Tips to reduce puffy eyes

Don’t you just hate it when you wake up, look in the mirror and see these big swollen eyes staring back at you.   As I have a kidney condition I get them daily and I must admit its been getting to me lately.  So I’ve been doing some research and thought I would share my discoveries with you:

*HELPFUL TIPS

WATER

Splash lots of cold water on your face as soon as you get up in the morning.   This dilates the vessels of the skin and immediately shrinks the pores so that the puffiness is reduced right away.

CUCUMBER

Take two slices of cucumber, put them in a zip lock bag, and freeze them.  Prop your head on a pillow and place the frozen cucumbers over your eyes for about 10 minutes.  Apparently cucumber contains an astringent that might help constrict blood vessels. Also, the cooling effect properties of cucumber may help with your eyes when they are inflamed and irritated.

MASSAGE

Do a mini-massage, sweeping inward through the ocular bone. This is going to create circulation and movement in that area.   Do this for three to five minutes in the morning.  It’s relaxing and it helps to reduce puffiness. This technique is great if you have puffiness caused by allergies, lack of sleep, or just that general feeling of puffiness under the eyes . The skin is very delicate in this area so use your middle finger as it has the least amount of pressure.

SPOON

Put very cold water in a cup and get a  teaspoon or tablespoon and place it in the cup.  Leave the spoon in the cup of cold water for about 3 minutes or so. Put the back of the spoon on your eye.(This step MUST be done gently because your eyes are very delicate.) Then, do the same to the other eye.

TEA

Wrap a cold tea bag inside of a tissue. Lie down, close your eyes and place the wrapped tea bag on your eye socket area. Remove after five minutes. Donoghue notes that tannin, one of the main ingredients in tea, is a natural astringent and may help to reduce puffiness and tighten the skin area.

*The above information was obtained from http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Puffy-Eyes and http://www.livestrong.com/article/209078-how-to-stop-puffy-eyes/#ixzz2BcMvT5wE