Puffy eyes are a telltale sign of a late night. Unfortunately, most of us wake up with puffy eyes the morning after a night on the town. But the good news is there are a few simple remedies to treat puffy eyes after a night out — and many of them will produce results in just a few minutes! Keep reading to learn more.
Treating Puffy Eyes: What Can I Do?
Here are a few expert tips to try the next time you wake up with puffy eyes:
Use a Cool Compress
Whether it's a cold washcloth or a spoon that's been chilling in the freezer, cold compresses work efficiently to reduce puffiness. Leave the cold compress on your eyelids for 10-15 minutes to drain excess fluid from the eyes.
Try an Eye Mask
Eye masks go to work immediately at depuffing the eyes. Try the Wrinkle Away RED Microcurrent Dual Eye Mask for an instant eyelift that smoothes and depuffs your undereye area. The mask also uses firming peptides to restore bounce and elasticity while reducing inflammation and puffiness.Wrinkle Away RED Microcurrent Dual Eye Mask
Apply an Eye Gel with Caffeine
Caffeine is a secret ingredient to help decrease puffiness. For this reason, apply an eye gel that contains caffeine to kiss your puffy eyes goodbye.
For an added bonus, put the eye gel in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before applying it.
Other depuffing ingredients to look for in an eye cream or gel include green tea, niacinamide, peptides, and other antioxidants. Antioxidants play a key role in reducing inflammation and constricting blood vessels to reduce puffiness.
Use a Roller Tool
If you've spent any time on social media lately, you've likely seen people rolling their faces and undereyes with jade or rose quartz rollers and other tools.
How are these rolling tools beneficial for depuffing the eyes? The undereye area is one where the body's natural drainage system, called the lymphatic system, for excess fluid is not that effective. Some people use ice rollers, jade rollers, or rose quartz rollers to help massage the area and get it to drain.
Why rose quartz? Evidence suggests that ancient Egyptian and Roman women used rose quartz face masks to reap the benefits of their anti-aging properties and to clear away any facial congestion and puffiness.
If it was good enough for Cleopatra, it's good enough for us!
Gently Tap or Massage the Area
A gentle massage or tapping of the undereye area can increase blood flow while helping fluid move away. To do so, use the soft pads of your fingertips to tap or sweep around the contours above and below your eyes. Remember, eye skin is very delicate, so be gentle! Do this for a few minutes but stop immediately if it starts to hurt.
Apply Hemorrhoid Cream
This is a trick your grandma has likely had up her sleeve for decades, but hemorrhoid cream can actually help reduce undereye puffiness and bags thanks to the ingredient phenylephrine, which narrows blood vessels to reduce swelling. It's important to be careful when applying hemorrhoid cream under your eyes as it can cause irritation to the sensitive area, so be sure to use only a pea-sized amount and stop using it immediately if any irritation or redness occurs. You should only use hemorrhoid cream to treat eye puffiness when in a pinch, and don't rely on it as a daily treatment.
Catch Some ZZZs!
For a natural depuffing remedy, go back to sleep! 8-10 hours of sleep per night can help fight puffiness. If you're prone to puffy eyes after a night out, consider elevating your head with an extra pillow before you sleep to keep the puffiness at bay — a whole new meaning to beauty sleep!
Drink Lots of Water
When trying to banish puffy eyes, water is your best friend to keep puffiness at bay. This is because when we're dehydrated, our bodies try to hold on to all of the fluid they can, which, unfortunately, can cause undereye puffiness.
Puffy eyes are no fun, but they happen to the best of us. The good news is, they're fairly easy to treat, and many remedies contain products you likely already have lying around the house. Did we miss your favorite puffy eye combatter? Let us know your secrets for depuffing puffy eyes in the comments.