2014-02-14 / Sports

Jen’s Fitness Forum

Natural Cures For Puffy Eyes
By Jen Font de Bon

Puffy or swollen eyes can be caused by a number of different factors, including lack of sleep, stress, allergies, illness, and infection. If you struggle with inflammation around the eyes and are unsure of the cause, consult with a doctor. In the meantime, try the simple lifestyle changes and natural remedies below for a smoother eye contour and a more refreshed, youthful appearance! (Caution: Do not use products if you are allergic to them!)

FROZEN SPOONS. Put two metal spoons in the freezer. Once cold, remove and place under your eyes (curved side to skin) for a few minutes. You will immediately notice that the skin around your eyes is tighter and not as puffy. Do this in the morning for a rejuvenated look that will last you through the day. In a rush and don’t have cold spoons? Ice works too. Wrap it in a cloth and hold over your eyes for up to fifteen minutes to achieve maximum results.

TEA BAGS. Tea includes antioxidants, caffeine, and tannins. Studies show caffeine to be useful for shrinking blood vessels around the eyes and drawing out excess water, while tannins encourage proper blood circulation and antioxidants soothe the skin. It is recommended to brew a pot of black or green tea with two tea bags. While you wait for used bags to cool (you can put them in the refrigerator to speed up the process), sip on the hot tea and reap numerous extra health benefits. Once cooled, lie on your back and place tea bags over closed eyelids for fifteen minutes.

CUCUMBERS. Investigations show that placing cucumber slices over the eyes shrinks blood vessels and decreases inflammation. Added bonus? The cooling effect that comes with this process will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed!

DON’T TOUCH! Rubbing your eyes will only increase inflammation and spread allergy. If they feel itchy, try flushing them out with cool water. Then, place a wet washcloth over closed lids and relax. Additionally, wear glasses outside to help you avoid touching your eyes. The lenses will also provide an extra shield against pollen.

BREAK FROM TECHNOLOGY. If you spend a large part of the day in front of a computer screen, take five to ten minutes every hour to do something else. Visit the water fountain, close your eyes and meditate, or take a quick walk outside for some fresh air. Your sanity will thank you too!

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. Dehydration is a major cause of bags under the eyes. Aim for eight glasses of water a day to keep for proper hydration. Also, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to provide your body with a balance of necessary vitamins and minerals. Studies show that puffiness and dark circles can be caused by a lack of vitamin K. Get your daily dose by loading up on dark, leafy greens, fresh herbs, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage and prunes. This vitamin is also found in certain spices, such as curry, cayenne pepper and paprika. Choose them over salt for added flavor, as salt causes the body to retain water, which can lead to inflammation. Finally, maintain regular sleep-wake cycles and be sure to get the recommended six to eight hours of shut-eye every night. Sleeping with an extra pillow helps too, as being slightly propped up discourages fluid from accumulating under the eyes.

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