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How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes

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You can reduce eye puffiness by resting a cool washcloth on your eyelids for about 10 minutes. This can help drain excess fluid from under your eyes. A compress of green or black tea bags may also do the trick. This tea contains antioxidants and caffeine that can reduce inflammation and constrict blood vessels. Realistically, any sort of cool, damp pressure around the eyes can be a really helpful way if you’re wondering how to get rid of puffy eyes. 

 

Many temporary remedies also can help reduce the swollen look around eyes, such as:

 

  • - Using eye drops for irritation caused by allergies, if appropriate

  • - Drinking ample fluid to prevent dehydration

  • - Applying iced compresses when your lids are swollen

  • - Applying cucumber slices or chilled tea bags over closed eyes

  • - Using creams and other skin products specially formulated for use around the eyes

  • - Reducing salt in your diet

  • - Eating potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, to eliminate excess fluids in your body

  • - Splashing cold water over your face and eyes

  • - Getting plenty of sleep

 

One of the most common home remedies for puffy eyes, as mentioned above, is use of hemorrhoid creams and ointments on the skin around your eyes. A common active ingredient in these preparations is phenylephrine, which is a medication that constricts blood vessels.

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