get lots of minerals and vitamins each day. Don’t forget to eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Cabbage, leafy greens and spinach are perfect. In fact, everyday, you should consume at least two cups of spinach. Who wouldn’t want to eat spinach? I personally believe it is good.
You should stay away from foods that are too salty. Why/ Because those salty foods are known for causing your body to hold water. When you hold water in your body, you will get bloating and puffiness, especially noticeable under you eye.
*Try Asian Pear*
Have you ever heard of Asian pear? Asian pear is a crunchy and juicy fruit that has been in Chinese herbalists minds for many years. Would you believe it if we told you this would be a way to lighten up those circles? Asian, also known as Fuji pears have tons of antioxidants, copper and vitamin C in them.
* Apply Washcloth*
As you are sleeping, you can treat your skin. Right before you go to bed, put a washcloth over your eyes. The wash cloth should contain cold water. When morning time comes, you are going to notice an improvement in your eyes. This is one of the easiest methods out there. I have personally tried it and found that it really does work.
*Try Cucumber and Tea Bags*
This fifth method is something that is very popular and has been used throughout history. Get some cucumber slices and apply them to your eyes. If you do not want to use cucumber slices, then you can use tea bags and put them over your eyes. The cucumber slices are perfect for reducing the puffiness. The tannin, which is found in tea is perfect for getting rid of the discoloration and swelling. During this process, you will need to lay down, close your eyes and put the cucumber slices or caffeinated tea bags on your eyes. Make sure the cucumber slices are cold. You should do this method for ten minutes each day.
*Cool the swollen skin around your eyes to reduce puffines.*
Do this with chilled eye and face creams (keep them in the fridge), an ice cube wrapped in a paper towel, chilled spoons, a cool wet washcloth, chilled left-over herbal tea bags, or strips of potato, cucumber, or strawberry. The applied cold will reduce puffiness and irritation, and can be used as often as is comfortable to get rid of puffy eyes.
*Avoid excessive rubbing or drying of your eyes to get rid of puffiness. *
The skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive, and repeated touching of your eyes can not only irritate the them, but also worsen allergies — and both can lead to puffy eyes. Also remember to take your contact lenses out before bed each night to avoid irritation and drying and the resulting puffiness.
*Get regular sleep to get rid of puffy eyes.*
It’s important to not only get a healthy amount (7-9 hours) of sleep each night, but to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each night and morning. This keeps your body regulated and rested, which in turn keeps your physical appearance healthy; this includes healthy-looking, un-baggy eyes.
*Drink plenty of water to get rid of puffy eyes.*
When your body becomes dehydrated (maybe after a night of heavy drinking or an extended illness) it stores water as a defense mechanism. This built-up water can contribute to baggy or puffy eyes, so drinking the recommended 8-10 glasses of water will reduce water build-up and alleviate baggy eyes.
*Cut down on your salt intake to get rid of puffy eyes.*
Eating lots of salt can cause water retention in your body (just like dehydration, above), so reducing your salt intake can in turn reduce your puffy eyes, as well as reduce bloating in other parts of your body.