Home Remedies for Puffy Eyes


Eyes that are bright and sparkling attract attention. Puffy or red eyes are lack luster and make you look tired and ill. Puffy eyes are one of the most common beauty problems. Puffiness is often caused by the accumulation of fluids around the eye. Besides sleeping on your face, crying or lack of sleep, if you’re menstruating or pregnant, retaining food, eating salty food or drinking water less than two hours before bed, you’re likely to wake up with puffy eyes.

Rubbing aggravates irritation and tends to make your eyes puffier. For immediate relief, do not rub your eyes when you see them puffy.

Nature’s best ingredients for removing puffy eyes are cucumber and potato. Take a small raw potato or cucumber, slice it into small pieces and blend to a fine consistency. Strain the excess juice and reserve the pulp. Make a cup of basil tea and mix it well with the pulp. Pour the mixture into ice tray and freeze it. Whenever you have puffy or red eyes, dab the ice cube on your closed eyes for some time. Rinse your eyelids gently and pat dry.

Use your middle finger and gently press along the eyebrow and around the eye socket. This will stimulate the lymphatic system and help drain excess fluid. The swelling will reduce.

Take a rounded metal spoon and place it in your fridge for few minutes. When it gets cold, take it out and hold the rounded portion against your eye for few minutes. This helps in reducing the puffiness.

To make your red or sore eyes look healthy and sparkling, mix 2 tbsp water to a glass of mineral water. Bathe your eyes in this solution 3-4 times a day.

Apply a cold compress on your eyes such as cloth dipped in cold water or ice cubes in a wash cloth. When the cloth feels warm, dip it in cold water again or add more ice. Repeat this at least 4-5 times or till you feel the puffs under your eyes drained out.

Applying cold tea bag wrapped in tissue on closed eyes makes the skin taut and reduces puffiness. The natural astringent in tea – tannin works wonders.

Strips of grated potato or cucumber placed under the eyes helps to reduce the swelling.

Soak cotton wool pad either in iced water or ice cold milk. Lie down with dampened pads over your closed eyes. Replace the pads when warm. Continue to till puffiness reduces. This also brightens the whites of your eyes.

By drinking enough water, your body will stay hydrated and will reduce the puffiness around your eyes.

Make sure you get enough sleep with regular timings. Inadequate sleep shows on the eyes more than on any other part of the body. Sleep soothes the eyes and relieves fatigue.

Dip cotton wool pads in ice-cold rose water. Use them as eye pads over closed eyes.

Stiffly beat few egg whites. Add a drop or two of witch hazel. Apply to the face and under the eyes with a brush. This will make the skin feel tighter and look less puffy.

If you keep your head in an elevated position while you sleep, it discourages fluids from settling around your eyes.

Avoid eating salty foods like chips, pickles, drinking alcohol that retains fluids that settles in the eye area.

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  • I'm having a huge day tomorrow (actually in 8 hours). I've been reveling tonight and at 2:19am I just can't go to sleep. I got milk, iced water, etc. on your list of recommendations; since it's hardly likely I'll get a couple of hours of sleep, staying in an upright position won't be a problem. THX.

  • I read with enthusiasm all that was written but unfortunately tried all the remedies suggested and nothing works. Maybe a little if get a GOOD nights seep and lay quietly and relaxed with the suggested potions on my eyes which can result with minimal results that only last the night (but not with results needed I yearn for)! I have worked for professional cosmetic companies using every cream serum lotion given and NOTHING WORKS!

    I am we'll educated with all the years of training I have been given but realistically know that no amounts of creams etc. are going to dissolve big puffy eyes. Realistically only SURGERY can do this. Just to let u know I am in my 50's and had them for the last 15/18 years so if anyone knows of a good surgeon and has had the bags SUCCESSFULLY CORRECTED please let me know I HATE THEM just want reassurance or good feedback who has experience itch successful results?

  • This is a very helpful article and I found just about all of the suggestions helpful. I hate going out with puffy eyes but when I tried these my puffiness went away in like only 2-3 days.

Kevin Pederson